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No-wake order from Sheriff

The boat launch at Prairie Lake in Sherman Township has temporarily been closed due to high water levels and local flooding. There has also been a no-wake order placed into effect on the lake. Sheriff Brad Balk said violators of the no-wake order who cause damage to personal property could be criminally prosecuted. The sheriff’s department will advise when the …

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Unemployment increases

The May unemployment rate in St. Joseph County increased by eight-tenths of a percent compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 7.7 percent May unemployment rate was more than April’s 6.9 percent. May’s unemployment rate, however, was eight-tenths of a percent less than the same …

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Man charged in fleeing incident

A man who sped away from Three Rivers police over the weekend was charged with fleeing and eluding, and reckless driving. According to a department press release, police observed a vehicle around 5 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Maple Street near Armstrong Machine Works. The driver of the suspect vehicle sped away and while fleeing police, reached a …

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MDOT to start construction

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will start construction Monday on the M-43 (West Main Street) bridge over US-131 in Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County. Work begins Monday on US-131 to accommodate lane closures and shifts when the M-43 bridge work begins, which is expected to start Sunday, July 7. During this first phase, there will be nighttime single-lane closures on …

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Closed parking planned

Several closings of the East City Parking Lot in Three Rivers are planned in the next few days to accommodate resurfacing of the facility. According to Christy Trammell, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the resurfacing project has been planned for several years “and it is finally going to be done.” Trammell said the resurfacing will …

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Project moving forward

Construction of a nearly five-mile, two-lane US-131 bypass of Constantine – a project that began on February 4th – continues to move forward with a target of completion in November 2013. The project – with an $18 million price tag – includes a new, 870-foot bridge over the St. Joseph River near Riverside Drive, on the southwest side of the …

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Sturgis plant to expand operations

Officials from a folding-carton company announced last week plans to expand operations at its Sturgis plant. Americraft Carton Inc. will be adding a new printing press to its South Street facility, company officials said. The 25,000-square-foot addition will house the high-speed, wide-format printing press The company, which has 110 employees, has already seen facility expansions in 2000 and again in …

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Manufacturer to move to WP

State Rep. Matt Lori on Thursday announced an Indiana manufacturer will move its operations to White Pigeon, resulting in a $1.1 million investment and an estimated 46 new jobs in the village. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved a $200,000 performance-based grant to bring Merhow Industries to a vacant facility in White Pigeon. The company, which outgrew its factory in …

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Farm verified by MAEAP

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is recognizing Sturgis-based Girton Farm as a verified farm in the Cropping System for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right-to-Farm practices. Technical assistance was provided by the Branch Conservation District. MAEAP is a …

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Tour went well

A guided tour of the City of Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) early Tuesday evening (June 11) provided an opportunity to view the current operation of the facility and learn about the items completed during a $4.1 million plant improvement project. Elected officials, community members, and local industrial customers were invited to attend the ‘project completion presentation and guided …

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