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Bypass starts today

Despite the snow and cold, an $18 million road project is slated to kick off today. The five-mile, Constantine U.S. 131 bypass is scheduled to begin with attention focusing on construction of a bridge over the St. Joseph River in Constantine Township, about a half mile west of the U.S. 131 bridge in the village of Constantine. Contractor Hardman Construction …

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Menard’s to open on time

A spring completion date for the Three Rivers Menard’s home-improvement store appears to be on track. Construction officials said construction of the 215,000-square-foot business is on pace to open in April, as projected. The store is under construction on the south side of Broadway Road, just west of U.S. 131. Development started in July. The new Menard’s is expected to …

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Minor injuries after crash

A 39-year-old Mendon woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident shortly after midnight Thursday. The St Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said an eastbound vehicle on M-60 at Haas Road had lost control, run off the roadway and struck several small trees. Two passengers, one 66 years and the other 6 months of age, were uninjured. The driver was treated …

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December unemployment rate increased

December’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County bucked a months-long trend and increased from November’s figure. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 7.6 percent December unemployment rate was a nine-tenths percent of an increase from November. Still, the December 2012 rate was 1.5 percent less than the same month …

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Man arrested for DUI

A Sturgis man was arrested for fourth-offense driving under the influence after he was arrested over the weekend. Quentin Banks, 29, was also wanted on a felony child-support warrant and driving with a suspended license after he was pulled over at 2 a.m. Saturday. Officers noticed his vehicle did not have its headlights on and initiated the traffic stop at …

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One vehicle accident

An 18-year-old Sturgis resident suffered minor injuries following a one-vehicle accident last week in Sherman Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Brooke Fayette was driving west on Featherstone Road when she lost control of the vehicle on a slippery patch near Fair Road. Her vehicle left the roadway and drove down an embankment. The vehicle struck an embankment …

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Expansion will create more jobs

An automotive manufacturing plant in Mendon is planning a $5.1 million expansion, which is expected to create more than 90 new jobs over the next two years. Officials from Southfield-based International Automotive Components said a 30,000-square-foot addition to the west of the current plant will allow IAC to increase the volume of its production at the Mendon site. IAC spokesman …

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Man injured in crash

A Holland man sustained serious injuries after his vehicle was broadsided by a semi tractor-trailer last week in Leonidas Township. St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department officials said 53-year-old Ronald Genzink was driving south on Fulton Road when he attempted to cross M-60, but drove into the path of a southbound semi driven by a 55-year-old Granger, Ind., man. Genzink, who …

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Two arrested for armed robbery

Two Centreville residents were arrested after an armed robbery incident early Thursday at the Admiral gas station in Three Rivers. According to Three Rivers Police, central dispatch received a call shortly after midnight regarding an armed robbery at the business, located on US-131. A description of the vehicle was provided and Constantine Police spotted a vehicle that matched the description …

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Exchange trip to Germany

The Sturgis Sister City Committee is seeking adult travelers to participate in the 2013 exchange trip to Wiesloch, Germany. The two cities have taken part in exchanges for the past 46 years. Dates for the 2013 trip are being finalized. Cost is kept at a minimum, with group flight rates, participants staying with host families and some costs covered by …

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