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Fisher Lake Inn closes doors

A destination eatery in St. Joseph County closed for good over the weekend. Fisher Lake Inn, a Park Township gathering place for nearly four decades, closed at the end of the business day Friday. The restaurant issued a statement on social media. “Fisher Lake Inn would like to thank all of our loyal customers who have supported the Fisher Lake …

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County commission hears summary of May tornadoes

A National Weather Service track map showed peak winds reached 130 miles per hour last month in St. Joseph County. St. Joseph County Emergency Services Director Erin Goff and St. Joseph County United Way Executive Director Kelly Hostetler last week provided county commissioners a summary of the May 7 tornadoes that struck St. Joseph and Branch counties. Goff said data …

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Tenth of county without high speed internet

About one in 10 residences in St. Joseph County does not have access to high-speed internet. The statistic was provided to St. Joseph County officials this month by broadband consultant Chris Scharrer, CEO of Washtenaw County-based DCS Technology Design. Appearing at the county board’s June 11 executive committee meeting, Scharrer said his research shows about 3,100 households – 12 percent …

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No phones for students in Sturgis schools

Sturgis Public Schools students will not be allowed to have their phones on them during the school day starting with the impending academic year. The policy was adopted this month by the district’s board of education. As a result, students now will have to keep their phone silenced and in their locker. Superintendent Art Ebert says discussions about the policy …

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Annual river cleanup series begins

The 14th year of St. Joseph County Conservation District’s annual River Cleanup series starts this weekend with work concentrating on a waterway new to the agency. Conservation District officials and community volunteers will tackle a stretch of Swan Creek in Colon. Event organizers said the route is less than two miles, making it a good option for anyone interested in …

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MDOT update on US 131 construction

Michigan Department of Transportation’s Chris Jacobs has issued an update regarding the second phase of U.S. 131 construction. Work, which started April 15, is concentrated to an area that includes the village of Schoolcraft and an area north to Shaver Road. According to Jacobs, completed work includes installation of a storm sewer from Lyon Street to Eliza Street; three crossovers …

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Sen. Peters introduces formula oversight bill

U.S. Senator Gary Peters said he has introduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of infant formula. Peters said countless families in Michigan and across the country found themselves in a predicament in 2022, when they were faced with a nationwide infant-formula shortage. The shortage was triggered after Abbott Labs in Sturgis inadvertently shipped formula …

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Preliminary exam continued in sexual assault case

The preliminary exam for a man accused of sexually assaulting two minors will continue later this month. Miguel Hernandez-Ruiz appeared June 5 before St. Joseph County District Court Judge Rob Pattison. After hearing testimony in a closed courtroom from the victims – ages 7 and 6 years – Pattison ordered Hernandez-Ruiz continue to be held at the St. Joseph County …

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Cooling centers available during heat wave

St. Joseph County and other areas in the region are under a heat advisory at least through Friday. Here are a few options for anyone in need of finding a cooling center: Commission on Aging, 1200 W. Broadway St., Three Rivers. Sturgis Enrichment Center, 306 N. Franks Ave. Three Rivers First United Methodist Church, hosted by the group HOPE. It …

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Sturgis schools receives grant

Sturgis Public Schools has received a state grant to improve literacy-instructional practices. The district received more than $410,000, which will be used to support kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers and classrooms throughout the school district in several categories. District officials said $103,500 has been reserved for items that will allow more robust K-5 classroom libraries to be built. Examples include book …

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