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Judge strikes 2018 GOP effort to attack minimum wage hike

An effort by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken minimum wage and sick leave laws was declared unconstitutional Tuesday. A judge on the Court of Claims threw out changes made late in 2018 as Republican Gov. Rick Snyder was near the end of his term and Democrats were preparing to take over top statewide posts. Advocates had turned in …

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New broadband option coming to area

Mercury Broadband has launched an initiative to construct more than 5,000 route miles of state-of-the-art fiber-optic Broadband Internet services to homes and businesses in under-served, rural areas across the state. The company plans to serve more than 44,000 residential households and 6,000 business locations in Michigan as part of the initiative. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday along M-66 north …

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Motorcycle crash injures two in Cass County

Two people were injured in a motorcycle crash last week in Cass County. Sheriff’s deputies said 38-year-old Daniel Simpson and his 9-year-old son, Aidan, were traveling west on Morton Street in Dowagiac shortly after 5 p.m. July 10, when Simpson lost control while navigating a curve in the road. The motorcycle left the roadway as a result. Both riders suffered …

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Engine fire destroys rescue truck in Constantine

A Constantine Fire Department rescue truck was destroyed by what appears to be an engine-related blaze last week. Chief Mike Haydon said the incident occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. Friday at the department’s headquarters in its main apparatus bay. Haydon said an on-duty member was conducting a monthly maintenance check on a rescue truck. Shortly after completing the inspection and …

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Irrigation wire stolen in Lockport Township

Michigan State Police troopers last week investigated a larceny complaint at a location in Lockport Township. According to a department media release, investigators were called Thursday to the 18000 block of Hoshel Road. The victim told authorities the power supply to an irrigation system was cut. In addition, wire from the power supply system was stolen. Troopers said an additional …

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River cleanup planned for Rocky River

The St. Joseph County Conservation District this weekend is staging the third of its four river cleanup events of 2022. Carolyn Grace, executive director of the Centreville-based agency and administrator of this summer’s cleanups, said the next event takes place Saturday on the Rocky River, from Null Road in Flowerfield Township to Hank’s Tavern on the River in Three Rivers. …

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Out and About – Week of July 18th

St. Joseph County is blessed with many lakes, ponds and rivers. Perhaps that is why Michigan is known as “The Water Wonderland”. Lakefront property can be quite expensive, not only for the style of house on the property, but because of the convenience of having access to all the water activities that come with living on the lake. Having the …

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County likely to approve White Pigeon resource deputy

St. Joseph County is expected to enter into an agreement with White Pigeon Community Schools for the services of a School Resource Deputy. During their executive committee meeting Tuesday, commissioners discussed the proposal originally pitched by school officials. According to terms of a potential, five-year contract, the county would provide the services of a deputy for 43 weeks. The deputy …

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CTE students recognized for apprenticeships

Several students were recently recognized for being accepted as registered apprentices through the St. Joseph County CTE Consortium. As a sponsor for Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships, St. Joseph County CTE is aiming to open new ways for students to earn credentials in a career they plan to enter while partnering with local employers to help grow their own workforce. …

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Nominations sought for Chamber awards

Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for exemplary businesses and people for various awards. Brick Awards are given to those who have made a significant investment in their business with physical improvements and in other ways; Community Service Awards honor those who have done an outstanding job of serving the community the past year; awards for Chamber …

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