Local News Archives

Border Seizures Up For 2021

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US Customs and Border Protection is out with a report on its seizures over the past year at Michigan’s international crossings. The Detroit field office says it seized over 14,000 pounds of marijuana, 240 pounds of cocaine,

New Nature Preserve To Open In Allegan County

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There’s a new nature preserve in southwest Michigan. Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy President Peter TerLouw tells WSJM News the group last month cleared the purchase of the 160 acre Armintrout Milbocker Nature Preserve in Allegan. It sits

Upton Seeks More Farm Workers

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Congressman Fred Upton has sent a letter to the secretary of Homeland Security asking H-2A farm workers from South Africa be allowed to temporarily travel to the United States to supplement labor shortages on American farms. He

SMC Board Hears Presentation On Campus Life

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Southwestern Michigan College’s Board of Trustees Jan. 12 heard a presentation on supporting student engagement through campus life events despite ongoing pandemic challenges. Dr. Joe Odenwald’s President’s Report featured Executive Director of Campus Life Jeff Hooks, who

Soo Locks Close For Annual Maintenance

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The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan will close to marine traffic beginning 11:59 p.m. January 15 through 12:01 a.m. March 25 to perform critical maintenance. The operating season is fixed by federal regulation and is

Upton Discusses Voting Rights Legislation

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Congressman Fred Upton this week predicted a tough road ahead for voting rights legislation being pushed by President Joe Biden. Upton told us Tuesday a slightly different version of the Senate bill already passed in the House

Health Department, Hospital Give COVID Update

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COVID-19 transmission remains very high in southwest Michigan as the Berrien County Health Department is seeing a percent positive of 34% for the week. Speaking during a Wednesday update, Berrien County Medical Director Rex Cabaltica said the

Welch Foods Expanding In Southwest Michigan

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) today to announce that Welch Foods is expanding its operations in the village of Lawton, where it will create up to 57 jobs for Michigan workers.  The

Kalamazoo Man Charged With Killing Wife

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Forty-three-year-old David Lain of Kalamazoo Township is being held without bond in the Kalamazoo County Jail after being arraigned on an open murder charge. Police accuse him of stabbing and killing his 37-year-old wife, Melissa, on Sunday

Hit-And-Run On I-94 Kills Battle Creek Man

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A 71-year-old Battle Creek man has died after a hit-and-run on eastbound Interstate 94 near Galesburg. Michigan State Police were called to the scene around 8 p.m. and closed the eastbound lanes for about two-and-a-half hours. The