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Tourism Taking Big Hit From COVID-19

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order has led to a virtual shutdown of the state’s tourism industry. Dave Lorenz with Pure Michigan says the impact has been devastating. “It’s certainly damaging all the businesses that connect with consumers,

DNR Closes State Park Due To Overcrowding

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it’s closed a state park in Manistee County due to too many people visiting. The agency has been watching attendance at state parks as the COVID-19 crisis continues, and says

OutCenter Moves Programming Online

The OutCenter in Benton Harbor has moved to online programming and is making efforts to ensure LGBTQ residents of southwest Michigan are safe in their homes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Director Mary Jo Schnell tells WSJM

National Guard Helping At Food Banks

The Michigan National Guard has received a request to aid food banks in four communities across the state. The office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer says about ten National Guard members will be assigned to each of the

James C. Grannell

James C. Grannell, 90, formerly of Benton Harbor, passed away, Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Thurston Woods Nursing Home in Sturgis, Michigan. Private family services were held, with a public Celebration of Life Service to be announced

State Launches COVID-19 Volunteer Website

Michigan has launched a website for people to volunteer to help out in their communities as the COVID-19 crisis continues. They’re seeking medical professionals as well as residents who just want to contribute. The office of Governor

DNR Reduces Amenities At State Parks

The Michigan Department Of Natural Resources has announced some changes at state parks due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The parks remain open, but some amenities have been closed. The DNR has released the following statement: To help

Pokagons Extend Closure Of Four Winds Casinos

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi has announced that the closure of Four Winds Casino locations have been extended indefinitely. The Pokagons have released the following statement: “In consideration of requests from both Michigan and Indiana state governments

Humane Society Seeking Funds, Supplies

With many Michiganders sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan is looking for some extra help. It says shelter life has been rough during the pandemic, and its animals need