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Andrews Running For Michigan House

There’s a new candidate in the running for the new 38th District in the Michigan House. Joey Andrews, who previously ran for state House in the current 79th District, is seeking the seat. The state’s redistricting commission

Part Of Lakeshore Drive To Close Monday

Part of Lakeshore Drive in St. Joseph will close on Monday for five weeks. Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Nick Schirripa tells WSJM News it’s for a maintenance project. “Most folks would probably know it as Lakeshore

Border Seizures Up For 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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