Ryan Yuenger, Author at Leader Publications

Dowagiac

‘My literal happy place:’ Chicago family enlists local help to help preserve history, leave legacy – HORIZONS 2022

DEWEY LAKE — The Little Free Library and historical sign on Dewey Lake are more than just landmarks intersecting the past, present and future of ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Sunday, June 19, 2022 6:00 am

Dowagiac

As DAR chapter closes, registrar recalls genealogy adventures – HORIZONS 2022

DOWAGIAC — After 100 years, one local organization has made the decision to close its doors, but it’s legacy will live on through the bonds ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Saturday, June 18, 2022 7:00 am

Cassopolis

Cassopolis, cannabis companies cooperate, aim to grow together – HORIZONS 2022

CASSOPOLIS — Months before Michigan voters legalized recreational cannabis in 2018, Cassopolis took a symbolic stand against the industry. Four years later, two cannabis companies ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Friday, June 17, 2022 4:20 pm

Cass County

Respect the Rivers: Local waterways remain important to Pokagon way of life – HORIZONS 2022

DOWAGIAC — From catching fish in birch bark canoes on the St. Joseph River to growing crops in its lush floodplains, the Potawatomi have lived ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Friday, June 17, 2022 2:30 pm

Dowagiac

‘Plunged and submerged:’ Remembering the Scout Maid’s tragic voyage on Magician Lake – HORIZONS 2022

SISTER LAKES — On March 25, 1922, eight members of a South Bend-based Boy Scout troop embarked on a boat trip across a wind-swept and ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Friday, June 17, 2022 1:19 pm

Dowagiac

Business in back, party in front: Salted Words hosts open house in new event space

DOWAGIAC — Traveling down E. Division Street in Dowagiac, passers-by are greeted by a mural of angel wings with a bible verse written next to ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Thursday, June 16, 2022 6:02 pm

Cass County

‘Pathway to healing’: Belushi’s Farm, local cannabis company join forces

CASSOPOLIS — A local cannabis company has teamed up with a household name to help bring credibility – and a medicine-first approach – to the ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Thursday, June 16, 2022 9:29 am

Cassopolis

Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi to perform Blues Brothers show at cannabis music festival

CASSOPOLIS — They’re on a mission from God. They’re putting the band back together.   Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi are scheduled to perform a ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:08 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Middle School second semester honor roll

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac Middle School recently released its honor roll for its second semester, ending June 10. Students who achieved a 4.0 GPA are noted ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Wednesday, June 15, 2022 6:12 pm

Dowagiac

DUHS second semester honor roll

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac Union High School recently released its honor roll for its second semester. Students who achieved a 4.0 GPA are noted with an ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Wednesday, June 15, 2022 4:02 pm

Dowagiac

With renovations complete, Caruso’s set for 100th anniversary party

DOWAGIAC — As Julie Johnson watched the walls of her 100-year-old family shop get a much-needed upgrade this spring, she couldn’t help but feel nostalgic.  “When ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Wednesday, June 15, 2022 5:26 am

Dowagiac

‘Civic pride:’ Dowagiac unveils official city flag design

DOWAGIAC — Wave that flag, wave it wide and high. The Dowagiac City Council on Monday approved the design for an official Dowagiac city flag ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:15 pm

Dowagiac

PHOTO STORY: Schlitz Creek picks a storm at Music in the Park

DOWAGIAC — From the mountains of Kalamazoo, Schlitz Creek descended on Dowagiac last Thursday for an evening of hot pickin’ bluegrass to a full lawn ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Tuesday, June 14, 2022 7:30 am

Dowagiac

Dowagiac students donate $1,142 to Cass County Cancer Service

DOWAGIAC — A local organization called, and local students responded.  Students at Dowagiac Union High School donated $1142.62 to Cass County Cancer Services after a ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Monday, June 13, 2022 4:57 pm

Cass County

Niles man shot multiple times at Milton Twp. house party

MILTON TWP. — A house party turned into a crime scene in southern Cass County this weekend.  A 44-year-old Niles resident is being treated for ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Saturday, June 11, 2022 2:39 pm

Cass County

Jim Belushi to host meet and greet at local cannabis dispensary

CASSOPOLIS — A slice of Hollywood is coming to Cassopolis.  Sunset Coast Provisions, 980 E. State St., Cassopolis, is set to host a free meet ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Friday, June 10, 2022 4:54 pm

Dowagiac

Keeler Twp. trustee, Sister Lakes resident Ken Rahn dies

DOWAGIAC — During its groundbreaking ceremony for the new town hall building, Keeler Township officials left one shovel unmanned, with a helmet resting on the ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:30 am

Dowagiac

‘Desperately’ needed: Keeler breaks ground on new township hall

KEELER TWP. — After years of saving money, one local township is getting a much-needed facility upgrade.  Keeler Township officials gathered Tuesday for a groundbreaking ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Thursday, June 9, 2022 7:21 am

Dowagiac

Quilted Oak Leaf joins Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce

DOWAGIAC — Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce staff and business members gathered on May 25 for a ribbon-tying celebration welcoming The Quilted Oak Leaf and ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Wednesday, June 8, 2022 6:27 pm

Cass County

Wolverine: No damage to fuel pipeline in Cassopolis

CASSOPOLIS — After the Cass County Road Commission announced Wednesday that Oak Grove Road between M-60 and Dunning Street east of Cassopolis has been closed ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Wednesday, June 8, 2022 1:13 pm

Cass County

Roundabout at dangerous intersection delayed; land owner refuses to sell property

MILTON TWP. — Residents looking forward to a dangerous intersection becoming safer will have to wait another year for the project to begin.  The roundabout ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Wednesday, June 8, 2022 9:45 am

Brandywine Education

Alumni impart wisdom at Brandywine Class of 2022 graduation

NILES — Brandywine co-valedictorian Billie Gibson likens the high school experience to the beginning of a long cinematic adventure. “I like to think that our ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Monday, June 6, 2022 8:07 pm

High school softball

Late rally falls short, Niles softball ousted by Lakeshore 2-1 in district final

With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, Niles had Lakeshore on the ropes. Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Sunday, June 5, 2022 1:06 pm

Cassopolis

PHOTO STORY: Cassopolis Beach Bash brings rural community together

CASSOPOLIS — With music echoing through downtown Cassopolis and across Stone Lake, local residents gathered for two days of music, laughter and community bonding at ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Sunday, June 5, 2022 3:32 am

Cassopolis

Cassopolis Class of 2022 graduates with spirit of resilience – with GALLERY

CASSOPOLIS — Smiles and sunshine beamed on the faces of students as they filed out of their high school as official graduates.  Students, friends and ... Read more

by Ryan Yuenger, Friday, June 3, 2022 6:49 pm

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