Dowagiac artist uses wood burning to tell stories

Nearly 40 years ago, not long after having moved back to Dowagiac where he had spent many of his formative years, resident O’Larry Collins stood ... Read more

1 year ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles duo brings escape room business to Buchanan, South Bend

Sitting in front of a monitor in a separate room, Niles resident Matt Herm watched as a group of people poured over documents and suspect ... Read more

1 year ago by Sarah Culton.

Artist looking to change the look of the small-town art scene

The image of Christina Casperson is not what most people would conjure up in their minds when they think “small town artist.” With a worn ... Read more

1 year ago by Sarah Culton.

Shelton’s Farm Market epitomizes the fruit of Michiana

Generations new and old of Michiana have heard the of the Shelton name. Shelton’s Farm Market has been a Niles staple of fresh, locally grown ... Read more

1 year ago by Adam Droscha.

SMC Construction Trades program offers hands-on alternatives to students

Southwestern Michigan College’s Larry Wilson is a man with a vision. As he showed off a small, unfinished modular-style building on the edge of the ... Read more

1 year ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles man spends retirement hand-crafting knives, woodwork

Descending the stairs to the study in the lower level of artisan Terry Truesdell’s Niles home, visitors are charmed by warm wood-planked walls, an oversized ... Read more

1 year ago by Angie Marciniak.

Round Oak Stoves a memento of Dowagiac

In conversations about manufacturing in Michigan, a few names and products are likely to come up — Ford, Packard, General Motors, and really anything relating ... Read more

1 year ago by Adam Droscha.

Amazing Acres offers seasonal fun, farm education

On a brisk fall afternoon, the wind whipped Roni Hoff’s hair against her face. As she shifted her body to shield herself from the cold, ... Read more

1 year ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles man practices coopering, blacksmithing

Fred Rogers is not just a name that belongs to the friendly old guy on TV wearing a cardigan. The Fred Rogers from Niles is ... Read more

1 year ago by Adam Droscha.

Buchanan woman helps the homeless with grocery sacks

On a planet fraught with problems — pollution, global climate change, homelessness, poverty — many people are coming up with creative solutions. Mary Cramer is ... Read more

1 year ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Niles man uses greeting cards to express himself

Niles native Ian Ernsperger has never been the best with words. As an adult man living with autism, he has always had a different way ... Read more

1 year ago by Sarah Culton.

Eckler family cultivates much more than produce

Describing the full scope and reach of Eckler Farms would be difficult for anyone, even Larry and Lucy Eckler. The Ecklers grow fruits and vegetables ... Read more

1 year ago by Adam Droscha.

Lake Michigan College Fab Lab offers creative outlet in Benton Harbor

At Lake Michigan College’s Benton Harbor campus sits the Hansen Technology Center, a newer, architecturally creative building with a cavernous entryway. Through the front doors ... Read more

1 year ago by Adam Droscha.

Niles company coated with family tradition, legacy

When former Sen. John Proos visited NCP Coating in 2018 to help the privately-owned Niles business celebrate its 70th anniversary, company leaders Nat and Ben ... Read more

1 year ago by Andrew Mentock.

Farmer continues family legacy, fuels new Buchanan business

It’s hard to imagine a job tougher than one that relies on the whims of Mother Nature. In southwest Michigan, those whims inspire a spectrum ... Read more

1 year ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Tragedy in Cassopolis demonstrates true grit of farmers

Early on the morning of Nov. 4, Mark Dussel, owner of Dussel’s Farm Market in Cassopolis, got a phone call that nobody ever wants to ... Read more

1 year ago by Scott Novak.

Guitar straps made in Buchanan found worldwide

To everything in life, there are always the unnoticed components and overlooked items. Tablecloths are overlooked for the food on top of them, bookshelves ignored ... Read more

1 year ago by Adam Droscha.

Niles distiller explains how to make bourbon

Pass through the threshold of Niles’ Iron Shoe Distillery and one immediately detects the heady scent of booze in the making – it smells a ... Read more

1 year ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Dowagiac yarn shop weaving people together

There is an unmistakable sense of warmth that envelops customers of Dowagiac’s Yarn on Front as soon as they walk through the glass door up ... Read more

1 year ago by Ted Yoakum.

Niles teenager making miraculous recovery from spinal injury

Niles’ Caiden Baxter is never one to shy away from a challenge. Since he was a toddler, Baxter has devoted himself to competitive sports. He ... Read more

2 years ago by Ted Yoakum.

Buchanan native first female BMX freestyler to win world championship

Perched on top of 6-foot tall ramp, Hannah Roberts, 16, of Buchanan, leans back on her bike and doles out pointers to 12-year-old Jacob Rorie. ... Read more

2 years ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Dowagiac man shares story of recovery

On a brisk January afternoon, a tall, slender man in his thirties enters the Baker’s Rhapsody in downtown Dowagiac, his glasses fogged as the winter ... Read more

2 years ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Same-sex couple shares what it is like to raise family in St. Joseph

Fourteen-year-old George Weber is used to people asking questions about his family. As the second child of two same-sex parents, people often express curiosity. His ... Read more

2 years ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Siblings take a leap into the music industry

Buried behind a maze of leaf blowers, tables and cars in a Niles home’s garage stands a makeshift stage, mostly bare except for a tangle ... Read more

2 years ago by Sarah Culton.

Portraits of Courage: Donny Kennedy, U.S. Marine

Since I’m only about a year and a half older than my brother Donny, I can attest to the fact that from the time he ... Read more

2 years ago by Submitted.

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