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Emergency order presents challenges to growers, organizations

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — On Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order requiring COVID-19 testing for both agricultural and food ... Read more

4 days ago by Christina Clark.

Whitmer signs executive directive recognizing, addressing racism as a public health crisis

LANSING— Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took action to elevate black voices in state government, signing Executive Order 2020-163, which creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council. ... Read more

6 days ago by Submitted.

Berrien, Cass County unofficial election results

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Listed below are the unofficial election results from Berrien and Cass counties for the Aug. 4 primary election with 100 percent of ... Read more

7 days ago by Staff Report.

MDHHS issues order requiring testing of agricultural, food processing employees

LANSING — Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon has issued an Emergency Order requiring COVID-19 testing for agricultural and food processing ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

LEO launches digital hub to help Michigan workers displaced by COVID-19 crisis boost skills

LANSING — The coronavirus crisis has created record unemployment across the country and a complicated employment landscape in Michigan. Now more than ever, Michigan workers ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Gov. Whitmer amends MI Safe Start order to limit indoor gatherings

LANSING. –Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards. Under the Safe ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

United Way of Southwest Michigan teams up with “When We All Vote” to boost voter registration in Berrien, Cass, Van Buren xounties

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — United Way of Southwest Michigan recently partnered with “When We All Vote,” a nonprofit, non-partisan organization launched in 2018 to promote voter ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services orders to result in Michigan drivers, businesses saving nearly $97 million

LANSING — Michigan consumers and businesses will see an estimated savings of $96,767,175 as a result of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services’ ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

$20 Million in federal funding available to support local response efforts to COVID-19

LANSING — As communities across Michigan face budget uncertainties due to unanticipated costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has made ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

New statewide storytelling campaign shares COVID-19 response stories

LANSING — United Way of Southwest Michigan recently participated in the statewide launch of a new storytelling campaign, “United We Will,” to share its COVID-19 ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Gov. Whitmer signs mandatory mask order

LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Gov. Whitmer signs executive directive requiring implicit bias training for health professionals

LANSING — On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer singed an executive directive requiring health care professionals in Michigan to undergo implicit bias training to obtain and ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Outdoor prom event set for Aug. 1

EDWARDSBURG — A regional, all school prom has been greenlit as the original organizer has secured sponsors to partner with to put on the memorable ... Read more

1 month ago by Christina Clark.

Gov. Whitmer closes indoor service at bars throughout lower Michigan, allows cocktails to go

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-143 on Wednesday closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan to protect the progress ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

MDHHS partnership makes COVID-19 testing easier

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is making it easier than ever for residents to find nearby COVID-19 testing sites and ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services promotes mortgage relief options, insurance during American Housing Month

LANSING — June is American Housing Month, and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services is raising awareness about ways Michiganders can protect their ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Michigan is first state in nation to match its 2010 census self-response rate

ST. JOSEPH — Michigan is the first state in the nation to match its 2010 census self-response rate –– a milestone that can be attributed ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys could reopen by July 4

LANSING — July 4 may prove to be the day theaters, bowling alleys and gyms reopen across the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. With ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

Gov. Whitmer announces next steps for school reopening in the fall

LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan schools may resume in-person learning in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan, with strict ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Growers, migrant workers adapt to COVID-19 changes

By CHRISTINA CLARK christina.clark@leaderpub.com SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN — With more than 700 acres, Schilling Family Farms in Eau Claire grows lush groves of fruit trees and ... Read more

2 months ago by Christina Clark.

Barbershops, salons prepare to reopen under new restrictions

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — One of Brandon Truitt’s favorite facts about his Edwardsburg barbershop is that he can say it is where his grandfather received his ... Read more

2 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Area restaurants, bars open doors for diners this week

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Michiganders looking for a plated meal and hospitality will finally have the opportunity to dine in-house again. Restaurant and bar staff across ... Read more

2 months ago by Christina Clark.

Gov. Whitmer, Department of Insurance and Financial Services announce order requiring auto insurance refunds due to COVID-19

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services announced Monday that DIFS Director Anita Fox has ordered all auto ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Berrien County reports three additional COVID-19 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Despite the slowing of COVID-19’s spread statewide, new death counts were reported in southwest Michigan Monday. Monday, Berrien County reported three new ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

Gov. Whitmer rescinds safer at home order

LANSING — The state of Michigan is beginning to reopen. Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding the state’s safer at home order ... Read more

2 months ago by Sarah Culton.

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