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Report Looks At Ten Years Of The Pokagon Fund

The Pokagon Fund has released its annual report, and this time around, it’s focusing on the impact the organization has had on southwest Michigan during the past ten years. The fund started in 2007, set up to give three-quarters-of-one percent of the Four Winds Casino’s slot revenues to community projects. The fund’s John Krsul tells WSJM News that’s amounted to more than $25 million in the past decade.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Commissioners Take Part In Washington Discussions

Several Berrien County Commissioners were in Washington, D.C. this week for a gathering of county officials called by the Trump administration. The White House tells us commissioners from all over Michigan were on hand as discussions were held on local policies with administration staff. The commissioners also saw presentations by various federal agencies with the intent of building stronger relationships with local governments. Of all southwest Michigan counties, Berrien had the largest contingent on hand for the event. Present this week were David Vollrath, Debra Panozzo, Donnie Meeks, Ezra Scott, James Curran, Mamie Yarbrough, and Teri Freehling. As part of Wednesday’s events, the commissioners heard from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos.. ...Read Full Story

Sixth District Democratic Candidate Motivated By Bernie Sanders

A political newcomer says he wants to replace Congressman Fred Upton because he doesn’t believe Upton represents the people. David Benac is history professor at Western Michigan University who is running in the Democratic primary for the Sixth District. He tells WSJM News he started getting involved in politics when he was inspired by the Bernie Sanders run for president. He wants to work for many of the same priorities.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Primary Election Held Tuesday

The three St. Joseph City Commission incumbents to appear on Tuesday’s primary ballot have emerged the top three vote getters. According to the numbers available late in the evening, with all precincts and absentees reporting, the top three were Michael Garey, Mary Goff, and Fran Chickering. They’re currently on the commission, and voters were asked to pick three candidates out of seven for the body. However, according to the Berrien County Clerk’s office, the top six will appear on the November ballot. That means challengers Laura Goos, Peggy Getty, and Al DiBrito will also be on the general ballot. Primary challenger Kim Gane came in seventh Tuesday. Elsewhere in Berrien County Tuesday, voters in Oronoko Township approved a millage renewal for the Berrien Springs Community Library, and voters in Three Oaks Township approved millage renewals for the library and for roads.. ...Read Full Story