Blossomlandnews.com News http://www.blossomlandnews.com COVID19: Michigan Neighbor Wisconsin Experiencing Active Outbreak Madison WI Blossomland News - Covid Act Now has placed Wisconsin in the Critical category. Michiganders should limit travel to the State of Wisconsin and Iowa. According to Covid Act Now Over the last week Wisconsin has averaged 1787 new confirmed cases per day 30.7 for every 100000 residents. Over the next year this translates to around 650000 cases and an estimated 3300000 infections 56.0 of the population.. On average each person in Wisconsin with COVID is infecting 1.30 other ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=148 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=148 Statement from Governor Gretchen Whitmer on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lansing MI Blossomland News - I am truly heartbroken at the news of Justice Ginsburgs passing. Her intellect her razor sharp wit and her lifetime of service to our nation made her an inspiration to millions of Americans. I know there are a lot of women who are feeling worried right now about what this means for the future of our country. One thing I learned watching Justice Ginsburgs fearless battles with cancer and injustice is that you never give ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=147 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=147 Berrien COVID19 Weekly Update for September 10 Infection RateOn average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.78 other people. Because each person is infecting less than one other person the total number of current cases in Berrien County Michigan is shrinking. Berrien County Michigan is now at low risk of infection according to COVIDACTNOW.org.On average each person in Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.99 other people. Because this number is around 1.0 it means that COVID continues to spread but in a slow ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=146 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=146 Gov. Whitmer launches Futures for Frontliners to offer essential workers a tuition-free path to community college Lansing MI Blossomland News - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer along with leaders in education business labor and workforce development today launched the nations first program offering tuition-free college to an estimated 625000 Michiganders who provided essential frontline services during COVID-19 Stay Home Stay Safe orders between April June 2020.Futures for Frontliners inspired by the GI Bill which provided college degree to those serving their country in WWII offers Michigan adults without college degrees or high school diplomas who provided essential ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=145 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=145 November 2020 Election Endorsements Blossomland News - Berrien County Michigan's Progressive Voice proudly endorses the following candidates based upon their stance on key issues including racial equity the economy and health care:United States FederalPresident: Joe Biden VP: Kamala HarrisSenator: Gary PetersRepresentative 6th District:Jon HoadleyMichigan StateState Representative 78th District:Dan VandenHeedeState Representative 79th District:Chokwe PitchfordBerrien CountyClerk: Gwen SwaniganCommissioner 1st District:Kevin HolmesCommissioner 3rd District: Don MeeksCommissioner 4th District:Mamie L. YarbroughCommissioner 5th District:Rayonte BellCommissioner 9th District: Rich EichholzCommissioner 12th District:Michael PoormanBaroda TownshipClerk:Stacey StubblefieldBenton Charter TownshipSupervisor:Cathy YatesClerk:Carolyn PhillipsTreasurer:Debra BoothbyTrustee:Rosie ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=144 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=144 AG Nessel SOS Benson Urge Voters Not to Commit Felony by Casting Multiple Ballots in Elections Lansing MI Blossomland News - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are reminding voters to be smart in the November general election and to avoid committing a felony by casting two ballots as recently suggested by President Donald Trump.Voter fraud is typically prosecuted as a felony in the state of Michigan and bipartisan legislation was introduced in the state Legislature this summer that would codify it as a felony offense.Attorney General Nessel and Secretary ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=143 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=143 Berrien COVID19 Weekly Update Infection Rate Trending Down Restrictions to be Lifted on Gyms Pools Berrien County MI Blossomland News - The infection rate is trending down in Berrien County Governor Whitmer Signs Order Reopening Gyms and Pools Statewide Permitting Organized Sports With Strict Safety Measures. Infection RateOn average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.81 other people. Because each person is infecting less than one other person the total number of current cases in Berrien County Michigan is shrinking. Berrien County Michigan is now at low risk of infection according ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=142 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=142 Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder - I'm a Republican Vote for Biden Lansing MI Blossomland News - Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder a Republican has pledged to vote for Joe Biden according to an opinion article published today in USA Today.Snyder believes Donald Trump is a bully who lacks a moral compass and that Joe Biden would bring back civility.In the article Snyder states Forty-four years ago I celebrated my 18th birthday at the 1976 Republican National Convention as part of Gerald Fords national youth group. At that convention I had the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=141 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=141 Berrien COVID19 Weekly Update for August 28 - Medium Risk Berrien County MI Blossomland News - On average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.91 other people. Because this number is around 1.0 it means that COVID continues to spread but in a slow and controlled fashion.Over the last week Berrien County Michigan has averaged 12 new confirmed cases per day 7.9 for every 100000 residents. Over the next year this translates to around 4400 cases and an estimated 22000 infections 14.4 of the population.Berrien County ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=140 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=140 Michigan AG Warns of Tech Support Scams Lansing MI Blossomland News - While the Michigan Department of Attorney General has not seen an uptick in complaints of tech-savvy scammers recent media coverage of an Apple iPhone scam highlights the need to remind Michiganders again to be cautious of tech-support scams. Attorney General Dana Nessel is reminding residents to beware of bad actors who may be posing as employees offering tech support for major companies like Apple or Microsoft. A recent media report indicated a Michigan woman was ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=139 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=139 Michigan State Police and Benton Harbor Police Department host Bike with a Cop Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - In an effort to strengthen ties with the community The Michigan State Police and Benton Harbor Police Department hosted a Bike with a Cop event on Wednesday afternoon. The event started at the Boys and Girls Club Fetting Youth Campus.About 50 Kids ages 5-12 and their parents participated by riding their bikes with the MSP and Benton Harbor Police Officers. A brief bicycle safety lesson was provided prior to the ride and ice cream ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=138 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=138 Tuesday Morning Storm Impacts Niles: More Storms Expected Blossomland News Niles MI - According to American Electric Power over 20 customers were still without power at 4:15pm.According to a Facebook post from Niles Mayor Nick Shelton:UPDATE 9:10 AM: Additional crews assisting with wider power outages. No restoration times yet. Report downed lines to 269-683-6161.UPDATE 8:54 AM: If your electric meter base or service line pulled from your house please call an electrical contractor. The City will restore power to your house after the contractor calls the inspector and ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=137 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=137 FEMA Approves Whitmer Administration's Application for Federal Funding to Provide an Additional 300 Per Week to Unemployed Michiganders Lansing MI Blossomland News - On Monday the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration FEMA approved the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agencys application for funding that would provide an additional 300 per week payment to Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits. This is good news for the thousands of Michiganders who are still without work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but its still a short term band aid that falls short of whats needed said Governor Whitmer. We need the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=136 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=136 Michigan Issues COVID-19 Citations for Workplace Safety Violations One Citation Issued in Berrien County Lansing MI Blossomland News - To protect Michigans workforce and workplaces the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration MIOSHA has been working with businesses across the state on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Following several inspections MIOSHA has issued the first round of COVID-19 general duty citations. MIOSHA cited six different businesses with serious violations for failing to uphold safe and healthy practices potentially putting workers in harms way.Were focused on education first so employers know what they ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=135 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=135 Mail Delays Expected in SW Michigan as Grand Rapids Post Office Gutted Last Weekend Grand Rapids MI Blossomland News - Fox 17 WXMI News out of Grand Rapids is reporting that sorting machines have been pulled out of the Grand Rapids post office which sorts mail for most of Western and Southwestern Michigan. The sorting machines were pulled out sometime this last weekend and remain in the elements outside of the building. The same has been happening all over the U.S.Newly appointed postmaster Louis DeJoy is currently facing a congressional investigation and has agreed ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=134 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=134 Michigan Court of Appeals upholds Gov. Whitmer's emergency actions Lansing MI Blossomland News - In a nearly unanimous decision the MIchigan Court of Appeals has bucked a challenge of Whitmer's powers during the COVID19 crisis brought by the Republicans in Michigan Legislature. According to the appeals court and lower court ruling Michigan's current state of emergency related to COVID-19 is lawful under the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945. The case is now likely headed to the Michigan Supreme Court. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=133 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=133 Berrien COVID19 Weekly Update for August 21 - Medium Risk Berrien County MI Blossomland News - On average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.94 other people. Because this number is around 1.0 it means that COVID continues to spread but in a slow and controlled fashion. covidactnow.orgA significant percentage 3.6 of COVID tests were positive meaning that Berrien County Michigans testing meets WHO minimums but needs to be further expanded to detect most new cases. Identifying and isolating new cases can help contain COVID without ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=132 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=132 Michigan Joins Lawsuit Against US Postal Service Lansing MI Blossomland News - Michigan has joined with a coalition of other states and will be filing a lawsuit today against the federal government over recent unlawful changes to the U.S. Postal Services USPS operations while preparing for the potential impacts those changes could have on the countrys November general election. With the support of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today that Michigan will join the lawsuit which is being ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=131 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=131 Sign up for the United Way of Southwest Michigan 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge Saint Joseph MI Blossomland News - This self-guided learning journey is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in Southwest Michigan while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. People from all over Southwest Michigan will participate in the Challenge coordinated by United Way of Southwest Michigan to raise awareness shift attitudes and change outcomes. The equity challenge ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=130 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=130 Governor Whitmer Delivers Speech at DNC: Hot mic captures expletive before speech. Lansing MI Blossomland News - Donning a leather jacket Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered a speech at the first night of the DNC convention on Monday. According to a report from the Detroit Free Press today Whitmer said It's not just Shark Week it's Shark Week mother with a smile to laughter from those in the room as she waits to go live from a Lansing union hall according to a video clip posted on Twitter by the online newsletter ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=129 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=129 West Michigan Church Vandalized over the Weekend with Homophobic Slurs and Trump 2020 Jenison MI Blossomland News - Georgetown United Methodist Church in Jenison was spray painted with homophobic slurs and Trump 2020 over the weekend. According to an information release from Georgetown Methodist Church:As you all have probably heard by now the painted doors displayed on the lawn of our church were vandalized with hateful messages during the very early hours of Friday August 14. Our Open Door Committee members along with their children worked hard to create these beautiful visual displays ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=128 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=128 Gov. Whitmer announces MI Mask Aid: 4 million free masks to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19 Lansing MI Blossomland News - Four million free masks are being provided to Michigan residents who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 through a partnership involving the state Ford Motor Company and the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today.Low-income residents seniors schools and homeless shelters will benefit from the MI Mask Aid partnership that is part of the Mask Up Michigan campaign.Michigan needs to continue to mask up to protect us all from COVID-19 Gov. Whitmer said. ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=127 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=127 Berrien COVID-19 Weekly Update: Risk Remains Low Infection Rate Trending Slightly Up Berrien County MI Blossomland News - On average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.85 other people. Because each person is infecting less than one other person the total number of current cases in Berrien County Michigan is shrinking.A significant percentage 3.4 of COVID tests were positive meaning that Berrien County Michigans testing meets WHO minimums but needs to be further expanded to detect most new cases. Identifying and isolating new cases can help contain COVID ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=126 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=126 Government drone sent to watery Lake Michigan grave by bald eagle Escanaba MI Blossomland News - An Upper Peninsula bald eagle launched an airborne attack on a drone operated by a Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy EGLE pilot last month tearing off a propeller and sending the aircraft to the bottom of Lake Michigan.The brazen eagle vs. EGLE onslaught took place near Escanaba in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on July 21 when EGLE environmental quality analyst and drone pilot Hunter King was mapping shoreline erosion for use in the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=125 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=125 Governor Whitmer Extends Protections for Nursing Home Residents and Staff Grocery Store Workers Lansing MI Blossomland News - The governor continued to protect Michigans frontline workers in grocery stores pharmacies and long-term care facilities by signing Executive Orders 2020-168 and 2020-169. The governors orders extend existing safety measures including 2 hours a week of reserved shopping time for vulnerable populations to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores and pharmacies. For the past five months Michiganders have stepped up and done their part to fight COVID-19 and frontline workers in our hospitals ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=124 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=124 Black Lives Matter Mural Painted by Volunteers in Berrien County Blossomland News Benton Harbor MI - Over 100 volunteers including the mayor and city council members helped install a Black Lives Matter mural on the street in front of Benton Harbor High School on Saturday.We made it clear that Black Lives Matter in Berrien County said community organizer Trenton Bowens.A similar proposal was up for review again at the Saint Joesph City Commission meeting held on Monday. If approved the Black Lives Mural would be painted in front of Saint ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=123 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=123 VandenHeede nearly quadrupled Paquette in fundraising this past quarter Dan VandenHeede a retired teacher Niles City Councilman and Democratic candidate for State Representative in Michigans 78th State House District nearly quadrupled his Republican opponent in fundraising this past quarter. This campaign has always been about bringing together a coalition of people from all sides of the political spectrum who believe that change can happen and are sick of politics as usual. This fundraising quarter in which 70 percent of my donors contributed 50 or under proved that we have ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=122 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=122 Approaching Derecho Leaves 500000 Without Power Berrien County Michigan Blossomland News - According to the National Weather Service a DESTRUCTIVE LINE OF STORMS ARRIVING LATE THIS AFTERNOON... A line of storms with a history of producing wind gusts between 70 and 100 mph is tracking through northwest Illinois. This line will move into northwest Indiana and southwest Lower Michigan near 5 PM EDT.The complex of storms headed this way have knocked out power and caused tree damage from around Omaha Nebraska to central Iowa. Winds gusted ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=121 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=121 Berrien County COVID-19 Weekly Update: Infection Rate Dips - Now At Low Risk Berrien County MI Blossomland News - Berrien County is now at low risk as the infection rate has dipped to 0.73 On average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.73 other people. Because each person is infecting less than one other person the total number of current cases in Berrien County Michigan is shrinking. According to covidactnow.org.Over the last week Berrien County Michigan has averaged 5.8 new confirmed cases per day for every 100000 residents. As ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=120 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=120 Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive Recognizing and Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis Creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council Lansing MI Blossomland News - Today Governor Gretchen took action to elevate Black voices in state government signing Executive Order 2020-163 which creates the Black Leadership Advisory Council. The governor also signed Executive Directive 2020-9 recognizing racism as a public health crisis and taking initial steps to address it within state government. Under the Executive Directive the governor asked MDHHS to make health equity a major goal as well as required implicit bias training for all state employees. Since ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=119 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=119 Chokwe Pitchford more than triples last democratic candidate's fundraising record. Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - At this point in 2018 the Joey Andrews for 79th district campaign had raised 11000. Chokwe Pitchford released a Campaign Finance Report CFR on Friday July 24 showing over 37000 in campaign contributions to date from more than 875 unique donors.My brothers campaign in 2018 was groundbreaking at the time says Pitchfords campaign manager Nealie Andrews. Joey excels at field organizing which is why he was hired to do it for the Michigan Democratic ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=118 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=118 Governor Whitmer: President Trump Should Focus on Saving American Lives Not Threatening to Delay the 2020 Election Lansing Michigan Blossomland News - Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after President Trump published a tweet suggesting America should postpone the 2020 election: Its clear that the president is more focused on his chances in the 2020 election than on protecting families from a virus that has killed more than 150000 Americans said Governor Whitmer. The truth is that mail-in absentee voting is safe simple and patriotic so much so that the president and more than ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=117 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=117 Berrien County COVID-19 Weekly Update Medium Risk Statewide bars are closed for indoor service and indoor gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people. Infection RateOn average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.97 other people. Because this number is around 1.0 it means that COVID continues to spread but in a slow and controlled fashion. On average each person in Michigan with COVID is infecting 1.06 other people. Because this number is around 1.0 it means that COVID continues to spread but in a slow and controlled fashion. Source: covidactnow.org 7/29/2020 update Daily new cases per 100k populationOver the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=116 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=116 Black Lives Matter Mural Proposal To Be Mulled Over By Saint Joseph City Commission Saint Joseph MI Blossomland News - The Saint Joseph City Commission is reviewing a proposal by community activist Trenton Bowens to paint a Black Lives Matter mural on Stadium Drive near Saint Joseph High School. The proposal was submitted at a special social justice meeting held on July 20th. At the regular meeting of the Saint Joseph City Commission of July 27th commissioners agreed the idea deserves a review.The mural idea will be discussed at the next regular meeting scheduled ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=115 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=115 Viral Video Showing Large Gathering in Benton Harbor Prompts Concerns Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - A snapchat video showing a recent large gathering in Benton Harbor Michigan is causing concerns. The video shows over 100 revelers in close proximity to each other without face coverings. In an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease particularly when used ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=114 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=114 Community Steps Up to Rebuild Cherry Beach Stairs Harbert MI Blossomland News - According to Chikaming Township Parks Preserves and Beaches the community effort to rebuild the stairs at Cherry Beach has been completed on July 25th. The restoration was organized by Joe Sipek. Over 7000 was raised in a Go Fund Me fundraiser and many volunteers helped with the project. In January high lake levels and waves caused the destruction of the steps which were recently restored by the Chikaming Township Parks in 2019. The Parks Department ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=113 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=113 Berrien County Hosts Household Recycling Event on August 12th Berrien Center MI Blossomland News - Household Chemicals Electronics and Foam/Polystyrene items will be accepted at the recycling event to be held Wednesday August 12 2020 from 3 p.m. 7 p.m. at Love Creek County Park 9292 Huckleberry Rd. in Berrien Center.Items which will be accepted include:Home garden yard garage under-the-sink bathroom and home workshop chemicals liquids and cleaners. Items with the words toxic flammable hazardous or poisonous on the label.Acids and BasesAdhesivesAerosols - all kindsAntifreezeAutomotive ProductsBathroom Products hair ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=112 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=112 COVID-19 Weekly Update: Berrien County remains at HIGH risk Trending Down Since Mask Mandate According to Covid Act Now Berrien County continues to be at high risk as of the 7/22/2020 update. On average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 1.12 other people. As such the total number of active cases in Berrien County Michigan is growing at an unsustainable rate. If this trend continues the hospital system may become overloaded. Caution is warranted. 1Since the state mask mandate took effect Berrien County has seen a .03 overall decrease in ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=111 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=111 Police Still Searching for 29 year-old Man Missing since Monday Harbert MI Blossomland News - Police are still searching for a 29 year-old man that went missing in Shorewood-Tower Hills area of Harbert on Monday while walking his dog. According to Chikaming Township police the man's dog has been found. The missing person is Thomas Bailey-Anthony Sexton. He is White/Native American 62 185lbs has Dark Brown Wavy Hair Neck-Shoulder Length Scruffy facial hair. He was last seen wearing a Long Sleeve Shirt/Black Sleeves Gray Chest Area with Black Lettering on ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=110 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=110 Gov. Whitmer and AG Nessel Respond to President Trump's Threat to Send Federal Law Enforcement to Detroit Lansing MI Blossomland News - In response to President Trumps threat to send federal law enforcement into cities across the nation including Detroit Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statements: It is deeply disturbing that President Trump is once again choosing to spread hateful rhetoric and attempting to suppress the voices of those he doesn't agree with said Governor Whitmer. Quite frankly the president doesn't know the first thing about Detroit. If he did ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=109 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=109 State Contractor Charged in 2 million Unemployment Fraud Scheme Detroit MI Blossomland News - A Detroit woman was charged in a criminal complaint for her alleged role in a multi-million dollar unemployment insurance fraud scheme aimed at defrauding the State of Michigan and the U.S. Government of funds earmarked for unemployment assistance during the COVID19 pandemic announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.Joining in the announcement were Irene Lindow Special Agent-in-Charge Chicago Region U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Douglas J. Zloto US Secret ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=108 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=108 Michigan Jeweler Buries 1 Million Dollars of Treasure - Here's Where to Find It Washington Township MI Blossomland News - Hard hit Jeweler Johnny Perri maybe closing up his business for good but he intends to go out with a bang. Mr. Perri is burying over 1 million dollars worth of inventory of coins and gems and inviting you on a quest to find the treasure.According to the website johnnystreasurequest.com:My name is Johnny Perri and Im a local business owner from Washington Township Michigan.Ive been serving the community and trading gold silver diamonds ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=107 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=107 Take This Epic Bike Tour Through Michigan's Harbor Country Three Oaks MI Blossomland News - The Apple Cider Century may have been postponed until next year but there is nothing stopping some safe bike fun Enjoy both the scenic country-side and the beach with these two bike routes starting at Warren Woods State Park near Three Oaks. All the roads on these routes are in fair to excellent condition and are some of the safer roads to bike on.The first route takes you from Warren Woods State Park to ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=106 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=106 COVID-19 Weekly Update: Berrien County remains at HIGH risk According to Covid Act Now Berrien County continues to be at high risk as of the 7/15/2020 update. On average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 1.15 other people. As such the total number of active cases in Berrien County Michigan is growing at an unsustainable rate. If this trend continues the hospital system may become overloaded. Caution is warranted. 1According to the Herald Palladium Berrien County is back over 100 active cases after adding 16 ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=105 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=105 Close-Knit Berrien County Masks Up With No Problem Berrien County MI Blossomland News - There were a series of incidents across the state over the past few days including one death resulting from a dispute over a mask up request. There have been no such incidents reported in Berrien County. Berrien County is a close-knit community our friends and neighbors are retail employees police officers and business owners. We've shown earlier this year after the tragic death of George Floyd that we are a community of both peace ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=104 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=104 Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Extending Protections for Nursing Homes Residents and Maintaining Special Hours of Operations at Grocery Stores for Vulnerable Michiganders Lansing MI Blossomland News - Today Governor Whitmer signed Executive Orders 2020-148 and 2020-149 extending COVID-19 adaptation in long-term care facilities to protect residents and staff and extending existing safety measures including 2 hours a week of reserved shopping time for vulnerable populations to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores and pharmacies. The frontline workers across the state have been the heroes of this pandemic and we must do everything we can to protect both them and our ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=103 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=103 Reader Mail: How do you get your COVID-19 Data A reader recently wrote us concerned about the COVID-19 Data provided by Blossomland News she wrote: Hi I just saw a post that someone shared that states Berrien County is now in a high risk category for COVID that is linked to your website. I looked at the Berrien County Health Department website and found no Alert for our county. On your website it claims that there was expected to be 35 people hospitalized for COVID on July 10 but ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=102 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=102 Chokwe Pitchford leads Pauline Wendzel in a new poll by 1 point Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - The Republican bastion in Michigans 79th State House district could be drawing its final breaths as indicated by fundraising engagement as well as a one-point advantage in a poll released July 6 2020 by Mark Grebner Practical Political Consulting Inc. that favors Chokwe Pitchford over junior incumbent Pauline Wendzel.This is exciting news. During the period 1992 to 2020 a republican stronghold in Michigans legislature in part as a result of partisan gerrymandering in the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=101 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=101 Blossomland News Launches Podcast to Bring Content to Visually Impaired Individuals Berrien County MI Blossomland News - Berrien County's progressive voice Blossomland News is now available on Spotify. Our podcast offers a way for visually impaired individuals to enjoy our always free and non-commercial content. It also offers our readers the ability to listen to our content on the go.To listen to the podcast you'll need to download the Spotify app from your device's App Store. Once you are up and running search for Blossomland News or click the Spotify icon ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=100 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=100 Attorney General Nessel Warns Of Fake 'Face Mask Exempt' Cards Ahead of July 13th Mandate Lansing MI Blossomland News - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan the Upper Peninsula are warning Michiganders about fraudulent cards that falsely claim to exempt the holder from wearing face coverings in businesses and other areas where such personal protective equipment is required. As the country continues to grapple with COVID-19 certain groups like the Freedom to Breathe Agency have made available Face Mask Exempt Cards to residents as an attempt to ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=99 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=99 August 4th Primary Ballot Confusion Has Election Officials Concerned Berrien County Michigan Blossomland News - Township and County Clerks on both sides of the aisle are concerned that the 2020 primary ballot which consolidates both parties on one ballot may lead to spoiled ballots. When voting in the primary select candidates on the left or the right. If your ballot looks like the void one shown in the picture the entire ballot will spoiled and your vote will not count.Michigan is an open primary state meaning you don't have ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=98 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=98 Berrien Health Officials: Recent COVID outbreak linked to large youth group gathering Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - In a data commentary posted on social media the Berrien County Health Department says the recent COVID outbreak in Berrien County has been linked to a large youth group gathering and long term care facility. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=97 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=97 Michigan: New Executive Order Makes Not Wearing a Mask a Misdemeanor Crime Subject to 500 Fine Lansing Michigan Blossomland News - Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new executive order which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces.The order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering with a few exceptions such as those who are medically unable or ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=96 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=96 AG Nessel agrees to Prosecute Diamond Lake Revelers at the Request of Cass County LaGrange Twp. Michigan Blossomland News - Attorney General Dana Nessel agreed on Thursday to handle prosecutions stemming from the large Fourth of July in Diamond Lake in Cass County Michigan. On July 7th The Cass County Prosecutors Office requested the Michigan Attorney General's Office appoint a special prosecutor after a viral video showed hundreds of people gathered on Lake Diamond. Individuals shown in the video were not following state orders regarding physical distancing and wearing masks.Diamond Lake is a consistant ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=95 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=95 Whitmer: The law requires that anyone in an enclosed public space has to wear a mask. Lansing MI Blossomland News - Governor Whitmer made a statement today at a press conference clarifying Michigan's Mask Up Law and hinted at strengthening enforcement of the law. According to Whitmer I want to be very clear. Right now the law requires that anyone in an enclosed public space has to wear a mask and that means every store youre going into. And we are reviewing that requirement and considering whether or not we need to take this a step ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=94 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=94 Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive to Improve Equity Across Michigan's Health Care System Lansing Michigan Blossomland News - Governor Whitmer today signed Executive Directive 2020-7 which directs the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs LARA to begin developing rules that will require implicit bias training as part of the knowledge and skills necessary for licensure registration and renewal of licenses and registrations of health professionals in Michigan. Implicit bias training was one of the recommendations made by the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities which Governor Whitmer created in response to the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=93 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=93 COVID-19 Update: Berrien County now at HIGH risk covidactnow.org Berrien County MI Blossomland News - Berrien County has shifted from medium to high risk for the spread of COVID-19 according to the July 9th update on covidactnow.org.According to covidactnow.org:On average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 1.12 other people. As such the total number of active cases in Berrien County Michigan is growing at an unsustainable rate. If this trend continues the hospital system may become overloaded. Caution is warranted.On last week's update we reported ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=92 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=92 Berrien County Sheriff's Office Issues Scam Warning Saint Joseph MI Blossomland News - An alleged scammer has ripped off homeowners in Berrien Springs Buchanan Bertrand and Niles Township according the Berrien County Sheriff's Office. He is offering to seal driveways takes the money up front and is never seen from again. The alleged scammer drives a white Dodge pickup truck with South Carolina plates. If you see him call the Berrien County Sheriff's Office - Detective Bureau: 269-983-7141 x: 7224.The Berrien County Sheriff's Office issued this alert ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=91 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=91 MICHIGAN - Judge throws out GOP Lawsuit Targeting Independent Redistricting. Lansing MI Blossomland News - U.S. District Judge Janet Neff on Monday dismissed two Republican lawsuits designed to upend the voter-approved constitutional amendment that established the Michigans Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission according to an article published in Michigan Advance. The commission was appointed after citizens voted for and approved Proposal 2 in 2018. The proposal established an independent commission charged with untangling Michigan's gerrymandered districts. Attorney General Dana Nessel released this statement today This decision reaffirms exactly what our democracy ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=90 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=90 Heat Wave to Impact Berrien County This Week Berrien County Blossomland News - The National Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures to be above 90 in Berrien County from Monday to Thursday. Avoid strenuous activities Wear light clothing Check on family members and neighbors Drink plenty of fluids Watch for heat cramps heat exhaustion and heat stroke and never leave people or pets in a closed car.If you have to work outside: Stay hydrated Avoid dehydrating liquids like Alcohol coffee tea and caffeinated soft drinks Wear protective clothing ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=89 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=89 Berrien COVID-19 Uptick Raises Alert Level to MEDIUM expected to reach HIGH alert level in 1-2 weeks. Berrien County Blossomland News - On our weekly COVID-19 update on Thursday we reported that our scientific partner covidactnow.org has lowered the COVID-19 risk rate to low based upon data at that time on average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID was infecting 0.80 other people. That number his quickly risen to .91 - prompting a Medium Alert. On 7/3/2020 the Berrien County Health Department issued this statement on social media We are seeing an uptick in cases ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=88 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=88 Fatal Holiday Accident: Motorcyclist Wasn't Wearing a Helmet New Buffalo Township MI Blossomland News - The accident happened near Timothy's Restaurant on Red Arrow Highway in Union Pier on Saturday Evening. Berrien County Sheriff's Department identified the victim as Stacy Johnson a 23 year old female from Illinois.According to a report on WNDU Johnson was the only occupant of the motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet. Upon arrival Sheriffs Deputies found Johnson unresponsive lying on the road. 2 Passer by Doctors were already administering CPR. Johnson was ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=87 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=87 Mask Up Protest Goes Statewide maskupmichigan.org Call to Action Blossomland News - A local protest of failures to enforce the Governor's Executive Order has expanded statewide. The protest is now homed at http://www.maskupmichigan.org.According to Mask Up Michigan: Cloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs sneezes talks or raises their voice. This is called source control. This recommendation is based on what ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=86 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=86 Berrien County Mask Up Protest Organized Editorial/Call to Action Blossomland News - On July 1st Berrien County Undersheriff Chuck Heit made a statement to WSJM News indicating the Sheriff's Department will not enforce the executive order protecting Michiganians from COVID-19. The statement includes a fake news myth about medical exemptions to wearing a face mask. We still have the tip line open and work with the health department on contacting businesses but when you look at the executive order it does have a caveat in it ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=85 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=85 Weekly Update: Berrien County moves to Low Risk On track to contain COVID. Berrien County Michigan Blossomland News - On average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.80 other people. Because each person is infecting less than one other person the total number of current cases in Berrien County Michigan is shrinking according to covidactnow.org which moves Berrien County to Low Risk. However the infection rate is trending upwards slightly since May 26th.COVID in Michigan is spreading in a slow and controlled fashion and Michigans COVID preparedness meets international ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=84 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=84 Whitmer: No Indoor Service at Bars in Lower Michigan LANSING Michigan Blossomland News - Governor Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-143 closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan to protect the progress Michigan has made against COVID-19. Regions 6 and 8 which include the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan are excluded from the order and bars statewide can continue to serve outdoors. The governor also signed a package of bills allowing cocktails-to-go at bars and restaurants to help these businesses serve more Michiganders during ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=83 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=83 Whirlpool Announces Job Cuts BENTON HARBOR Michigan Blossomland News - Benton Harbor based Whirlpool Corporation recently announced planned jobs cuts which come after the company encountered unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.WNDU is reporting the company layoffs are only for U.S. salaried workers but the overall cost reductions are global. There are no current details yet about how many positions are being cut.Photo: Google Earth http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=82 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=82 Iconic Apple Cider Century Tour Cancelled for 2020 THREE OAKS Michigan Blossomland News - Organizers of the iconic Apple Cider Century say they have postponed the 47th annual Apple Cider Century until next year. The event won't be happening this year because the organizers don't believe they can meet CDC guidelines. The Apple Cider Century is a large event that attracts bike riders from around the world and the United States. At the present time Berrien County has a slow controlled outbreak of COVID-19 however some parts of ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=81 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=81 Big Changes to Michigan's Auto Insurance Laws on July 1st. LANSING Michigan Blossomland News - Michigan Drivers have been paying the highest premiums in the United States. A new law goes into effect on July 1st aiming to change that. The law was a bi-partisan effort between Michigan's Republican Led Legislature and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Insurance companies will be required to reduce statewide average PIP medical premiums for eight years and give you more choices when it comes to determining the amount of coverage you need.Consumers are advised to ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=80 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=80 Berrien Businesses Fear Repercussions of Customers Refusing to Mask Up STEVENSVILLE Michigan Blossomland News - The Berrien County Health Department has been reportedly receiving numerous complaints about area restaurants not enforcing COVID-19 guidelines. According to a statement made to Southwest Michigan Food Reviews We have received many complaints from folks about restaurants specifically not following the rules especially with masking requirements and are doing the best we can to follow-up with each of those facilities. We have created an online complaint form to make it easy for people to express ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=79 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=79 85 coronavirus cases linked to one Michigan Bar East Lansing MI Blossomland News - 85 coronavirus cases have been linked to Harper's Restaurant Brewpub in East Lansing according to the Ingham County Health Department. On June 26th Ingham County Health Department said on twitter Harpers update: currently we have 76 COVID-19 cases with a link to Harpers. None are hospitalized. Please wear a mask in public and keep 6 feet away from people you dont live with.There was a follow up tweet today from the Ingham County ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=78 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=78 MDHHS Michigan Mental Health Warmline 888-733-7753 Fields Calls in Challenging Times Lansing MI Blossomland News - The warmline operates seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 888-733-7753. It is intended to serve individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety depression and trauma. Individuals in crisis including those considering suicide are urged to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255.The warmline will help individuals with long-term mental health challenges find someone to talk to ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=77 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=77 Absentee Ballot Application Deadline for Upcoming Election is 5pm on Friday July 31st Lansing MI Blossomland News - All eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. All registered voters in Michigan have the right to vote by mail. It's a safe way to vote and protect your health and the process is secure and accurate. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot application for the August Primary Election is 5pm on Friday July 31st.According the the Michigan Secretary of State Your request for ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=76 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=76 Berrien County Census Response Rate is Lower Than State Average Berrien County MI Blossomland News - Berrien County is lagging behind the state when it comes to completing the U.S. Census. Berrien County with a response rate of 63.3 percent is doing better than the national average but not quite a good as the states average. Some of the local nonprofit get-out-the-count events will be re-scheduled for July and August Amid a global pandemic and the cancellation of in-person census events nonprofits helped propel Michigan to become the first state ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=75 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=75 COVID-19 Update for Berrien County with important new info from MDHHS 6/26 Berrien County Blossomland News - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as well as the CDC are advising that COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets. A cloth face covering can keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others. On average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.94 other people. Because this number is around 1.0 it means that COVID continues to spread but in a slow and controlled fashion. covidactnow.org/6-25-2020 UpdateCOVID in Michigan ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=74 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=74 New Buffalo Savings Bank Acquired by Teachers Credit Union New Buffalo MI Blossomland News - The landscape of Berrien County is changing rapidly in 2020. The assets of locally owned New Buffalo Savings Bank is now owned by Teachers Credit Union of Indiana.On Wednesday the ATM on Harbor Country Dr. was boarded up and the logos were spray painted prompting concerns that it was vandalized. According to Teachers Credit Union All three NBSB branches will remain open and their hours will not change. Additionally you will be able to ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=73 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=73 Abnormally large dust cloud from the Sahara will Impact Midwest Blossomland News - According to a post by Manhattan Weather Channel on Facebook:An abnormally large dust cloud from the Sahara is making about a 5000-mile trek across the Atlantic suppressing tropical development in the Atlantic Basin. It will reach the Gulf Coast Thursday and make it's way up into the Midwest over the weekend. You will see a haze in the sky with red sunrise and sunsets. Photo: Manhattan Weather Channel/Facebook http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=72 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=72 Services Announced for Matthew Ryan Kihlstrand 1974-2020 Hero who died tragically saving another. Saint Joseph MI Blossomland News - Matthew Ryan Kihlstrand 45 of St. Joseph MI tragically lost his life while heroically saving another on Friday June 19 2020 in the St. Joseph River.A memorial gathering will take place from 4-7pm with a celebration of life beginning at 7pm on Thursday June 25 2020 at Starks Menchinger Chapel 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan www.humanesocietyswm.org.Matt was ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=71 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=71 Will Amtrak's Pere Marquette Ever Return to Saint Joseph Saint Joseph MI Info269 - In March Amtrak temporarily suspended the Pere Marquette which runs from Chicago to Grand Rapids and stops in Saint Joseph. As of June 17 2020 Amtrak has resumed service for all routes except the Pere Marquette and the Piedmont which runs in North Carolina prompting concerns that service to Saint Joseph will be permanently suspended.The route has seen steadily decreasing ridership over the past few years according in the ridership and revenue factsheet posted by ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=70 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=70 Grand Valley State University named Best in Michigan for LGBTQ Students Allendale MI Blossomland News - Grand Valley has been named the best university in Michigan for LGBTQ Students by Campus Pride and BestColleges.The university is included in the 2020 ranking of The Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students in Each State. The ranking combines BestColleges criteria of academic support and affordability data in addition to the Campus Pride Index score a national rating system that measures LGBTQ-friendly campus life.Campus Pride considers eight LGBTQ inclusive factors to reach a measurement:Policy inclusionSupport and ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=69 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=69 Sheriff's Department Deputies Find Body of Missing Berrien County Man Berrien Springs MI Blossomland News - A body was found 1/2 mile downriver from where a man went missing after saving a juvenile's life on Friday evening. The Berrien County Sheriff's Department believes the body is that of the man who went missing. An autopsy will be done at Western Michigan University. The mans name has not been released.In the related article published in Blossomland News on Friday 46 Year Old Berrien County Man Missing Possibly Drowned:A 46 year old ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=68 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=68 Community Notes: Lt. Julie Flick Retires New Buffalo MI Blossomland News - Lt. Julie Flick long time fixture with the New Buffalo Township unit of the Berrien County Sheriff's Department has retired. According to an announcement from the Berrien County Sheriff's Department: We would like to wish Lt. Julie Flick happy retirement Julie has been with the Berrien County Sheriffs Office for 25 years and with NBT Sheriff patrol since 2007. She will be missed. Thanks for serving our communityThank you for your service and well ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=67 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=67 Berrien County Youth Fair sets date Scaled Down Fair to take place August 15-23 Berrien Springs MI Blossomland News - Berrien County's signature Youth Fair will take place August 15-23 in a scaled down format and the official 75th year anniversary celebration has been postponed until 2021. According to a June 18 2020 press release from the manager of the Berrien County Youth Fair:After much discussion during the past three months the Board of Directors of the Berrien County Youth Fair has decided to postpone the 75th Anniversary Berrien County Youth Fair to August ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=66 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=66 46 Year Old Berrien County Man Missing Possibly Drowned Berrien Springs MI Blossomland News - A 46 year old Berrien County man is missing and has possibly drowned. Officials from the Berrien County Sheriff's Office say three juveniles and two adults were on a Pontoon Boat near the Jasper Dairy Boat Launch. One of the juveniles fell out of the boat and was struggling in the water. The two adults went in the water to rescue the juvenile one was able to rescue the juvenile. The other adult who ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=65 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=65 COVID CONCERN: Berrien County sees 7 new cases today 200 new cases statewide for second straight day. Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - Michigan saw the addition of 200 new cases statewide for the second straight day in a row causing concerns that Michigan maybe losing ground in the COVID battle. According to a report posted on mlive.com:Wayne County which includes Detroit added 42 confirmed cases--the most reported cases today. Kent County added 32 confirmed cases Oceana County added 25 Oakland County added 15 and Muskegon County added 11.Lapeer County added 9 more cases today Kalamazoo added ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=64 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=64 Weekly Berrien County Michigan COVID-19 Update 6/17: Medium Risk Berrien County MI Blossomland News - On average each person in Berrien County Michigan with COVID is infecting 0.96 other people. Because this number is around 1.0 it means that COVID continues to spread but in a slow and controlled fashion.Berrien County Michigan has about 20 ICU beds. We estimate that 35 7 are currently occupied by non-COVID patients. With 13 ICU beds remaining we estimate 22 are needed by COVID cases or 100 of available beds. This suggests hospitals ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=63 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=63 Lincoln Township Police Seeking Tips to Find Who Shot Up North Lake Park Pavilion Stevensville MI Blossomland News - Police are seeking information about bullet holes which appeared at North Lake Park beginning in March.According to Lincoln Township Police on Facebook It was brought to our attention today that someone has used our brand new pavilion at North Lake Park for target practice. An individual who uses the park frequently told us the bullet holes have been there since March. Yes there are cameras at North Lake Park don't want to see check the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=62 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=62 Michigan AG Nessel Proposes Public Bad Cop Registry Lansing MI Blossomland News - To effectuate substantive structural change to the police oversight system in Michigan Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced seven proposals as part of a series of actions for police reform. The proposals seek to increase transparency surrounding law enforcement agencies and ensure accountability from and for law enforcement officers. In 2016 the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards MCOLES began requiring that law enforcement officers in the State of Michigan be licensed. But in ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=61 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=61 Michigan: Bust of Christoper Columbus near Canadian Border Removed By City Detroit MI Blossomland News - A bust of Christopher Columbus has been removed by the City of Detroit. The bust was located near the Detroit-Windsor tunnel in the median of Randolph Street facing the intersection of Jefferson Avenue. The removal occurred on Monday in response to objections to honoring the historical figure who was likely responsible for atrocities against indigenous peoples. Statutes of Christopher Columbus and other controversial historical figures have been destroyed or vandalized in several locations across the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=60 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=60 Local Reaction to Historic LGBT Supreme Court Ruling Berrien County MI Blossomland News - In a 6-3 decision written by Trump appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch the Supreme Court of the United States has extended workplace discrimination protections to LGBT Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender individuals. With the court stacked with 4 Republican appointees The decision came as a surprise to many on both ends of the political spectrum. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=59 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=59 Krasl Art Center Offers Free Poster Paper and Markers ahead of Twin Cities Peace Protest Saint Joseph Blossomland News - Krasl Art Center is donating poster paper and the use of sanitized markers ahead of the Saint Joseph Benton Harbor Peace March scheduled for Saturday. Poster-making will begin at 3:00 pm Saturday June 13 on Wayne Street across from the Berrien County Courthouse. Details about the event can be found on Facebook:https://facebook.com/events/s/benton-harbor-stjoseph-peace-m/257648981961733See related story: Peaceful March Planned for Saint Joseph and Benton Harbor on Saturday June 13 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=58 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=58 Three Oaks Planning Commission OKs Marijuana Stores along US 12 Three Oaks Blossomland News - The Village of Three Oaks Planning Commission sent their recommendations to the village council on June 2. The Planning Commission is recommending allowing marijuana stores to set up shop on US 12 but away from the Three Oaks Elementary School. The issue was to be taken up by the village council on June 10. As of time of publication the minutes from that meeting were unavailable. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=57 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=57 Berrien Health Official: Just because things are opening up that doesnt mean the pandemic is over. Benton Harbor Blossomland News - In a statement made to WSJM News on June 10th Berrien County Health Officer Gillian Conrad advised citizens that Just because things are opening up that doesnt mean the pandemic is over. Conrad is also asking that everyone still wear masks social distance and practice diligent hygiene.Elderly individuals and persons with underlying health conditions should continue to stay home. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=56 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=56 Whitmer Declares June Pride Month in Michigan Vows to Fight Discrimination Lansing Blossomland News - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared June is pride month and vowed to fight LGBT discrimination. According to a statement from the Governor's office:This pride month we are reminded that the beginning of Pride was not a celebration but a protest to be seen heard treated equally and allowed to live fully and authentically I know that this years pride is different than the ones before not only because of COVID-19 but because we are being reminded ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=55 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=55 OUTRAGE: Herald Palladium Attributes Crimes to Peaceful Protest Two Days Prior Saint Joesph MI Blossomland News - A Facebook post attributing crime to a peaceful protest held in South Haven appeared in the Herald Palladium today causing outrage. The Facebook posted stated that The afterglow from Saturday's peaceful march in South Haven was responsible for gunfire that left bullet holes in two vehicles two days later on Monday. Image: Screenshot of the Herald Palladium's Facebook PostDisclosure: This article published by Blossomland News a competitor of the Herald Palladium. Blossomland News is ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=54 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=54 Four Winds Casinos to Reopen June 15th Dowagiac Blossomland News - Federal approval has been granted to allow all Four Winds Casino locations to re-open on June 15. However there will be strict guidelines in place. All guests will be required to use face masks and will have their temperature screened by a non-invasive device. Additionally social distancing measures are to be in place.The Four Winds website confirmed the casinos will re-open on June 15 at Noon. The have made a free downloadable pamphlet called COVID-19 Safety ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=53 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=53 Cristobal could bring Turbulent Weather to Berrien County this Evening Berrien County Blossomland News - Remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal will be passing over the region soon. After 5 PM tonight expect rain and possible some strong thunderstorms. For updates watch Info269 TV at www.info269.com for live streaming local weather. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=52 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=52 Peaceful March Planned for Saint Joseph and Benton Harbor on Saturday June 13 Saint Joseph MI Blossomland News - A peaceful march through Michigan's Twin Cities of Benton Harbor and Saint Joseph Michigan is planned for Saturday June 13th. The organizers of the event local social media influencers and community advocates Trenton Bowens Gwen Johnson Swanigan and Ti'Era Wallace state it will be a march in solidarity against police brutality.The event will start at Wayne Street across from the Berrien County Jail in Saint Joseph where participants will then March to the Dwight ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=51 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=51 Rotary Club of Harbor Country Donates Face Masks to Area Schools Chikaming Township MI Blossomland News - According to an article published in the Harbor Country News on Tuesday The Rotary Club of Harbor Country made a special delivery to the superintendents of the New Buffalo and River Valley school districts on Monday June 1. Club members have made 400 face masks for kindergartners through fifth-graders and plan to soon have 200 more ultimately donating 300 to each district.The masks will be distributed to students at summer feeding programs in the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=50 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=50 Berrien County Sheriff's Office Condemns Floyd Death Supports Right to Protest Saint Joesph MI Blossomland News - Berrien County Undersheriff Chuck Heit made a statement today confirming the death of George Floyd at a Friday update with the Berrien County Health Department. Undersheriff Heit made this statement On behalf of the county and obviously as a law enforcement agency with the sheriff we are sickened by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the four Minneapolis police officers We condemn those actions that led to his death and we ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=49 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=49 Michigan Hair Salons and other personal services to open June 15 Lansing MI Blossomland News - Governor Gretchen Whitmer relaxed more COVID-19 restrictions today. Personal services including salons spa nails may reopen starting June 15th statewide. Some regions are moving to Phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan. Berrien County remains in Phase 4. Whitmer's Executive Order can be found here: https://bit.ly/3h0asEe. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=48 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=48 Bridgman Business Pays School Lunch Tab Bridgman MI Blossomland News - WSJM is reporting that Bridgman business Mead White electric has paid off the entire school lunch debt for Bridgman Public Schools. According to the article posted on WSJM.com on Thursday Bridgman Public Schools Superintendent Shane Peters tells WSJM News Mead White Electrical Contractors has paid 587.96 to cover school lunches that could not be paid during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company had reached out to the school to ask how it could help..If ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=47 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=47 Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Gov Gilchrist march in Detroit Detroit MI Blossomland News - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist marched along side protesters in Detroit today. The protest was against inequity and institutional racism and in memorial of George Floyd Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.Governor Whitmer released this statement on Social Media today:Today we marched.For George.For Ahmaud.For Breonna.For every person who has been persecuted because of the color of their skin.I will never be able to fully understand the pain that Black and Brown communities ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=46 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=46 Peaceful Candlelight Vigil to take place in Benton Harbor at 7:30pm Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - A peaceful candle vigil is to be held in Benton Harbor this evening. Organizers Mac and Sharon Brown say the event is a way to peacefully show their support for racial justice and the end to police brutality. The organizers are encouraging the use of face masks due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. The ceremony is set to take place at the African American History and Literature Gallery 725 Broadway Benton Harbor at 7:30PM. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=45 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=45 BCHDMI Officer Nikki Britten appointed to Return to Learn Advisory Council Lansing Blossomland News - Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on Wednesday a group of 25 leaders in health care and education to serve on the COVID-19 return to learn advisory council. Among the appointees in Berrien County Health Officer Nikki Britten. Ms. Britten holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from Yale University. According to LinkedIn Britten has been Berrien County's Health Officer for over 3 years and was previously the Deputy Health Officer for nearly 5 ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=44 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=44 Governor Whitmer Announces Plans for Police Reform to Promote Racial Equity Lansing MI - Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her support for a series of policy plans for police reform in Michigan calling on Michigan law enforcement agencies to enhance their training and policies to help create a police culture where all Michiganders are treated with dignity and respect under the law. Governor Whitmer also voiced her support for measures that require law enforcement officers to complete training on implicit bias and de-escalation techniques and applauded the Senate for taking up ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=43 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=43 EDITORIAL: Reflecting on Racism White Privilege at its finest is complaining about your hair dresser being closed on Black Out Tuesday while the world is pausing to reflect upon the tragic death of George Floyd and the systemic racism that exists in our country. Not only is that not just privilege it's part of the problem of systemic racism. Black Americans have been the hardest hit by COVID-19 because of the lack of access to healthcare that exists in this country and yet some ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=42 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=42 Berrien County sees COVID19 Cases Trending Down Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - As of Monday there were 3 new COVID19 cases and 3 deaths reported. Berrien County Health Department Health Officer Nicki Britten says there has been a flattening of new cases and a near decrease in hospital admissions for coronavirus patients.52 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in total. There are 193 presumed positive cases in Berrien County as of Monday. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=41 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=41 PROGRESS MADE: Governor Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order. Casinos salons gyms to remain closed. Blossomland News Lansing - Governor Whitmer has lifted the stay at home order. Dine-in restaurant service will resume June 8. Casinos salons and gyms to remain closed. More than a week ago the governor lifted restrictions on retail auto dealerships and medical dental and veterinary procedures. The Governor is expected to make a COVID 19 update at 3 PM today along with Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. She will announce the loosening of restrictions across the State citing the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=40 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=40 40 of Berrien County has yet to complete Census Berrien County Blossomland News - Berrien County Government is urging everyone to complete their Census survey. 25000 people 40 in the county have yet to complete the Census.According to a press release from Berrien County Its important people take time to fill it out. Thats because the Census data is used to determine how much federal funding the county receives. This includes programs like transportation education and road projects.If you have misplaced your survey from the census bureau - it ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=39 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=39 Benton Harbor hosts peaceful protest of death of George Floyd Benton Harbor Blossomland News - Community leaders and local residents gathered together in peaceful solidarity to protest the death of George Floyd Sunday in Benton Harbor. The well attended march began at Roosevelt Park and then moved to Dwight Pete Mitchell Center. Organizers worked to ensure that the protest remained non-violent and focused on local and national events dealing with police brutality and injustices happening all across the country.The protest was hosted by various grass root organizations nonprofits citizens and ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=38 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=38 Shattered Glass and Fire: Violent Protests Spread to West Michigan Grand Rapids MI Blossomland News - Today volunteers are cleaning up damage left from violent protests in downtown Grand Rapids MI on Saturday. Peaceful protests turned into rioting on Saturday night around 9 pm. Several businesses were looted and set on fire several police cars were also set on fire. The epicenter of the violent protests was that Grand Rapids Police Department Headquarters. Rioters also broke several windows at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Rosa Parks Circle. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=37 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=37 Michigan Sheriff Marches Beside Floyd Protesters Flint Township MI Blossomland News - Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson was seen marching along protesters on Saturday. Swanson made this statement We can't forget one all our police cars across the nation it says protect and serve. That means all people deserve the same dignity and you can't call out what's wrong and try to make it right. And that's the magic we saw tonight. We marched not one ounce of damage nobody's arrested nobody got hurt this is ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=36 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=36 Fitstop24 to open Niles Dowagiac Gyms before COVID-19 Mandate Expires Dowagiac MI Blossomland News - Business owner Gary Marshall made an announcement on Facebook and Instagram that he plans to re-open FitStop24 Gyms in Niles and Dowagiac. Marshall made a statement on Facebook that If big box stores can adapt so can small family owned businesses... we can adapt and open safely also On the video Adapt Open Safely Marshall also stated the gyms would take precautions to keep visitors and employees safe from the COVID-19 virus.Marshall plans to ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=35 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=35 Poll shows Upton trailing in contest for Michigan's 6th. Saint Joseph Blossomland News - Fred Upton who has served at Michigan State Representative since 1987 is facing his biggest challenge yet. The representative who has been winning by increasingly narrow margins 4 in the last electron was shown slightly trailing Democratic challenger Jon Hoadley in a poll released by Maryland-based Victoria Research. The poll shows Hoadley leading with 38 compared to Upton's 37 the remaining 25 were undecided.These results reflect what we have been seeing across the district for ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=34 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=34 Conservative group cancels plans for Sunday protest in Lansing as protests from Floyd killing start in Michigan. Lansing MI Blossomland News - The conservative group Michigan United for Liberty called off plans for a protest at the state capitol planned for this Sunday. The event was planned to be a protest against the governor's stay-at-home order and was to include a showcase of business owners affected by the order. Apparently the group has been run-off by planned protests over the killing of George Floyd a person of color who was killed as the result of excessive force ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=33 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=33 Pokagon Tribe Mulls over Opening Four Winds Casino while keeping restrictions in place for Tribal lands and offices. Dowagiac MI Blossomland News - The Pokagon Tribe of Michigan is meeting today to discuss plans to reopen area casinos before the Governor's EO has expired while the tribe is keeping restrictions in place limiting outsiders from tribal lands and offices.The Pokagon Tribe of Michigan operates the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo Hartford Dowagiac and South Bend. According to their website Our guests and employees will continue to be our number one priority A date has not been identified ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=32 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=32 Whitmer tours flooded areas. Sanford Lake MI Blossomland News - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today toured the flooded area of US-10 at Sanford Lake with State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba and other MDOT officials.Photo: MDOT http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=31 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=31 Berrien County Health Department reported 5 COVID19 related deaths today. Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - The Berrien County Health Department has reported 5 new COVID19 related deaths today May 26th. According the BCHDMI the deaths included One male in his 70s one female in her 80s two males in their 80s and one female in her 90s all with multiple underlying medical conditions.The total death toll so far is 47 in Berrien County. Photo: BCHDMI http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=30 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=30 Saint Joseph High School Class of 2020 Pulls Off Hilarious Prank Saint Joseph MI Blossomland News - They may have missed having a formal graduation but the class of 2020 at Saint Joseph High School in Saint Joseph. Michigan didn't miss participating in the traditional senior prank. A large blue For Sale sign appears to be attached to the school. On the sign appears Vacant Since March Indoor Pool Full Gym Lack of Natural Light.Congratulations SJHS class of 2020 and 2020 graduates around the world. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=29 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=29 Michigan Stay-At-Home Order Extended to June 12 Whitmer: We are not out of the woods yet. Lansing Blossomland News - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order until June 12 in an announcement today. Public venues including theaters gyms and casinos in Michigan will remain closed until at least June 12th.If were going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home she said in a statement to the ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=28 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=28 Michigan Court Upholds Whitmers State of Emergency Lansing MI Blossomland News - According to a ruling by Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens on Thursday Whitmer's action of re-declaring the same emergency did not violate the provisions of the state's Emergency Management Act.Statement from Gov. Whitmers office Todays decision recognizes that the governors actions to save lives are lawful and her orders remain in place She will continue to do what shes always done: Take careful decisive actions to protect Michiganders from this unprecedented global ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=27 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=27 Michigan Governor Whitmer eases restrictions after holiday weekend Blossomland News Lansing MI - Part of the State of Michigan's Safe Start Plan is rolling out. Michigan Governor Whitmer announced today that on Tuesday May 26th after the holiday weekend auto dealerships and retail businesses can open by appointment.Nonessential medical dental and veterinary procedures can resume on May 29th and gatherings of 10 or more people are now allowed provided you practice social distancing.Restrictions have also been lifted for the Traverse City and the Upper Peninsula regions of Michigan ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=26 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=26 Berrien Communities brace for Memorial Day weekend during COVID crisis Berrien County MI Blossomland News - Memorial Day is the traditional start of the busy tourist season in Berrien County. This area of Michigan is still under a Stay At Home order until May 28th. The community is largely polarized on enforcement of the Stay at home order. Some Berrien County communities have elected to open parks and beaches ahead of May 28th. Most notably Silver Beach in St. Joseph operated by Berrien County will be open. Berrien County Sheriff ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=25 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=25 TRUMP THREATENS MICHIGAN: I'll hold up funding. Blossomland News Washington D.C. - President Trump tweeted this morning Breaking: Michigan sent absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of the Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to do down this Voter Fraud path.Michigan residents are being sent applications to vote absentee by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic. The State has not mailed absentee ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=24 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=24 MICHIGAN: Thousands ordered to evacuate after 2 dams have catastrophic failure. Midland Michigan Blossomland News - Thousands are under evacuation orders in mid-Michigan this morning a day after two dams failed following heavy rain across the state. The Tittabawassee River at Midland Michigan is forecast to crest 38 feet at 8 p.m. ET today. The river set a new record this morning surpassing 33.89 feet which was the previous record set in 1986.Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for mid-Michigan. Photo: Google Maps http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=23 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=23 Berrien County Residents tune into Retro Looking Weather TV 24/7 Streaming Weather Info and News. Info269 - The live steaming TV channel has been in beta test for the last month and is available at http://www.info269.com and on the twitch.tv app. We recently added live informational tickers and have improved the narration look and stability. Info269 TV is and will always be free to watch. You can support the channel by adding it to your twitch.tv favorites. Promotional - This news article promotes a service by Info269 Media. http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=22 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=22 Saint Joseph River expected to reach flood stage Sunday Afternoon. Berrien County Blossomland News - The National Weather service expects the Saint Joseph River to reach flood stage this afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a lakeshore flood warning until 2 AM on Monday. For updates please watch our live stream at http://www.info269.com.Flood WarningNational Weather Service Northern Indiana1130 AM EDT Sun May 17 2020...The National Weather Service in Northern Indiana has issued aFlood Warning for the following rivers... Tippecanoe River near Ora affecting Fulton...Kosciusko...Marshall... Pulaski and Starke Counties Eel ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=21 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=21 Berrien County Government lays out plan for reopening debuts website St. Joseph MI Blossomland News - Various Berrien County government agencies have laid out a plan for safely reopening Berrien County for business. The county debuted a new website www.berrienreopens.org which provides guidance to citizens and businesses.According to Berrien County Government The Berrien Reopens Plan takes the health and safety of our community and its employees extremely serious. With the spread of COVID-19 and the need for certain employees to continue in-person work either because they are critical infrastructure workers ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=20 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=20 Michigan Association of Ambulance Services Advises don't hesitate to call 911 if you need help. Blossomland News - If you are experiencing chest pain shortness of breath or other serious life threatening symptoms please call 911. Individuals have been reluctant to call 911 during the COVID-19 epidemic for fear of burdening the system or catching COVID-19. M.A.A.S. wants you to know that medical services are readily available. We dont want to see people develop a permanent medical disability or die needlessly due to fear of COVID or burdening the medical system said Jack Fisher MAAS ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=19 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=19 Michigan: Manufacturing to resume on Monday remainder of stay-at-home order extended to May 28. Lansing MI Blossomland News - Governor Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order until May 28th. The governor also lifted restrictions on manufacturing and outlined a pragmatic plan to reopen Michigan in phases based on a scientific data. There are currently 45646 COVID-19 cases 4343 deaths in Michigan at the time of this posting. Michigan is showing a slow and steady decrease in the amount of new COVID19 cases. Whitmer stated I want to be very clear: COVID-19 is still present in ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=18 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=18 Whitmer extends order restricting visitors to care facilities until May 31st. Lansing. MI Blossomland News - Gov. Whitmer signed executive order 2020-72 into effect on Monday. The order extends restrictions on non-essential visitors to care facilities such as nursing home and juvenile detention facilities until May 31st. I know this is a difficult time for families patients and workers across the state but we must continue to be diligent in our efforts to slow the spread of the virus said Governor Whitmer. Right now the best we tool we have to ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=17 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=17 Michigan loss prevention officer fatally shot after asking customer wear a face mask. Flint MI Blossomland News - At a press conference today Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced that a loss prevention officer at a Family Dollar store in Flint was shot and killed on Friday. The victim was identified as 43 year old Calvin Big Duper Munerlyn.Munerlyn was reportedly enforcing the state order which requires use of face masks inside enclosed spaces. Munerlyn told Sharmel Lashe Teague that customers needed to wear face masks in the store. She yelled at him ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=16 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=16 MICHIGAN: Governor Whitmer extends State of Emergency to May 28 Lansing MI Blossomland News - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the State of Emergency to May 28th on Thursday. An extension of the Stay-at-Home order is expected within a few days. As of Thursday there are 41379 confirmed cases of COVID19 in the state and 3789 deaths from the disease. Thats fourfold and tenfold increases respectively since the start of April Whitmer stated. Common sense and all of the scientific data tells us were not out of the woods yet.The ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=15 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=15 BREAKING: Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can now get tested in Berrien County Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - The Berrien County Health Department announced expanded testing capabilities. Now anyone with mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested. Previously the test had been restricted to high-risk individuals and health care workers. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should be screened by a doctor first. Health Department Director Nicki Britten explained Curiosity is not a valid reason to test someone for COVID-19 and timing of testing is a significant factor doctors take ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=14 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=14 Court rules in favor of Gov Whitmer in constitutional challenge of stay at home order. Lansing MI Info269 - The Michigan Court of Claims denied a motion for a preliminary injunction which would have iced Gov Whitmer's stay-at-home order. The lawsuit Martinko et. al. v. Whitmer alleges that Whitmer's stay-at-home order imposes a mandatory quarantine which violates Michigan's constitution. In his ruling Judge Christopher M. Murray did not doubt that the constitutional rights in question are fundamental. Murray went on to say that those liberty interests are and always have been subject to societys interests ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=13 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=13 DAILY UPDATE: 10 more COVID19 cases in Berrien County No deaths Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News. 10 more confirmed cases were added today bringing the total to 242. Recoveries are now at 171 according to the Berrien County Health Department figured released today.See our website for charts: http://www.info269.com/coronavirus http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=12 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=12 BREAKING: U.S. Coronavirus case count exceeds 1 million. Washington DC Blossomland News - U.S. national media outlets are reporting the U.S. Coronavirus confirmed case count has exceeded 1 million. The highest numbers of confirmed cases are New York at 292K New Jersey at 111K Massachusetts at 56k Illinois at 45k California at 43k Pennsylvania at 42k Michigan at 38k Florida at 32k and Louisiana at 27k.58033 COVID19 related deaths have been reported in the U.S. Statistics as of: April 28 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=11 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=11 DAILY UPDATE: Berrien County adds 15 new confirmed COVID19 cases 1 more death reported. Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - The Berrien County Health Department added 15 new confirmed COVID19 cases to the total today April 28. Total confirmed cases is now at 232. One new death was reported a female over the age of 90 who had underlying medical conditions the death toll is now at 15.Updated graphs are available on our website at http://www.info269.com/coronavirus http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=10 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=10 BREAKING: Simon Properties Plans to Reopen University Park Mall on Saturday according to Leaked Memo. Mishawaka IN Blossomland News - CNBC is reporting that Simon Properties plans to open 49 malls across the USA this weekend. University Park Mall in Mishawaka is one of the malls scheduled to re-open.The information was apparently obtained from a leaked memo obtained by CNBC and has been reported by South Bend news media outlets. Mishawaka is located in Saint Joseph County Indiana less than a mile from Berrien County. Saint Joesph County is reporting 602 COVID19 cases as of ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=9 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=9 DAILY UPDATE: Berrien COVID19 Positive case count continues downward trend 2 new cases reported no deaths. Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - Presumed positive cases decreased to 165 from the 172 reported on Sunday. Two new confirmed cases were reported bringing the total number of cases to 217 according to the data released from the Berrien County Health Department in Monday.Daily updates can be found on our website: http://www.info269.com/coronavirus http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=8 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=8 Michigan mask order goes into effect at 11:59pm Lansing MI Blossomland News - Starting April 26 at 11:59 p.m. anyone who can medically tolerate a face covering must cover their nose or mouth with a homemade mask scarf bandana or handkerchief when in an enclosed public space.We want you to have a cloth based covering and it can be made through an old t-shirt Whitmer said earlier this week. It can be made with a handkerchief or a neckerchief. There are a lot of ways to do this. ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=7 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=7 92 of inmates at nearby Westville Correctional Facility test positive for COVID19 Westville IN Blossomland News - Nearly 92 of inmates tested so far at Westville Correctional Facility WCF have tested positive for COVID19 according to information shared at a regional hospital planning committee meeting.At Westville Correctional Facility 126 of 137 prisoners tested positive for COVID19 as discussed at a monthly meeting Wednesday of the District 1 Hospital Emergency Planning Committee held over Zoom.The Indiana Department of Correction who operates the facility has previously denied the outbreak at WCF. Westville is 20 ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=6 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=6 DAILY UPDATE: 2 COVID related deaths in Berrien County 2 more confirmed cases active cases stall. Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - The Berrien County Health Department is reporting two more COVID19 related deaths today. The active case count has stalled and only 2 more COVID19 confirmed cases were reported bringing the total confirmed case count to 215.Statistics and charts can be found on our website http://www.info269.com/coronavirus http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=5 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=5 DAILY UPDATE: Berrien County positive case count show signs of peaking 1 new death. Benton Harbor MI Blossomland News - The Berrien County Health Department released new data on Saturday which indicates the number of presumed positive cases has peaked. There were 5 new confirmed cases and 14 recoveries were reported.Unfortunately there is another death to report. A male over the age of 65 with underlying conditions.The total confirmed case count is now 213.Stay home when possible. Wear PPE when running essential errands. Graphs can be found at http://www.info269.com/coronavirus http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=4 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=4 DAILY UPDATE: 19 more confirmed COVID19 cases in Berrien County Saint Joesph MI Blossomland News - The Berrien County Health Department is reporting 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the total of confirmed cases to 208. No new deaths are being reported. 10 more recoveries have been reported bringing to total recovery count to 123.Updated coronavirus stats can be found at http://www.info269.com/coronavirus http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=3 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=3 Whitmer extends stay-at-home order lifts some restrictions. Lansing MI Blossomland News - Michigan Governor Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order until May 15. The governor also lifted some restrictions.Michigan's Stay Home Stay Safe Executive Order is extended until May 15th. The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and allow some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work.Masks: The order will also require employers to provide ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=2 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=2 Berrien County Residents stream Old School Weather TV Channel Lakeside Michigan Blossomland News Media - Berrien County residents are tuning into what looks to be a certain weather network in the 1990's. If you think it's a perfect doppelgnger you might be right. Recently the software used in the 1990's to power a popular cable tv channel has gone open source meaning it's readily available to be used without a licensing fee. Several retro looking weather channels have launched on services like twitch.tv and are becoming popular with nostalgic ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=1 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=1 Birthday Parades bring Smiles during COVID19 Lockdown HARBERT MICHIGAN Blossomland News MEDIAIf you live in Chikaming Township and you've noticed first responders driving around your neighborhood - don't worry it's just a birthday parade. The fire and police departments in Chikaming Township are taking advantage of nearly free fuel prices to put the smiles on the faces of children and adults doing the COVID19 lockdown. Social distancing measures are in place for the parades.To arrange a birthday parade contact the Chikaming Township fire department at 269 469-6362. ... http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=0 http://www.blossomlandnews.com/index.php?page=details&id=0