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LASATA: Made in Michigan!

Farming and food production are critical economic drivers in Michigan — and both industries include countless small businesses that have been perfecting their craft for ... Read more

LASATA: 20 years later: Never forget September 11, 2001

On Sept. 11, 2001, we saw one of the greatest losses of life in our nation’s history. For many, Sept. 11 evokes vivid memories and ... Read more

KAUFMANN: Healthy habits for busy times

For families with school-aged children and teachers, the starting gun has fired and the slow, steady marathon of the school year has begun. Add fall ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Should we have left Afghanistan?

Twenty years ago, the U.S. entered Afghanistan to squash Al Qaeda and topple the Taliban government for the attacks on 9/11.  After quickly crushing Taliban ... Read more

NELDON: Let’s talk about fear.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, plenty of spiteful words have been spewed toward individuals who share different beliefs. I won’t give the worst of those words ... Read more

CASS COUNTY FRIEND OF THE COURT: Domestic PPOs and parenting time orders

In Michigan, individuals can get a domestic relationship Personal Protection Order (Domestic PPO) to stop threats or violence against them by an individual he or ... Read more

NELDON: Let’s talk about fear.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, plenty of spiteful words have been spewed toward individuals who share different beliefs. I won’t give the worst of those words ... Read more

APPLEGATE: Niles Community Schools district welcomes back students and families

The first day of school is only a few days away, Tuesday, August 31, and the teachers and staff at Niles Community Schools cannot wait ... Read more

LASATA: Share the road with school buses

Over the next few weeks, students in southwest Michigan will be returning to their classrooms, and with the beginning of every school year comes additional ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Retired Brandywine superintendent applauds St. Joseph’s leadership

I applaud Superintendent Fee and the St. Joseph Board of Education for standing up for the health and welfare of their students. Despite vocal opposition ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A thanks for kindness

I want to give a big thank you to the people who are delivering fruits and vegetables to Parkview Apartments on Front Street. Every time ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac thank community

With careful planning by the Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac and through local business and community member sponsorships, YPGD was able to successfully host the ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Working to hold the UIA accountable

Last week, the Michigan House Oversight Committee began an investigation into the continued failures of the Unemployment Agency after the federal government revealed problems in ... Read more

KAUFMANN: Let’s look beyond the mask

In the black-and-white world of early television, a fearless horseman roamed the Wild West, guarding his identity behind a dark cloth. Each episode ended with ... Read more

LASATA: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you

Michigan has a rich history in the shipping industry and is home to some of the most-navigated waters on earth. With over 3,000 miles of ... Read more

NELDON: Readers answer the call in support of hometown newspaper

Back in March 2020 when COVID-19 began battering the economy, including small businesses like Leader Publications, many of you asked how you could help your ... Read more

Your Cass County Friend of the Court: The Importance of Communication

Navigating the court system can be a stressful and daunting experience. This past year, that may have even felt impossible at times as policy and ... Read more

LASATA: Modernizing Michigan’s infrastructure, bridges

The condition of roads and bridges has long been a discussion throughout the state and is something that often comes up when I speak with ... Read more

APPLEGATE: One month until the first day of school for Niles students

The first day of school brings an unmatched level of excitement and anticipation every year. I always look forward to seeing students’ smiling faces as ... Read more

OPINION: Supporting local journalism supports this community

The Local Journalism Sustainability Act was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate — and will benefit every member ... Read more

LASATA: July is Ice Cream Month

According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the average American eats about 23 gallons of ice cream per year, and over a billion gallons of ... Read more

LASATA: Celebrate National Blueberry Month in southwest Michigan

Blueberries are a delicious, nutritious, ubiquitous summer treat. It’s easy to take them for granted today, but it was not that long ago when blueberries ... Read more

KAUFMANN: Be proactive with water safety

Summertime is water time, especially in this year of record-setting heat. Whether splashing in a baby pool or swimming in Lake Michigan, getting wet can ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: All good things must come to an end

It has been said that “all good things must come to an end.” I have been chairman of the annual Buchanan Area Rural School Meeting ... Read more

APPLEGATE: Celebrating the end of the 2020-21 school year

For schools across the country, the past nine months have been an intimidating exercise in planning, flexibility and resilience. With the entire community’s support, Niles ... Read more

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