SW Michigan

12:31 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Cargill to buy NorthStar Grain in Decatur

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Current NorthStar employees will likely work for Cargill. Some Cargill employees will likely move to Decatur
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
DECATUR, MI - Cargill is buying the grain storage and crop inputs assets of Northstar Grain LLC and associated properties in Decatur, according to a news release from the company. Cargill plans to invest about $3 million in upgrades to the facility -- completing the construction of a 500,000 bushel storage bin and increasing the capability to ship 75-car unit trains.
10:09 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Kalamazoo Downtown Development Authority will put off parking improvements, other plans, because of funding

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DDA anticipating about $196,000 less in revenue for 2013
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
The DDA is projected to have a shortfall in three areas of its tax-increment financing budget: about $94,000 in property value adjustments, about $51,000 from changing the way it calculates TIF captures and $51,000 it anticipates in paying out to businesses that filed for a Michigan Tax Tribunal appeal.
7:53 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Report finds Michigan colleges and universities doing poor job of preparing teachers for classroom

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Hope College earns top ranking in state. Report raises questions about teacher readiness
The National Council on Teacher Quality released the ratings today assigning - from worst to best - ratings of one to four stars. Only 13 Michigan colleges received a rating in the report, because of limitations with getting enough data to evaluate them across all standards.
7:46 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Portage School Board approves budget and tax rates

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"Status quo" budget follows years of cuts to balance budget
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI --With little ceremony, the Portage Public Schools approved its 2013-14 budgets and set property tax rates for the next year. It was a case of no news was good news: The operating budget essentially maintained the status quo and the tax rates stayed the same.
6:30 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Saint Joseph City Commission votes to restrict short-term vacation rentals

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Decision is counter to planning commission's recommendation to leave current ordinance in place
ST. JOSEPH - Heeding complaints about noise, traffic and other nuisances, St. Joseph city commissioners on Monday moved to restrict, and eventually eliminate, short-term vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods.

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