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Niles sisters see future in cookie batter business

S isters Jamie Coulston and Joanna Pugh grew up on their mother’s famous sugar cookies. As children, the pair would watch over their mother’s shoulder ... Read more

12 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Artist channels creativity into signature tattoos

Amber Olsen was a student at Brandywine High School when sometimes it seemed the stress of everyday life was suffocating. It was in these moments ... Read more

12 months ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Adolescent business owners use welding skills to craft unique creations

Under a spray of white-hot sparks, leaping and bounding within inches of their protective helmets, Baylee Davis, 12, and Trinity Heighway, 14, melt and mold ... Read more

12 months ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Niles Area Community Orchestra offers free music for community, place for musicians to jam

If not for the Niles Area Community Orchestra, Larry Lee’s cello might be locked inside a case gathering dust in the back of a closet. ... Read more

12 months ago by Kelsey Hammon.

For Delta Machining, robots are key to job growth

Modern technology has revolutionized society and left a trail of obsolete equipment in its wake. It is hard to picture a time when we picked ... Read more

12 months ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Midwest Energy brings new tech to rural communities

Rural communities remain what many describe as the loveliest parts of Michiana. With rolling hills, fields seemingly without end and thick woodlands that appear untouched ... Read more

12 months ago by Adam Droscha.

Dowagiac artist uses wood burning to tell stories

Nearly 40 years ago, not long after having moved back to Dowagiac where he had spent many of his formative years, resident O’Larry Collins stood ... Read more

12 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles duo brings escape room business to Buchanan, South Bend

Sitting in front of a monitor in a separate room, Niles resident Matt Herm watched as a group of people poured over documents and suspect ... Read more

12 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Artist looking to change the look of the small-town art scene

The image of Christina Casperson is not what most people would conjure up in their minds when they think “small town artist.” With a worn ... Read more

12 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Shelton’s Farm Market epitomizes the fruit of Michiana

Generations new and old of Michiana have heard the of the Shelton name. Shelton’s Farm Market has been a Niles staple of fresh, locally grown ... Read more

12 months ago by Adam Droscha.

SMC Construction Trades program offers hands-on alternatives to students

Southwestern Michigan College’s Larry Wilson is a man with a vision. As he showed off a small, unfinished modular-style building on the edge of the ... Read more

12 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles man spends retirement hand-crafting knives, woodwork

Descending the stairs to the study in the lower level of artisan Terry Truesdell’s Niles home, visitors are charmed by warm wood-planked walls, an oversized ... Read more

12 months ago by Angie Marciniak.

Round Oak Stoves a memento of Dowagiac

In conversations about manufacturing in Michigan, a few names and products are likely to come up — Ford, Packard, General Motors, and really anything relating ... Read more

12 months ago by Adam Droscha.

Amazing Acres offers seasonal fun, farm education

On a brisk fall afternoon, the wind whipped Roni Hoff’s hair against her face. As she shifted her body to shield herself from the cold, ... Read more

12 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles man practices coopering, blacksmithing

Fred Rogers is not just a name that belongs to the friendly old guy on TV wearing a cardigan. The Fred Rogers from Niles is ... Read more

12 months ago by Adam Droscha.

Buchanan woman helps the homeless with grocery sacks

On a planet fraught with problems — pollution, global climate change, homelessness, poverty — many people are coming up with creative solutions. Mary Cramer is ... Read more

12 months ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Niles man uses greeting cards to express himself

Niles native Ian Ernsperger has never been the best with words. As an adult man living with autism, he has always had a different way ... Read more

12 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Eckler family cultivates much more than produce

Describing the full scope and reach of Eckler Farms would be difficult for anyone, even Larry and Lucy Eckler. The Ecklers grow fruits and vegetables ... Read more

12 months ago by Adam Droscha.

Lake Michigan College Fab Lab offers creative outlet in Benton Harbor

At Lake Michigan College’s Benton Harbor campus sits the Hansen Technology Center, a newer, architecturally creative building with a cavernous entryway. Through the front doors ... Read more

12 months ago by Adam Droscha.

Niles company coated with family tradition, legacy

When former Sen. John Proos visited NCP Coating in 2018 to help the privately-owned Niles business celebrate its 70th anniversary, company leaders Nat and Ben ... Read more

12 months ago by Andrew Mentock.

Farmer continues family legacy, fuels new Buchanan business

It’s hard to imagine a job tougher than one that relies on the whims of Mother Nature. In southwest Michigan, those whims inspire a spectrum ... Read more

12 months ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Tragedy in Cassopolis demonstrates true grit of farmers

Early on the morning of Nov. 4, Mark Dussel, owner of Dussel’s Farm Market in Cassopolis, got a phone call that nobody ever wants to ... Read more

12 months ago by Scott Novak.

Guitar straps made in Buchanan found worldwide

To everything in life, there are always the unnoticed components and overlooked items. Tablecloths are overlooked for the food on top of them, bookshelves ignored ... Read more

12 months ago by Adam Droscha.

Niles distiller explains how to make bourbon

Pass through the threshold of Niles’ Iron Shoe Distillery and one immediately detects the heady scent of booze in the making – it smells a ... Read more

12 months ago by Kelsey Hammon.

Dowagiac yarn shop weaving people together

There is an unmistakable sense of warmth that envelops customers of Dowagiac’s Yarn on Front as soon as they walk through the glass door up ... Read more

12 months ago by Ted Yoakum.

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