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ELKHART — From Hillsdale in Michigan, through northern Indiana and eventually into Lake Michigan, the 206-mile-long St. Joseph River has had a major impact on life for thousands of years.

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BRISTOL — A startup RV manufacturer has announced plans to throw the project into high gear, led by a founder whose family is well known in the industry.

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GOSHEN — Charles David Bussard stood at the doorway to his uncle’s room and fired a shotgun at his head, then began a five-year coverup before ultimately confessing to the murder, prosecutors alleged as his trial began Monday.

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BRISTOL — Winnebago Industries is expanding its boating business with a $255 million deal to acquire Barletta Pontoon Boats in Bristol, the company announced Tuesday.

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BRISTOL — Bristol has updated its master plan to take the town into 2030.

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BRISTOL — A Bristol trailer company has been fined for safety violations related to the use of a table saw in its plywood department.

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BRISTOL — When it was built in the 1830s, the historic Bonneyville Mill near Bristol was state-of-the-art. Who could have guessed it would have its most profitable year for grain sales nearly 200 years later during a global pandemic.

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BRISTOL — A bicyclist pedaling in the rain Friday morning escaped serious injury when he was hit by a semi on S.R. 120.

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BRISTOL — The Elkhart County Historical Museum will be presenting a virtual guided tour of its “Crossroads of Elkhart County: Claiming the Land” exhibit over Facebook Live.

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BRISTOL — The Town of Bristol has been working with the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) to create its first comprehensive plan known as Bristol 2030 Comprehensive Plan, “A Grand Vision for our Hometown,” and is asking for input from the community.

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SOUTH BEND — An Elkhart man received a nine-year sentence after admitting to federal charges of mail fraud and identity theft.

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BRISTOL — A historical museum presentation about an ongoing event may be a bit unusual. Nevertheless, the Elkhart County Historical Museum will present “Virtual Stories of Elkhart: The COVID-19 Pandemic” next week to chronicle how the county has been impacted.

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BRISTOL — A new RV inspection facility is opening in Bristol and will bring more than 100 jobs to the area, according to the Michigan-based RV dealer General RV Center.

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BRISTOL — An advanced manufacturing plant on the outskirts of town “checks off all the boxes” on Elkhart County’s list of economic development goals, officials said, including good-paying jobs in a high-tech industry by a solid company.

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GOSHEN — A Bristol man accused in an April shooting has been found competent for trial, but when trials can resume remains uncertain.

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BRISTOL — Gifts for more than 100 people with intellectual and development disabilities were delivered early this week by Santa Claus and his helpers, ensuring a bright Christmas despite limits caused by the pandemic.

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GOSHEN — Republican state Sen. Blake Doriot is being challenged for his District 12 seat in this election, as retired businessman Charles Mumaw, a Democrat, runs for the Senate for the third time.

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BRISTOL — The Elkhart County Historical Museum will present the “Virtual Stories of Elkhart: The County Home” program on two occasions this week, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, and 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

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ELKHART — An annual motorcycle ride to honor police officers, firefighters and veterans will be on Elkhart County roads Sunday.

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