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    Joel Thomas Kooistra, 25, Wabash, Ind., died Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Parkview Wabash Hospital.

Daniel T. Keil, 64, LaGrange, died Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Westview High School economics teacher Jeanne Andersen recently received the Dr. John Manzer Award from Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana (JA).

A note from my Indianapolis friend, Izzy:

Dear Buddy,

An increase in the overall work force in the county has led to a slight increase in the local unemployment rate, according to numbers released recently by Workforce Indiana.

The LaGrange County Community Foundation (LCCF) Board of Directors approved a grant in the amount of $125,000 to support the Clothes and Food Basket of LaGrange County Building Fund.

LaGrange County SheriffJeffCamposinvitesLaGrangeCountycitizenswhowouldliketojoinhimin thefightagainstcrimetobecomemembersoftheIndianaSheriffs'Association.

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department was called at approximately 8 p.m. on March 16 regarding a battery at the Golden Buddha restaurant north of Howe.

The 2016 legislative session wrapped up last week and significant progress was made on issues facing Indiana, including work to address state and local road funding needs.

Reagan Lynn Kline, 36, Kendallville, Ind., died Thursday, March 10, 2016 at her residence.

Carol Elaine (Hostetler) Grant, age 79, of Grandville, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Cambridge Manor.

Maxine (Hicks) Handshoe, 75, Hudson, Ind., died Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Cameron Hospital in Angola, Ind.

SFC Perry Glenn Wells, U.S. Army (Retired), 79, Sturgis, Mich., died Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis, Mich.