St. Joseph

Photo Of The Week - Lighthouse In Winter

Mar 4, 2021
Candice Schilz

With our recent warmer temperatures, this is an icy reminder of the February chill. Thanks to Candice Schilz of Knox for this Photo of the Week that she captured at Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan, on Feb. 20th. She said hundreds of people were out walking that day in spite of the cold. The beauty of the lighthouse is a draw for people, even in winter.    

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Photo Of The Week - February At The Beach

Feb 18, 2021
Greta Hurst

This time of year we usually don't get a lot of beach photos submitted for our WVPE Photo of the Week. But this shot at Tiscornia Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan, from earlier this month is a great one. Thanks to Greta Hurst of Baroda for sharing this photo she captured on February 6th. 

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Photo Of The Week - January Kayaker

Feb 4, 2021
Chris Britton

A lone kayaker on "The Big Lake" (Lake Michigan) on a cold but calm evening is featured in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.  Thanks to Chris Britton who captured this image on January 29th while he was at Silver Beach County Park in St. Joseph.

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Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken.

Benton Harbor, St. Joseph Plan To Erect King Statues

Jan 24, 2021
AP Photo

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Two neighboring cities in southwestern Michigan are making a public commitment to social justice by installing statues of Martin Luther King Jr. in both communities. Benton Harbor is 84% Black, and St. Joseph is 84% white. Each city will also erect separate statues of a resident who is remembered as a social justice leader in each city. Benton Harbor Commissioner Edward Isom says art has a unique ability to enhance both communities. The goal is to have the statues up in 2022. Donations will be accepted.,4601,7-154-89334_10570---,00.html

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) has issued emergency suspensions of the liquor license and permit held by the Silver Beach Hotel in St. Joseph for alleged multiple violations of the current Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Emergency Order.

The violations of the order include allowing non-residential, in-person gatherings; providing in-person dining; failure to require face coverings for staff and patrons; and failure to prohibit patrons from congregating.

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 44-year-old Indiana man has drowned in Lake Michigan while trying to save his two children. Police say four people were seen struggling in the lake about 8 p.m. Thursday at Lions Park Beach in southwestern Michigan's St. Joseph. The man's two children, ages 17 and 12, were swept away. They were rescued by a St. Joseph reserve officer. Their father was pulled from the water, but later was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was from Lakeville, Indiana, south of South Bend. A man on a surfboard was able to rescue the other two people.

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and three more were injured early Sunday during a car crash in southwestern Michigan.

According to a statement from the St. Joseph Public Safety Department, the crash occurred before 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities believe two of the car's passengers were ejected from the vehicle during the rollover crash.

One of those people died at the location of the crash. The others were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Man Gets At Least 65 Years In Michigan Soldier's Slaying

Sep 24, 2019
Stephen Morton/AP Photo

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of a U.S. Army sergeant from Michigan has been sentenced to at least 65 years in prison.

WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the 58th Annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff in St. Joseph, Michigan. This year 200 artists from across the U.S will be on the bluff Saturday, July 13 through Sunday, July 14.

Krasl Finishes Outdoor Sculpture Community

Oct 22, 2018
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan is finishing up construction on an outdoor sculpture community.


Construction has been going on all summer to redo the outdoor space around the gallery for an outdoor venue on the bluff in St. Joe.

Executive Director Julia Gourley says the goal behind the project is to create a public space for gatherings.

St. Joe Public Safety to Hold Violence Prevention Training

Jun 12, 2018


The St. Joseph Michigan Public Safety Department is running a public training Wednesday night to teach people how to prevent and react to workplace violence including active shooter situations.


The training is tailored to small businesses, with a heavy emphasis on prevention.

Director of Public Safety Brian Uridge said the idea is to teach people to look for pre-incident indicators.

The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan is holding an open house this weekend to show off their new shelter.

The 13,000 square foot Yeager Family Pet Shelter at 5400 Niles Road in St. Joseph was built specifically for the Humane Society. It replaces a much smaller facility in Benton Harbor that the shelter had been in since 1960.

The new building was funded through private donations. It features separate wings for cats and dogs, air exchange systems, education and training rooms, and dedicated veterinary areas with quarantine space.

Courtesy of Family and Children's Center, South Bend



The Family and Children’s Center  in South Bend is promoting the use of baby boxes in St. Joseph County in an effort to help reduce infant mortality rates. Baby boxes are cardboard boxes that come with a sleeping pad and provide a safe sleep option for newborns up to six months.


We’ve heard about rising sea levels, but rising Lake Levels?

Concerns regarding lake water levels and coastal erosion in Lake Michigan is rising. Experts at “Coastal Resiliency” workshops in St. Joseph, Michigan are sharing their concerns with a series of “Coastal Resiliency” workshops. These workshops aim to help community members and elected officials in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties learn how to address issues that may arise from rising lake levels.