Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

A man with a mustache in a cap and overcoat stands on a balcony or rooftop and looks upward. Buildings are visible in the distance below.
Dowagiac Area History Museum

Webb Miller was just trying to get a story when he found himself tied up in a salt baron’s car.

 


A man with a mustache in a cap and overcoat stands on a balcony or rooftop and looks upward. Buildings are visible in the distance below.
Dowagiac Area History Museum

Webb Miller was just trying to get a story when he became the news himself. 


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

This story takes us to a spot that’s surprisingly secluded given that it’s in the City of Kalamazoo, a short walk from the popular Mayor’s Riverfront Park. You can get there if you walk southeast on the bike path, past the ballpark and up a spur trail into a stand of trees and bushes. In the middle of the overgrowth there's a circle of pillars.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

In the Southwest Michigan city of Dowagiac, people are used to hearing creative interpretations of the town's name.

“The biggest one that we hear, and I hear it all the time, is Duh-WAH-jee-ack,” Dowagiac Area History Museum Director Steve Arseneau said in the town that is actually pronounced Duh-WAH-jack.


A photo from June 20 shows water muddy with sediment at the Asylum Lake Preserve across from the BTR II site.
Courtesy photo / Steve Keto

Conservationists in Kalamazoo are unhappy about erosion at a construction site that polluted a nature preserve in June and netted a Violation Notice from Michigan’s environmental agency.


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