BERRIEN SPRINGS — Village government business took a back seat to honoring outgoing Village President Milt Richter Monday night. Tributes came in from 78th District state Rep. Brad Paquette, Oronoko Township Supervisor Mike Hildebrand and others.

Richter, 78, is leaving the president’s job after nearly 10 years in that post. He announced his decision to retire from the president’s position in early January and set his retirement date for Feb. 17. Later in January, it was announced that he would switch jobs with Trustee Jesse Hibler.