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Charbonneau: Water Supplies and Infrastructure


Since the drought in 2012 Indiana has been developing water policy that insures clean, safe and affordable drinking water for all Hoosiers while protecting our manufacturing and agricultural economy.

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Eric Mundt


Eric Mundt, a history teacher and Head Coach of the Boys Swim Team at Portage High School, loves building relationships in a job that is different every day and never gets old.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana May 19 - 21, 2017

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The cities throughout Northwest Indiana are prepping for summer. With summer break just around the corner, this weekend is full of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy outside and what says summer more than ice cream? The Schererville Party in the Park event is all about Dairy! From cows to goats, a Friday night full of milkshakes and ice cream is the perfect start to a great weekend. Saturday support local organizations with a 5k Run and dog walk, watch City of Whiting play softball, and then have join the Bonner Senior Center residents for dinner. The Valpo theaters, Memorial Opera House and Chicago Street, are opening their new shows, and the entire family are welcome to learn what it takes to be an Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s fire crew! Let’s start the countdown to...

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Leigh Morris on Symbiosis

Leigh-MorrisSymbiosis: Interaction between two different entities in close physical association typically to the advantage of both. I submit that is what's missing--or at least minimized--in the relationship between Northwest Indiana and the Greater Chicagoland Area. And Northwest Indiana is paying a price for it.

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Celebrating Our Newest Alumni


Today, Indiana University Northwest will confer 643 degrees to the Class of 2017.

This achievement, years in the making for many, signifies a significant accomplishment in each student’s life. It characterizes our graduates’ vision, dedication and determination. It represents the countless hours devoted to studying, writing, and researching. And, most important, it symbolizes that they, the Class of 2017, have fulfilled their promises to their individual futures, futures in which they will be forever linked with nearly 700,000 other IU alumni, who, just like them, have also realized their dreams.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana May 12 - 14, 2017

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Another great weekend ahead to just spend with friends and family! This Sunday is Mother’s Day, so be the best kid you can be and have some fun with Mom! Head out to the Schererville Party in the Park for games and food and drinks on Friday. On Saturday, grab your running shoes and race through Northwest Indiana in one of the local events. And, if running is not your thing, join Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr on his bike for the Region Riot Criterion Bike race! Then, on Sunday enjoy the day with brunch, flowers and family for the holiday. It is going to be another great weekend of memories with Mom!

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Brandie Belstra


Brandie Belstra has never left the Portage community. If she had, she never would have had a front row seat to the many changes and improvements occurring in her city.

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10 Fun Things to do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana May 5 - 7, 2017

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The first weekend in May is a weekend of celebration. Kick start the good time with a Fiesta party, honoring the Mexican tradition with music and margaritas. But, don’t forget that this is the first Friday of the month, which calls for another First Friday walk through downtown Michigan City, where you can stop to watch ballroom dancing while enjoying the shops along Franklin Street. The opening of May is also being celebrated with the opening of the Chesterton European Market, where you can spend hours browsing through vendors selling apparel, jewelry, and an endless amount of food and treats. End the weekend with a “Stroll for Hospice” through Valpo with the Visiting Nurses Association, because in May, we celebrate the life, the birth, and the memories of the community.

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Lisa Melendez


Lisa Melendez, a Business teacher at Portage High School, always knew she wanted to be a teacher. And for almost 10 years, Melendez has been doing her part to teach the students of Portage High School valuable lessons for their future.

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Purdue University Northwest: A Regional Powerhouse

Leigh-MorrisNorthwest Indiana is blessed with great institutions of higher education, including Indiana University Northwest, Valparaiso University, Calumet College of St. Joseph, and IVY Tech, but the 2016 unification of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central created a regional powerhouse. Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is the state’s fifth largest public university, offering nearly 70 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs of study for an enrollment of over 15,000 with students from 35 states and 53 nations.

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A Message to Northwest Indiana: Stay the Course, the Time Is NOW to Create a Better Future!

south-shore-line-double-track-nwoOver the last several years, bold leaders like Congressman Visclosky have created a vision for northwest Indiana where people enjoy Lake Michigan, the Dunes, thriving downtowns and a robust economy that capitalizes on our proximity to the third largest economic engine in the nation, Chicago.

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