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Got milk? Indiana celebrities did at the State Fair

By Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At the Indiana State Fair, crowds of people bounce from booth to booth in the early hours of the day to experience the smoldering sun, sweet aroma of many fried foods and different kinds of entertainment put on throughout the day. But off the busy main path is a […]

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Out of Office: The family’s bees-ness

Out of Office is an occasional series about the people and place of Indiana. By Victoria Ratliff   TheStatehouseFile.com MARTINSVILLE, Ind.— Tracy Hunter’s life in beekeeping took root more than a century ago when his maternal grandfather, Gilbert Perigo, was given a beehive as a high school graduation present from his parents. By 1910, Perigo […]

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Indiana Grown promotes farm products across the state

By Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Heather Tallman has had a passion for locally-grown food since she began publishing her own blog more than a decade ago. She brings that same passion as the newest program director of Indiana Grown, the state Department of Agriculture’s program to promote produce and other farm products within the state. Indiana […]

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Indiana State Fair honors long-time volunteers with lifetime passes

Haley Carney TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Mary Alice Collins has made a yearly appearance at the Indiana State Fair since 1955, competing with her baked goods and winning thousands of ribbons for her pies, cakes, breads, cookies, and so much more. In 2015, she suffered septic shock, losing all ten of her fingers and both of her legs. […]

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Erosion taking a toll at Indiana Dunes as beachfronts erode

By Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—From 2011 to 2018, Indiana’s beaches along Lake Michigan have shrunk to the point where overlooks and trails no longer lead to beaches, but only eroded land and high waters. That erosion is threatening one of Indiana’s most beautiful resources and biggest tourist attractions as the waters of Lake Michigan eat […]

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Rise of Soccer: Women’s national team is inspiring a new generation

By Haley Carney and Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—On a sunny afternoon in Carmel, the River Road Fields are filled with parents and high school athletes. They are constantly moving around the area, from one field to the next. The speed of the game is fast, with little room for error. This could have been America’s […]

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New tourism department will be more business focused

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Ask Lt. Gov. Susanne Crouch about the best places to visit in Indiana, she immediately rattles off Spencer, home to an LGBTQ+ store and community center, sites in Indianapolis, and the Indiana Dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan. Indiana Dunes is the newest national park in the state and could […]

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Immigrants celebrate Independence Day as new citizens

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—To shield his then 8-year-old son from war, Baitullah Khoram moved his family to the United States in 2014 after working for the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan. Wednesday, the 39-year-old father and his wife, Zubaida, each gripped an American flag that is now their flag as they and 96 other immigrants […]

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Out of Office: The hidden history of Central State Hospital

Editor’s note: Out of Office is the first in an occasional series  highlighting interesting places and activities in Indiana. By Victoria Ratliff and Haley Carney TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—In the shadows of old wooden bookcases sit jars filled with embalming fluid preserving decades-old brains that have signs of disease caused by tumors, strokes and ulcers. Sarah Halter […]

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First round of trails funding announced

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­—Gov. Eric Holcomb spent his 51st birthday in Speedway Thursday by handing out the first grants of his Next Level Trails program—$4.9 million for new trails connecting Speedway with the west side of Indianapolis. Holcomb was joined by Cameron Clark, director of the Department of Natural Resources, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and […]

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