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Indiana Dunes heading for a change in name only

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one step closer to being called Indiana Dunes National Park. “Designating the dunes as a national park would give the area the recognition it deserves, attracting more visitors and helping further grow the economy in northwest Indiana,” U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, said in […]

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FFA blue and gold dominates downtown Indy

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The streets of Indianapolis are running blue for the National Future Farmers of America Convention, which started Wednesday and will wrap up on Saturday. “We were given books to get signatures from every state,” said FFA member Tripp Johnson, whose signature blue and gold jacket was emblazoned with his […]

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Lack of reliable internet leaves rural Hoosiers in the dark

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In southeastern Indiana in the middle of miles of cornfields is a long stretch of road that is home to students, laborers and farmers, but lacks one necessity of the 21st century – access to efficient internet service. “It’s very frustrating not having the internet because it limits what […]

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Limited budgets force parks to survive on user fees

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At least once a week Daniel May, a pastor at Church on the Rock in Dillsboro, sits under a park shelter prepping passages for his sermon or hiking one of the many trails at Versailles State Park. “My wife and I go to a state park every week,” said […]

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Free admission to state parks Saturday to encourage volunteer efforts

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can enjoy free admission to all state parks and forestry sites in Indiana Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day. “It’s a day to celebrate the public lands around the nation, to approach people to use outdoor recreation, celebrate conservation, and for us state parks in Indiana […]

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Historical Society brings Gettysburg to life

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The fourth graders from Sycamore Elementary in Avon were ushered into the 1863-themed parlor and gathered at the feet of Mahala Beem, wife of David Beem, as she recounted one of the more notable letters she received from her husband, a soldier at the battle of Gettysburg. While the […]

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Former AG Eric Holder entertains and informs Anderson students

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com ANDERSON, Ind. — Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wore many hats during his six years in the position and Tuesday at Anderson University he talked about his experiences — both good and bad. And his talk and the chance to spend the day with him enthralled sophomore Zachary Van Duyn, […]

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Want to help Harvey and Irma victims? Donate blood

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Blood collection agencies across Indiana are calling on Hoosiers to donate blood to assist those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “We are encouraging eligible donors in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to give blood or platelets to ensure that there is sufficient blood supply,” said […]

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Indiana shelters help Texas animals after Hurricane Harvey

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Deb Gizynski saw images of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, she and her team immediately jumped into action. Bella’s House, a small animal rescue in Griffith that Gizynski founded, sent four volunteers to Texas. Equipped with leashes, blankets and food, the volunteers worked tirelessly for five days […]

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Free admission to Indiana museums Sept. 23

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – On Saturday, Sept. 23 Hoosiers can visit more than a dozen Indiana museums for free. Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by “Smithsonian” magazine encouraging the exploration of museums and celebrating the Smithsonian Institution. The participating museums will allow free entry to anyone with a ticket downloaded from […]

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