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Just recently, one of the “regulars” at the Oasis Ballroom in Michigan City passed away – Martha Keserich Vance, known to most as Martha Nash. I thank Patty Nocek of the La Porte County Health Department for sharing Martha’s obituary. Martha sang regularly at the Oasis Ballroom in Michigan C…

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Ask any middle schooler their feelings about school on a normal day in the middle of the school year, you might hear something like, “I don’t wanna go to school,” or “I’m tired of school; I wanna stay home.” Fast forward to the end of March 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic, and you are…

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Although there have been numerous tragedies in La Crosse, there have been good things there too – one was a doctor who cared for its residents for many years. His name was Dr. David Daniel Oak and in 1948 he had practiced medicine in La Crosse for 38 years.

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About 40 years ago a successful local realtor by the name of Marjorie Gondeck was in charge of the sale of a building at 809 Franklin St., Michigan City, when she was inspired by her passion and hobby of collecting trinkets and treasures. They found a home in this vacant space and her dreams…

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This month my class was assigned to write an essay or poem to honor Black History Month. I chose to write a poem. I also chose to write about more than one person and to honor many civil rights activists in my poem. I liked this project a lot because it gave me a chance to write about my eth…

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Indiana became a state in 1816 and Michigan City celebrated its 100th birthday with a Centennial Homecoming on Aug. 21-26, 1916. Continuous vaudeville was offered every day of the event at various “platforms” (locations). A six-episode pageant entitled “The Spirit of the Dunes” was offered o…

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I was at somewhat of a loss for what to write for this piece. So I decided to go with a topic that has been the center of more than a few (heated) classroom debates.

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During the 2019 holiday season, some were, for the first time, introduced to the Giese Chapel, which has been a holiday favorite since 1947.

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Right now in the United States, even after years of fighting to raise awareness, the LGBTQ+ community is still being attacked. It doesn’t even have to be provoked; every day, people who are a part of this community are harassed. Whether it’s because of religion or just an unfair bias, it’s s…

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Although La Porte County is generally identified as an “agricultural” county, it has had its share of manufacturing firms. Today, these firms have been replaced with much smaller companies with lesser employees. It is important, however, that we remember how “it was” to understand how “it be…

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On Nov. 15, 77 students from Krueger Middle School traveled to various locations around Michigan City to give a helping hand to the staff members of Friendship Botanic Gardens, the Elston YMCA, Fried's Cat Shelter, the Macedonian Missionary Baptist Food Pantry, and the Washington Park Zoo. L…

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Well, this is middle school. Today we are going to talk about the life of a Middle schooler! (It's not as hard as you think. The more we get into the school year, the better it gets.)

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has pledged to save a percentage of the state’s old-growth forests, but this must be done in the proper way to get the true benefit. At present, the strategic plan includes protecting 10 percent of state forests to allow them to become old-growth forest.

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I’m sad to say good-bye to August, but a few lazy, hazy days of summer remain. Time enough to take a walk down memory lane.

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According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 10.5 out of 100,000 adults will develop oral cancer. Yet people might not recognize the symptoms until the cancer is discovered on a routine visit to their dentist or healthcare provider.

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I am writing in response to the article “Smoking ban snuffed out” in The News-Dispatch on May 29. I commend Councilwoman Sharon Carnes for leading the smoke-free parks public health initiative in Michigan City. Though the ordinance was rejected, this is an opportunity to raise awareness abou…

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My Krueger experience was very different from my experience at my old school. Krueger was a very big change for me. Coming from a private Montessori school, things weren’t what I was used to. I was used to doing things very hands-on and learning the same thing every year, just in a different…

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As my last year in middle school comes to an end, I will give you the perspective of middle school from the eyes of a 13-year-old eighth grader. When I first walked into Krueger I remember all the thoughts going through my mind. I felt as if this was a new beginning, which it actually was. I…

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I’m sure most of us made some sort of New Year’s resolution. But since it is mid-February, many of us have also probably changed our minds. But instead of just giving up completely, maybe there is a better way to approach our goals.

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If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete, or an adult fan who enjoys high school athletic events here in Indiana, this message is primarily for you.

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As Indiana continues to tackle the skills gap facing our workforce, efforts to better train and educate Hoosiers get most of the attention. However, helping our businesses improve the way they compete for workers by offering more attractive salaries and benefits is also crucial.

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There are many ways a person can get stressed out. Whether it’s school, personal problems, or that things just aren’t going right in life, you may be stressed out at any time. This is a large problem for people trying to focus on things, or even simply just trying to enjoy life. This can get…

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Recently, Barker Middle School transitioned to a new type of scheduling called block scheduling. This is quite a different way to schedule classes when compared to the original 45-minute classes. So what is block scheduling, and what is its purpose?

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A Sept. 11, 2017, report by Stephanie Wang of the The Indianapolis Star said that some people oppose a hate crime law because they believe it would their right violate free speech or thought. But hate crime only applies to other criminal action, as an underlying crime, and not to hate speech.

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High levels of dangerous lead in children can result in lower IQs, reduced academic performance, lower state test scores, and compromised career outcomes for lower lifetime wages. Behavioral consequences could include shorter attention spans, poor impulse control, ADHD, and juvenile incarceration.

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The ugly face of political corruption can be found in many forms in La Porte County. Regrettably, Councilman Mike Mollenhauer’s recent statement blindly defending criminally accused Councilman John Sullivan and former commissioner Dave Decker displays one such face of corruption.

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At the last school board meeting, our board was asked to vote on an amendment to the student handbook to require all incoming kindergarteners be tested for lead.

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Each spring, students across America are required to take standardized tests to show what they have learned that school year and to measure their knowledge. But are standardized tests really helping students improve and preparing them for the future?

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Have you ever asked one of your relatives or a friend younger than you about the stuff they learn at school? Then you probably realize what they’re learning differs from what you were learning when you were their age.

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There are numerous stories that tout the virtues and sometimes non virtuous events that marked the county’s history. In my researching the history of La Porte County I came across articles of people, places and events that defined the county’s history. Some of the articles referenced the fir…

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Heads wiser than mine have determined that we need to build a replacement structure for La Porte Hospital. I hope that is both necessary and cost effective as compared to updating the current complex and enhancing the programs and services it provides.

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"Tenderly, the Rosemary Clooney Musical" at the Canterbury Summer Theatre is the furthest thing from a disappointment. The show is a tribute to Rosemary Clooney and is set in 1968, where Clooney has flashbacks to different times in her life that made her who she was. The musical, directed by…

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Canterbury Summer Theatre’s newest performance First Date is a laugh a minute! This adult-friendly musical, directed by Rebecca Hayes, portrays a couple’s first date, where their subconscious friends, family, and even social media are giving their two cents toward the date’s success. Aaron (…

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Like the blackened husks of nuclear fallout victims, the surreal sculptures in Hammer Film’s 1963 production of “These Are the Damned” belie the happenings of something awful nearby.

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Canterbury Summer Theatre’s latest performance "The Marvelous Wonderettes" is a must-see! Appropriate for all ages, The Marvelous Wonderettes is a four-woman show set in the late 1950s and '60s. The first half of the musical depicts the lives of four girls during their high school prom, and …

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There is a dream sequence midway through Russell Mulcahy’s 1984 horror film opus, “Razorback,” featuring a man walking injured and alone through the Australian Outback.

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As a child of the Indiana Dunes and an avid sailor, water quality is near and dear to my heart. In 2003, the Unity Foundation began learning about and caring for the Trail Creek Watershed. This area “sheds” the rain and snow melt from 59 square miles of mixed use land into our beloved Lake M…

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In a world where education is the difference between poverty and wealth, knowledge and ignorance, and opportunity and limitation, we have every reason to celebrate the gift that is our education. Education is, simply put, a gift that is unfortunately given to a few, and therefore, should be …

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As I am finishing up my high school journey, I look back and see how much our school has improved the past four years and drastically changed. Coming into the high school as a freshman everything was different and seemed out of place, but as the years went by, things felt more at home and we…