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MICHIGAN CITY – The proposed civic plaza for the city’s downtown district spurred a contentious debate between the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission and several members of Organized and United Residents of Michigan City on Monday.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Searchers got a break from the weather Tuesday as they continued looking for a 17-year-old South Bend boy missing since Saturday in Lake Michigan off Washington Park.

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MICHIGAN CITY – The race for mayor has gotten more crowded, and two City Council candidates who were originally running unopposed now have challengers.

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La PORTE – All La Porte County government emails, and the county website, remained out of commission late Tuesday following a malware virus attack that affected the system on Saturday morning.

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La Porte compost site clused due to fair

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La PORTE – A Michigan City man with a history of domestic violence arrests has been charged with the fatal beating of his grandmother in her La Porte home last winter.

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MERRILLVILLE — The top bank in Indiana, according to one national publication, will be opening its first branch in Michigan City in about five weeks.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the disappearance of a 17-year-old South Bend boy, last seen in Lake Michigan off Washington Park.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Dragon Boat racing will return to La Porte's Stone Lake on Sept. 7 and the team at Dunebrook is looking for racing teams and sponsors for the sixth annual fundraising event.

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Inaugural 'Soiree' runway event July 13

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MICHIGAN CITY – Middle schoolers enrolled in the seventh annual Michigan City Police Department Youth Leadership Academy spent the first part of summer break hard at work – learning what it takes to be a leader.

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MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Police Department is seeking permission from the city to purchase license plate reader technology as an additional means of combating crime.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Local landlords will have to add their properties to a city registry and submit to thorough inspections if a new ordinance passes the Michigan City Common Council.

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Compiled from Michigan City Police Department reports

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INDIANAPOLIS – A national non-profit aimed at "empowering teachers to lead improvements in policy and practice" has inducted 20 "demonstrably-effective teachers" as new Policy Fellows, including one from Michigan City High School.

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MICHIGAN CITY – City residents who want to spend more time enjoying summer and less time shopping can take advantage of one of the largest online grocery delivery services in the Midwest – at least for a few months.

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PORTAGE – The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor has been open for nearly 50 years, but experienced a first last month when the general cargo vessel HC Melina arrived, carrying a unique shipment.

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La PORTE – Hoping to get more events lined up at the La Porte County Fairgrounds – and stop draining county resources to do it – a new management corporation will be taking over operation of the facility, and one of the first orders of business will be a new name.

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La PORTE — The temperature reached upward of 90 degrees across the area last Saturday, but the passion of those gathered at the La Porte County Fairgrounds burned brighter than the sun.

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MERRILLVILLE – Repairing and replacing equipment that was originally damaged by a storm, followed by several months of not being able to broadcast, has put Lakeshore PBS in a financial bind.

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AG: Woman illegally working as midwife

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HAMMOND — NASA's twin Mars rovers, known as “Spirit” and “Opportunity,” have amassed unparalleled amounts of information about Earth’s distant cousin.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Scott Highberger was in sixth grade when he drank his first beer at a party – and promptly passed out. You might say it took more than two decades before he finally woke up.

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MICHIGAN CITY – "Pardoned By Grace" – a feature film based on the true story of prisoner-turned-preacher Scott Highberger – will begin production in late July in Northwest Indiana, where the story actually took place.

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Redevelopment Commission meetings set

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INDIANAPOLIS – After an unusually wet spring and early summer, state health officials are warning of a large number of mosquitos across Indiana, and evidence that the West Nile virus is spreading across the state.

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MICHIGAN CITY – The mayor's office and Indiana State Excise Police are investigating the late-night "inspection" of a local tavern that led to a firestorm of outrage on social media over the involvement of Michigan City Police officers.

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La PORTE — The La Porte Jaycees were forced to cancel their annual fireworks celebration that was scheduled for Wednesday night after a worker injury occurred at the La Porte County Fairgrounds.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Renderings of the design for the central plaza slated for Michigan City’s downtown, as well as the plaza’s expected construction and operation costs, have become prominent in local news over the past few weeks.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Sixty-six years ago, Marilyn Steinhiser fell in love with dancing. For 37 of those years she's tried to instill that passion in youngsters, nurturing their self-confidence and progress with a gentleness and kindness few forget.

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MICHIGAN CITY – As Studio M closes after 37 years, many parents and students shared their shock, sadness and sweet memories of owner Marilyn Steinhiser.

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One-day delay in recycling pickup

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MICHIGAN CITY – Amongst sticks of chewing gum, containers of lip gloss and assorted knickknacks, inside every women's purse are items the owner relies on to get them through the day.

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MICHIGAN CITY – It's almost Independence Day and that means fireworks – as area residents have probably been hearing most nights for the last couple weeks.

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Pressel on Medicaid transport committee

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INDIANAPOLIS – State wildlife officials are looking for volunteers to count wild turkeys and their offspring this summer for its annual inventory.

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PRAIRIE TWP. – La Porte County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the cause of a crash that killed a Starke County man early Sunday near La Crosse in rural Prairie Township.

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COOLSPRING TWP. – An employee of a recycling and waste disposal company was struck by a vehicle while working in rural Coolspring Township on Friday, and police are looking for the driver, who did not stop.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Music and color, food and drink, peace and love abounded near the lakefront Saturday at the second annual Michigan City Pride Fest.

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LOGANSPORT – At its annual State Convention earlier this month, the Indiana Division of the Izaak Walton League of America presented awards for achievements in conservation and service, and two La Porte County residents were among the top honorees.

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LOWELL – A La Porte County resident who spent the last 25 years-plus working for the Indiana State Police is retiring, but it won't exactly be a relaxing retirement.

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CHESTERTON – A massive railroad construction project that will radically transform the north side of Michigan City is one step closer to reality.

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