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As we close the reports for the 2015 campaign of Toys for Tots, there are many people and organizations that we would like to mention for their invaluable assistance and hard work in organizing fundraisers and donating toys and/or money, thus helping to make this year's campaign a success.

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We are very fortunate to have a number of capable public servants in La Porte County — both elected and employed — who are dedicated to carrying out their duties efficiently, effectively and ethically.

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We had spent our day trip to Denmark at two places: Tivoli Gardens, the bizarre kaleidoscope of cultural kitsch and death defying amusement rides, and at the other extreme of Denmark's island, the fine Kronburg Castle at Helsingør, made famous by Shakespeare in "Hamlet".

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Hey busy NWI ladies — if we took a poll on how many of us neglect our own health as we rush from one task to the next, I have no doubt that, as a group, we would be a bit embarassed by the number of us who preach self-care to others while neglecting ourselves. If you're personally "not guilt…

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We Hoosiers are a fortunate lot — especially Hoosier Republicans. If the Colts, Bears and Bengals had depth charts like we have in the Republican Party, all three teams would be well on their way to playoff berths. Yet, even with so many talented individuals vying to serve the public in impo…

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When I first ran for office, one of my goals was to ensure that the topic of education took a place of prominence in our daily conversation. Among other things, this includes understanding the great work that teachers do in our classrooms every day and increasing our respect for those that w…

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How do universities collaborate with K-12 education to ensure that students are prepared for college and, perhaps, get a leg up?

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I was among the people who turned out for the NAACP's Raise the Wage gathering at the Michigan City Public Library last week. Over the course of the program, it became apparent the majority of the attendees in support of raising the minimum wage didn't fundamentally have a problem with the m…

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In late March, it was brought to my attention that the project to renovate the Pavilion at the Indiana Dunes State Park would include the construction and private leasing to Pavilion Partners of a neighboring conference/banquet center of roughly 30,000 square feet.

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It's Springtime in Indiana. Traveling down to Brown County last week, the fields were being fertilized and prepared for planting of our major crops — corn and soybeans. Indiana farmers are predicted to harvest 1.04 billion bushels of corn and 279.9 million bushels of soybeans in 2015.

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Northwest Indiana is much stronger even though the La Porte-Lake County consortium is not the apparent high bidder for the Indiana Toll Road lease. Porter County leadership also supported the two county project although timing prevented its joining.

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Recent news that the Governor has reversed the Department of Correction's decision to close Camp Summit reinforces just how important it is that La Porte County have well-placed locals in state government who can advocate for our interests. Too often, out-of-sight means out-of-mind for the s…

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As we close the reports for the 2014 campaign of Toys for Tots, there are many people and organizations that we would like to mention for their invaluable assistance and hard work in organizing fundraisers and donating toys and/or money, thus helping to make this year's campaign a success.

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It is a new day for Michigan City! We see revitalization and renewal. We are leveraging all of our assets, our workforce, our location, and our financial position to elevate the quality of life for all of our residents.

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