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Lessons in 'Becoming'

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I sat in the passenger seat on the Indiana Toll Road headed for Chicago with my fingers anxiously twirling a strand of my curls, when my friend who was driving gently pushed my hands to my lap and encouraged me to not be nervous.

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The Latest Lifer: Kami Tupiak

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I grew up in Lake Village, a small town here in Indiana most haven’t even heard of, with my two older sisters and younger brother. I’ve always loved the small town feel, but when I married my husband we moved to a larger town, North Judson. We live peacefully with our evil cat and three year old munchkin, who are the most important people in my life. With all that said, there are still a few more layers to peel back. After getting a degree in Graphic Design, I worked as a manager in the food service for a few years, and worked on photography as well on the side. I’d like to believe I’m well rounded, with so many interests in the mix, it's hard to settle with just one. I’m also that person who will talk to you in line at the grocery store, even if I don’t know you (Thanks Mom!).

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Eulogy for My Father, Dr. E. Ric Frataccia

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My name is Ric Frataccia. I live in Fishers, Indiana with my wife, Luba, and our two boys, Aidan (11) and Ryder (6). I am the oldest of Dr. E. Ric Frataccia and Mrs. Kaye Frataccia’s two sons.

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Dr. Ric Frataccia, Memories and Messages

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During Doc’s time as Assistant Superintendent and later Superintendent at Portage Township Schools I had the pleasure to work with him as both a member of the community and later as school attorney. He was an inspirational, once in a generation leader. I have never met a more competent person in education. However, what inspired you most about him was his passion for children and their learning. It drove everything he did – everything. It was why he woke up in the morning. It was his why.

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A Look Back on the 2017 Good Life Award Winners

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Now almost 10 years ago we started this crazy mission, and the cliff notes version has been a story made up of one part innovation, two parts madness, three doses of perseverance, and a relentless response to the question of what good news do you have to share.

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Paid Internships Available with the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus


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The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid, spring-semester internships to college students, recent college graduates and graduate students during the 2019 legislative session.

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Hobart: Although Our City Is Not Perfect, It's Wonderful

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Hobart has one of the best police departments around and our fire department is second to none. Members of our public works department bust their rears to get things done! We have one of the most progressive city governments with a progressive Mayor and council that works well together. We have a wonderful downtown with events constantly going on. The lake front is on its way to being more beautiful than it was already and our special events are getting bigger and better every year. Finally, our school system is one of the best around with new facilities and state of the art technology.

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Holcomb’s 2nd State of the State Emphasizes Workforce, Presents Goals for Progress in 2018


HolcombINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb on Tuesday delivered his 2018 State of the State address to a joint convention of the Indiana General Assembly. While continuing his focus on five key pillars, the governor’s remarks highlighted his commitment to developing a skilled, ready workforce and detailed several milestones he expects the state to meet.

“Our greatest challenge is that too many Hoosiers lack the education and skills for the jobs that are here today and being created tomorrow—nearly all of which require a post-secondary education. It’s a challenge faced by every state and a major concern for every business,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This is the issue of the decade, and we don’t have a day to waste.”

In his address, Gov. Holcomb outlined the following workforce-related goals:
· Help at least 25,000 of the 700,000+ Hoosier adults with some...

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Time for New Approaches to Address Indiana’s Voter Turnout Problems


Leigh-Morris Voter turnout is a concern across the country, but it’s especially concerning in Indiana. It’s been low in Indiana for years, but it hit rock bottom in 2014 when, by many measures, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout of all the states. By the 2016 Presidential elections, there was improvement, but Indiana was still rated as 38th out of the 50 states, with 59.7% of registered voters casting ballots.

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Top 10 Overall Stories on NWIndianaLife from 2017

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2017 is over, and what a year it was! We were so amazed with everything that happened in the last year and privileged to have been able to cover all of these stories and events. As we sit at the top end of 2018 and look forward to a fresh new year to grow and build new memories, take a look back at our list of the very best stories that came out of Northwest Indiana this year in Entertainment, Community, Health, Business, Sports, Photo Galleries, and Videos. These stories highlighted some of the finest moments from communities all across the Region with everything from social gatherings, parades, new business developments, charitable work, sports games, and so much more.

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Links of the Week: The Official Retirement of the Links of the Week Column (Unless Someone Steals It)

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Well, it’s the end of an era: This will be the final Links of the Week you’ll ever read on the LIFE sites (... unless someone else takes the reigns. If they do, call them a copycat and know the OG will always look down on them). More importantly, however, it’s my last day working for Ideas in Motion Media (aka the LIFE sites).

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