SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 59-year-old homeless man was found in South Bend and pronounced dead on Christmas Eve. Robert Minnes' 60th birthday would have been Christmas Day. He had been reportedly missing for two weeks. He was well known to locals and found by a store clerk covered with blankets. Authorities have previously said he had medical issues and had trouble walking. 

Heather Curlee-Novak

It is so very cold, and it is so very dark.  The cold seeps into my bones and makes me want to just sit here in my chair with a fuzzy blanket and slippers.  I only have energy to zone out in a book or watch Netflix until my eyes dry out.


Today Notre Dame announced it is implementing a reservation system for people interested in attending Christmas Mass at the Basilica.

Post offices get second rush post-Christmas

Dec 25, 2017


Online holiday shopping boomed this year, up around 15 percent nationally. While the big rush happens before Christmas, there are still more packages that will be processed after as well.


As people return unwanted gifts or spend gift cards, more packages will go through the mail.

Jason Scholten is the postmaster of the Elkhart post office.  

“It’s not as heavy but as people use gift cards and return parcels we do see an uptick in deliveries and pickups.”

Winter temps, holiday decor add to power bills

Dec 18, 2017
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Cold weather and holiday decorations mean higher energy bills this time of year. But there are ways to help lower them, and help the planet.

Christmas lights, inflatables and other holiday decorations increase energy usage. And if you use electric heating, your power bills are probably pretty steep.

Indiana Michigan Power spokesperson Tracy Warner says one easy switch is different Christmas lights.

Last letters to get replies this year arrive at North Pole

Dec 15, 2017
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The last of the letters Santa will be able to reply to are arriving at the North Pole Friday.


Letters to Santa can be dropped off in special boxes at most post offices in the U.S. A lot of those letters make their way to Anchorage, Alaska where the postmaster collects them, and sends replies back from the North Pole.

The letters have to make to Alaska by Friday, December 15 in order for Santa to reply.

USPS Holiday shipping deadlines approach

Dec 12, 2017


Holiday postal and shipping deadlines are coming up this week and next.

Different types of mail have different shipping deadlines with the U.S. postal service, but in general, if you try to send it after December 20th, it’s not going to make it for Christmas.

Christmas Trees in a farm
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If you plan on getting a real Christmas tree this year, you might want to pick one up sooner rather than later.


For Jonathan Ada and his wife, cutting down a real Christmas tree every year is about tradition."We did this last year and it was just really fun, so we decided to come back this year."


They’re among thousands of customers who come to Twin H Tree Farms in Bloomington to select the perfect tree.