Michigan City

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The body of a 16-year-old girl was recovered from Lake Michigan near the Michigan City lighthouse pier Monday afternoon.

Meantime a search is underway for an Illinois man who fell off a boat into Lake Michigan Sunday in the Hammond area.

UPDATE: Michigan City Extends Closure Of Beaches

Jul 16, 2020
https://www.emichigancity.com/320/Washington-Park-Beach

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Thursday Michigan City's Mayor signed an executive order extending the beach closures through July 30. This applies not only to Washington Park but also the senior center and the zoo and parking areas that surround those facilities. 

(FILE PHOTO: Tyler Lake/WTIU)

The northern Indiana utility NIPSCO will postpone removing toxic coal ash from ponds near its Michigan City coal plant until next spring. Environmental activists agree with the delay, saying due to the pandemic, it’s not the right time to remove the waste. 

Courtesy of NIPSCO

A northwest Indiana utility plans to remove toxic coal ash from five of its ponds at its Michigan City coal plant. NIPSCO plans to excavate the waste and put it in a lined landfill at its other coal plant, R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield. 

Tyler Lake/WTIU

The Indiana NAACP says keeping coal plants open longer would negatively affect the health of low-income and minority communities in the state. The group has asked lawmakers to vote down a House bill that could delay coal plant closures. 

The bill would require the state to review a plant closure, hold a public hearing, and issue a report on whether or not the closure is reasonable. Lawmakers also added a provision that would help former coal miners in Indiana find jobs.

Michigan City Mayor Does Not Win Reelection

Nov 5, 2019
http://michigancityin.gov/166/Mayors-Office

The LaPorte County GOP party chair, Mitch Feikes, confirms to WVPE that the Democratic incumbent mayor of Michigan City, Ron Meer, did not win his bid to be reelected. Meer has been at the center of controversy after the top brass of the city's police department resigned. That was followed by multiple subsequent media reports that Meer is facing felony charges. 

NIPSCO Customers Protest Against Proposed Rate Hikes

Aug 2, 2019
Annacaroline Caruso

About 30 people gathered in Michigan City’s Pullman Park Thursday night to protest a proposal by the Northern Indiana Public Service Company. 

NIPSCO plans to cut electric bill rates for it’s five large industrial customers and raise costs for residential consumers.

FILE PHOTO: Tyler Lake/WTIU

Northern Indiana utility customers are holding a rally Thursday night to oppose NIPSCO’s plans to raise their rates while allowing industrial customers to access lower market prices. The utility says the increase will help it transition away from coal and toward renewable energy and natural gas. 

Jacarra Williams is the senior pastor at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Michigan City, which helps some residents pay their electric bills. He says he’s glad NIPSCO is going to more wind and solar, but some members of the community are struggling to make ends meet.

Stateline Blueberries

More than 30 acres of blueberries are ripe for the picking at Stateline Blueberries, located just four miles from the shores of Lake Michigan near Michigan City. 

Google for directions to the farm at 9957 N. Frontage Road, Michigan City, IN. 

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UPDATE:  The Indiana DNR issued an update today on the impact that weather is having on the search for Rahem Mason in Lake Michigan off the beach in Michigan City.

Here is the latest from the DNR: 

 

The rough water and high waves on Lake Michigan continue to hinder divers searching for missing South Bend swimmer Rahem Mason.

Witnesses observed Mason, 17, disappear beneath the surface of the water on Lake Michigan and not resurface at approximately 7:07 p.m. Saturday.

Divers from Michigan City Police, LaPorte County Sheriffs Office, Michigan City Fire Department, and Indiana Conservation Officers met this morning and determined conditions were unsafe to conduct dive operations due to five-foot waves in the Washington Park area.

Waves crashed over the break wall as members of the various departments walked the lighthouse pier to visually search the area near the pier. The Michigan City Fire Department launched a UAV (drone) to search the area from the air. 

Indiana Conservation Officers are considering a sonar search by boat this afternoon if the lake provides workable conditions for sonar use.

Divers from the respective departments plan on diving tomorrow morning if the weather cooperates.

Michigan City Police get 145 guns off the streets

Mar 2, 2019

Michigan City Police announced that a two-day gun drive that ended March 2nd, has taken 145 weapons off the streets in Laporte County. Police say the weapons taken in will be destroyed. 

The police provided a buyback incentive to encourage gun owners to turn in firearms. Sponsors who supported the buyback included Horizon Bank and the  Community Outreach Donation Fund.

Michigan City Police say criminals are stealing guns from legal owners in increasing numbers, fueling violent crimes.  

Warhol Exhibit To Open In Michigan City Arts Center

Jun 8, 2018

Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts will feature works by  Pop-artist Andy Warhol starting Saturday.

 

 

A second baby was discovered Sunday evening in a Safe Haven Baby Box in Coolspring Township, just outside of Michigan City.

 

This is the second baby found in the same box within five months. The first one in November of last year.
 

The baby box was installed at the Coolspring fire station in April 2016. There are two boxes in the state, the other at Woodburn Fire Station, outside of Fort Wayne.
 

No babies have yet been left at the Woodburn box.
 

Michigan City Schools Launch Solar Power Initiative

Mar 28, 2018
Michigan City Area Schools

Michigan City Area Schools today celebrated the addition of new solar arrays to its facilities in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Krueger Middle School.

 

The recently installed ground-mount solar arrays feed into the NIPSCO power grid and the school corporation expects the new solar panels, which have been placed  at 7 of its 16 facilities, including the main administration building, to offset utility costs by at least 52 percent per year.  

 

That’s an annual savings of about $704,000 dollars.