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Monumental tributes

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Posted on Jun 26, 2021 in Profile

By Richard G. Biever Danielle Long asked artist Bill Wolfe to hold her 1-year-old son as she stepped onto a riser in Wolfe’s studio. Then, she peered deep and long into the eyes and face of the sculpture Wolfe had conjured from clay. It was the face of her late husband, fallen Terre Haute police… Continue reading.

The Wonder of Wandering

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Posted on Apr 22, 2021 in Features

By Richard G. Biever “What’s the difference between wonder and wander?” pondered Phil Anderson rhetorically. It begins with a subtle — yet internally rapturous — “oooh” and “aaah.”  “It’s just a letter,” he said. “Wonder and wander go hand-in-hand. Why do you wander? It’s because you wonder. Curiosity … wonder: It’s what makes you get… Continue reading.

Community clean-up

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Posted on Mar 25, 2021 in Features

By Richard G. Biever This year marks a half century since the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful first aired an unforgettable and now iconic ad campaign. The ad depicted a Native American in full buckskin paddling a canoe through a modern world of polluted water, air and land. “Some people have a deep, abiding respect… Continue reading.

Vineyards at Valentine’s

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Posted on Jan 21, 2021 in Features

Valentine’s Day has always meant wining and dining, dancing and romancing. But this year, the continuing cloud of COVID-19 has kept Cupid on the q.t. Leave it to Indiana’s enterprising wineries and vineyards to keep the crafted potables Hoosiers have come to love accessible and a part of this Feb. 14 or any special occasion,… Continue reading.

For the birds

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Posted on Dec 22, 2020 in Features

By Richard G. Biever On the drizzly windy Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, two wildlife biologists with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources stood in mud and manure beside a cattle barn. They stared up at a silo and scratched their heads. Deep inside the 22-foot-tall cylinder were five Indiana-endangered barn owl chicks. The empty unused… Continue reading.

Star Struck

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Posted on Nov 23, 2020 in Features

By Richard G. Biever On a clear night, Jim Tague can see forever. Through his backyard telescope, he can look out across the eons. What he finds there among the ancient dapples of starlight and emptiness, he’s sometimes not sure of. But that’s what’s kept him stargazing since he was a boy. “What draws me… Continue reading.

Three times a winner!

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Posted on Oct 26, 2020 in Features

By Richard G. Biever For an unprecedented third time, Evan has won the “Best of Show” in the latest Cooperative Calendar of Student Art contest. Winning the 12th grade division also made Evan a seven-time consecutive grade winner — another unprecedented accomplishment in the calendar contest’s 23 years. The winning works from the contest, which… Continue reading.

Unleashing hope

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Posted on Aug 20, 2020 in Features

By Richard G. Biever Collin Kreiner was just 6 months old when doctors told his parents he had cerebral palsy. The condition affected the right side of his brain and left him with a partial paralysis. The diagnosis came after his parents had noticed Collin was not using his left hand. He kept it clenched… Continue reading.

Virtual Vacation

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Posted on May 27, 2020 in Features

By Richard G. Biever Marcy Dodson was working at home — alone — as most everyone has the past couple of months. She was putting together the first installment of a new virtual feature for the Indiana State Museum designed to keep patrons engaged remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic closure. The topic was a goosebumper… Continue reading.

From acorns of creativity …

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Posted on Feb 20, 2020 in Features

Photos and story by Richard G. Biever Nate Heck works in the world’s greatest office space. But it’s not the cozy insulated and energized tree house in his backyard. Though editing video beneath a giant live oak limb that passes through definitely makes a unique and awesome studio. It’s not the New York City museums,… Continue reading.

Saving The Day

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Posted on Dec 20, 2019 in Features

Story and Photos by Richard G. Biever  It’s another typical but blustery day in the fair northern Indiana city of Elkhart.  Citizens go about their routines fabricating recreational vehicles and musical instruments. Traffic rolls along the I-80/90 corridor carrying commerce and travelers from near and far.  Meanwhile, just off the toll road in an unassuming… Continue reading.

County Profile: Martin County

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Posted on Dec 19, 2019 in County

By Richard G. Biever Between a U.S. naval base occupying its northern third and a chunk of Hoosier National Forest occupying its southeastern quarter, there isn’t much of Martin County that’s Martin County. But what is left is filled with unique natural attractions and small towns that complement the base, which is known for developing… Continue reading.