By Richard G. Biever Franklin D. Roosevelt probably didn’t dub his successful 1932 presidential campaign — “New Deal” — after unsuccessfully playing cards in a French Lick gambling house. But he first laid what became his bold “new deal for the American people” on the table at the 1931 National Governors’ Conference at the renowned… Continue reading.
By Richard G. Biever “Let sleeping dogs lie” might be good advice about not stirring things up for most situations. But it’s not the case when it comes to dogs — especially dogs that bark too much. In that the case, the best time to give your dog attention is when it’s being calm and… Continue reading.
By Richard G. Biever Hospitality is a virtue by which Hoosiers are known to live. But there’s a place in southern Indiana that provides hospitality in the name of its saintly martyr. The Saint Meinrad Archabbey, a world-renowned site of Roman Catholic religious study and vocation, is also an extraordinary destination for visitors of any… Continue reading.
A crew of 14 Indiana electric cooperative lineworkers are in Guatemala March 24 – April 9 as part of an international initiative to bring electricity to a developing area in Guatemala. We take the modern conveniences electricity provides us for granted. But many families in remote areas of the world live the simplest of lives…. Continue reading.
The frugal farmers of Fulton County cut corners building their barns a century ago — literally. The barns they built were round. In doing so, the northcentral Indiana county became known as the “Round Barn Capital of the World.” The county’s appreciation and preservation of its special marks in history make the county special, too…. Continue reading.
By Nick Rogers Sheila Klinker apologizes, but she has to reschedule. Something has come up on this rare day off from 2019’s session of the Indiana General Assembly, where Klinker has been a Democratic state representative for House District 27 since 1982. She’ll talk more later, but still makes time to preview that discussion —… Continue reading.
When the inventor of the game of basketball — James Naismith — visited Indiana’s high school basketball state finals in 1925, he quipped that he may have invented the game in Massachusetts, but “basketball really had its origin in Indiana.” This time of year, those Hoosier roots of the game rise to the rafters of… Continue reading.
Two feast days this month make St. Joseph County a divine choice to feature. The first is March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day. The county on the Michigan border, of course, is home to the renowned University of Notre Dame, whose athletic teams are known as “The Fighting Irish.” The pugilistic leprechaun with raised dukes… Continue reading.
By Brian D. Smith Call me Mr. Tomato Head. That’s the nickname I earned in a previous job after gathering ripe tomatoes from my backyard garden at the crack of dawn, hauling them to my downtown Indianapolis office, and tempting my co-workers with the offer, “Free to good homes!” And these were no run-of-the-mill ’maters,… Continue reading.
Top 3 responsibilities in a day Social media. I make sure we’re sharing important information and stay on top of questions and comments. Writing. I write content for our magazine, social media and other places. Projects. We have something different going on all the time that I coordinate. How long have you been in your… Continue reading.
When 25,000 Sandhill Cranes flock together in southwestern Indiana, “Marsh Madness” ensues at the Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area in Greene County. The ninth annual Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival, March 1-2, coincides with the northern migration of the Sandhills. The big birds have made the Goose Pond a pitstop since the restoration began… Continue reading.
Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health problem. That’s the message the American Veterinary Medical Association wants pet owners to consider during February, the National Pet Dental Health Month. Dental health is important to your pet’s overall health, just as it is for humans. And… Continue reading.
By Brian D. Smith In the 2001 movie “Pearl Harbor,” Doolittle’s Raiders – 16 American bombers and their crews – fly low over the Pacific Ocean before releasing their explosives on industrial targets in Tokyo. But it wasn’t really the Pacific, it wasn’t really Tokyo, and the World War II warplanes weren’t really flying over… Continue reading.