2013-10-20T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK
October 20, 2013 12:00 am

Fall harvest better than expected after dry, hot August

The first week of October delivered sunny skies long enough for the 2013 harvest to begin in earnest. Robert Nielsen, professor of agronomy at Purdue University West Lafayette, said given the erratic weather, when crops were planted can make a major difference in yield this season.

Brokers simplify, confuse health exchange shopping

This month's glitch-filled rollout of the health insurance marketplaces created by federal law is a business opportunity for brokers and agents, but regulators warn that it also opened the door for those who would seek to line their pockets by misleading consumers.

Hoosier Bat Co. has more competition, opportunity

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton swung a bat made in Valparaiso when he belted a walk-off homer out of Tropicana Field in the bottom of the ninth Monday. This past season, Lobaton mainly used bats that were carved and lacquered in Porter County by the Hoosier Bat Co., one of the world's largest manufacturers of regulation-quality wooden baseball bats.

The job of a Firefighter

A lot can happen in 24 hours - car accidents, fires, medical emergencies, mass casualty incidents, just to name a few. Firefighters and paramedics often see people on the worst possible day of their lives - a fact of life for firefighters that provides many emotional peaks and valleys on any given day.

Ivy Tech trains vital members of operating room teams

For seven of the last eight years, 100 percent of students who successfully completed the accredited Surgical Technology program at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest in Valparaiso also passed the Certification Examination for the Surgical Technologist (CST), which are both requirements for employment by the state of Indiana.

Young business standouts recognized

A group of young business leaders making a positive impact in their Northwest Indiana communities were honored at the annual 20 Under 40 awards hosted by The Times and BusINess magazine on Wednesday.

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