VALPARAISO | It might have been a merry Christmas, but it has not been a happy new year for the spruce planted in the middle of the five-points roundabout in November.
There might be more than corn in Indiana, but corn is still the king of the crops.
With all the high-tech equipment available today, Old McDonald probably isn't just farming. He's doing precision agriculture.
Bordering Lake Michigan, Northwest Indiana is blessed with abundant water resources. Water accessibility promotes community health, stability and economic development. Unfortunately, not all parts of Indiana have this vital resource at their fingertips.
PORTAGE | The city will begin removing some of the trees from the area of Central Avenue this fall trying to save them.
PORTER | Users withdrawing water from the Lake Michigan basin may be required to comply with conservation and efficiency rules beginning in mid-2014.
This is the time of year when it is usually pretty easy to see who has decided to let the turf grass in their lawn go dormant for the hot summer months, and who has decided to irrigate.
Salt in the soil can be deadly for lawns, trees and gardens, robbing plants of their ability to absorb water. Salt-tolerant varieties are available, however, and ground laden with soluble toxins can be flushed clean to depths below the root zone.
Hank Wunderink, left, and Matt Hayden show where thieves are cutting the wires to get copper loose from irrigation systems during a Friday news conference at Wunderink's farm.
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich talks Friday at the Wunderink farm about recent copper thefts.
VALPARAISO | The heat wave is putting a strain on the city's water supply, and Utility Director John Hardwick is calling on residents take steps to conserve water.
The old Bing Crosby standard "Pennies from Heaven" reminds us that rain falling from the sky is valuable and that clouds and showers now lead to sunshine and flowers later. The song recommends turning your umbrella upside down to catch this treasure.
As populations grow and fresh water demand increases, ways to use water more efficiently could determine our existence.
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