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    Visit the Indiana Dunes State Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13 to see or compete in the 22nd annual Sand Sculpture Contest. Visit in.gov for a complete list of State Park events. The Indiana Dunes State Park is located at 1600 N. 25 E. in Chesterton. There is a fee to enter the park.

      Summerfest is back! Enjoy fireworks, live entertainment, the boat parade and food and craft vendors July 3-7. The festivities take place at Cedar Lake Town Complex at 7408 Constitution Ave. in Cedar Lake. Admission is free; parking is $5. Visit cedarlakesummerfest.com for a complete list of …

        Listen to some of the best traditional blues artists and enjoy mouth-watering BBQ at the annual Broad Street Blues & BBQ Festival on June 28-30. Performances by Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Momma, Susan Williams Band, Billy Branch and Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials among others. Friday …

          Grab the family and enjoy German food, a pumpkin patch, live authentic German music, a family beer garden and kid’s zone at Griffith’s Oktoberfest. This three-day festival will take place Oct 6-8 at Central Park in Griffith. Learn more at Griffith.in.gov.

          Three people were killed and dozens others were injured Monday when a passenger train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago struck a dump truck and derailed in a remote, rural area of Missouri. Two of the people who died were on the train and one was in the truck, Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Justin Dunn said.  It was not immediately clear exactly how many people were hurt, the patrol said, but hospitals reported receiving more than 40 patients from the crash and were expecting more. The Southwest Chief was carrying about 243 passengers and 12 crew members when the collision happened near Mendon at a rural intersection on a gravel road with no crossing arms, officials said. Seven cars derailed, the Highway Patrol said.

          Indiana conservation officers say lifeguards have recovered the body of a Florida man after he tried to save the life of a teenager. They say 38-year-old Thomas Kenning of St. Petersburg, Florida, was at Porter Beach on Monday when he saw a female in distress in Lake Michigan. Officers say Indiana Dunes State Park lifeguards arrived at the scene a short time later and they pulled Kenning from the water, officers said He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Chesterton Fire Chief Eric Camel estimated the man may have been in the water 15 minutes before the lifeguards found him in the waves approximately 25 feet from shore.

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