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#RegionProud: Dave Ryan, of Kentland

From the #RegionProud: Columns about Northwest Indiana by residents series
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Dave Ryan

I grew up in a small town (Kentland, Indiana), and upon graduation from Indiana University in Bloomington, arrived at my first job as a banker in Detroit.

Six years later, after marrying my high school sweetheart (Mary), and disenchanted with my daily cross-town commute, we moved back to Kentland and purchased my parent’s business.

It was during the next 20 years that I met a guy (and future boss at Nipsco, who was born in the Region), named Vic Demeyer, and he was the Nipsco manager in Kentland.

We became close friends with Vic and his bride, Karen, and it was during our frequent trips to Lake County with Vic that I began to feel the pull of the Region. It went like this: We would cross the Newton/Lake County Line and Vic would immediately start to get energized, knowing he was back in Lake County, and the fun would begin!

Having moved our family to Lake County over 22 years ago, I can attest to that pull that Vic would feel whenever he returned home, because now we feel it also.

There is no other county in Indiana that can match the Region for its rich ethnic and cultural diversity, the beauty of the Lake Michigan shoreline, the power of our industry, the magic of Chicago, and the hard-working men and women of Lake County.

Add to all of this pierogis and pasta, wings and ribs, Walleye and Lake Perch, and several award winning craft breweries, and you have summed up the Region: A great place to live!

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