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That's So Region Podcast: Celebrating 219 Day with a New National Park and Another Convicted Politician

Park rangers and Lorelei Weimer, executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism, pose with their temporary makeshift sign showing Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's new designation as a national park. From left are Ryan Koepke, park guide; Jean-Pierre Anderson, park guide; Bruce Rowe, co-chief of interpretation; Weimer and, in front holding the sign, Kelly Caddell, co-chief of interpretation and park guide.

The That's So Region panel talks about  Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore becoming Indiana Dunes National Park, Portage Mayor James Snyder getting convicted of two felonies and the Region's long history of political corruption, and the return of the Region holiday 219 Day.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.