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Two major Northwest Indiana attractions, Fair Oaks Farms and the Shrine of Christ’s Passion, are boosting their appeal by making major investments in their offerings.

Fair Oaks Farms received approval from the Newton County Commissioners and County Council for a $230 million cheese manufacturing facility expected to add at least 130 jobs “and probably significantly more,” county attorney Patrick Ryan told Inside INdiana Business.

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion on U.S. 41 in St. John is planning to open its latest feature, Moses descending Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, sometime this month. That project took more than 160 semis full of boulders.

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Both of these expansions are welcome news.

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Investments like these will help Northwest Indiana become a stronger magnet for tourism.

That’s good for us all, and not just because of the additional jobs created. When we see tourists appreciate our area, it’s a reminder that we should be proud of the Region.

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