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  • Population trends follow state’s economic fortunes News from the Indiana Business Research Center last week seemed heartening: The state’s four biggest cities are growing fast. Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend all showed dramatic population increases over the past three years. The biggest boom was in the state’s capital, which added 7,000 residents to reach a total population of more than 843,000.

    May 28, 2014

  • Choose engagement over entertainment for kids As summer comes, families anticipate more time together — more exploration and more fun. As parents think of ways to make the most of summer, deciding the goal in advance can determine whether family bonds diminish or grow. As parents plan, they should remember to consider whether the goal is entertainment or engagement.

    May 28, 2014

  • Proactive steps to keep you stepping Feet and footwear are always a hot topic. Why? Because when they hurt, they will define our day. As a result, there is an entire industry built around foot care from advanced shoe technology to techniques to alleviate foot pain. Regardless of your preferred activities or style of shoe, when it comes to feet, the best plan is to prevent them from becoming sore in the first place.

    May 28, 2014

  • Summer study groups do the Legislature’s legwork Back before the recession of 2008 hit Indiana, Gov. Mitch Daniels launched an ambitious initiative called Hoosiers on the Move. The program aimed to get Indiana’s out-of-shape residents exercising while also boosting tourism. Its primary goal was to have a usable trail within a 15-minute drive of every resident by 2016. We’re close.|Back before the recession of 2008 hit Indiana, Gov. Mitch Daniels launched an ambitious initiative called Hoosiers on the Move. The program aimed to get Indiana's out-of-shape residents exercising while also boosting tourism. Its primary goal was to

    May 21, 2014

  • Poppins is practically perfect A strange wind has blown into the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre and brought with it practically perfect in every way “Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical.” The show, which opened May 15, runs through June 29. Poppins is the B&B’s family offering this season and delivers on its promise of a magical evening for the entire family.

    May 21, 2014

  • Was that a hammer, a drill or a woodpecker? A few weeks ago, I was provoked at home by loud, intermittent pounding. With no immediate neighbors to blame, I wondered who would interfere with my peaceful birdsong-filled morning. I was surprised — and thrilled — to find a pileated woodpecker at one of my back bedroom windows. Pileateds (the Woody Woodpecker variety) are Indiana’s largest woodpecker.

    May 21, 2014

  • Carpenter, honey bees have different 'MOs' The Extension Office has received several calls from people reporting large bees resembling bumble bees near their homes. In some cases they have been behaving aggressively, flying at people. These are probably not bumble bees but carpenter bees, also sometimes called wood bees.

    May 21, 2014

  • Better fuel leads to better bodies It was just a regular stop at the gas station to fill up my ’99 Nissan Paid-for: I go through the steps, get the fuel flowing so I can get home to my favorites. With nothing to think about, I looked at the 87, 89, and 91 octanes and thought: “If I put premium in my car would it run better? Maybe get better gas mileage? Help it last a few more years? Not sure, but I just can’t afford to do it.”

    May 14, 2014

  • Three things I thought I would never do In honor of Mother’s Day last weekend, I thought it might be fun to hit it from the other side and talk about some of the things I have done after becoming a mom that I never would have done had it not been for my children.

    May 14, 2014

  • Taxpayers want to see value before investing in schools Ball State University economist Michael Hicks had some unwelcome news when he met with leaders of the scenic Ohio River town of Madison last summer after they asked his advice on growing their community. Despite a long list of assets, ranging from a strong manufacturing base to an abundance of recreational opportunities, he found the community had a weak link: its underperforming schools, measured by metrics and perception.

    May 14, 2014

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