Duneland School Corporation

CHESTERTON - The Duneland School Corporation is implementing a district-wide curriculum for social emotional learning this fall.

Assistant Superintendent Robert McDermott told the "Times"  it will be the first time the district will implement a standardized SEL curriculum with topics such as empathy, kindness, goal setting and emotion regulation.

McDermott said the district, and many schools across the country,  saw increased anxiety and depression among students. The district is creating the curriculum to be both proactive and reactive in helping students mentally, emotionally and academically.

Starting in the fall, all students will receive at least one 20 to 25 minute SEL lesson per week.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will take growth mindset and goal setting, emotion management, empathy and kindness and problem solving.

Sixth to eighth grade students, will learn mindset and goals, recognizing bullying and harassment, managing relationships and conflict and thoughts, emotions and decisions.

McDermott says applied neuroscience is becoming more common in schools.  It also includes learning interventions to help improve human function.

Parents and Protestors Show Up in Support of LGBTQ Kids

Apr 14, 2021
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CHESTERTON - Over 200 people protested at Chesterton Middle School on Monday in support of the LGBTQ community.  The "Times" reports that's after Duneland school administrators directed three middle school teachers to take rainbow flags, and other affirming items, off of their walls.  The school corporation said there were complaints from parents and students that the items, “conflicted with their personal social and political beliefs.”

NWI Times

CHESTERTON -  After the prescribed fire and wildfire at the Indiana Dunes National Park on Friday, and with the increase in relative humidity and cloud cover on Monday, the National Park Service planned to burn approximately 239 acres of the Mnoke Prairie in Porter.

It's located on the west end of Beam Street and around the Dunes Learning Center.

For the last 20 years fire has been used as a primary tool for the restoration of rare tallgrass prairie in Northwest Indiana.

Indiana Dunes National Park / National Park Service

CHESTERTON - Indiana Dunes National Park has a new introduction video, and it's going to be showcased in a fundraising gala for the park.

Dustin Ritchea, Production Director for Indiana Dunes Tourism, says the movie night fundraiser will be at the 49er Drive-In on October 8th.  The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the first film starting at 6:30 p.m.  The event will also include a snack box, popcorn, live music from Johnny V. and a cash bar.

"The 49er Drive-In actually donated the venue for us to be able to do this as kind of a community outreach," Ritchea says.

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana jury has convicted a man of murder for fatally stabbing a female bartender at the tavern where he worked as a bouncer.

The Porter County jury deliberated for about 10 hours before finding 53-year-old Christopher Dillard of Hobart guilty Wednesday night in the slaying of 23-year-old Nicole Gland. The Portage woman was stabbed more than 20 times before her body was found in her SUV behind the Upper Deck Lounge in Chesterton in April 2017.

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 13-year-old Indiana boy is charged with intimidation after he told Apple's digital assistant Siri that he planned a school shooting and posted an iPhone screenshot of the response on social media as an apparent joke.

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CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana utility is moving forward on plans to reduce its coal-fired power generating capacity.

The Times reports Thursday was the last scheduled day of operation for coal-fired generators at NIPSCO's Bailly Generating Station near Chesterton.

NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer says employees gathered this week "to commemorate the fact that the facility has served more than 50 years, and the important role it played."

Gov. Holcomb Announces Rail Safety Program

Apr 3, 2018
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CHESTERTON - The South Shore Line has released a statement regarding the snow that's expected during the winter storm tonight into tomorrow (Thursday into Friday).  The significant snowfall that's expected over the next couple of days is within the South Shore Line service area. At this point, the South Shore anticipates all trains being on time, but they will keep passengers updated on any changes or service disruptions via their website, mobile app and email alerts and of course you can get that information at Lakeshore Public Radio, 89.1 fm.


CHESTERTON - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is now significantly closer to becoming a National Park.  Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources approved Congressman Pete Visclosky’s legislation to designate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as a National Park. Visclosky says the designation would create the first national park in Indiana and the the 60th national park in the United States and it would have significant advantages.

Chesterton Art Center

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Wendy Marciniak, of the Chesterton Art Fair, about the 59th annual summer art fair.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” program originally aired on Tuesday, March 14 

Casual Fridays March 3, 2017

Mar 3, 2017

Have you heard of Brothers Keeper shelter in Gary for homeless men across NWI? It’s housed in a beaten-down building that once sold tires, not soulful redemption.

I visited the cash-strapped, space-crunched, volunteer-starved shelter and spoke with its longtime director, Mary Edwards, a dedicated volunteer, Mike McDonald of Chesterton, and a grateful client, Levi Gildon, who credits the place for saving his life.