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Drive safe this winter

By: John Griffee Staff Columnist Those that call Michiana home are intimately familiar with the brutality of winter. Windows ice over, thermometers drop inconceivably low and the weather forecasts keep mentioning the unholy phrase, “Polar Vortex.” As winter storms continue to hit the area, it is important to understand how to stay safe during this

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Indiana: Birdwatcher’s Heaven

By: John Griffee Columnist  Those that visit park websites for information in the area may see a common theme that pops up in a majority of park features: the Indiana Birding Trail. While Indiana is considered a mundane state compared to other hotspots, the state is home to an incredibly diverse amount of avian life. 

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A walk in the woods: Brandywine Creek Nature Park

By: John Griffee Columnist It’s easy to miss Brandywine Creek Nature Park. The small parking lot sits along South Third Street near Niles, plain-looking, and simple to overlook, made more difficult with the pavement caked in fresh snowfall. Brandywine Creek is similar to many small parks that are dotted all across the country in the

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A Walk in the Woods: Winter Hiking

By: John Griffee Columnist With the passing of another temperate beginning to winter, the harsh backend of another northern Indiana winter has started to unleash on the area. While the premise of hiking in these wintry conditions may seem quite unappealing to the average person, winter can be one of the best times to trudge

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A Walk in the Woods: Rudolphi Wildlife Refuge

By: John Griffee Staff Columnist Just off of Daly Road rests Rudolphi Wildlife Refuge, a park in Dowagiac, Michigan. Rudolphi Woods resides along the Dowagiac River, connecting trails from the city to the nearby campus of Southwestern Michigan College.  In it’s expansive acreage of 325 miles, 8 miles of trails weave through some of the

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A Walk in the Woods: Madeline Bertrand County Park

By: John Griffee Staff Columnist Madeline Bertrand County Park overlooks the St. Joseph River along the Michigan state line and shares a trail line with nearby Saint Patrick’s County Park. While the park is well known for its disc golf course, the park offers fun and enjoyment for families, hikers and disc golf enthusiasts alike.

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A Walk in the Woods: Bendix Woods

By: John Griffee Staff Columnist  South of U.S. 20 resides Bendix Woods County Park, a 195-acre preserve with a wide variety of activities and resources for visitors. The entrance to the park gives an example of what parkgoers will find during their trips, with large looming trees flanking the winding road. Past the entrance, the

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