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New Attractions Making Big Waves Video included

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Taking advantage of the recent spell of pleasant weather, I made my way to Morsches Park, the largest of eight parks in Columbia City. The playground and baseball fields may seem like standard additions, but the 117-acre park also features a splash pad, a skate park and nine miles of mountain bike trails. Not many public spaces can make that claim...

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The Better Life is Not Just in Indiana Video included

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I was here in February shooting a special report for our spring weather feature, but i didn't get a chance to see much of the town of Van Wert. On this trip, I did a bit more exploring. My travels first took me to the Wassenberg Art Center, housed in what used to be a National Guard armory. Director Hope Wallace told me the story of its restoration. "The art center was looking for a place to move to, and at that time, the building was slated for demolition, and in the last...

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A Downtown Escape Video included

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We all know of the three rivers running through the heart of the city, but you may not be aware of all the summer activities they provide. The waterways are just waiting to be explored, as are the trails that line their shores. Not everyone has a canoe lying around in their garage though, but no worries. That's where Fort Wayne Outfitters come in. "We offer kayak rentals, canoe rentals, stand-up paddle board rentals, and we offer them here at our location and you can go out, exp...

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Splish Splash under the Sun

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Swimming pools are a great way to beat that summer heat. But let's take it up a notch. What if there was a place with a beach, water slides and a thirty-foot platform? Well it turns out you don't have to travel very far to find exactly that...

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New and Familiar Sights in DeKalb County Video included

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I'm back in downtown Auburn and last year I had a great time exploring all the sights and smells of the square, and this year upon returning, I found out that there is even more to see and do here. First of all, let me just say that downtown Auburn is gorgeous. The architecture, the landscaping, the cleanliness, it has the whole package. So it's no surprise that the square continues to grow and pulse with life. Jeremiah Otis of Jeremiah's coffee shop says that's the product of years...

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Relax with Some Tunes and Brews Video included

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My trip today begins at a campground that's more than just a campground. What do Buddy Holly, Merle Haggard and Elvis Presley have in common? Well they all once played on a stage at a place they call "The Nashville of the North." "You can't replace 71 years of history. And so we want to preserve that; carry it on into the future," I'm told by Ron Weimer, the operating manager. Back in the day, Buck Lake Ranch was a hot music venue, showcasing up-and-comers that ...

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In Touch with Nature Video included

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It's almost summer, and that means it's time once again for me to hit the road and explore all the fun that 21 Country has to offer. This year, we're taking each week by county, and it just so happens that Noble County is first up. It's hard to pass up a place that has plenty of outdoor fun along with great food to boot, which is why I paid a visit to Moose Lake Christian Craft Village. "A lot of guests tell us that, they love having a place to go to that's a really family-orien...

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Exploring Fort Wayne's Ties to American History

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Housed in a beautiful old building formerly used by the Church of Christian Science sits the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Some of their prized possessions include gorgeous ship models and Egyptian hieroglyphs dating back to the time of Moses. But you'll also find exhibits that explore the roots of Fort Wayne. Capturing this history, says Al Brothers, is paramount...

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The Coney Dog, New Haven Style Video included

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There's nothing quite like getting a bite to eat from a local cafe. This New Haven joint has plenty of down-home charm, with a full-service counter and a view of your food in the kitchen window, waiting to be whisked away. Choosing which coney dog you want may take a moment: the Coney Dog Cafe has twelve different kinds...

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Taste the Better Life of Huntington

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A glance at the varieties of wine produced here will tell you that this is far from a "run-of-the-mill" operation. Names like "Aglianico" and "Dolcetto" may not sound familiar, but bringing unique taste to the table is what Two-EE's Winery is all about. Owner Eric Harris says that advancements in modern winemaking technology help them give life to otherwise unknown grapes...

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Columbia City is Your Destination for Family Fun

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Whether you're young or young at heart, there is something for you at The Fun Center at Paige's Crossing. This entertainment hub has been in operation since 1991, and over the years it has proven to be a popular destination for families...

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Uncover the Swiss History of Berne

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Driving into Berne, you'll immediately notice the nods to Switzerland. Many of the businesses look like they've been plucked straight out of the Alps. The most magnificent example is the clock tower on the west side. Berne's history is deeply rooted in Swiss Mennonites, who made southern Adams County their home around the 1830s...

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Bringing Past and Present Together in Decatur

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It was 28 years ago that Yvonne Marie's Antique Mall opened, but it only took six weeks to fill the store with treasures. You could easily spend an afternoon here marveling at all the wares. Even a place like this has its humble beginnings. The mall was born from an idea owner Yvonne and her husband had while on a trip...

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Grabill's Favorite Spot for Authentic Mexican

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When looking for a meal in Grabill, a taco stand probably isn't what you'd expect to find. But sure enough, on the corner of Main and Second Street sits a hidden gem. This is Isabel's Tacos, an establishment owned by the Valdes family, serving up fresh Mexican cuisine. And the reason for setting up shop in Grabill? "Because there's like no Mexican restaurant here, so they wanted to make one, but authentic," says Angela Valdes, translating for Isabel Valdes.

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Life's better here in Grabill, Ind.

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INSight on ABC21 took a trip out to Grabill, Ind. to show why life is better in Grabill. You can find all the segments from the feature here. More>>

Summer on the Square in Auburn

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There are twenty of these barrels dotted throughout the downtown Auburn area. So what are they doing here? It’s all part of the 2017 summer art exhibit, called “You Had Me at Merlot.” "We're basically celebrating not only our downtown but we're celebrating the fact that Indiana, the state of Indiana, we are the fastest-growing wine region in the state of Indiana, says Mike Littlejohn, president of DABA.

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Hamilton: More Than Just a Lake Town

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Golf cart is a popular mode of travel here. Our first visit via cart was Fish Creek Park, where you can take a hike down the stream or enjoy one of many free concerts this summer at the amphitheater. The recreational park is just across the street, and on any given night, you'll probably find people playing one of Hamilton's favorite pastimes: pickleball.

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Treat Yourself in Kendallville

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There's a very retro feel going on inside Blue Heron Ice Cream Bar, from the sixties memorabilia on the walls right down to the checkerboard tile floor. But the flavors are far from outdated. Owner Deana Spencer says she searches the country to bring in the best ice cream, and they have a few creations of their own too.

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A Rome City Holiday Celebration

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She was scientist, naturalist, movie mogul and author. Her most famous novel ‘A Girl of the Limberlost’ sold 50 million copies worldwide. And when Gene Stratton Porter needed to escape her celebrity she came here, to the cabin she built on the shore of Sylvan Lake in Rome City, Indiana, immersing herself in her gardens and writing and nature studies, rediscovering her deep love for this place.

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Kendallville Celebrates the Holidays

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Kendallville’s Midwest Windmill Museum celebrates the lowly workhorse of the American frontier.

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Family Ties Make the Holidays

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There is no mistaking who takes Christmas very seriously in Joann Haner’s neighborhood.

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The Holidays are Better Here: Warsaw

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Outside it looks like a typical Hallmark party supply store…inside lots of cards, lots of Christmas decorations.

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Life's Better Here: Adams County

We usually like to set up our camera in front of the Adams County courthouse when we’re in Decatur but today our backdrop is the impressive Bunge soybean processing operation in Decatur, formerly Central Soya.

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