Sara Dykstra

Lakeshore Public Radio News Intern

Sara Dykstra is a 19 year old intern at Lakeshore Public Media, where she is just beginning to pursue her dream in public media. She graduated from Kankakee Valley High School in Wheatfield, IN in 2016. This is where she realized her love and passion for Radio/Television broadcasting thanks to her Teacher/Mentor, Jeff Martin, who is the Radio/TV Broadcasting instructor at KVHS. After High school, she moved to Valparaiso, Indiana with her boyfriend Bryan Lee who is a local glassblowing artist in the area at Hot Shop Valpo. She is currently employed at The Home Depot in Valparaiso where she loves her job and the perks of customer service. She is currently looking into colleges of choice before pursuing her passion for broadcasting any further. Along her journey she has won numerous awards for publications including the following: 1st place in Chronological Yearbook Design at Franklin College's IHSPA (Indiana High School Press Association), 1st place in BPA (Business Professionals of America) Regional's for News Broadcast Team Production (2014 & 2015), 2nd place in BPA State for News Broadcast Team Production (2016), Top 25 in the Nation for BPA News Broadcast Team Production, Best Actress Award for High school Film Festival (2015 & 2016).

On this Memorial Day Weekend edition of the podcast, we'll hear from Steven Lattimore about a new VFW post in Gary, and Jill Sheridan reports on what the Indy 500 is doing to help organ donors. We'll also hear from Nick Janzen about the conservation of Bison in Indiana, along with John Cain on “Eye On the Arts” about the upcoming performance of Primal Roots.

On this edition of "Lakeshore Update," we find out the latest about the Indiana State Department of Health's response to the opiod epidemic, segregation in Hoosier schools, and just what kind of impact does all the rain have for contaminating water reserves.

On this edition of "Lakeshore Update," host Sara Dykstra explains how President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey might impact a state senate race in 2018, we'll get the latest on a lawsuit involving the Gary-Chicago International Airport, and we'll hear from John Cain with "Eye on the Arts."

On this week's "Lakeshore Update" we'll get an update from Nick Janzen on the struggles residents continue to face in East Chicago, what Governor Holcomb and Senator Melton think of their first sessions, Sharon Jackson reports that Mt. Baldy will finally re-open, and we'll get the latest from host Sara Dykstra on four school referendums in the Region.

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Town Council President LeAnn Angerman says that this change is going to better the town and the school systems attendance. 

Vice President of Human Resources Derek Kinney said the supermarket chain was shutting down the decades-old Merrillville location. Also included in the closure are four Illinois stores, including a Strack and Van Til and an Ultra in Chicago. He said it was a difficult choice the company had to make because these locations couldn't meet quota, and their leases were soon up. 

Kinney stated that they're "very saddened having to do this," and he continued to thank Strack and Van Til customers for their support, and workers for their hard work. 

So far, the trail has been cold and investigators are ramping up efforts in asking the public for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in the double-murder in Delphi. Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter have announced a larger reward for anyone with further information about the case.