Sara Dykstra

Lakeshore Update Host

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).

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On this edition of "Lakeshore Update" you'll hear from Nick Janzen as he reports on an East Chicago lawsuit, Annie Ropiek talks about the three part series “ The Ports of Indiana” and Regionally Speaking host Chris Nolte talks with Chief Strategy Officer Michael McCall about a barn-shaped hotel Fair Oaks Farms is building. All of that, and more, on this edition of "Lakeshore Update."

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On this edition of "Lakeshore Update" you'll hear from Sharon Jackson as she reports on a new program aimed to help veterans. Jill Sheridan talks about a report focused on ending the opioid crisis and how state policies are making an impact, and John Cain host of Eye On the Arts talks with Phil Bauman about the start of the season, "Tales of the Darkside." All of that, and more, on this edition of "Lakeshore Update."

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On this edition of "Lakeshore Update," we'll hear from Eric Weddle as he reports on school funding, Brandon Smith talks about a campaign to target Indiana senator Joe Donnelly, and John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Phil Potempa about their performance of "Big River."  All of that, and more, on this edition of Lakeshore Update.

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On this edition of "Lakeshore Update,"  Annie Ropiek reports on President Donald Trump's tax reform speech in Indianapolis earlier this week. Nick Janzen talks of a lawsuit in process about ownership of beach property on Lake Michigan. John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Gregg Hertzlieb about the Frank Dudley display. All of that, and more, on this edition of Lakeshore Update.

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Cities, towns, and counties across northwest Indiana received 11.6 million dollars in matching-grant funds to repair region roadways and bridges. Through the Community Crossings Program, the Indiana Department of Transportation matches up to $1 million, in which INDOT selects the communities that will receive the matching-grants based on how much of a positive impact repaired roadways will have on local businesses and economic development.

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On this edition of the podcast you'll hear from Sharon Jackson as she reports on how Gary could gain $1-5M in grant money. Brandon Smith reports on how Senator Joe Donnelly won't support the latest Affordable Care Act alternative, and John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Katie Holderby about "Regional Impressions and Expressions." All of that, and more, on this edition of Lakeshore Update.

On this edition of "Lakeshore Update," we'll hear about the legislative panel that took testimony about whether grocery and convenience stores should be able to sell cold beer. Eric Weddle talks about three Indiana Universities that made the top U.S. 100 list, and the director of "ArtHouse," Arlene Peterson, was on "Regionally Speaking" with host Chris Nolte to talk about her project. All of that, and more, on this edition of "Lakeshore Update."

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On this edition of "Lakeshore Update" you'll find out about the permanent closing of the John Dillinger Museum in Crown Point, IN. John Cain from Eye On the Arts talks with Tom Maloney and Donna Catalano about the upcoming “Sunday Afternoon in the Artful Garden," and Regionally Speaking host Chris Nolte had Ed Feigenbaum on the show Wednesday to talk about a new casino opening in Northern Indiana. All of that, and more, on this edition of "Lakeshore Update."

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On this edition of "Lakeshore Update" you'll hear about Gary's Powers and Sons Construction from Steven Lattimore. Nick Janzen reports on how environment groups say that EPA cuts will damage Hoosier health, and Chris Nolte talks with Senator Melton about the new Gary School Corporation's emergency manager.

On this edition of the podcast we'll hear about the "Summer Lunch Bus" program from Steven Lattimore. Jill Sheridan reports on a Northwest Indiana Planned Parenthood clinic that has halted abortions because of a state law that involves doctors’ admitting privileges. Brandon Smith reports on Governor Eric Holcomb about the federal healthcare reform and it's impact on the state, and Chris Nolte lets you know how to avoid taking on extra debt to pay for a summer vacation. All of that and more, on this edition of Lakeshore Update.

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On this edition of the podcast you'll hear from Megan Fernandez as she reports on how summer storms can effect Lake Michigan's water quality, Steven Lattimore reports on a popular Ultra Foods store in Northwest Indiana that's closing, we'll get the June unemployment numbers from Lauren Chapman, and "Regionally Speaking" host Chris Nolte gives us the details on vintage World War II air craft that will be landing in Porter County this summer. All of that, and more, on this edition of Lakeshore Update.

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On this edition of the podcast we'll get more information on Indiana's top growing cities from Annie Ropiek. Brandon Smith tells us how education legislation could change this fall, and Jill Sheridan reports on five new opiod treatment programs that are being used to combat the epidemic. All of that, and more on this edition of Lakeshore Update.

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On this edition of Lakeshore Update we'll get an update on the battle for Long Beach property on Lake Michigan from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Nick Janzen. We've got good news for your gas tank for this holiday weekend with Sharon Jackson, and Megan Fernandez provides fireworks safety tips and lets you know the state laws for fireworks, to keep you safe, and legal. All of that, and more, on this edition of Lakeshore Update.

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.