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At Perfect North, there's no business like snow business

February 1, 2014
Lou Harry

“The first year, we had about 700 visitors,” said Chip Perfect. “That’s a typical Saturday for us now.”

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Fairgrounds Coliseum project ahead of schedule

January 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Fair officials are expecting to open the renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum in April, three months ahead of schedule.
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Conner Prairie draws record crowds, ramps up programming

January 23, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Conner Prairie isn’t just for summer—or kids—anymore. The Hamilton County interactive museum on Wednesday announced plans to ramp up year-round programming, including more events geared to adults.
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Proposal to allow alcohol sales at fair still on tap

January 22, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
People on both sides of the issue, including those on the State Fair Commission, Indiana alcohol producers, and those opposed to the change, discussed a tentative plan Wednesday for how the state fair could sell its first alcoholic beverages since the 1940s.
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Longtime Indiana Beach owner dies at 100

November 13, 2013
Associated Press
Thomas Spackman, the son of the park's founder, added numerous rides at the tourist attraction, which became known for its commercial jingle, "There's more than corn in Indiana."
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Indiana opens first bark parks in state park

October 24, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday dedicated two dog play areas at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.
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New ice rink opens at Indiana State Fairgrounds

October 7, 2013
Associated Press
The $10 million Youth Arena officially opens Monday after several hundred people attended a free public skating event Saturday.
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Court sides with widow in lawsuit over Holiday World shares

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state appeals court says the widow of a southern Indiana theme park president isn't required to sell shares in the facility to her late husband's brother.
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Local boat, RV show changes format to widen audience

September 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
For the first time in its 26-year history, the Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Show will include an auction open to the public. Event organizers think it will draw bidders from far and wide.
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Conner Prairie rolling out adults-only programming

September 14, 2013
Lou Harry
The inaugural Prairie Plates event Sept. 20 represents a big step in the Hamilton County living history museum’s increasing effort to target grown-ups—a trend happening around the country as once-staid institutions look to expand audiences and increase revenue.
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Milder summer weather boosts state park revenue

September 13, 2013
Dan Human
Revenue jumped to $12.3 million during the park system's summer season as cooler temperatures enticed visitors. A price increase this year for annual passes helped line the parks' purse.
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Herd of nominees up for $250K animal conservation prize

August 28, 2013
Lou Harry
Thirty-nine protectors of pronghorn antelope, sea turtles, jaguars, ibis, puffin and other endangered species have been named as nominees for the Indianapolis Prize.
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A&E SEASON PREVIEW: Lou Harry's critically selected highlights

August 24, 2013
Lou Harry
I’m happily overwhelmed by the number of events I anticipate attending and reviewing during the coming arts season. Take a look.
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Pedal pubs are latest hit in a beer-loving cityRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Scott Olson
Booze and bicycling—in the most unconventional sense—is the thrust behind The Handle Bar, a local startup operated by Steve Lindsay and his brother Brian.
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Holiday World family takes dispute to Indiana appeals court

August 7, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
An agreement meant to keep a popular amusement park in the family has sparked a bitter dispute that has reached the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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State selling Coliseum seats for grand each

June 13, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair Foundation says 100 pairs of platform-mounted seats are being sold for $1,000 each. All the money raised from the sale will help pay for the ongoing $63 million renovation of the 1939 Fairgrounds Coliseum.
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Bike sharing lined up for downtown Cultural Trail

June 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city is prepared to award $1.5 million in federal funds to Wisconsin-based B-Cycle LLC, which would provide the service along the 8-mile route downtown.
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Defining the Indianapolis Cultural TrailRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Lou Harry
After more than a decade of planning, The Indianapolis Cultural Trail will have its official ribbon cutting May 10 with a coming-out party on May 11. And that’s when boosters and skeptics alike will be watching to see what exactly Indianapolis is going to do with its difficult-to-grasp landmark.
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Holiday World plans to display fun, not family problems

April 12, 2013
Associated Press
A family legal battle and untimely deaths have drawn attention to Holiday World's owners in recent years. But it's business as usual for those who run the Indiana theme park.
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Monument Circle face-lift set to move forward

April 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city recently signed a $555,750 contract with a local firm for design work on the Circle, leading to a two-year repaving project with other improvements.
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REVIEW: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios revisited

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
With both the 2010 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and 2012’s New Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World, families with theme-park inklings have even more reasons to visit — or revisit — Orlando.
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Children's Museum brings aboard David Wolf for space push

March 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has landed retired astronaut David Wolf as its first “Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence,” calling on the native Hoosier to help develop programs sparking kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
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Art museum cutting more than 20 employees

March 4, 2013
Dan Human
The museum said 19 full-time employees and two part-time employees will complete their employment Monday. Eight additional vacant positions will not be filled.
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Senate bill would stop paying gambling counties

February 15, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The change would save the state $24 million in 2015 and another $48 million each year thereafter—all money that's now being collected from gambling taxes and sent to cities, towns and counties.
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Widow of Holiday World's president gains park control

January 11, 2013
Associated Press
A judge has placed control of a southern Indiana theme park in the hands of the widow of the park's late president.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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