News Notes

LaGrange K9 team heading south

LaGrange’s K9 team will join the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

Monday, LaGrange Town Council approved an interlocal agreement with the LaGrange County Commissioners allowing Officer Nick Dubea, his K9 partner Jax and the 2017 Dodge Durango he has used for a service vehicle to be transferred to Noble County. The vehicle will be purchased for $20,000.

“I believe that this agreement is good for both entities,” said Town Manager Mark Eagleson.

The Durango is already equipped as a K9 vehicle and has 100,000 miles on it.

Jax is a trained Belgian Malinois who has been in service for several years. He will remain in service for only a couple of more years due to his age, said Eagleson.

SWCD annual meeting planned

LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting will be held on Thursday, March 10 at the LaGrange American Legion Post, 100 Industrial Parkway, LaGrange, featuring a chicken dinner at 6:30 p.m. following by a short program on SWCD activity and finances in 2021.

An election for a district board member to the SWCD will be held, and conservation award winners will be recognized. The Lakeland High School Future Farmers of America chapter will do a presentation.

The annual meeting is a public event. There is no charge for attending. Anyone interested in natural resources conservation and management, agriculture, water quality and soil health may enjoy the meeting, said a news release from the SWCD. Dinner reservations are needed by March 4 260-463-3166, Ext. 3.

HR Roundtable March 15

WorkOne, the Chamber of LaGrange County and Northeast Indiana Works will host a LaGrange County HR Roundtable on March 15 at the LaGrange County Community Foundation, 45 N. 250W, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Participants will talk about workforce challenges and local employment needs. Guests are welcomed to arrive early to network.

Registration is requested by March 14 at

VanWagner on Rockford list

Trenton VanWagner of LaGrange was a fall 2021 Distinguished Scholar at Rockford University in Illinois.

Full-time students who earned at least a 3.75 grade point average with no grades below “C” and completed all requirements for the semester are named as Distinguished Scholars.

Rockford University is a private four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields.

Beam presents for Howe Lions

Scott Beam, retired LaGrange County naturalist, presented a program for the Howe Lions Club on Feb. 16 at Romers Restaurant and Spirits in LaGrange.

Beam reviewed his life experiences as a Master Naturalist for more than 30 years. He shared his passion for the world of nature covering plants, animals, insects and other inhabitants of the county. He shared his experiences from youth to present and the value of education of people about lakes, woods, prairies and history.

The Lions Club and guests were provided with several sources of information including books and other publications that clearly demonstrate the heritage and culture of northeastern Indiana. The Lions Club also presented a check to the LaGrange County Parks given as an honorarium to Beam’s to the local environment.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Howe Lions Club can contact Jim Parker 562-2610 or Jeff Schrader 847-560-0768.

IDEM holds recycling talks

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is hosting a series of meetings to discuss issues, share resources and find solutions to current challenges facing recyclers and Indiana’s recycling industry.

The next session is on Wednesday, March 16, 2-4 p.m. via Zoom. The discussion is on the elements of a successful recycling program and issues that can lead to disruptions in service.

A panel of speakers will discuss best practices that have helped their recycling programs succeed as well as the current challenges programs are facing and tactics to avoid disruptions in service. Continued discussion by a second panel will revolve around current recycling trends and what recycling programs will look like in the future as steps are taken toward a circular economy.

The purpose of IDEM’s meetings is to facilitate solutions to help Indiana meet its goal of a 50% recycling rate while helping to spur economic growth in recycling markets.

Registration information is available at

Indiana recycling information is at

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