PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana arboretum is drafting plans for a sprawling complex its leaders hope becomes an international center for oak tree research.
Officials with Taltree Arboretum & Gardens outlined their proposal for what's tentatively called The Oak Preserve this week to a committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
Taltree President and CEO Alexis Faust says the proposed complex at Taltree's existing grounds near Valparaiso would become the world's first research-based oak preserve dedicated to the study of oak trees.
The Times of Munster reports the project is envisioned as part research facility and part museum, but is still in its conceptual stages.
Plans include a mile-long circular greenhouse with multiple climates planted with more than 250 oak trees from around the world.
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Greenfield police officers are spending their Sunday giving 41 deserving children a day out on the town for the holidays.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Saturday evening.