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WSBT-TV Report | April 26, 2013
Another popular tourist spot in northern Indiana is closing. We've learned Splash Universe in Shipshewana will close May 19. The company says it is being sold. The attached hotel will stay open. Two years ago the owners fell behind $900,000 dollars on their property taxes. The park was put up for auction on a tax sale, but no one bought it.
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By Ed Ernstes (ernstes@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | March 12, 2013
SHIPSHEWANA - An area RV firm will soon be in the national spotlight because of the high-end travel trailers it makes. A crew from the Travel Channel spent the last couple of days in Shipshewana, shooting a segment for one of its shows called 'Extreme RVs.” Their focus - to showcase the high-end travel trailers and fifth wheels made by Forks RV. Their show takes a look at manufacturers that take their time building towable...
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By Jessica Schliska (jschliska@wsbt.com) | August 1, 2013
A business in Shipshewana had a scare Wednesday morning when oil caught on fire inside the building. LaGrange County dispatch confirmed this morning a structural fire on 850 W and U.S. 20 at Wellspring Components. The business makes buggy springs. Fire Chief David Hostetler tells us the oil they dip the springs into caught fire. When fire crews arrived on scene there was mostly black smoke coming from the chimneys of the building. The business has fire walls, so the fire was mostly contained.
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WSBT-TV Report | June 26, 2012
The driver of a pickup truck that struck a grain truck near Shipshewana was airlifted in serious condition this morning. The crash happened about 10:30 a.m. at State Road 5 and County Road 200 South, just south of Shipshewana. The LaGrange County Sheriff's department says it appears a truck hauling grain to a feed mill was turning when it was struck by the pickup. The impact sliced off the driver's side of the pickup, causing a small fuel spill.
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By Ed Ernstes (ernstes@wsbt.com) | December 1, 2010
SHIPSHEWANA - Gingerbread houses can really get you into the holiday spirit. In Shipshewana, you can see some creations that are pretty amazing. The catch is: Everything used to make them has to be edible. More than a dozen gingerbread houses are on display at Yoder’s Shopping Center. All are entries in the annual gingerbread contest. Each house is a different variation all made from scratch. “You can buy kits in the store, which those are a lot more fun for families to do, but we wanted to see what people could do above and beyond the basic gingerbread house kit,” said Crystal Hart, the organizer of the event.
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SBT24/7 News Report | April 14, 2010
A 1-year-old girl has died following a tragic accident on a LaGrange County farm Tuesday evening. The child was playing near a skid loader as it was being used in a barnyard area on the property along North 1000 West in Shipshewana, the Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. The child, whose name has not been released, was then struck by the skid loader and died at the scene. An investigation continues into the death, which police say appears to be accidental. It was the second farm accident in as many weeks in LaGrange County, the dispatch center said.
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By Ed Ernstes (ernstes@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV Reporter | June 14, 2012
What does Brazil, New York and Shipshewana, Indiana have in common? Swimmers from all those locations took the plunge Thursday, trying to set the Guinness record for the “World's Largest Swimming Lesson.” An estimated 20,000 took part in the global event. At Shipshewana's Splash Universe, youngsters gathered at the indoor waterpark to not only help set the Guinness record, but to learn how to be safe in the water. “It's just a very important think for children to learn, so that they can be safe and have fun in the water,” says Shawn Bowman, of Splash Universe.
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WSBT-TV Report | July 10, 2012
SHIPSHEWANA - Police have released the name of a baby who was killed and three of his family members injured when their buggy collided with a semi Monday on State Road 120 just west of County Road 675 W. in LaGrange County. CLICK HERE FOR A MAP This happened around noon. Police say Jerry R. Hendricks of Bronson, Michigan was driving his semi eastbound on S.R. 120 when he passed the buggy, which was heading in the same direction. For an unknown reason the buggy turned into the path of the semi, hitting the back portion of its trailer.
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WSBT-TV Report | December 1, 2010
Police say an officer was struck on the head by an unruly suspect on Tuesday. Police received a call about a possibly suicidal person in the 4000 block of West State Road 120. They say Alvin Yoder wouldn’t follow their commands and became aggressive. An officer used her Taser on Yoder and was struck in the head during the struggle, say police. Yoder was taken to Parkview LaGrange Hospital because it was suspected that he ingested a large amount of drugs.
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By Ed Ernstes (ernstes@wsbt.com) | March 29, 2010
SHIPSHEWANA — An outpouring of support was shown Monday after fire destroyed a popular business in Shipshewana. A community is coming together to help the owners recover. Co-owner Kevin Lambright had a chance to survey the fire damage Monday Morning. The fire gutted a livestock building on the complex. The building was used year-round. “Every Wednesday and actually every Friday as well to hold livestock after we had sold it, until its loaded out and so it’s a vital part of our operation,” Lambright said.
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By Jessica Schliska (jschliska@wsbt.com) | August 1, 2013
A business in Shipshewana had a scare Wednesday morning when oil caught on fire inside the building. LaGrange County dispatch confirmed this morning a structural fire on 850 W and U.S. 20 at Wellspring Components. The business makes buggy springs. Fire Chief David Hostetler tells us the oil they dip the springs into caught fire. When fire crews arrived on scene there was mostly black smoke coming from the chimneys of the building. The business has fire walls, so the fire was mostly contained.
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WSBT-TV Report | April 26, 2013
Another popular tourist spot in northern Indiana is closing. We've learned Splash Universe in Shipshewana will close May 19. The company says it is being sold. The attached hotel will stay open. Two years ago the owners fell behind $900,000 dollars on their property taxes. The park was put up for auction on a tax sale, but no one bought it.
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By Ed Ernstes (ernstes@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | March 12, 2013
SHIPSHEWANA - An area RV firm will soon be in the national spotlight because of the high-end travel trailers it makes. A crew from the Travel Channel spent the last couple of days in Shipshewana, shooting a segment for one of its shows called 'Extreme RVs.” Their focus - to showcase the high-end travel trailers and fifth wheels made by Forks RV. Their show takes a look at manufacturers that take their time building towable...
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WSBT-TV Report | March 11, 2013
A new Post Office is about to open in LaGrange County, but it's not where you might expect. The new Shipshewana Village Post Office will open Tuesday. It's in the Town and Country Hardware store on South Van Buren Street. The Village Post Office system started two years ago for rural communities. These post offices are run out of local business and offers products and services you can find at normal post offices. There will be 40 of them in Indiana and Michigan by the end of this week.
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WSBT-TV Report | July 10, 2012
SHIPSHEWANA - Police have released the name of a baby who was killed and three of his family members injured when their buggy collided with a semi Monday on State Road 120 just west of County Road 675 W. in LaGrange County. CLICK HERE FOR A MAP This happened around noon. Police say Jerry R. Hendricks of Bronson, Michigan was driving his semi eastbound on S.R. 120 when he passed the buggy, which was heading in the same direction. For an unknown reason the buggy turned into the path of the semi, hitting the back portion of its trailer.
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WSBT-TV Report | June 26, 2012
The driver of a pickup truck that struck a grain truck near Shipshewana was airlifted in serious condition this morning. The crash happened about 10:30 a.m. at State Road 5 and County Road 200 South, just south of Shipshewana. The LaGrange County Sheriff's department says it appears a truck hauling grain to a feed mill was turning when it was struck by the pickup. The impact sliced off the driver's side of the pickup, causing a small fuel spill.
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By Ed Ernstes (ernstes@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV Reporter | June 14, 2012
What does Brazil, New York and Shipshewana, Indiana have in common? Swimmers from all those locations took the plunge Thursday, trying to set the Guinness record for the “World's Largest Swimming Lesson.” An estimated 20,000 took part in the global event. At Shipshewana's Splash Universe, youngsters gathered at the indoor waterpark to not only help set the Guinness record, but to learn how to be safe in the water. “It's just a very important think for children to learn, so that they can be safe and have fun in the water,” says Shawn Bowman, of Splash Universe.
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WSBT-TV Report | November 18, 2011
A head-on crash between a truck and a semi Friday morning near Shipshewana resulted in one man being flown to a Fort Wayne hospital. LaGrange County Sheriff Terry Martin says the driver of an eastbound pickup crossed the center line and struck a semi tractor-trailer that was westbound on U.S. 20 at County Road 600 West. Martin says the driver of the pickup may have lost his left hand or part of his arm. A Samaritan medical helicopter flew the man to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.  His name has not been released.
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WSBT-TV Report | May 26, 2011
A 35-year-old Shipshewana man driving east on S.R. 120, west of S.R. 5, struck the left rear of a buggy he tried to swerve around. The impact rolled the buggy on its side and the man’s pickup truck into a sign at Shipshewana Campground. Dustin Sailor was trapped in his pickup truck and was airlifted for treatment of head injuries. Thursday morning, Sailor is listed in good condition at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. A LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department news release indicates Sailor crested a hill and encountered an eastbound buggy with six occupants driven by 34-year-old Lloyd Hershberger, also of Shipshewana.
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SHIPSHEWANA -- A new billboard in Shipshewanna is taking aim at commercial dog breeders, also known as puppy mills. The group called Pet Shop Puppies posted the billboard that reads "Don't support local puppy mills," on the North end of Shipshewana off of State Road 5. At Camp K-9 in Mishawaka, owner Linda Candler is watching over around a dozen dogs rescued from a puppy mill, trying to rehabilitate them before putting them up for adoption....
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