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Million dollar storm

Snow melts last week in the Walmart parking lot in Highland. Warming temperatures helped gradually melt the 20 inches dumped on the region at the beginning of the month. (Photograph by Jonathan Miano/The Times.)

Snow melts last week in the Walmart parking lot in Highland. Warming temperatures helped gradually melt the 20 inches dumped on the region at the beginning of the month. (Photograph by Jonathan Miano/The Times.)

Two weeks after the Blizzard of 2011, many communities were just finishing cleaning up, with a little help from higher temperatures that caused most of the snow to melt gradually, preventing flooding.

Lake and Porter counties were hit with more than 20 inches of snow, high winds and bitter cold over several days starting Feb. 1. The estimated cleanup tab is at least $1,334,249.
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Beyond the Dunes

West Beach Dune Succession Trail in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers visitors a chance to see the Dunes without getting sand between their tows. The 0.9-mile boardwalk links with two more trails. West Beach is one of the attractions in the new Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail guide. (Photograph by The Times.)

West Beach Dune Succession Trail in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers visitors a chance to see the Dunes without getting sand between their tows. The 0.9-mile boardwalk links with two more trails. West Beach is one of the attractions in the new Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail guide. (Photograph by The Times.)

Porter County tourism officials are kicking off the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail—an endeavor to get the 3 million visitors to the Indiana dunes each year to tour some of the 50 other sites throughout the rest of Porter County and surrounding areas. Times staff writer Ken Kosky set out to explore the discovery trail to see what’s good for tourists and region residents.

Before the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail guide even was completed, Porter County tourism officials provided The Times a draft of the guide—and its more than 50 local attractions—to allow staff writer Ken Kosky play the part of a tourist.

There are so many sites listed that it would be difficult for a resident or visitor to see all the area has to offer during a weekend, or even a week. That’s exactly the message the tourism folks are trying to spread.
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