Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky, U.S. Senator Todd Young, national park representatives, a number of state and local officials and environmentalists this week for the renaming ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new Indiana Dunes National Park.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed more than 70 Walmart stores and 18 Rural King stores in the state have received rhododendron plants infected with sudden oak death (SOD), a fungal pathogen that kills oak trees. Shipments containing infested material were sent to nine other states as well.