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Who We Are 2013

March 5, 2012

WHO WE ARE PROFILE: Julie Dijkstra

After many years with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Julie Dijkstra, 56, made a strong, but unsuccessful run for sheriff in 2010. Last year she returned to her home town to become chief of police.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Nappanee.

What schools did you attend?

I graduated from NorthWood High School and Ball State University

What is your fondest memory of growing up in Nappanee?

My favorite memories are walking up town to the Rexall Drug Store where my dad was a pharmacist and sitting at the counter drinking Cokes with my friends and riding our bikes to the community pool in the summer.

Describe the essence of Nappanee

in your eyes


Nappanee is a community where people truly do care about each other. I’ve always known Nappanee was a great place to live and in the past year I have learned it is also a great place to work.

What about Nappanee would you like to see changed or improved?

We need to continue to work with kids and find positive ways for them to stay active and productive.

What is Nappanee’s best kept secret?

There is so much to do in Nappanee. There are great places to shop and eat. You can see plays and movies and the library always has a full schedule of activities.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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