5 things to know for Monday in Indiana

Destructive storms tore through Indiana communities Sunday, an Elkhart bar is now scheduling comedy acts and three other stories to start your Monday.

Posted on Nov. 17, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

1. Severe weather kills six in Illinois, causes several injuries in Indiana

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be busy Monday visiting communities that were ravaged by thunderstorms and tornadoes Sunday afternoon. Kokomo was declared a state of emergency.

In Elkhart County, more than 2,000 customers reported power outages to Indiana Michigan Power and NIPSCO. Both companies said strong winds might prevent them from repairing some areas until Monday morning.

2. Elkhart bar plans comedy shows starting in January

Five Star Dive Bar is bringing stand-up comedy to Elkhart in 2014. Owner Jason Curtis envisions the bar east of downtown as a place for comedians to stop in between gigs in larger cities like Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis.

South Bend-born comedian Mijo Bueno will headline the Five Star Dive Bar's first comedy show Jan. 9.

3. Elkhart native wins Miss Elkhart County title

Gracie Lyons, 22, was named Miss Elkhart County 2014. Lyons, a native of Elkhart, competed with a platform of mentoring. She said she's excited for the opportunities that her title will afford her in that respect.

Lyons will represent Elkhart County at the Miss Indiana competition, which will be held in Zionsville in June.

4. Local painter Chad Friesen dies at age 46

Chad Friesen, a local man who made painting his passion for 30 years, died Friday after battling an extended illness.

Managing Editor Marshall King recounts in his blog how Friesen persevered through ataxia and seizures to do what he loved and to bring others joy. The Truth wrote about Friesen in 2006 and 2011. His last show was in November of 2011 at the Old Bag Factory.

5. 40 fire departments respond to massive fire at mushroom farm

Forty fire departments in Indiana responded to a blaze that broke out Saturday night at the Old Campbell's Mushroom Farm in Lagrange County, reports The Truth's news partner WNDU.

Crews fought the flames from when they arrived at 8:30 p.m. Saturday until almost noon on Sunday.

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