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Group riled over closing of Pyle site

Members of a community group say they’re frustrated over plans for shutting down the Indiana historic site honoring Ernie Pyle.
The state Natural Resources Commission is scheduled Tuesday to consider a recommendation to close the Pyle historic site in the western Indiana town of Dana. The state Department of Natural Resources says the site with Pyle’s boyhood home draws about 1,500 people a year and that is too few to justify its costs.
Pyle, a World War II correspondent, attended IU and is the namesake for the building housing the School of Journalism.
Friends of Ernie Pyle board member Phil Hess says the closing is a betrayal to those who made donations or gave materials to the museum.
DNR spokesman Phil Bloom says the Pyle memorabilia will be displayed at the state museum in Indianapolis and that the Dana property has been offered to local groups.

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