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Decorative Panels Inc receives award

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ALPENA — Without the cooperation of companies all over the country, it would be difficult for soldiers in the National Guard and reserves to fulfill their commitments. It could also hinder militarily action or emergency disaster relief efforts here and around the globe, according to a ...

New legislation focuses on Great Lakes pipeline safety

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WASHINGTON — Michigan senators hope their new legislation strengthens protections of the Great Lakes from pipeline oil spills. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters introduced pipeline safety regulation legislation Wednesday. “With the oil spill experienced in the Kalamazoo River ...

HHS receives $3K from twp

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ALPENA — After initially not budgeting any money for the Huron Humane Society, the Alpena Township Board of Trustees allocated $3,000 to the group, far below the $10,000 the group previously requested. During the April board meeting Huron Humane Society President Lori Stephan and ...

Alpena Memorial Day ceremony begins at Little Flanders Field

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ALPENA — Community members will gather Monday during events to remember military members who have lost their lives while serving their country. The memorial services will begin at the Alpena County Courthouse and conclude at Little Flanders Field. There will be a ceremony beginning at 9 ...

Manhole work

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Steve Wazny of J. Ranck Electric, Inc. in Mount Pleasant works to install new crosswalk and traffic signals at the intersection of US-23 and M-72 in Harrisville for the Michigan Department of Transportation. The project, which will include LED signals and timed ...

Paddleboarders raising funds and awareness

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ALPENA — The group Stand Up for the Great Lakes is always up for a challenge. The group of paddleboarders plans to cross each Great Lake on paddleboards. Around June 13, depending on the weather, Kwin Morris, Jeff Guy and Joe Lorenz, all of Traverse City, will travel 90 miles from North ...

Township board receives update from CVB president

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ALPENA — As Alpena Township considers purchasing a new sign for the township building Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe secured the use of the Alpena logo from the Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau. This information along with an overview was provided to the board of trustees ...

Montmorency jail to house inmates from Wexford County

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ATLANTA — A new agreement between the Wexford County Jail and the Montmorency County Jail will bring in some additional revenue for the Montmorency County Sheriff Department. The agreement was approved unanimously by the Montmorency County Board of Commissioners during Wednesday’s ...

Road commission takes stance on Timberlakes drain issue

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LINCOLN — The Alcona County Road Commission took a definitive stance on its responsibility in the Timberlakes Subdivision drainage issue during a meeting Wednesday. Under a multi-agency agreement drafted by the road commission, which would look at an engineering fix to help stop ...

Proposed budget could affect library users

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HARRISVILLE — A presentation on the Northland Library Cooperative turned to issues that could impact library users with the upcoming federal budget. Director Roger Mendel presented the services offered by the co-op to the Alcona County Library Board during a meeting Wednesday. ...

Preparations for volleyball

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News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki Jeff Johnston drops a bucket of sand Tuesday afternoon to prepare the Mich-e-ke-wis Park volleyball nets for the Alpena Mixed Beach Volleyball League. Johnston said he is one of many volunteers who help to maintain multiple volleyball courts in the area. After ...

Unfiled taxes continue to be issue for township

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ALPENA — Years of unfiled federal and state taxes, thousands of dollars in penalties and interest, missing pages from one of the township’s ledgers. Alpena Township officials have been dealing with these issues and more since the first weeks the new board assumed office on Nov. 20. ...

Officials select airport terminal, landscape design

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners and other interested parties in Alpena have decided on a preliminary design for a new terminal at Alpena County Regional Airport. If things go smoothly, construction could begin in early 2018. Airport Manager Steve Smigelski said the ...

APS, developer close in on bus garage deal

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools’ effort to swap its M-32 bus garage property for a new one to be constructed adjacent to Besser School is picking up steam. However, there still are some details that need to be ironed out, officials said. Preliminary design plans for a new bus garage ...

ACES students unveil Military showcase

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ALPENA — It was an emotional time for Lisa Stepanski, Patti Greka and others when the women cut the ribbon to the new ACES Academy Military Wall. After the new wall was revealed they took in the moment together to remember their sons, both of whom died during their military service. ...

Atlanta to end school year with 2% fund balance

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ATLANTA — As the Atlanta Community Schools fiscal year comes to an end, the board of education approved a budget amendment Monday as well as looked over next year’s budget. Board President Dave Fisher said the district will be ending the year in the black, although the fund balance ...

Window project to be unveiled during Spruce Country Days

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SPRUCE — An art project to transform the vacant storefronts in Spruce into vibrant farming scenes will be unveiled during the first ever Spruce Country Days Saturday. Organizer Cyndi Aspey, part of a recently formed group called the Spruce Loyal Ladies, came up with the idea to use ...

Organizations to recognize Memorial Day in Alcona

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HARRISVILLE — The Mikado American Legion Post #254 and Barton City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8135 will be holding ceremonies all over Alcona County Monday to honor veterans on Memorial Day. One major part of the posts’ observances of Memorial Day is the caretaking of the grave of ...

Gentry settles in to new job

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ALPENA — New Alpena Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Ann Gentry has been in her new position for only a little more than a month, but she has been busy. Gentry has been reaching out to business and property owners to learn more about their thoughts, ideas and concerns ...

Township facing IRS issue over federal taxes

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ALPENA — More tax issues came to light Monday night as the Alpena Township Board of Trustees was made aware of over a year’s worth of federal withholding taxes not filed. Alpena Township has been dealing with unfiled taxes with the state since the new board assumed office on Nov. 20. ...