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County continues talks with NLA manager

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ALPENA — Alpena County’s contract with Northern Lights Arena-Community was set to expire at the end of the month, but on Wednesday the county board’s finance committee voted to extend the contract for four months as talks continue toward a longer deal. Because of some financial ...

NOAA chief: Thunder Bay ‘a role model’ of sanctuaries

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ALPENA — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration leaders visited Alpena this week and discussed the impact of marine sanctuaries. Visitors included Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, NOAA’s assistant secretary and acting undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, Matt ...

Bergman visits

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Congressman Jack Bergman meets with Northland Area Federal Credit Union board and staff members, Thunder Bay Tree Service members, and Shalla’s Market owners on Wednesday at the NAFCU future headquarters in Alpena. The members spoke with Bergman about different ...

Alcona schools to open with new programs

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LINCOLN — Alcona Community Schools are gearing up for the start of the school year on Aug. 28, and there are a wide variety of new classes and opportunities available to students in the upcoming year. Superintendent Dan O’Connor discussed some of the new programs and what this school ...

Alcona talks cuts after tax failure

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County general fund is currently $689,000 in the red, and the County Board of Commissioners is considering which county services will be cut in order to amend the budget. Voters earlier this month rejected a millage proposal to restore revenue lost from ...

RC schools hire new elementary principal, teacher

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ROGERS CITY — A new elementary school principal and secondary social studies teacher have both been hired by Rogers City Area Schools. Steven Kowalski will be the new elementary principal and Kendra Beebe will be the new secondary social studies teacher. The Rogers City school board ...

Sheriff seeks grants for patrol, ORV, snowmobile units

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Sheriff’s Office plans to be submit three grant renewal requests to the State of Michigan after the county board’s finance committee approved the submittal of the grant applications on Wednesday. If approved, the state funding will help to cover the ...

‘Sorry to see them go’

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ALPENA — Several area grocers said they are finding new distributors after being told that Great North Foods will close next month. Great North, a local wholesale grocery distributor, has been in business 88 years and services more than 600 retailers in Michigan and parts of Illinois, ...

Downtown park design debated

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ALPENA — Before a fish mural in the pocket park on Chisholm Street collapsed last fall, a landscaping design project was approved by the Alpena Downtown Development Authority that would add benches shaped like rowboats and vegetation that would compliment the mural’s underwater ...

NOAA scholars train at Thunder Bay sanctuary

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ALPENA — It can be a difficult task for a research scientist to think outside of the lab, said Kate Thompson, the division chief for education and outreach of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. NOAA’s Nancy Foster ...

Harrisville Beautification Committee seeks volunteers

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HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville Beautification Committee is looking for volunteers to help maintain the appearance of the downtown area. Jackie Trimmer is on the committee as well as a member of the Garden Club and a volunteer for the Master Gardeners. She has worked hard to maintain the ...

Harrisville fights property tax appeal

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HARRISVILLE — A Harrisville resident is petitioning the assessed taxable value of their property, and the assessor has asked City Council to fight it. Harrisville Township Assessor Randy Thompson was present Monday evening during the Harrisville City Council meeting to discuss a resident ...

APS talks upcoming changes to curriculum

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ALPENA — Meaghan Gauthier, director of curriculum, instruction, assessment/state and federal program for Alpena Public Schools, provided a summer update at the APS Curriculum and Technology Committee meeting Tuesday on where curriculum and instruction stands before school starts on Aug. ...

New phones recommended for Alpena schools

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Curriculum and Technology Committee recommended on Tuesday that the Board of Education approve a new phone system for the district. The district’s current phone system was installed in 1998. Because of age, lack of parts and technological support, and ...

Stabenow on Trump: If it’s good for state, she’s all in

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ALPENA — On her visit to Alpena on Monday, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said she is glad more federal funding is in the budget for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, but more work needs to be done to preserve the sanctuary boundaries. The federal government has proposed ...

Stabenow, head of Latvian military tour Northern Strike exercises

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ALPENA —Alpena’s Combat Readiness Training Center hosted two dignitaries on Monday as U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Latvian Chief of Defense Lt. General Leonids Kalnins toured the onging Northern Strike military training exercises. Stabenow, D-Mich., praised the CRTC, calling it one of ...

Former RC superintendent gets 30 days in jail

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ROGERS CITY - Former Rogers City Superintendent Dave O’Bryant will serve some jail time for embezzlement charges. In 53rd Circuit Court on Monday, Judge Scott Pavlich sentenced O’Bryant to 30 days in jail, with credit for one day served, a $3,000 fine, and restitution, said Presque Isle ...

Alcona County Fair kicks off today in Lincoln

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LINCOLN — Today is the start of the 47th annual Alcona County Fair in Lincoln. The fair runs until Saturday. Referred to by locals as “The Best Little Fair in the North,” visitors can enjoy free admission to see the vendors today. The remainder of the week, admission is $5 for people ...

APS talks $60M in potential renovations

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Property Committee was provided an update from Luke Gerhart of Wolgast Corporation about a possible $60 million worth of renovations and add-ons to the schools on Monday. Superintendent John VanWagoner said $60 million would help the district get all new ...