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A golden opportunity

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ALPENA — Campus Closet, the Alpena High School store, has received gold recertification from the Distributive Education Clubs of America, allowing three student managers to compete at the DECA Internationals contest in Orlando in April. Last year, Campus Closet was gold-certified for the ...

Alpena properties drawing interest

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ALPENA — There is still a lot of economic development in the Alpena area and several of the key sites primed for development are attracting interest, the area’s economic development official said Monday. The hope is that interest will blossom into new businesses opening. During ...

APS talks snow-day make-up

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner updated the district’s Board of Education Monday about the district is in relation to snow days. The district has already called 16 snow days this school year, VanWagoner said. To help make up for the lost time, Wednesday was ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE News Release Feb. 18, 2019 Total: 78 Alarms: 5 Animal Control: 3 Traffic Arrests: 1 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: ...

‘Benson’s Adventures’ come to Alpena

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Courtesy Photo The authors of “Benson’s Adventures,” Tracy Foster and Shannon Cooper-Toma, visited Hinks Elementary to share their stories with students. In the children’s books, Benson’s adventures take place all over Michigan.

Jumping into icy water for a cause

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ALPENA — Some people will do anything for a good cause. On Saturday, 35 dressed-up entrants from the Alpena area and beyond took the plunge into the icy waters of Long Lake to raise funds for Special Olympics at the 12th annual Alpena Polar Plunge at the SandBar & Grill. Dressed in ...

Montmorency County officer charged with sex crime

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ATLANTA ­— An officer and dispatcher with the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department was arrested Jan. 3 on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Det. Sgt. Daniel Oelfke, 34, is accused of inappropriately engaging in sexual activity through force or coercion with a woman ...

‘Just really frustrated’

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ALPENA — Students in the Northeast Michigan region have barely had school in February because of the crazy weather Mother Nature is throwing at the area. Local superintendents are frustrated with the lack of school days since the weather has prevented students from being in the classroom ...

Alpena couple celebrates a half-century of Valentine’s Days

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ALPENA —The day before Valentine’s Day, a trio of cheerful baristas talked about love at Biggby Coffee in downtown Alpena. “Being best friends,” said Alisha Bloom, 22, of Alpena. “Best friends is the most you can have in a relationship.” Near the beginning of their romantic lives, ...

‘It’s scary out there’

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ALPENA—Drivers on Michigan roads need to slow down and move over for a flashing light or face a $400 fine, according to new legislation that went into effect Wednesday. A bill signed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder in December expands a previous law that aims to protect law enforcement, emergency ...

PI Co. weighs options on dam fight

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of County Commissioners has asked its legal counsel to provide an opinion on whether the county should participate in mediation pertaining to a dispute about Black Lake’s lake levels. While the majority of Black Lake falls within Cheboygan ...

ACC students earn $500 scholarships

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ALPENA — Alpena Community College recently received a $10,000 grant for scholarships from the Gene Haas Foundation for students who enroll in a college-level machining-based training program, including ACC’s Machine Tool Technology program. The college decided to divide the scholarship ...

Increase in norovirus-like illness seen in Northeast Michigan

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ALPENA — Officials with District Health Department No. 4 are seeing an increase of norovirus-like illness in the region. The illness causes inflammation of the stomach, intestines or both, and health officials in a statement Friday urged the public take precautions to stay healthy. ...

Hungry Hippie moves into the mall

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Hungry Hippie is now located in the Alpena Mall for the winter, taking up the space where Cabin Creek Coffee was until Jan. 19. Hungry Hippie Owner Greg Konwinski said it’s a temporary location, with more details to come on the Hungry Hippie Facebook page. ...

Alpena dialysis program honored

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A home dialysis system honored at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena will be recognized at the 39th annual Dialysis Conference in March, the hospital said in a news release. “We are grateful to the team who worked on bringing this much-needed service to our Medical Center, and it’s an ...

City charges 20 for snow removal

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ALPENA — In Alpena, it is likely many people are tired of snowblowing and shoveling their driveways, and city officials can sympathize — as they also have had to work hard to make sure snow cleanup and removal efforts are being done in the area. City Building Official Don Gilmet said ...

Promoting safe relationships

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Freshman Trey Maning of Alpena accepts an orange ribbon from freshman volunteer Makayla Standen as a show of support for Dating Violence Awareness Month at a booth at Alpena Community College Thursday. First-year student volunteer Allison Poli looks on as Hope ...

Airport considers de-icing rigs after costly closures

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Regional Airport is looking for a way to take over aircraft de-icing operations which were once handled by a contractor. Airport Manager Steve Smigelski visited a pair of similarly sized airports to see what equipment they use and how the operation is done, ...

High cost, low use, Onaway airport to close

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ROGERS CITY — The fate of the Leo E. Goetz Airport in Onaway was sealed on Thursday when the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 to shutter the runway. Commissioner Michael Darga was absent from the meeting. The resolution adopted by the board stated board members ...