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A festival fixture

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ALPENA — The Neiman’s Family Market Small Tent at the Michigan Brown Trout Festival has become a fixture at the festival and provides a free, family friendly environment for people to enjoy. The small tent was introduced about 20 year ago and was sponsored by Neiman’s Family Market. ...

Airport to stay closed through weekend

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ALPENA — Alpena County Regional Airport is likely to remain closed through the weekend after a military jet was forced to perform an emergency landing Thursday afternoon. An armed A-10 Thunderbolt II that was conducting training exercises Thursday at Camp Grayling when it began having ...

Obwaka to remain on administrative leave

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Following Thursday's not guilty verdict in the charges against Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka, the Diocese of Gaylord issued a statement saying Obwaka will remain on will remain on administrative leave from his priestly assignments while the diocese addresses any ecclesial issues that may exist. ...

Sailing around

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Youth sailing participants taking lessons in the Thunder Bay River take part in a game during class Friday morning.

RC council issues support for sanctuary

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ROGERS CITY — The City of Rogers City Council signed a letter in support of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary during Tuesday’s meeting. The letter will be sent to legislators, council member Scott McLennan said. “The Trump administration signed an executive order that would ...

Last Chance takes Classic

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ALPENA — The annual Jack Daniels Ladies Classic was in the spotlight Thursday at the Michigan Brown Trout Festival and the winning team posted a weight of nearly 100 pounds to win. The team Last Chance posted a weight of 94.75 pounds to earn its first win in Alpena. The three-woman team had ...

A-10 makes emergency landing

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ALPENA —An A-10 Air National Guard jet was redirected to Alpena County Regional Airport with mechanical issues and performed an emergency landing, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. A special team of aircraft crash and weapons experts were called to the scene, ...

Obwaka found not guilty of charges

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ROGERS CITY — Rev. Syvestre Obwaka was found not guilty of two criminal sexual conduct charges on Thursday, following approxmiately two hours of jury deliberation. After the verdicts were read, Obwaka said “Jesus thank you,” as he was embraced by family and friends. Obwaka was ...

A day for kids

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz A group of children, with the aid of adults and teens, fish for brown trout in Culligan Plaza during the annual Alpena Optimist Club kids fishing day event.

Peters seeks to extend comment period

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Sen. Gary Peters and 19 of his colleagues have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce requesting an extension to the public comment period over an executive order by the Trump administration that could impact marine sanctuaries, including the Thunder Bay National Marine ...

Taking in the view

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Andrew Honeycutt, 11, of California sits on top of a jungle gym Thursday at Lakeside Park in Rogers City. Honeycutt was visiting from California to see his grandparents.

Obwaka trial continues

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ROGERS CITY — Three witnesses testified in person Wednesday during the second day of the CSC trial of Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka. Before the trial continued in 53rd Circuit Court, Judge Scott Pavlich made a decision about whether the victim’s sexual orientation could be discussed. At ...

Obwaka found not guilty

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ROGERS CITY — A jury found Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka not guilty on two counts of criminal sexual conduct against a fellow priest Thursday after three days of testimony. Obwaka was charged on two counts of criminal sexual conduct in February. He was charged with a count of first degree ...

Calling all volunteers

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ALPENA — It takes the hard work and dedication of volunteers to make the Michigan Brown Trout Festival possible each summer in Alpena. Many of the volunteers have been involved with the festival for many years, but there also are some who are new and still learning what it takes to plan ...

43rd Annual Brown Trout Festival Standings

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∫ Brown Trout 1. Tim Weiczorkowski — 5.25 2. Adam Dziesinski —4.90 3. Jan Stepanski — 4.05 4. Tom Harman — 3.80 ∫ Walleye 1. Steve Vandernark — 7.80 2. Wayne Van Dyke — 7.25 3. Carl Hatala — 7.15 4. Romeo Boudage — 6.95 ∫ Steelhead 1. Scott Gagnon — ...

Brown Trout Festival Tent Events

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Small Tent Events ∫ Tonight Music by: Over the Hill Band 5-9 p.m. ∫ Friday Music by: Airstream 6-9 p.m. ∫ Saturday Music by: Birch Road Band 6-10 p.m. Big Tent Events ∫ Tonight Teen Night! with DJ Darrel Kelly 8-11 p.m. No backpacks, 17 and under Admission: $5 ...

Snow selected to continue as APS board president

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ALPENA — The officers for the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education were nominated and chosen during the board’s meeting Monday. Gordon Snow is president, vice president is Dan Florip, treasurer is Mike Barnett and secretary is Lorie Kneeshaw. The board also approved the state ...

APS hires high school principal

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The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of Thomas Berriman as Alpena High School principal during Monday's school board meeting. He will begin at AHS on Aug. 2. Berriman most recently was principal and superintendent of the Byron Center Charter School, a position he ...

Finance recommends hiring another full-time veterans counselor

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee voted to recommend to the full board hiring an additional full-time veterans counselor. The county has attempted to hire a part-time counselor for months with little success and the hope is boosting the pay and hours will ...

One of the best places to retire in US

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ALPENA — Alpena has many amenities that are attractive for people who decide to settle down and start a family. It also has been recognized as a place people are choosing to move to after retirement. In the April 24 issue of Time Magazine Alpena was listed as one of the top 100 ...