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Liberty Prevost, 10, and Madisynne Wirgau, 10, play a game where they sort trash and recyclables Friday at Besser Elementary school.

All for the earth

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ALPENA — To kick off their spring stewardship efforts Besser Elementary students explored, protected and learned about the earth Friday. Fifth grade teacher Allison Elliott said the students spent most of the day outdoors to celebrate Earth Day, which is today. They also tried many ...

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Left to right, Michigan State Police Alpena Post Commander John Grimshaw, Hinks Elementary students Cecelia Magdeleno, Avery Dubey, Lilly Gembel and Trooper Ashley Simpson pose for a photo during a check presentation Friday. Students at the school, through the Coins for Cops program, raised $1,000 for the Michigan State Police Fallen Trooper Fund.

Hinks students raise $1,000 for MSP Fallen Trooper Fund

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ALPENA — Students at Alpena Public Schools Hinks Elementary did it a coin at a time, raising $1,000 for the Michigan State Police Fallen Trooper Fund. On Friday students who helped organize the fundraiser through the school’s first Coins For Cops program presented a check to troopers ...

Bergman spending break connecting with constituents

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ALPNA —After hosting town hall meetings in Escanaba and Gaylord Congressman Jack Bergman visited Alpena Friday before heading to Presque Isle for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. He said he is using his time in the district to reconnect with his constituents and update them on recent ...

ACC board discusses possible tuition increase

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ALPENA — A raise in tuition was discussed at the Alpena Community College Board of Trustees budget workshop Wednesday. Vice President of Administration and Finance Richard Sutherland presented the possible increase to the board. “The steps in this are, I go through the premises I use ...

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Alpena Community College nursing instructor Anthony Pratt explains the benefits of a career in nursing to Thunder Bay Junior High students during a showcase of the college Friday. There were about 300 seventh grade students who took part in the showcase.

TBJH seventh-graders get glimpse of ACC’s offerings

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ALPENA —About 300 seventh-graders from Thunder Bay Junior High School had an opportunity to tour Alpena Community College Friday and learn more about the programs it offers as well as see firsthand what a class at the college is like. ACC and Alpena Public Schools bused the students to the ...

MAYDAY: MAN DOWN

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ALPENA — Being blinded by smoke and in a building you are not familiar with during a fire is a situation nobody wants to be in, but firefighters are faced with those circumstances regularly. In order to rescue people trapped in the fires, and to keep themselves safe, they train in ...

Cancer center receives 3-year CoC accreditation

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The Cancer Center at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena has been granted a three-uear accreditation from the Commission on Cancer , a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated ...

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Crews from the Platte River State Fish Hatchery traveled to the Alpena DNR research station on Thursday where they unloaded over 28,000 Atlantic salmon into the Thunder Bay River. The new Atlantic salmon stocking efforts have been widely hailed a success, DNR Lake Huron Basin Coordinator Randy Claramunt said.

Atlantic salmon released into Thunder Bay River

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ALPENA — Well over 28,000 Atlantic salmon were released into the Thunder Bay River Thursday afternoon as part of the DNR’s new stocking efforts. Randy Claramunt, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Lake Huron basin coordinator, said the new stocking techniques being used on ...

Fundraiser honors daughter’s memory, helps ACC students

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ALPENA — Sharon Schrader hopes to raise more than $6,000 during this year’s Samantha L. Schrader Memorial Scholarship Fund fundraising event. The fundraiser takes place from 12-5 p.m. Saturday at Thunder Bowl Lanes in Alpena. Samantha’s mother, Shannon, said there will be raffles, ...

Asbestos removal begins at jail

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ALPENA — Work to remove asbestos from areas in the Alpena County Jail will begin in the coming weeks, but it is still unknown if there is more or how much more there could be in the facility. During the Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee meeting Wednesday, Maintenance ...

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A crew member from the USGS Arcticus deploys a ROV while conducting a pilot survey in Thunder Bay earlier this week. The USGS is using new technology in the aim of better determining the biomass of gobies.

Groups work together for gobie survey

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ALPENA — Due to the area’s adverse weather conditions, the crew from the USGS’s Arcticus docked at the Alpena port with the hopes of completing their pilot survey later this week. The U.S. Geological Survey in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are trying ...

Lake Huron fisheries workshop Wednesday

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OSCODA TWP. — Wednesday there will be a Lake Huron fisheries workshop in Oscoda that will be open to the public to provide information regarding the Great Lakes and address concerns residents may have. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in ...

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Mike Peltz presents Holly Wirgau and students, left to right, Robert McFadden, Ryan Hart, Lily Clement and Muriel Garms with a plaque for their work on a project Wednesday.

RC students make posters on shipwrecks to be displayed

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ROGERS CITY — There will be a new site to see at Seagull Point Park. Information gathered by Rogers City Area Schools teacher Holly Wirgau’s sixth grade class will be presented in the kiosks at the park. “I was approached by Debbie Stiller of the parks and rec committee to see if ...

Alcona schools looks to replace aging bus fleet

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LINCOLN — The aging school bus fleet owned by Alcona Community Schools was topic of discussion during Monday’s board of education meeting. Superintendent Dan O’Connor said the school board should look at creating a plan to replace buses in a timely manner. “It’s really ...

Commissioners update public on committee actions

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners discussed ongoing work taking place with various county committees during a meeting held Wednesday. Among committee work that is going includes the discussion of payment in lieu of tax funding, hiring a new ambulance director and ...

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Job fair

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Dozens of people visit booths at the Alpena Community College Park Arena during the Alpena Michigan Works job fair Thursday. According to Michigan Works officials there were more than 200 visitors who discussed employment opportunities with nearly 40 companies.

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Left to right, Jim Kriniak, Doreen Kriniak  and their son Jimmy Kriniak, stand in the newly built Sports Unlimited building in Alpena. The company will have a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 9:30 a.m. after the building was destroyed in 2015.

Business bounces back after devastating fire

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ALPENA — Most of the items that burned in the Sept. 23, 2015, fire that destroyed Sports Unlimited could be replaced, owner Doreen Kriniak said. There were tools, a customer’s ATV, various parts and stock the flames took in the fire, which was caused due to a construction accident. No ...

Prices to increase for Plaza Pool

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ALPENA —Alpena County Plaza Pool is running out of money and in order to be sure it doesn’t end the year with a negative fund balance it is being forced to increase some of prices, including for seniors. During the Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee meeting ...

APS board approves contract changes

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ALPENA — Contract changes affecting wages and insurance coverage for the administrative staff at Alpena Public Schools were approved during Monday’s board of education meeting. The changes stem from the contract the district and the teachers union, Alpena Education Association, ...

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Alpena County 911 dispatcher Roy Wekwert works at central dispatch Wednesday afternoon. Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee voted to recommend raising the phone monthly surcharge to $2.75 per phone from $2.46 per phone line to help cover the cost of large upgrades to 911.

Finance committee recommends increasing 911 surcharge

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee voted 4-0 to recommend to the board of commissioners that the county increase its surcharge on landline and cell phones from $2.46 a month, to $2.75. The money will be used to help cover the upgrades for 911 which will ...