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Ready to set sail

News Photo by Jason Ogden Connie Morgan of Wadsworth, Ohio, inspects a sail Friday on a keelboat in the Alpena Small Boat Harbor. Morgan, and Littleton, Colo., resident Jeff Coleman prepared the boat for a weekend sailing trip and said they planned to be on the water for just under a week.

AAA, MSP anticipate busy travel weekend

According to AAA it is going to be a banner year in terms of the the number of people traveling on Memorial Day weekend. Weather, on the other hand, will be less than stellar, at least in northern Michigan. AAA estimates 39.3 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home, ...

Besser Foundation awards sanctuary Friends group $200K in grants

Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is expanding education and economic development opportunities in the Alpena area after the Besser Foundation Board of Directors recently approved two grant proposals submitted by TBNMS totaling $200,000. "The Besser Foundation does not ...

TBTA works to make transition from Prell’s Service seamless

ALPENA — The Thunder Bay Transportation Authority continues to press onward after it cut ties with its third-party contractor, according to Managing Director Theron Higgins. He said during a TBTA meeting Thursday where trustees voted in a medical plan for the more than 40 employees who ...

City to host active shooter presentation

ALPENA — On June 14, a free workshop at Alpena Community College will teach people how best to protect themselves before, during and after an active shooter attack. City of Alpena Human Resources Generalist Kathy Himes said even though being a victim of a mass shooting is unlikely, it is ...

Setting up

News photo by Jordan Spence Karen and Patrick Silver of Barringer Township set up their booth for the 40 Mile Point Open House and craft show, Friday north of Rogers City. The event takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday.

Library chooses contractor for LED lighting project

LINCOLN — The Alcona County Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to go with an Alpena electric company to install LED lighting at the Lincoln branch of the library. The vote was to hire Omega Electric and Sign, Inc, at a cost of $5,928 to install the lighting at the ...

MidMichigan named one of top 20 rural hospitals

MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena was one of 20 facilities in the U.S. to recently be named a Top Rural Community Hospital. This was the first time the medical center received this recognition. The determining factors for the top 20 rural community hospitals were based on eight indices, as ...

Needle work club at senior center

ALPENA — Many skills are handed down from father to son or mother to daughter. Of those skills that can be considered a hobby is needlepoint, knitting, crocheting or spinning. Several months ago a new needlepoint club was formed and hosted by the Alpena Senior Citizens Center and it allows ...

PI board approves new software purchase

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of new computer software for about $100,000 during a meeting Friday. “Initially when we had to get the quotes done in February and we opted to pay for the appraisal option for equalization to get started, ...

Scholarships available through hospital

MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena’s Development Council is offering scholarship opportunities for area students. Scholarships are available to students whose primary residency is in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties. The application deadline is Thursday and applicants ...

Up she goes

News Photo by Jason Ogden Left to right, Alpena Department of Public Works employees Adam Sauve, Don Josselin, Tami Romel and Brian Beatty, with assistance from Gavin MacDonald, work to put the Alpena Small Boat Harbor’s American flag up ahead of Memorial Day. Romel said the city has four ...

Bomb threat at TBJH

ALPENA — Students at Thunder Bay Junior High School were evacuated to Alpena High School Thursday following a bomb threat that authorities said was not credible. The threat is the second in as many months as students were evacuated from Ella White Elementary in late April. Like in ...

Phase 2 of research expedition almost finished

ALPENA — There are many new discoveries yet to be made in the waters of Lake Huron. Research teams partnered with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary hope to discover some of them. For the past two weeks University of Delaware Robotic Discovery Laboratories Technicians Ken Haulsee, ...

NLA to host car show for 4th year

ALPENA — Northern Lights Arena is revving up preparations for the classic automobiles and hot rods that will be visiting Saturday. The show cars will be on display inside the arena and allow spectators to get a close up view. Arena Manager Kelli Werda said this is the fourth year for the ...

Presentation

News Photo by Jason Ogden Michigan State Police Trooper Ashley Simpson makes a presentation to a group at the Madeline Briggs Center about human trafficking for a series for the Association of Lifelong Learners Thursday.

Decorative Panels Inc receives award

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

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

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

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 ...