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Water Warriors make stop in Alpena

ALPENA — A group of 16 personal watercraft riders known as the Water Warriors stopped at the Alpena Small Boat Harbor Monday in an effort to raise funding for Special Olympics Michigan. The ongoing summer ride, 450 miles from Mackinaw City to Harsens Island, started Sunday and will ...

Grant apps available for DNR program

ATLANTA — Applications for the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s Deer Private Land Assistance Network are being accepted, according to officials with the DNR. The program, which is only a few years old, was created to help with land projects to improve deer habitat on private ...

King of the tire

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Evan Dyar and Joshua Dyar play on the large tractor tires at Kiwanis Kiddie Park in Alpena Monday. The two boys and their mother are visiting friends and family in Alpena from North Carolina.

Senior center to hold several events

ALPENA — The Alpena Senior Citizens Center will be holding events that should have people running to the dance floor. On Friday there will be a ’50s style sock hop that will feature music, dinner, raffles and a vintage car show. There also will be a Hula Hoop contest, twisting and best ...

A-10 removed, airport flights back to normal

The removal of an A-10 Thunderbolt II that crash landed at Alpena County Regional Airport and forced the closure of the airport has been disarmed and removed from the runway. Airport Manager Steve Smigelski said the aircraft was removed Saturday allowing the airport to reopen and scheduled ...

A tasty fundraiser

News Photo by Ryan Sanders Brit and Brayden Senske, and Kaleb LaCosse operated a lemonade stand during Downtown Sidewalk Sale days last week to raise money for The Shoe Palooza, helping those in need. The trio raised over $500.

Brown Trout Festival wraps up with success

ALPENA — The winners of the Michigan Brown Trout Festival fishing tournament were announced in Alpena Sunday in what organizers describe as a successful festival both in terms of the fish that were caught and the crowds to attended. Of course the big news from the festival was for the ...

43rd annual Michigan Brown Trout Festival final standings

∫ Brown Trout 1. Todd Westenbarger — 5.80 2. Tim Weiczorkowski — 5.25 3. Will Rensberry— 5.25 4. Adam Dziesinski —4.90 ∫ Walleye 1. Jim Leeseberg — 8.25 2. Steve Vandernark — 7.80 3. Jim LaFleur — 7.75 4. Brett Birmingham — 7.45 ∫ Steelhead 1. Scott ...

Safety first should be focus around or riding motorcycles

ALPENA — For Beverly Banks, there is nothing like riding a motorcycle, secretary of the Alpena Biker Coalition. She said the feeling of sitting on the machine exposed to the world is like no other transportation experience she can describe. Although the experience can be exhilarating, ...

Horsemen’s Club sponsors Handi-Capable Day at Alpena fair

The Alpena County Fairboard, in partnership with the Alpena County Horseman’s Club (ACHC), will be hosting a new event this year. Handi-Capable Day will be held Wednesday during the Alpena County Fair Week, Aug. 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Handi-Capible Day is an opportunity for community ...

Catching walleye

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Dave Kuch shows off one of the walleye he caught during the Besser/DPI 10th annual Walleye Extravaganza. The top prize was $10,000.

Grand Lake Sportsmen’s Club Fishing Derby results (in inches)

Adults ∫ Walleye 1. Jim Vlcek 20.75 2. Jamie Meyer 20.25 3. Dustin Plath 20.25 4. Jason Bredon 19.50 5. Evan Langlois 18.50 ∫ Perch 1. Gary Niedzwiecki 13 2. Haley Niedzwiecki 12.25 3. Aggie Tobias 12 4. Shelby Niedzwiecki 11.25 5. Brent Muckle 11 ∫ Bass 1. Bob ...

Sidewalk sales

News Photo by Pamela Brunn Rain threatened the crowds trying to get a good deal at stores at the Sidewalk Sales in downtown Alpena Saturday. Some stores were forced to bring their merchandise inside, while others just waited it out. The crowds didn’t seem to mind either way.

A festival fixture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, ...