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Olden days

News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki Students at Ella White Elementary celebrated their 100th day of school on Monday. The students dressed like they were 100 years old and participated in activities involving the number 100. The activities included bringing a 100 day breakfast, exercising for 100 ...

RC priest accused of sexual assault

Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka, 44, a priest at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Rogers City was arrested and jailed over the weekend. He is accused of sexual assault. He will be arraigned today. Bishop Steven Raica of the Diocese of Gaylord took questions from parishioners on Sunday. He told ...

Habitat for Humanity to construct 3 homes in 2017

HARRISVILLE — Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan intends to build three homes in the region as part of its construction plans for 2017, according to Executive Director Ted Fines. Two of the homes will be built in Harrisville and the third will be constructed in Alpena, he ...

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Alpena City Manager Greg Sundin gave his annual State of the City address to Alpena Municipal Council at Monday’s meeting. A full transcript of the address is available on the city’s website.

Sundin gives State of the City address

ALPENA — Alpena City Manager Greg Sundin presented Alpena Municipal Council with the State of the City address during Monday’s meeting. The address was a comprehensive recap of things accomplished in 2016 and what is expected this year. The address was broken into four primary areas: ...

Mild winter will have little to no impact on lake levels

ALPENA — To say this winter in Northeast Michigan has been mild would be an understatement, according to the National Weather Service. For the most part snow has been scarce in the area and if the warm trend continues there will be little to thaw in the coming weeks. Meteorologist Mike ...

APS receives $70K grant from Besser Foundation

By TYLER WINOWIECKI News Staff Writer ALPENA — The Besser Foundation finalized a $70,000 grant to Alpena Public Schools to help advance STEM efforts throughout the district. The formal announcement to boost the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields came during the ...

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Alcona Community Schools administrator Dan O’Connor was appointed Monday as the district’s new superintendent, replacing Superintendent Shawn Thornton whose last day is March 1. O’Connor is the middle school and high school principal as well as the district’s athletic director.

O’Connor named new Alcona superintendent

LINCOLN — Just a week after Superintendent Shawn Thornton announced her retirement from Alcona Community Schools, the board of education appointed from within the staff to replace her. On Monday during a special meeting, administrator Dan O’Connor was appointed by a 6-1 vote to ...

Brush Creek Mill to host Cabin Fever Breakout

HILLMAN — The seventh annual Cabin Fever Breakout will take place Saturday to help raise money for Brush Creek Mill. Hosted by volunteers, the event will feature live music and homemade lasagna at the Hillman Elementary School with doors opening at 4:30 p.m and dinner starting at 5 ...

Onaway board discusses budgeting for emergency departments

ONAWAY — The financial status of the Onaway city ambulance and fire departments were discussed at the city council meeting Monday. Council member Ron Horrocks said there’s about a 3 percent increase for EMTs, so its wage is brought up to minimum wage. Then there was an increase of ...

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Left to right, Artem Manets from Ukraine, Yuka Yamano from Japan, and Laura Williams from Australia pose for a photo during a Thursday tour of The Alpena News. The exchange students are part of the American Scandinavian Student Exchange program and are experiencing the United States and sharing their culture with the community.

Exchange students sharing culture with community

ALPENA — Six foreign exchange students from the American-Scandinavian Student Exchange program, one of several programs in the area, are learning about northern Michigan and sharing their culture with the community. The students are from Japan, Ukraine, Moldova, Australia and German, ...

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Taking the plunge

News Photo by Jordan Spence Stephanie Singh, left and Terri Buryanova of Alpena jump during the Polar Plunge, Saturday at the Sand Bar and Grill in Alpena. This is the ninth year for the annual event and raised more than $7,000 for Special Olympics. There are about 200 athletes in Area 3 ...

Dort leaving DDA

ALPENA — Alpena Downtown Development Executive Director Lesslee Dort announced her resignation Monday, as she is stepping down March 10 to pursue another employment opportunity. She was hired as Executive Director in 2012. Dort, who has with worked closely with the city, Alpena Area Chamber ...

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Alpena Community College unmanned aircraft systems instructor Brian Dawson, center, controls a drone that is taking photos and video of the first graduating class of the college’s pilot prep course during an event Friday. The students will take the FAA test for certification.

Another first for ACC

ALPENA — Twelve utility tech students at Alpena Community College completed their unmanned aircraft systems pilot prep course Friday and are ready to proceed to take a Federal Aviation Administration test for certification. It is the first class to complete the new program. The college’s ...

Woman dies in RC fire

ROGERS CITY — A woman died in a fire early Friday morning in Rogers City. The home is considered a complete loss and the woman’s name will not be released until family can be notified, according to a press release from Fire Chief Michael Kroll The fire took place on Morley Drive and 16 ...

Steiger lawsuit against commissioners continues

ROGERS CITY — The lawsuit against the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners by former Prosecutor Richard Steiger is still in progress. In the lawsuit Steiger contends that some commissioners’ actions against Steiger were forms of retaliation. “It’s still pending. There’s a ...

DNR officials set dates for ice fishing shanty removal

ALPENA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced dates for when ice fishing shanties must be removed from lakes and other frozen bodies of water. According to Cpl. Dave Painter, shanties must be removed from the ice in northern Michigan, including Alpena, Alcona, ...

It’s OK to spend money on yourself — really

People who spend too much outnumber, by far, those who spend too little. But the methods that therapists and financial planners use to help “underspenders” can guide the rest of us about when it’s OK to splurge and when we should resist. Chronic underspenders can be so terrified about ...

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Checking it out

News Photo by Jason Ogden Left to right, Alpena High School art students Mackenzie Jore and Hope Reed examine pottery art at the Thunder Bay Arts Council Gallery Friday. Council member Susan Kaiser said AHS students involved in the art program were invited to the gallery Friday to examine art ...

Residents unusure abolishing personal income tax practical

Gov. Rick Snyder has vowed to veto a Republican-backed bill in the state House that would slowly move toward abolishing personal income tax. In Alpena there is also doubt the plan would be a good move and it could do harm to other initiatives, such as bolstering education, providing more ...

Board votes to rescind PILT payment motion

HARRISVILLE — Townships in Alcona County will get a full share again of the federal payment in lieu of taxes payment that is paid annually to the county after a Wednesday vote by Alcona County Board of Commissioners. The vote rescinded a motion that was approved in October by the board, ...