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Salt pile

News Photo by Jason Ogden Pat Niedzwiecki of Goodrich Trucking uses a loader to adjust the salt pile at the mouth of the Thunder Bay River after loading a gravel hauler that rests on the trucking scales Thursday. Groodrich Trucking owner Bruce Groodrich said the salt load, all 50 tons of it, ...

Still no mediation in water dispute

LPENA — A mediator who will lead negotiations between the City of Alpena and Alpena Township over water and sewer rates has been hired. Face-to-face talks have yet to begin, however, and if they don’t begin soon both sides may need to return to court. Late last year 26th District Court ...

Increased use of snowmobile trails benefits local economy

ALPENA — Until the recent rain and warm temperatures, Alpena was enjoying an increase in the number of people utilizing local snowmobile trails. Now a fresh blanket of snow is needed to entice local and out-of-town riders to return to them. There has been significant investment made by ...

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Popcorn day

News Photo by Jordan Spence Circuit clerk Judy Cross hands Joe Curtis a bag of popcorn Thursday at the Alpena County Library. The library was giving out free popcorn to celebrate National Popcorn Day.

Sanctuary awarded $50K grant

ALPENA — A $50,000 grant awarded to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will be used toward the “Get In Your Sanctuary” campaign. Director of the Friends Of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Katie Wolf, said they competed against several other friends groups to receive the ...

County mulls over options for funding MERS

HARRISVILLE —Alcona County officials are beginning to weigh options for fully funding retirement obligations to county employees, according to Alcona County Board of Commissioners Chairman Craig Johnston. He said Wednesday the board met with Tony Radjenovich, regional manager for the ...

ACC enrollment up; budget healthy moving ahead

ALPENA — Alpena Community College is one of three community colleges in the state of Michigan to have higher enrollment numbers. “Spring semester enrollment I want to report out,” ACC President Don MacMaster said at the board of trustees meeting Wednesday. “This is from Monday data. ...

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Taking down lights

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Department of Public Works employee Garth Grulke removes lights from the Christmas tree that was on display at Culligan Plaza during the holiday season.

TBTA resolves to not utilize 3rd party operator in new facility

ALPENA — The Thunder Bay Transportation Authority will operate transportation services for its three-county district without third party operator Prell’s Service beginning in August. The action came after a resolution was passed Thursday by the authority to break a contract that was to ...

Hillman school bus to be equipped with WiFi

HILLMAN — Once a Hillman Community Schools bus is equipped with WiFi, students who go on field trips or travel on a bus for an athletic event may not have an excuse for why they have not completed their homework. Superintendent Jason McElrath said the move to equip one bus in the ...

Friends of Rockport updates members on future

ALPENA — Members of the Friends of Rockport were updated on several events throughout the new year, including the XTERRA Rockport race. President Carol Dodge-Grochowski said the event was going ahead again this year after a successful first year where competitors said it was one of the ...

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Sledding

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Madison Pugh, left, and her brother Brady Pugh take advantage of Wednesday’s warm temperatures by racing one another down a snowbank near their home in Alpena.

County budget ends year in surplus

ALPENA — The 2016 Alpena County budget began with a $267,994 deficit, but thanks to unexpected revenue and limited spending it ended the year with a surplus of more than $400,000. At the finance committee meeting Wednesday, Treasurer Kim Ludlow told the commissioners the county has ...

County OKs purchase

ALPENA — Since Alpena County began providing security services for the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center a decade ago, the county has enjoyed being able to use the revenue from the contract to keep its fleet of vehicles in good working order. At the Alpena County Finance Committee ...

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Ice fishing

News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki Gary Rieger of Alpena jigs out on Thunder Bay River Wednesday afternoon. Rieger said while he only caught a few perch during the day, he had caught four northern pike, three walleye and numerous perch on Sunday’s outing.

Rogers City covers cost of summer flowers

ROGERS CITY — This year Rogers City will pay and care for the flower baskets along Third Street. “Depending on volunteers (to water) has become increasingly difficult,” City Manager Joe Hefele said. “They’re always sweating whether or not they’ll get the things planted. To me ...

Village working out where to remove trees

HILLMAN — Discussions on where trees potentially could be removed at the Hillman Regional Airport continued during Tuesday’s Hillman Village Council meeting. Council members have been considering different options on how best to make sure the airport meets runway safety requirements for ...

Film festival expands to Harrisville, RC

The Thunder Bay International Film Festival is taking some of the movies on the road. As part of the expansion of the festival, films will be shown both in Rogers City and Harrisville. “In the spirit of the recent expansion, it’s important to include our other sanctuary cities,” ...

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The Alcona County Board of Commissioners conducted a meeting Wednesday in a newly configured board room. The board table was arranged so the board could better face the public, according to Chairman Craig Johnston. Left to right, Commissioners Carolyn Brummund, Andy Brege, Johnston, Vice Chair Kathleen Vichunas and Commissioner Gary Wnuk.

Alcona building department to increase soil erosion permit inspection efforts

HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Building Department was given approval by the Alcona County Board of Commissioners to issue letters highlighting soil erosion inspection and permit responsibilities to area contractors. Building Department Manager Kerry Scott told commissioners Wednesday ...

Judge asking county for increased court employee benefits

HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners moved a request for increased benefits to court employees to the county finance and personnel committee during a meeting held Wednesday. This was after a letter outlining the requests was submitted to the county by Alcona County ...