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‘It’s everything’

CORRECTION:This story has been updated to reflect that Amp Up provides passing students an Algebra I credit. That information was incorrect in an earlier version of this story. ALPENA – Thanks to a $400,000 grant, Alpena High School students are having the opportunity this school year to ...

Water main break causes shutoffs at Partridge Point

A Department of Public Works official said this morning that about 50 homes in the Partridge Point Road area will be without water services until at least this afternoon as crews work to repair a water main break that occurred at about 10 a.m. today.

City budget in good shape

ALPENA —The first three months of the City of Alpena’s annual budget is in the books and, thus far, staff and the Alpena Municipal Council have done a good job keeping expenditures in-check. If the trend continues, it is possible the city could erase a large portion of its $368,204 ...

Township, city voters head to polls

NOTE: This story has been updated with comments from Larry Fuhrman. ALPENA – Voters will decide several competitive township and city races in Alcona, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties in the Nov. 6 election. BRILEY TOWNSHIP TREASURER Republican Mary Freeman and Democrat Barbara Dice ...

Spying the ship

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Nancy Fader takes photos of the Great Lakes cruise ship MS Hamburg, which made a stop in Alpena on Tuesday. It was second visit of the Hamburg — which is the largest cruise ship on the Great Lakes — in the last month. It is expected to make additional stops ...

Prelim set for Avery

Bradley Avery, the former Alpena County Fair Board member accused of embezzlement, will be in 88th District Court at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 for his preliminary examination, a court official said. The preliminary exam was originially scheduled for Sept. 25 but was adjourned because Avery’s ...

First snow

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Alpena area saw its first snow of the season when flurries developed Monday afternoon in downtown Alpena. Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid 50s in the coming days.

City seeks input on parks smoking ban

ALPENA — The Alpena Municipal Council voted 5-0 Monday to hold a public input session before a future meeting to gather input about a proposal to make parks in Alpena smoke-free. The idea of making city parks smoke-free zones came up late in the summer and City Manager Greg Sundin gave a ...

City appeals water ruling

After a lengthy closed session on Monday, the Alpena Municipal Council voted 5-0 to file an appeal of its own over the ongoing water and sewer litigation with Alpena Township. Last month, the township voted to appeal a portion of 26th Circuit Court Judge Michael Mack’s Sept. 19 order, ...

Former spouses arrested on sex-assault charges

ALPENA — A decade after a sexual assault investigation was closed, the Alpena County Prosecutor’s Office has reopened the case and two people have been arrested as a result. The Michigan State Police in Alpena began an investigation in 2008 after a 6-year-old reported an incident at ...

APS buys three new buses

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education voted Monday to purchase three new buses from Zaremba Equipment Inc.. Mary Lyon, associate superintendent for business and operations for APS, said Zaremba Equipment of Gaylord submitted the lowest bid of $266,346. The bid also ...

City sets trick-or-treat hours

The Alpena Municipal Council on Monday voted to: ∫ set trick-or-treating hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct.31 ∫ pay bills totaling $626,766 ∫ appoint Matt Wojda and Griffin James to four-year terms on the Alpena Downtown Development Board Mayor Matt Waligora also declared October ...

Pair of newcomers vie for PI County probate judge

ROGERS CITY — There will be a new probate judge in Presque Isle County after the November election. Erik Stone and Katy Conklin are vying to replace incumbent Judge Donald McLennan, who is retiring at the end of the year from probate court, which oversees family matters, including ...

Burke challenges LaCross for Alpena probate judge

ALPENA — The Alpena County Probate Court judge race in the Nov. 6 election features a pair of familiar faces in the local judiciary system and voters must decide if they are pleased with the current direction of the probate and district court, or if a fresh start and new judge is ...

Area schools embrace technology

ALPENA — Students are able to use technology now more than ever before, both in and out of the classroom, because of how fast technology is growing and building in popularity. School districts in Northeast Michigan are noticing that desktop computers and dedicated computer labs are ...

The day Presque Isle County burned

EDITOR’s NOTE: Today marks the 110th anniversary of the massive Metz Fire. Historic, as one of Michigan’s largest land fires, scores of people perished, along with hundreds of structures, as well as livestock and thousands of acres. What follows is a recounting of this fire and the ...

2 nontraditional candidates seek PI board seat

ROGERS CITY — Voters in District 1 of the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners will decide on a new commissioner in the November election. Incumbent Robert Schell decided it was time to step down and allow someone else to take on the role. Schell’s decision has allowed Democrat ...

Newcomer challenges Peterson for Montmorency board

ATLANTA — Residents in Montmorency County’s District 3 will have two candidates for the county board to choose from in the Nov. 6 election: incumbent Daryl Peterson and challenger Lloyd Peltier. Peterson has been the county’s District 3 commissioner since 2010. He said he’s running ...

‘It’s good to disconnect’

ALPENA — With the evolution of technology over the years, today’s teens are on social media and their cell phones more than other generations. According to a recent poll by Common Sense Media, 35 percent of kids ages 13 to 17 said they would rather send a text than meet up with people. ...

‘Alpena’s still home’

ALPENA – The Alpena High School Alumni Hall of Fame grew on Friday by three members as Randy Ladkau, James Marquardt and Heidi Wiley were inducted. The three were on Friday honored with a luncheon, spoke at the homecoming assembly, participated in the homecoming parade, and were honored ...