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Ready for the world

ALPENA — Two students walked across the stage on Friday to make up the Pied Piper School Class of 2018. Friends, family and other Pied Piper students cheered for Christina Moncado and Jackalyn Schrade as they received their diplomas. The school also recognized Marcus Riso, who completed the ...

Still dealing with flooding issues

WILSON TOWNSHIP — The people who live on Graham Road and Circle Drive in Wilson Township expect there to be minor flooding when the snow melts and spring is filled with rain each year. This year, however, they are seeking answers to why flooding was so severe and why it lingered much longer ...

PI adopts medical marijuana facility amendment

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted an amendment to medical marijuana facility requirements during its meeting Friday. “At the Feb. 14 meeting the board asked the planning commission to review and bring a recommendation,” planning commission ...

Posen students get fit in a frenzy

POSEN — Posen Consolidated Schools made a bit of a transformation for part of the day Friday. The school hosted Fitness Frenzy for students. Teacher and organizer Karrie Abbitt said there were six different exercise and nutrition stations setup for the students to try. “We started ...

APS approves bid for at-risk program

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved a bid for the school district’s 2018-19 at-risk programming needs during its meeting on Monday. Meaghan Gauthier, director of K-12 curriculum/state and federal programs, said a service bid was sent out for programming needs ...

Evangelist to speak at area churches

Evangelist Dr. Rick Flanders will be speaking at four different area churches next week, beginning Sunday. The services are expected to be enlightening and life changing, as he preaches on issues that impact individuals and churches. Flanders is an evangelist who travels week after week, ...

Patriotic avenue

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Volunteers from Kiwanis Club, Alpena Boosters Club and Home Depot set up the “Avenue of Flags” that will be on display until Tuesday. This year there is a second location for the flags, as they will line Chisholm Street at Duck Park. Flags also will be lined ...

DOT chooses Detroit flights

ALPENA —A flight from Alpena County Regional Airport to Minneapolis is not going to be an option for travelers, at least for the next two years. On Thursday the United States Department of Transportation announced it decided on approving SkyWest to continue providing air service in Alpena ...

Sherwin to succeed Bjella at MidMichigan

MidMichigan Health has announced that Chuck Sherwin has been named president of MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena effective July 1, succeeding Karmon Bjella who will retire on June 30. Sherwin first joined the hospital in Alpena in 1996 and has had increasing levels of responsibility, most ...

Colors on display

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz A local color guard ushered in the American flag to the center of the gymnasium during a pep assembly at Thunder Bay Junior High Thursday. During the assembly the students were reminded about the true meaning of Memorial Day and respecting and honoring those who ...

Spruce Country Days returns for second year

SPRUCE —After seeing the success of the inaugural Spruce Country Days last year, members of the Loyal Ladies Project have decided to host the event again. The event is slated to be held in Spruce Saturday beginning at 8 a.m., and there are activities planned for the entire day. The event ...

Underwater exploration

ALPENA – Alpena High School students in the Shipwreck Alley class competed in a class ROV competition on Thursday at Plaza Pool. Shipwreck Alley is an earth science elective class that partners with the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to create an engaging experience for students to ...

Agency predicts higher summer gas prices

ALPENA — Gas prices have surged between 20 to 25 cents in the last week. The Michigan Agency for Energy predicts higher prices for gas this summer, as well as a higher demand according to its released Summer Energy Appraisal. Due to higher per gallon prices, the annual household cost ...

County to look at tax rollback

ALPENA — Alpena County has been hit again with a Truth and Taxation rollback that, if not addressed, will have a large impact on the county budget and the institutions that receive millage funds. By law, when a municipality receives a Truth and Taxation rollback, it can recoup the lost ...

Fun in the sun

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Jayce Darst, left, and Elliana Scott enjoy the summer-like temperatures in Alpena Wednesday by playing in the sand at Thompson Park. They also waded in the water, but it was a little too chilly for them to stay in very long.

HUNT arrests couple on meth charges

On Tuesday, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested two residents of Montmorency County for manufacturing methamphetamine, among other charges. The husband and wife, 59 and 60 years old, reside on South Airport Road in Briley Township. They were lodged in the ...

Duo making a name for themselves, drawing listeners to weekly podcast

ALPENA —A pair of Alpena men who are avid podcast listeners have created one of their own. After only several months it is becoming quite popular and word is already spreading. Steve Jakubcin and Brad Przeslawski began their “Hot Takes from the Kitchen” about 10 weeks ago after wanting ...

Stamas’ highway designation legislation approved by Senate

The Michigan Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation to permanently honor former Rep. Peter Pettalia, who died in 2016 in an accident while traveling down to the Capitol for session. “Rep. Pettalia was a commonsense public servant who was dedicated to ...

Montmorency receives update on possible opioid litigation

ATLANTA – Montmorency County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Dave Wagner updated the board on the opioid litigation case the county is a part of on Wednesday. The county joined the opioid litigation earlier this year to fight the epidemic against drugs. Wagner said the opioid litigation ...

City reminds residents lawns need to be cut

The City of Alpena reminds residents that city ordinance requires cutting of lawns by June 1, July 1, Aug. 1, Sept. 1, Oct. 1, and Nov. 1 and as many other times as may be necessary to prevent properties from becoming unsightly, noxious, or detrimental to public health and ...