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Steve Jakubcin checks a tonneau cover on a Chevy truck while at work at Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet Thursday. Jakubcin was born in Seoul, South Korea, but has lived in Alpena most of his life. He is involved in many local organizations and enjoys giving back to the community.

Jakubcin enjoys giving back to community

ALPENA —There are many people who may not have been born in Alpena, but have grown to love it and decided to move, live and raise a family in it. Often they donate much time and energy for the betterment of the community in hope it will thrive to its full potential. Steve Jakubcin is one ...

Atlanta, Hillman school boards listen to talk on finding a new super

HILLMAN — Members from both Atlanta Community Schools and Hillman Community Schools board of education met Saturday for a presentation on searching for a new superintendent. Executive Search Consultant Rodney Green from the Michigan Association of School Boards gave the presentation to ...

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Yummy maple syrup

News Photos by Jordan Spence Owner of 4D Acre Farm in Hawks, Nathan Delke checks the automatic draw on the syrup evaporator, Sunday. The farm was participating in the Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend. During this time people can visit the farm and see how their maple syrup is made.

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A Lenten season tradition

News Photo by Jordan Spence Dan Prezlawski serves people during the Knights of Columbus Hall Lenten Fish fry Friday at the hall in Alpena.

Beer festival approved for Rogers City

ROGERS CITY — A beer festival will come to Rogers City in the fall. Rogers City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannon McKinstry and event organizer Rick Wagner presented the idea to the City of Rogers City Council Wednesday. “Rick approached me with an idea to do a beer ...

Fresh from receiving award, Discovery Tour organizers look toward this year

ALPENA — Fresh off nabbing a 2017 Governor’s Award for success of the Lake Huron Discovery Tour, organizers headed back to work on this year’s version of the unique tourist initiative. As in years past, the four-day event will feature a wide variety of recreational, arts and cultural ...

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Students from Nicole Kalisch’s kindergarten class dressed up for Friday’s Animal Word Parade at Sanborn Elementary. Students have been participating in events and themed activities throughout the month to celebrate March is Reading Month.

Sanborn students wrapping up March is Reading Month

ALPENA — The last day of classes at Sanborn Elementary before spring break also coincided with the last school day during National March is Reading Month. On Friday students participated in an animal-themed word parade. The students were able to choose their own word and tailored their ...

Combined class looks to grow enrollment

ALPENA — A first-year class offered at Alpena High School is allowing students to combine a geometry class with construction while earning college credits in the process. Geometry in Construction is a first of kind class at AHS where students take an alternative approach to learning ...

Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it ‘great day’ for jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a “great day for American jobs” and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change. The presidential permit comes nearly a ...

City, RCAS ready for video agreement

ROGERS CITY — An agreement between Rogers City Area Schools and the city to videotape meetings will be ready for the next city meeting. “I’m thinking where we go based on where we are right now,” City Manager Joe Hefele said. “Charter (Communications) has to upgrade the system ...

Thelma Orr scholarships available for area health care students

MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena’s Auxiliary is offering two $1,500 scholarships for area students. Scholarships are available to students pursing an education in a human medicine related field with their primary residency in Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle ...

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Going to the dogs

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alisha Manning, left, and Abby O’Bryan set up one of the silent auction tables at a fundraiser for the proposed dog park to be built in Alpena at North Riverside Park. Manning and O’Bryan have led the effort to have the park constructed. Construction on the ...

Four candidates vie for vacant seat

ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners will have four candidates to consider in filling the vacant District No. 3 seat after Camille Nerkowski resigned for health reasons. The filing deadline for those interested passed Thursday at noon and there were three familiar names in ...

Students to begin next school year before Labor Day

ALPENA — Students in Alpena Public Schools will be starting school before Labor Day next school year after the board of education acted on the waiver the Michigan Department of Education’s approved last year. The option to move the start date was granted to APS in May 2016 but was ...

Numbers about the same for tax exemptions

ALPENA — Tax exemptions for both veterans and poverty-eligible residents remained close to previous year’s numbers following the Alpena Township’s March board of review meetings. The board of review meets in three months of the year to hear tax exemption applications from residents ...

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Dedicated worker

News Photo by Jason Ogden Alcona County Commission on Aging kitchen aide Dana Howay uses a thermometer to check the temperature on a kettle of boiled potatoes in the kitchen of the Lincoln center Wednesday. The potatoes, she said, were part of the evening senior meal, which included cabbage ...

TBTA working to hire new management staff

ALPENA — The Thunder Bay Transportation Authority’s executive committee is working on hiring management positions for the pending opening of the agency’s new building north of Alpena. During a meeting Tuesday, authority member Tony Suszek, a member of the executive committee, said ...

New DDA director to be announced April 3

ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority’s personnel committee is prepared to make a recommendation on a candidate to replace former executive director Lesslee Dort, who stepped down last month to accept another employment opportunity. The identity of the candidate will not be ...

Alcona library board scales back project scope

HARRISVILLE — New LED lighting should be installed this year at the Alcona County Library’s Harrisville and Lincoln branches, but other projects may be put on hold until next year. These matters were discussed Wednesday during an Alcona County Library Board meeting. Each year the ...

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Representatives from 911 equipment companies at a special Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday.

PI County purchases 911 equipment

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of 911 equipment for $197,000 during a special meeting Thursday. Commissioners had a choice between bids from Tele-Rad and West Safety Services. “This is a mammoth expense and a big change for Presque ...