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Veterans honored

ALPENA — Local veterans received a free meal, a performance from the Alpena City Band and a chance to win prizes during the Honoring Our Veterans Night event on Wednesday at the Michigan Brown Trout Festival. The host for the event was 1st Sgt. Andy White from the Alpena Combat Readiness ...

Brown Trout Festival Tournament Leaderboard

Brown Trout Max Ziegler 8.30 Alex Benson 6.55 Seth Haugerud 6.40 Shawn Murphy 4.85 Salmon Phil Smigelski 18.75 John Campbell 16.20 Douglas Hopp 15.60 Nick Stoinski 14.90 Lake Trout Brad Skiba 15.80 Joe Hauff 14.95 Paul Deyoung 14.95 Trent Bruski 14.60 Steelhead Joe ...

Jail plans unveiled

ALPENA — Preliminary design plans for the new jail were revealed during a special meeting of the Alpena County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday. The estimated cost for the facility is slightly more than the $11.2 million the county budgeted for the project, so it’s likely there ...

Committee: Don’t clean jail site

ALPENA — The Alpena County Finance Committee voted 4-0 to recommend to the full board that contaminated soil at the jail not be cleaned up. The soil is contaminated with gasoline, believed to date back many years to when the county fueled its vehicles at the sheriff’s ...

Two-car crash

News Photo by Kaitlin Ryan Police responded to a two-car crash at Nicholson Hill Road and Spruce Road in Ossineke on Wednesday. Cars involved were a Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevy Equinox. Police officials could not be reached for more information by press time.

AMA ESD to repave parking lot

ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District board voted to have a portion of its parking lot replaced this summer with new asphalt. Some of the AMA ESD parking lot is over 50 years old, with the newest portion being almost 30 years old. Superintendent Scott ...

Alcona superintendent updates county board

HARRISVILLE — Alcona Community Schools Superintendent Daniel O’Connor on Wednesday updated the Alcona County Board of Commissioners on buildings and the school’s strategic plan to improve instructional practices. The Alcona Board of Education appointed O’Connor to the role of ...

‘Selfie scavenger hunt’ July 26 at Negwegon

HARRISVILLE —Negwegon State Park is hosting a “selfie scavenger hunt” from 2-3 p.m. on July 26. Participants will walk one mile on the Negwegon trail while searching for natural species along the way and taking selfies with their findings. Those who want to participate can meet at ...

One injured

News Photo by Darby Hinkley One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of US-23 North and Long Rapids Road in Alpena. The driver of one vehicle was taken via ambulance to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. The passenger of that vehicle ...

Donations sought for restocking fund

ALPENA — Donations are again being accepted for the fund that helps bring the Michigan Brown Trout Festival’s namesake to the annual fishing competition. Roger Barc, who is known as the “Fish Doctor,” said the Brown Trout Restocking Fund has been a good investment, with organizers ...

Brown Trout Festival Tournament Leaderboard

Brown Trout Seth Haugerud 6.40 Shawn Murphy 4.85 Austin Szatkowski 4.35 Michelle Hansen 3.85 Salmon Phil Smigelski 18.75 John Campbell 16.20 Douglas Hopp 15.60 Nick Stoinski 14.90 Lake Trout Brad Skiba 15.80 Joe Hauff 14.95 Paul Deyoung 14.95 Trent Bruski ...

City keeps harbor contract

ALPENA — The City of Alpena and Thunder Bay Shores Marine have reached a new, three-year contract agreement after the city reviewed its management options at the Small Boat Harbor. The city owns the harbor and leases it to Thunder Bay Shores Marine, allowing the contractor to collect ...

Classic cars on display

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Mall was the host to a car show on Tuesday and people walked up and down the rows of vintage and modern hot rods. There were also a few project cars that were still undergoing restoration.

Diver presentation Thursday at sanctuary

ALPENA — The first woman to scuba dive in all 50 states will give a presentation Thursday at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Visitor’s Center. The presentation happens at 6 p.m. Jennifer Idol has been diving in the sanctuary in Thunder Bay to photograph some of the ...

Hillman road, bandshell projects advance

HILLMAN — There are going to be different projects completed in Hillman throughout the next couple of months. The Hillman Village Council discussed the projects during its meeting on Tuesday. President Myron McIntire said the Montmorency County Road Commission is going to be fog-sealing ...

Toaster on fire

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Alpena police and fire department responded to a call of smoke coming from a residence on East Washington Avenue on Monday. The firefighters removed a toaster from the house.

Fees continue to climb for city, township litigation

ALPENA — The water and sewer litigation between City of Alpena and Alpena Township is well into its fourth year and consultant and attorney bills continue to pile up. During Monday’s Alpena Municipal Council meeting, the council voted 4-0 to pay City Attorney Bill Pfeifer $70,000 for ...

Volunteers drive festival

ALPENA — A large reason the Michigan Brown Trout Festival has been able to endure for the last 44 years is because of the dedication of volunteers, service groups and sponsors, festival organizers say. But some say it’s getting harder to find volunteers, without whom it is likely the ...

Brown Trout Festival Tournament Leaderboard

Brown Trout Seth Haugerud 6.40 Shawn Murphy 4.85 Michelle Hansen 3.85 Robert Westenbarger 3.80 Salmon Phil Smigelski 18.75 Douglas Hopp 15.60 Nick Stoinski 14.90 Eric Kruczynski 13.95 Lake Trout Brad Skiba 15.80 Joe Hauff 14.95 Paul Deyoung 14.95 Trent Bruski ...

Kinser formally charged with murder of brother

ATLANTA — Mark Kinser was on Monday formally arraigned on a charge of open murder for allegedly killing his brother earlier this year. Mark Kinser was arraigned in 26th Circuit Court. He’s accused of killing his brother, Brian Kinser, in the early morning hours of April 21 at a ...