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ACC buys foreign language software for students, community

ALPENA — There is now Rosetta Stone at Alpena Community College for anyone to use to learn new languages. There are 16 languages in the college’s Rosetta Stone library, including French, German, Spanish, Latin, and Japanese. Karol Walchak, ACC instructor and adviser of the ...

New beer launches Saturday, to raise funds for Boys and Girls Club

ALPENA — A couple of local businesses and some generous Alpena residents are raising a glass to supporting charitable organizations. As part of an auction supporting the United Way in September, Huron Distributors of Alpena offered the winning bidder the chance to create their own beer, ...

Students earn scholarship for Europe trip

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Eight Alpena Community College students received the Robert Wisner Scholarship. They were each awarded $1,000 to help with their trip to Europe in June. Students awarded were Adrienne Puryear, Tatum Moran, Sia Kolokithas, Crystal Green, Andre Gagnon, Nick Jones, ...

Political junkie gets a front-row seat

LANSING — I was a late bloomer, in terms of when I began to understand politics and how government works and began voting. Oh, how that was changed after I began working at the paper. If you ask my wife, Andrea, to describe my fascination with government, she would likely tell you I am ...

Water-sewer mediation fails, dispute continues

ALPENA — The ongoing dispute over water and sewer rates between the Charter Township of Alpena and the City of Alpena will continue at the Michigan Court of Appeals after recent court-ordered mediation was unsuccessful, according to a news release from the city. Township and city ...

New AmeriCorps members join sanctuary

ALPENA — Two new AmeriCorps members are settling into their positions at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where they will continue to connect with the community through educational outreach. Education Specialist Kellie Wasikowski and Education Coordinator Adam Ziani will ...

APS to begin spending Marshall Plan money

ALPENA — Thanks to a $1.9 million Marshall Plan for Talent grant from the state, school districts within Alpena, Alcona, and Montmorency counties can purchase new equipment to help provide the best opportunity for students to prepare for careers after high school. On Monday, the Alpena ...

Runaway cow returned

Courtesy Photo This photo, provided by Nancy Abram, shows a cow that ran away from Standard Provision on Monday. Alpena County Animal Control Officer Michelle Reid said the cow was safely found Wednesday morning. She said tips helped her find the cow near Barrington Drive near Thunder Bay ...

Alpena residents still digging out

ALPENA — Meteorologist Tim Locker with the National Weather Service in Gaylord said a heavy snow storm tapered off around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning after dropping 7 inches of snow at Alpena County Regional Airport. During the storm, gusty winds caused blowing and drifting snow, resulting in ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of Feb. 4-10 102 complains were handled Car/Deer: 9 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 12 Medical: 23 Personal Protection Order Violation: 1 Warrant ...

A lesson on cyber safety

Courtesy Photo Michigan State Police Community Service Trooper Ashley Simpson and Thunder Bay Junior High School Liason Deputy Christina Bednarski speak to Erin Andrews’ and Christin Sobeck’s health classes about cyber safety and cyber bullying on Monday.

Alcona Co. boosts sheriff’s tech

HARRISVILLE — Being a small county in remote northern Michigan doesn’t mean being behind the times when it comes to technology, at least not for the Alcona County Sheriff’s Department. Alcona County, ranking 75th in the state with its 10,000-some residents, proudly bills itself as ...

Whitmer: State roads, education in crisis

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a “real solution” to fix the roads and touting a tuition-free plan that would help high school graduates ...

Father, son in court on hunting gear theft charges

ROGERS CITY —A father and son were in court Tuesday in relation to recent hunting thefts in Presque Isle County. Christopher Marino, 51, was arraigned in 89th District Court on charges of receiving and concealing stolen property, consisting of a variety of hunting-related items that had ...

RC student attends State of the State

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Rogers City High School junior Caitlynn Shadbolt, 17, at far right, sits with state Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, second from right, and other state officials while they discuss the budget for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday in the ...

Harrisville hires ‘go-getter’ for DPW

HARRISVILLE — The City of Harrisville has hired a new employee for its Department of Public Works. The City Council voted unanimously to hire Logan Tompkins, of Killmaster, during its regular monthly meeting on Monday. The city will pay Tompkins $11 an hour, but is not offering any ...

Foundations seek public input on Great Lakes

ALPENA — The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan has partnered with shoreline community foundations and conservation partners from the U.S. and Canada to create a regional plan of action on the long-term health of the Great Lakes, the foundation said in a news release. The regional ...

POLICE BLOTTER

A roundup of recent activity from law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Alarms: 8 Animal Control: 7 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Kinser gets up to 40 years

ATLANTA — A dozen residents sat quietly in the 26th Circuit Court courtroom in Atlanta on Monday as Judge Michael Mack sentenced Mark Kinser to 16 to 40 years in prison for the murder of his brother, Brian, in Mark’s home in Briley Township. Mark and Brian’s mother, Marsha, kneaded ...

Several organizations closing early because of weather

Places closing early today because of the weather conditions: Alpena Community College closed at noon Alpena County Library at noon Northern Lights Arena at 1 p.m. The Michigan Works! Service Center in Onaway at noon Alpena Township offices at noon Meetings cancelled for tonight: The ...