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Dog duty

News Photo by Jordan Spence Brooke Roeske walks her dog Sammy Jo in downtown Rogers City Wednesday.

Area braces for another storm

ALPENA — It may be wise to keep snow shovels and bags of salt close because another winter storm in Northeast Michigan is expected to bring significant snow or freezing rain to the area from Friday night until Monday. The National Weather Service in Gaylord said some areas could receive ...

Committee recommends hiring consulting firm to compare bids

ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners Airport Committee didn’t take action on the two proposals submitted by SkyWest Airlines for another two-years of air service at Alpena County Regional Airport. At the recommendation of Airport Manager Steve Smigelski and Alpena Area ...

PI board chooses architect for Ocqueoc Outdoor Center

ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle County has chosen an architect to work on renovations to the Ocqueoc Outdoor Center. The board of commissioners approved the decision during its meeting Wednesday. “We met last Thursday to go over qualifications to go over two applications. We scored them in ...

Alcona to offer full band, choir programs next school year

LINCOLN — Alcona Community Schools Superintendent Dan O’Connor said the school district is in the process of offering band and choir full time for students next school year. “We’re currently in the process of searching for a K-12 music, band and choir director,” O’Connor said. ...

RC council discusses fire hall project

ROGERS CITY — The state of the Rogers City fire hall construction project was discussed at the City of Rogers City Council meeting Tuesday. “(Rogers City Fire Authority is) looking at the construction of this building, and where it stands that unofficially the firemen are looking ...

Caught on camera

News Photo by Jordan Spence A snowy owl perches itself on top of the OsborneKlein Amerprise Financial building Tuesday in downtown Alpena.

Students to plant pinwheels

ALPENA — People may have noticed pinwheels on display around Northeast Michigan this month and when they do, it should encourage them to take steps to help prevent child abuse in our communities and beyond. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the pinwheels serve as a reminder that ...

RC council discusses medical marijuana

ROGERS CITY — The City of Rogers City Council conducted an informational workshop about Michigan Marijuana laws Tuesday. The workshop took place before the regular meeting and was only informational. “I think it’s smart to be proactive and educate ourselves. From what I’ve been ...

APS website now has donation page

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Operations Diane Block spoke to the curriculum and technology committee on Tuesday about a new addition to the school district’s website: a donation page. The donation page was launched a couple weeks ago and Block said it’s ...

CHS to use grant to help families dealing with substance abuse

ALPENA — Catholic Human Services was awarded $449,411 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The grant is for a two year period and will help the agency serve Alpena and Montmorency counties to implement an integrated intervention services model for families who deal with substance ...

Workshop to highlight Lake Huron fishery

ALPENA — Fishers in Northeast Michigan are going to have an opportunity to learn more about issues that are facing the Lake Huron fishery and what steps are being considered to correct them. A workshop is being held April 24 in Rogers City, where scientists and fishing experts will ...

Attorneys to start collecting information for opioid litigation

ATLANTA — In the next couple of weeks, attorney Tim Smith and lawyers from Smith & Johnson of Traverse City will meet with Montmorency County departments regarding the opioid litigation, board Chair Daryl Peterson said during Wednesday’s meeting. Peterson received a letter from ...

Support and condolences

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Northern Lights Arena Manager Keli Werda adjusts a hockey stick that is a tribute to the 15 players from the Humboldt Broncos hockey team who died in a bus accident Friday. Werda said volunteers at the arena were the ones who put up the memorial to show support ...

APS reaps benefits of Bessser Foundation grants

ALPENA — At Tuesday’s Alpena Public Schools Curriculum and Technology Committee meeting, Superintendent Dr. John VanWagoner spoke about the Besser Foundation grants that were awarded to teachers this year. “There are grants that teachers submit that range from $10 all the way to ...

Rush hour accident

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Police Department and Fire Department units responded to a two vehicle, rollover accident at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Chisholm Street Monday. The car made impact with an SUV, which caused it to flip onto its side. The accident, which happened shortly ...

SkyWest bid to include flights to Twin Cities

ALPENA — Sky West Airlines has submitted a bid for air service at Alpena County Regional Airport. The new two-year deal, if approved by United States Department of Transportation, would continue flights to Detroit and possibly add five round-trip flights to Minneapolis. The second ...

Funding for youth and rec dependent on millage renewal

ALPENA — The Alpena County Youth and Recreation Committee will be getting a preview on some of the projects it could be considering later this year during a workshop Wednesday. The funding for the 2019 projects are contingent on the millage being renewed in August. The meeting is an ...

Repairs begin

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Crews began work last week to repair the boardwalk at North Riverside Park in Alpena. The boardwalk collapsed late last summer and should be back open early this summer.

Wirgau leaving RCAS after 30 years

ROGERS CITY — After many years at Rogers City Area Schools teacher Holly Wirgau will retire on June 30. The school board accepted her retirement at its meeting Monday. “I would like to say on her behalf, if there ever was truly a heart and soul of the middle school it would be her. ...