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In their pajamas

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Left to right, fifth-graders Meladie Parr, Callie Brousseau, and Connor Cameron stand in front of the Besser Elementary sign Thursday. The three students were wearing their pajamas for Pajama Day and they’re the three students who help change the school’s sign ...

APS to focus on K-1 reading program

ALPENA — Meaghan Gauthier, director of curriculum, instruction, assessment/state and federal programs for Alpena Public Schools, announced during Tuesday’s curriculum and technology committee meeting that a bid was received for the K-1 summer reading program. A request for proposal was ...

PI County to buy new election equipment

ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle County will have new election equipment soon. “As I’ve been talking about the last year the state has made us buy new election equipment and this is county wide. In order for me to proceed into the grant contract with the State Bureau of Elections I need ...

Airport could see new charter air service

ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners Airport Committee voted 3-0 to agree to a plan that could lead to a new charter air service opening and operating out of one of the hangars at the airport during its meeting Thursday. Before the project can move forward there will need to ...

NEMROC changes with the times

ALPENA — The North Eastern Michigan Rehabilitation and Opportunity Center employs nearly 140 people and in order to make sure each employees hours and position are not cut, administration at the plant is always seeking new products to produce and services to sell. It now offers gadgets ...

AMA ESD board passes resolution in support of literacy

ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational School District Board of Education passed a resolution on Thursday in support of participating in the Literacy Essentials Collaboration. Superintendent Scott Reynolds said during his report that literacy achievement is important for ...

ACC orientation

News Photo by Jordan Spence Alpena Community College Director of Admissions Mike Kollien leads orientation for students Thursday at Van Lare Hall.

Alcona Community Schools looks at use of 110 acres

ALCONA — Alcona Community Schools owns 110 acres of land, and in the coming months will have the land surveyed. Superintendent Dan O’Connor told the school board Monday that surveying the land, a piece on Stockton Road and another in Caledonia Township, will be assessed to determine ...

Hoopin’ it up

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Quentin Hubert, 8, and Ethan Sahr, 8, hula hoop at the Boys and Girls Club on Wednesdayafternoon.

Montmorency board takes step toward opioid litigation

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners took another step in its decision to join the opioid litigation it has been discussing for a couple weeks. Chairman Daryl Peterson and Vice Chair Dave Wagner spoke to county attorney Bryan Graham and after speaking to him, decided ...

NLA begins year with deficit

ALPENA — When Northern Lights Arena was built it, wasn’t done so to be highly profitable, but instead to collect enough revenue and make enough profit to save for a rainy day and make improvements over time. For the last several years the arena has struggled to be profitable and will ...

PI County board selects legal counsel

ROGERS CITY — Former Presque Isle County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Kwiatkowski will now serve as the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners and elected officials legal counsel. The board of commissioners approved the contract at Wednesday’s meeting. “We’ve been advised on ...

Students receive sneak peek at TBIFF films

ALPENA — Alpena High School students were able to receive a sneak peek of Thunder Bay International Film Festival films Wednesday. The students were divided into a few sessions to watch various films offered at the festival later this month. Education and Outreach Coordinator Sarah ...

School-to-work program finds success in Alcona

ALCONA — Several Alcona High School students are getting first-hand work experience, exploring career options and class credit thanks to a unique program. Alcona Community School’s director of innovations and athletics, Tami Bonzheim, Alcona Community Schools’ director of ...

Montmorency board approves DHHS funding

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners dicussed with John Keller of the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday the board deciding to cut the social welfare fund from the county’s 2018 budget. Chairman Daryl Peterson spoke with Keller after last week’s ...

Road commission OKs residency policy update

LINCOLN — The Alcona County Road Commission discussed updating the residency policy for employees, were informed of a machine purchase, discussed the computer security update and approved the combined cost of $228,124 for purchase of new trucks. Managing Director Jesse Campbell ...

Official: ‘Plaza Pool will be stronger this year’

ALPENA — For all of the positive things that happened at Plaza Pool in 2017, it only took one unexpected leak to throw a monkey wrench in its finances and operations. Synchronizations Management owner Norm Sommerfeld said he anticipates the pool will bounce back and finances will be ...

HUNT sets focus for 2018

ALPENA — The goals for the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team in 2018 will be the same as they were last year, prevent overdose deaths, build and strengthen the team and keep dangerous narcotics off the street. HUNT covers Alpena, Montmorency, Alcona and Presque Isle counties and works with ...

Senior center to host Alzheimer’s support group

ALPENA— Alzheimer’s is a well-known disease, the most common form of dementia though progress of treatment of the disease would tell otherwise. Deteriorating the brain slowly that begins with general forgetfulness and worsens to forgetting how to swallow or breathe, no one has survived ...

Learning to play sports

News Photo by Beth Gohs Violet Schultz participates in Kid’s Fitness and Nutrition Club of Alpena where “Littles” 18 months through five years old play introduction sports and have the opportunity to prepare healthy snacks in kitchen exploration. “When they start at a young age and ...