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Brian Calley to visit Alpena for diverse workforce event Former lieutenant governor Brian Calley will speak Oct. 17 at Alpena Community College for an event focused on building a diverse workforce, the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce said in its newsletter. Registration has not yet ...

The hunt is on

When the State of Michigan introduced the fall youth hunt, also known as the Liberty Hunt, it was done to expose children and teens to the sport of deer hunting hoping it would morph into a life long recreational activity. The hunt is taking place this weekend and it is expected the ...

A celebration of peace

News Photo by Darby Hinkley A group of children surround the Peace Pole dedicated Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena. The pole was designed and painted by Ginny Titus, seen smiling behind the children in this photo. It was dedicated as part of the Alpena Peace Coalition’s 30 Days ...

Brown steps down from ESD board

ALPENA — Kevin Brown resigned from the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education on Thursday, citing medical reasons. Brown, who was elected to the board in 2014, resigned because of a medical issue that came up that would limit his abilities, he said. ...

User error causes twisted metal

ALPENA — Drivers would be well-advised to grip the wheel a little tighter and display a little more caution when headed to pick up a vacuum filter and package of socks. Since 2015, at least 24 crashes have been reported at the intersections on M-32 in Alpena between Bagley and the Home ...

Library renovation begins

ALPENA — The first phase of a renovation project to improve Alpena County Library began on Thursday as a portion of the new heating and cooling system was installed on the roof. The library will soon release to the public visuals of what the project should look like once complete. The ...

PI County keeps recycling for now

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners will allow the county’s recycling program to continue for now, despite the fact the county isn’t breaking even. Commissioners during a workshop on Thursday took a hard look at the county’s recycling program, debating ...

‘Take me out to the ball game’

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz MediLodge of Greenview Activities Director Stacey Morrison hands a baseball spinner to a resident ready to take her turn as residents of MediLodge of Greenview and MediLodge Alpena play an indoor version of baseball against one another on Thursday at MediLodge ...

Crawling around town

News Photo by Julie Goldberg People enjoy the Alpenopoly Grub Crawl Thursday night at Pompeyos. The event allowed people to try the offerings at the19th Hole, Court Yard, CW’s, Joe’s Bar, Latitudes, Nowicki’s Sausage Shoppe, Players, Pompeyos, Thunder Bay River Restaurant and Thunder ...

Allor invites family of fallen firefighter to 9/11 ceremony

Courtesy Photo From left to right, Norman, Dennis, Jack (in front), and Barbara Klenow are seen with state Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, at the Capitol on Wednesday. Volunteer firefighter Norman Edward Klenow lost his life in August. House members invited first-responders and military ...

2 hurt in rollover crash

A 73-year-old man and 49-year-old woman were taken to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with minor injuries after a three-car crash Wednesday that caused one car to roll onto its side. The News reported the crash Thursday, but police only released details Thursday afternoon. Police said ...

Police extricate man after crash

News Photos by Steve Schulwitz It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was injured after a three-car rollover crash at the intersection of Ripley Boulevard and 3rd Avenue Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m. Alpena police and firefighters, the Michigan State Police, and Alpena ambulance crews ...

‘Widespread mistreatment’ at ESD, union says

ALPENA — Employees face “widespread mistreatment” at the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District, union officials say. At a June 13 ESD board meeting attended by about 40 employees, for example, a union official criticized district administrators for not allowing a ...

‘Somebody has to get this straightened out’

ATLANTA — Montmorency County department heads on Wednesday criticized the county board’s handling of salary increases. District Court Judge Benjamin Bolser on Wednesday told commissioners “there’s no rhyme or reason” to how they set wages. New employees are sometimes hired in at ...

Knowing the risks

ALPENA — Two Alpena High School students worked Wednesday to raise awareness of the danger of suicide. Juniors Emma Kroll and Rose Grekz sought to help those who may feel suicidal or depressed during Suicide Prevention Week by providing information about the topic. “We’re giving ...

Posen apologizes for swastika at Potato Fest

POSEN — The Posen Chamber of Commerce apologized late Tuesday for a swastika reportedly seen on the vest of a motorcyclist at the Potato Festival parade on Sunday. Images of the swastika circulated on social media Sunday night as several festival attendees criticized the parade, which ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of Sept. 5-10 Deputies made 24 traffic stops, issuing 20 warnings and 4 citations. They received 45 complaints Police runs: ...

‘Forests are cool,’ but don’t predict weather

ALPENA—Trees talk. They just don’t always say what we think they’re saying. Residents in Northeast Michigan may have noticed top-heavy conifers on their walks in the woods this fall. Conifer cones are growing in what look like frightened clusters at the very tops of spruce trees in ...

Car rolls in crash at 3rd, Ripley

ALPENA — It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was injured after a three-car rollover crash at the intersection of Ripley Boulevard and 3rd Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. today Alpena police and firefighters, the Michigan State Police, and Alpena ambulance crews responded. Fire crews needed ...

Township to talk Kmart project again

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Charter Township of Alpena Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting regarding a requested rezoning of the property around the former Kmart on U.S.-23. The zoning change was requested after an Alpena company bought the long-shuttered big-box store and ...