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Conklin, Stone, Kowalewsky win in PI

ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle County voters on Tuesday sent Katy Conklin and Erik Stone to November to compete for Presque Isle County probate judge and Vicky Kowalewsky on to the fall in the county register of deeds contest. According to unofficial results, Conklin had 1,243 votes and Stone ...

Up, up and away

News Photo by Kaitlin Ryan Rides were up and running at the Alpena County Fair on Tuesday. The midway will be open through Sunday.

Small Fowl and Swine Show results

Small Fowl results Senior Showmanship Grand Champion - Demi Oliver Reserve Champion - Courtney Krentz Junior Showmanship Grand Champion - Harrison Butch Reserve Champion - Garret McQuarrie Novice Showmanship Grand Champion - Brooklyn Leaym Reserve Champion - Liana Udell Showman ...

Incumbents win Alcona County board seats

HARRISVILLE — According to Tuesday’s unofficial votes, Daniel Gauthier won the Republican nomination in District 1 and Adam Brege won the Republican nomination in District 4 for the Alcona County Board of Commissioners. Unofficial votes had Gauthier win over retired police officer ...

Peters views elk herd in Montmorency County

HILLMAN — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters was in Montmorency County on Tuesday as part of his third annual #RIDEMI motorcycle tour. Peters does his motorcycle tour every year to go to the rural parts of Michigan. He plans to stop at farms and manufacturing facilities during the week. While in ...

Schuette and Whitmer get Alpena area’s nod

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan voters joined those statewide on Tuesday in sending gubernatorial contenders Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer into the November general election. According to unofficial results from Tuesday’s Michigan primary, Schuette, a Republican who is currently state ...

RC officials voice concerns about MSP presence

By JORDAN SPENCE News Staff Writer ROGERS CITY— Rogers City officials said they received many complaints about Michigan State Police presence during the Nautical Festival during the weekend and discussed a resolution calling that presence unnecessary. “It’s important to know that, ...

Lincoln addresses concerns with new boat launch

LINCOLN — At the Lincoln Council meeting on Monday, the public raised concerns over the installment of a new boat launch in Brownlee Lake. A new boat launch was recently installed at Brownlee Lake because of the poor condition of the previous launch. The new boat launch was completed ...

Honoring sacrifice

HILLMAN — Today is National Purple Heart Day, and, across the country, Americans will stop for a moment of silence to honor those who have served the country and suffered injury or the ultimate sacrifice. First recognized as an annual holiday in 2014, it is now observed every Aug. 7. At ...

Number of absentee voters climbing

ALPENA — Voting via absentee ballot is becoming more popular across the nation and the trend is showing in Alpena County as well. Municipal offices have accepted the sealed envelopes containing the ballots for the last several weeks and the number being returned thus far is high. A person ...

Oink! Oink!

ALPENA — Molly MacArthur, 16, said pigs are one of her favorite animals to show at the Alpena County Fair. “I tried quail this year for the first time and I’ve shown horses, cattle, poultry, rabbits,” she said. “Pigs are fun because they’re like big dogs; they have goofy ...

4-H Alpena County Fair Large Fowl and Cattle Show results

Large Fowl Showmanship Results Senior Grand Champion - Lindsey Hoppe Reserve - Courtney Krentz Junior Grand Champion - Mya Klimczak Reserve - Harrison Butch Novice Grand Champion - Casey VanVolkenburg Reserve - Alison Borowski Showman of Showman - Lindsey Hoppe Market ...

City trims its budget deficit by half

ALPENA — The City of Alpena appears to have been able to reduce its projected budget deficit from the 2017-18 fiscal year by more than half and, although the final dollar amounts won’t be known until after the annual budget is done, finances are better than once perceived. Treasurer ...

New millage may be put on Nov. ballot in Presque Isle County

ROGERS CITY — A new property tax proposal may be put on the November ballot to help Presque Isle County maintain its buildings and lighthouses. The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners discussed the ballot language during a workshop on Monday. “We had an attorney (John Axe) ...

‘Pocket park’ coming to Harrisville after Garden Club donation

HARRISVILLE — The Sunrise Garden Club has purchased land for a “pocket park,” and the City of Harrisville will be handling its development going forward. The club initiated the project and collected donations to buy a small, wedge-shaped piece of land near the Harrisville ...

Splish, splash

Courtesy Photo Laura Werner Grehl of Kalamazoo and her daughter Jillian, 18 months old, enjoy the Rotary Splash Park in Alpena. Laura and Jillian are the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Ron Werner of Alpena.

City monitors medical and recreational marijuana issues

ALPENA — As the State of Michigan ramps up its licensing process for medical marijuana businesses, there are training sessions being held which allow government officials an opportunity to learn more about the process and the rights of municipalities. Alpena Planning and Development ...

AHS under construction for new programs

ALPENA — Alpena High School has been under construction this summer for new programs that will start this upcoming school year. One program, Mechatronics and Amp Up, is a two-hour class that combines math and engineering with hands-on training. Students will be able to learn ...

Negwegon to host Meteors and S’mores event

OSSINEKE — Negwegon State Park is hosting a Meteors and S’mores event to line up with the Perseid Meteor Shower from 9 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Located in Ossineke, Negwegon State Park will hosting the event meant to discuss the importance of a dark sky preserve while giving visitors a ...

Alcona teen learns the art of woodworking

HARRISVILLE — John Sharboneau is an Alcona County teen that has turned his carpentry hobby into passion with the help of local mentors. Starting with his great-grandfather, there’s a long history of woodworking in his family. At just nine years old, Sharboneau was already interested ...