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Tinkering around

News Photo by Jordan Spence Oliver, 11, and Lucy Duthler, 6, play with a 3D pen during Tinker Tuesday at the Alpena County Library.

RC approves letter of consideration of $5K for HUNT

ROGERS CITY — A letter of consideration to put $5,000 toward joining the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team was approved by the City of Rogers City Council Tuesday. Council member Ken Bielas invited a member of HUNT to speak to the council to discuss what it does because of the serious ...

Moving snow piles

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Clean up from the snow storm this weekend in Alpena was still taking place Tuesday, as parking lots had snowbanks removed and people continued to clear off their sidewalks. The forecast for the balance of this week calls for cold temperatures, but a low chance of snow.

Chilly lesson

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Students from the Alpena Community College utility tech program brave the cold Monday to do some work at the top of utility poles on campus.

Twp committee listens to input regarding charter township status

ALPENA — The Alpena Township Charter Committee held a public input session on Monday where it heard township residents’ concerns and thoughts regarding the township changing to a charter township. “The reasons why the board decided to do this are to avoid annexation from the city ...

Council discusses uses for Mich-e-ki-wis Park

ALPENA — Three different decisions were made on Mich-e-ke-wis Park during Monday’s Alpena Municipal Council meeting — one took action, one denied action and one was set aside. The council voted to not move forward with a proposed RV park, but it also voted to allow an improvement to ...

Holocaust storyteller shares mother’s story with TBJH students

ALPENA — Award-winning Michigan storyteller Judy Sima was at Thunder Bay Junior High on Monday and did a presentation about her Holocaust student program, Escape to Freedom. Sima recounted her mother’s journey during the Holocaust and escaping Germany during World War II. She told it ...

RCAS to create position for assistant in financial office

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education approved the creation of a new staff position at special meeting Monday. The position is for an assistant in the finance office of the school. This person will report to Superintendent Nicholas Hein and will work on school ...

Clubs to expand Avenue of Flags

ALPENA — Last year the Alpena Kiwanis Club and Alpena Booster Club partnered to make the Avenue of Flags a reality. After seeing how popular the project was, they are set to expand it in a big way. At Monday’s Alpena Municipal Council meeting council voted 5-0 to allow phase two of the ...

Book sale and biz expo

News Photo by Julie Goldberg The Alpena News NIE Book Sale and Business Expo on Saturday. People came to look at the books that were donated and to talk to local businesses.

PIE&G Communities First Fund awards $12K in local grants

ONAWAY — Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to generously assist area community organizations and individuals through the voluntary round up of their electric and natural gas billings. Member contributions to the Communities First Fund provide funds for grants and ...

A chance to talk shop

ALPENA — Local business owners and some of their employees gathered at the APlex Friday night for the annual Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Expo Exclusive Premier Networking event, which is a kickoff to The Alpena News Business Expo, taking place today from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event, ...

Fewer enplanements due to unforeseen events

ALPENA — Some bad luck at the Alpena County Regional Airport led to a dip in enplanements last month compared to the same time period in 2017. According to Airport Manager Steve Smigelski there were 634 enplanements compared to 666 last year. He said the airport being closed for two full ...

Putting on a play

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Besser Elementary students perform the play The Laboratory of Time on Friday in front of families.

Excitement building with return of band to Hillman school district

HILLMAN — Hillman Community Schools has a new band program and Ben Witter is leading the charge. Witter is teaching broadcasting, music appreciation, and band to Hillman students and, so far, it’s going well for the district. “It’s been really amazing,” Witter said. “It’s been a ...

Seminar to discuss adolescent maturing processes for girls

The MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena Community Outreach Committee is offering Pressure to Be Perfect, a special community program that will focus on common questions girls have about their bodies, their looks and how they feel about themselves. The program will also help adults understand ...

City, township heading to trial

ALPENA — After being unable to reach an agreement over water and sewer rates and litigation, the City of Alpena and Alpena Township are on the verge of going to trial. Judge Michael Mack has a four day trial slated to begin on Feb. 27 and he said is not inclined to delay it, as he did ...

PI County dispatch fond of new 911 equipment

ROGERS CITY — The new Presque Isle County radio dispatch equipment has been installed and is much clearer and reliable than the previous system, Sheriff Bob Paschke said. “It’s the state’s communication system. Basically what it is is there are antennas all over the state and they ...

Recycling center begins preparations for 2 upcoming events

ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners received an update in recycling from Site Manager Stan Mischley during its meeting Tuesday. Mischley talked about a pair of events upcoming as well as a new partner that will purchase some of the tougher to sell plastics. Although the ...

Rogers City board discusses pension issue

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City pension issue was one of the priorities discussed at a special city council meeting Thursday. “The city is woefully underfunded for pension, one of the worst percentages in the state. It has to be addressed,” City Manager Joe Hefele said. He said right ...