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Lessons our mothers taught us

ALPENA —This weekend, we celebrate mothers, those life-giving, comfort-bringing, knowledge-sharing, heartwarming women who make the world go ‘round. In honor of Mother’s Day, The News journalists pay tribute to their mothers by remembering the lessons they taught. Happy Mother’s Day ...

Judge: Trial to stay in Alpena

ALPENA—A trial scheduled to begin Monday will be held in Alpena, despite a motion requesting a change of venue by the attorney for defendant Nicholas Skaluba. In the opinion offered by 46th Circuit Court Judge George Mertz, the defense’s concerns were said to be valid but speculative, ...

Parents plan ‘takeover’ of RC school meeting

ROGERS CITY — There will be more people in attendance at Monday’s Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education meeting because of alleged issues involving bullying in the district. Rogers City residents are planning a “Board of Education meeting takeover” at Monday’s meeting, ...

RC moves forward on pension bonds

ROGERS CITY – Rogers City officials continue to move forward with their plans to issue bonds to address the city’s pension debt. The City Council agreed to hire Hilltop Securities as the underwriter of the bonds, which Mayor Scott McLennan said came at the recommendation of PFM, the ...

Pied Piper celebrates prom

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Lots of people dance at the Pied Piper School Spring Prom at the APlex on Friday. Students also enjoyed dinner, dessert, and a photo booth for those in attendance.

BIZ BRIEFS

Dollar General opens in Hubbard Lake A new Dollar General store has opened at 1697 W. Hubert Road in Hubbard Lake, the company said in a news release. An official grand opening ceremony happens beginning at 8 a.m. today with free prizes and special deals. “Dollar General is committed ...

Guest speaker Wednesday at Alpena First Assembly

At 7 p.m. May 15, Alpena First Assembly of God, 164 N. Ripley Boulevard, will host a special guest speaker from Romania, Marian Paduret, president of Association Valoare Plus, a Christian organization serving young people in Moldova. Paduret will share his life story, which includes growing ...

‘Not a solo adventure’

ALPENA — Be courageous, be extraordinary, be kind, be balanced, and be grateful was the message business faculty member Lois Darga delivered to graduates in her commencement speech during Alpena Community College’s 2019 Commencement. ACC had a total of 337 candidates for graduation ...

APS’s last day of school June 14

ALPENA — Families in Alpena Public Schools can now start preparing for the summer, because the last day of school is official. The APS Board of Education on Thursday set June 14 as the last day of school, pending Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature of a bill that would forgive four snow ...

Skaluba’s attorney seeks change of venue

ALPENA — The attorney for Nicholas Skaluba filed a motion seeking a change of venue for Skaluba’s jury trial for sexual assault charges, which is scheduled to begin next week in Alpena. Citing a story published in The Alpena News on May 4, combined with strong community sentiment, ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of May 1-7 Deputies made 45 traffic stops, issuing 38 warnings and 7 citations. They received 34 complaints and made 18 police ...

DARE honors supporters

Courtesy Photo Staff of Northern Promotions proudly display the DARE flag as important sponsors of the Alpena Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program. For the past several years, Kevin Rogers, owner of Northern Promotions, has donated about 300 picture frames to the program to display each ...

Excel club visits Capitol

The Wildcat Exchange Excel Club attends the Michigan Trust Fund Child Abuse Prevention Rally in Lansing on April 25. Students had conversations with state Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and state Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, the two lawmakers who represent Alpena. They “planted” pinwheels, the ...

Huron-Manistee firefighter named Unsung Hero

Courtesy Photo In this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Chris Peterson, center, receives the USDA Unsung Hero Award from Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky and Forest Service Acting Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry Patti Hirami. Peterson, ...

The forgotten troops

ARCHANGEL, Russia — As World War I was in its later months, President Woodrow Wilson was approached by leaders of Great Britain and France, who were seeking more troops to defend their borders against Germany. Wilson directed the War Department to send 5,500 troops from Battle Creek’s Fort ...

‘We’ve got a lot to learn from it’

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools has no Plan B in place after voters on Tuesday widely rejected a $63 million bond proposal, Superintendent John VanWagoner said, because the district Board of Education had never discussed that prior to the election. He said Wednesday they put the needed ...

A trooper of the woods

ALPENA — The vast and beautiful woods and waters of Alpena County are safer because Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Jessie Curtis is on the job. Growing up with a father in law enforcement, Curtis always knew she wanted to follow in his footsteps. ...

‘We leave as nurses’

News Photo by Julie Riddle Licensed practical nurse graduates recite “The Nightingale Pledge” at the Alpena Community College Department of Nursing LPN and registered nurse pinning ceremony on Wednesday evening at Park Arena on ACC’s campus. “We leave as nurses,” graduate Kennedy ...

ROV contest Saturday in Alpena

ALPENA — A day of hands-on learning awaits more than 12 teams from around the state who will participate in the annual ROV Maritime Advanced Technology Engineering competition Saturday at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. The competition kicks off at 9:30 a.m., with the first ...

Besser students release salmon

News Photo by Julie Goldberg From left to right, Besser Elementary School fifth-graders Alayna Krey, Danyelle Daniels, and Madison Deschamps release a salmon on Wednesday into the Thunder Bay River. The white material at the base of the steps is foam from the river.