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Photo by Crystal Nelson Jackie Langlois of Alpena, left, and Carol Degen of Hubbard Lake, right, sift through some used books on Saturday at The Alpena News Business Expo and Newspapers in Education book sale. Proceeds from the sale help put newspapers in classrooms in Alpena, Posen and ...

When Alpena dressed America’s women

ALPEN — By the late 1920s and into the 1930s, you could find Alpena-manufactured dresses in Montgomery Ward catalogs and department stores across America, such as J.L. Hudson, Marshall Fields, Kaufmanns in the Midwest, Gimbels, Macy’s on the east coast, Rich in the South and Robinsons in ...

Memories from a former Alpena Garment Co. employee

EDITOR’s NOTE: The following is based, in part, upon a December 2015 Northeast Michigan Oral History Archive from Alpena’s Fletcher Public Library with Clairse (Kramer) Grzenkowicz. She turns 100 years old June 8. Clairse Grzenkowicz joined the Alpena Garment Co. when she was 16 years ...

Presque Isle County Commissioners explore recycling possibilities

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners are working to negotiate a recycling contract so it can continue to keep recycling available to residents. The county’s recycling contract with Emmet County expired in August, according to County Clerk Ann Marie Main. ...

Groundhog Day Fat Tire Bike race

Courtesy Photo Bikers from across the state participated in the 2019 Groundhog Classic Fat Tire Bike Race on Saturday, with the race starting at Austin Brothers Brewery. The event was hosted by the Thunder Bay Trails Association and Harborside Cycle and Sport. In the men’s category, ...

Seeking the homeless

The younger woman with brown hair and intense, wide-set eyes thumped her palm on the table. “You want to describe a homeless person?” she said. “Describe me.” Victoria Purvis is the housing program supervisor at the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency. She knows what ...

City: Clear snow from hydrants

ALPENA —During a fire, only a few minutes can be the difference between someone losing their home or firefighters being able to save the structure and any people who may be inside. Unfortunately, after large snowfall events such as the one Michigan and much of the Midwest saw this week, ...

Back in business … and busy

News Photo by Julie Riddle Postal employee Lisa Phipps, of Alpena, loads packages Friday as mail service resumes after being suspended for two days because of bitterly cold temperatures across the Midwest. The Alpena post office was short a few carriers on Friday, according to Phipps, adding ...

Special assessment to fund township road repairs

ALPENA TOWNSHIP —The Charter Township of Alpena and the Alpena County Road Commission have entered into an agreement that will lead to a special assessment on some residents for the reconstruction of several roads in the township. According to Road Commission Managing Director Larry ...

Brew Haus coming to Harrisville this spring

HARRISVILLE — A new restaurant and brewpub in Harrisville could be just what the city needs to revitalize its business community. At least that’s what principal owner Sandy Arens hopes will happen when the Alcona Brew Haus opens this spring. Arens decided to open a brewpub with her ...

Area events planned for Heart Month

In honor of February, which is American Heart Month, McLaren Northern Michigan is organizing several free heart-healthy activities across northern Michigan, the hospital said in a news release. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease, the news release said. Across the ...

Where giving gives more

ALPENA — Sometimes, a good deal is a good deal more than you bargained for. Alpena-area thrift-store junkies already know about the joys of scouring the racks at Alpena’s St. Vincent DePaul secondhand store for an irresistible bargain. What the store’s shoppers may not know is the ...

Alpena-area gas unaffected by Consumers emergency

ALPENA — Alpena-area utilities were not directly affected by a fire at a natural gas compressor station that prompted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday to ask all Michiganders to lower their thermostats to preserve the state’s natural gas supply. But officials from Northeast Michigan ...

How much will APS’s proposal cost you?

ALPENA — If voters in May approve Alpena Public Schools’ request for permission to borrow up to $63 million for building renovations, property owners would likely be taxed a total of 3.7 mills next year — or about $185 for the owner of a $100,000 house —to pay off the district’s ...

Judge: 3rd Skaluba accuser can testify

ALPENA — A third woman who has accused Nick Skaluba of sexual assault will be allowed to testify during Skaluba’s trial, a judge has ruled. The trial, which was slated to begin on Feb. 11, has been temporarily adjourned so the defense can have more time to review evidence gathered during ...

Township opts out of marijuana sales

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Charter Township of Alpena has joined a long list of municipalities in Michigan who have decided to opt out of a portion of the new recreational marijuana law that passed in November. At Thursday’s township Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees voted to pass an ...

Kids stay in from the dangerous cold

ALPENA — Students in Northeast Michigan — or pretty much every student in the state — have not had school this week because of heavy snow and extreme cold temperatures. So students have had to find activities to pass the time. The Boys and Girls Club of Alpena was open Wednesday ...

‘Unprecedented’

ALPENA — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” say the words chiseled in gray granite over the doorway of the main New York City post office. While not the official motto of the U.S. Postal ...

APS seeks $63M

ALPENA — In May, Alpena County voters will decide the fate of a multimillion-dollar bond proposal after the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution calling for an election. Board members decided to ask voters to OK the sale of up to $63 ...

Business Expo, book sale Saturday at APlex

ALPENA — The Alpena News Business Expo and Newspapers in Education Book Sale offers people from around Northeast Michigan the chance to learn more about local businesses while helping provide students newspapers is their classrooms. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the ballroom at ...