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Caring for Alpena

By JORDAN SPENCE News Staff Writer ALPENA — It wasn’t a hard decision for medical student Anna Kanarr to come back to town. Kanarr is now in her third year of medical school and is in the middle of her six-month clerkship with Dr. Christy Werth at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. ...

Alpena County Fair kicks off today

ALPENA — The Alpena County Fair kicks off at 7 a.m. today and runs through Aug. 11. Livestock will be hauled in this morning, and the first show happens at 9 a.m. Sunday, when large fowl are shown. Gate fees are $2 per person Sunday and Monday and $3 per person the rest of the week, ...

Allor calls for Line 5 closure

ALPENA — A recent report of damage to Enbridge Line 5 oil and natural gas pipeline was the final straw for state Rep. Sue Allor, who is now calling for the closure of the dual pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac. Allor has shown patience while studies were conducted and a ...

Alpena is tops for political stops

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan has been a popular stop for both Republican and Democratic candidates jockeying for position in the upcoming primary election on Tuesday and general election in November. Earlier this week, Tom Leonard, a Republican candidate for attorney general, visited ...

Morgan guilty of 2017 killing of his relative

ATLANTA — Harold James Morgan was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday for killing his 20-year-old great niece last year. The trial took three days, with Morgan taking the stand on Wednesday. Morgan admitted that he killed his niece but said he didn’t remember everything ...

Alpena-area school board races shaping up

ALPENA — Candidates have filed to run for area school boards in November general election. Alpena Public Schools will have three people running for reelection: Jackie Krawczak, Thomas Hilberg, and Ned Heath. Krawczak, who is currently the APS board vice president, was elected in the ...

Nautical fest continues today

The Rogers City Nautical Festival wraps up this weekend. Here’s a look at some of the events: Today 7 a.m. - Register for Run/Walk for Health; starts at 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Classic car show at Westminster Park, with cruise to follow 9:30 a.m. - Games for ages 3-10 at the ...

Harrisville explorers learn about invasive species

HARRISVILLE — July 31 was the beginning of Stop the Invasives week at Harrisville State Park. The event, part of the park’s weekly Explorer Programs for kids, featured programing aimed at teaching kids about the invasive species found in Michigan and what they can do to help, explorer ...

Hillman V-J Day celebration kicks off Friday

HILLMAN — Next weekend is the 73rd annual V-J Day celebration in Hillman to celebrate the United States’ victory over Japan in World War II. The weekend celebration begins on Friday with the white elephant and bake sale at St. Augustine Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The V-J Day ...

Alcona Library celebrates Frog Day with stories, crafts, prizes, smiles

HARRISVILLE — As the end of summer nears, the Alcona County Library continued summer programming for kids with their Frog Day storytime and crafts event on Friday. More than a dozen kids arrived for a story, crafts and treats all relating to frogs. Library staff read the book “Dog ...

Chamber to host Good Mid-Day Alpena event Fri.

The Alpena Chamber of Commerce will host a Good Mid-Day Alpena from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridayat Art in the Loft, 109 N. 2nd Ave. The event will feature information on government programs and information about the role government plays in our lives and businesses, according to a news release ...

Alpena Sportsmen’s Club offers hunter safety class; registration Aug. 16

The Alpena Sportsmen’s Club is offering its last hunter safety class of the year before the fall hunting season begins. Registration happens from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, with classes happening from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 20 to 23. The class is free. For more information, call Pete Demos at ...

Alpena company to help cancer patients with house cleaning

Your Girl Friday!, an “eco-friendly residential and commercial cleaning company” in Alpena, has announced a new partnership with Cleaning for a Reason, a nonprofit that offers cleaning services to families struggling with cancer. Through the partnership, the local cleaner will work with ...

If these stones could talk

Imagine if gravestones could talk the stories they would tell. Stories about how during prohibition bootleggers would hide their booze in the hollowed base of gravestones made from zinc. Or how a large stone anchor resting above a grave site continues to memorialize a local man’s affinity ...

Kids search for big solutions to climate change

ALPENA — At a recent Visualizing Climate Change workshop, it wasn’t the time for kids to think small. The participants were encouraged to think of big answers to address climate change. The program is one offered through the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and they partnered ...

Alpena caregivers offered training in trauma

ALPENA — Previous participants of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network curriculum for caregivers said anyone who deals with children should attend trauma training. “I would say anyone from foster parents, to teachers; if you work with kids you need to understand their ...

Fun in the park

News Photo by Jordan Spence Ellie Austin, 5, plays with a flying disc at Duck Park on Thursday in Alpena.

AMA ESD begins new bus contract

ALPENA — Wednesday marked the beginning of a contract between the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District and Dean Transportation Inc. after the AMA ESD terminated their agreement with Thunder Bay Transportation Authority in May. AMA ESD Superintendent Scott Reynolds said ...

Dinosaur Gardens raises money to fight cancer

OSSINEKE — On Thursday at the Dinosaur Gardens in Ossineke, Connie and Gary Stephan held their sixth annual Putt Putt for a Cure Relay for Life event. You may recognize Connie as the owner of Connie’s Cafe in Ossineke, which she has owned for nearly 38 years and where she met her ...

AHS teaches bots to kids

ALPENA — Alpena High School is hosting local elementary school robotics teams this week for a VEX IQ Robotics camp to help prepare the teams for the upcoming robotics season. Throughout the week, teams will participate in different challenges after they work to build their robots. The ...