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College night

Courtesy Photo Alpena High School held its annual college night on Tuesday, a scene from which is seen in this photo provided by the school. Representatives from colleges, vocational schools, the military, and local agenices attended the event to answer questions and explain programs to ...

Flying forward

ALPENA — Construction of the new terminal at Alpena County Regional Airport could begin early next week. The needed equipment is already on-site and crews are standing at the ready to begin. Airport Manager Steve Smigelski said there is a pre-construction meeting slated for Monday and he ...

Downtown parking garage considered

ALPENA — The City of Alpena and the Alpena Downtown Development Authority board have been trying to solve the parking issue downtown for many years. During Tuesday’s DDA meeting, Executive Director Anne Gentry said officials are considering construction of a new parking structure. The ...

County sets road priorities

ALPENA — The Alpena County Road Commission has compiled a list of possible future projects that could be completed in the next couple of years. Road work could happen on Wolf Creek Road at Nicholson Hill Road for one mile south; Wolf Creek Road for one mile south to Scott Road; French ...

Alpena to honor fallen firefighters

ALPENA — The Alpena Municipal Council voted 4-0 on Monday to approve a special event called Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters, which will pay tribute to some of the state’s heroes who lost their lives trying to help others. So far this year, 69 firefighters have been killed in ...

Sponsors sought for Haunted Halloween Weekend

HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville State Park is hosting its seventh annual Haunted Halloween Weekend, and there is still time for local businesses to participate. Parks and Recreation Supervisor Eric Ostrander started the event when he first came to the Harrisville park as a way to increase ...

Presque Isle library to host first TEDx event in NE Michigan

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that the TEDx event at the Rogers City Theater runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday. The end time was incorrect in the original version of this story. ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle District Library will host its first TEDx event on Friday ...

Ships ahoy!

Passengers from the MS Hamburg are ferried from the ship to shore in Alpena on Monday, where they went on excursions and enjoyed sights downtown. The Hamburg will make a return stop next week.

A familiar face returns

ALPENA — Hinks Elementary School had a familiar face visiting on Monday. Eric Cardwell, former Besser Elementary School principal and current National Association of Elementary School Principals president, visited Hinks on the last stop of a 2018 road trip tour for the principals ...

Restoring the mural

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Tony Hendrick works to replace panels of the fish mural in downtown Alpena. The original mural was destroyed by wind almost a year ago. The community will be able to help design new fish that will go on the new mural, which should be complete in the spring.

Groups offer support, services for cancer

ALPENA — October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, reminding women nationally to be screened for breast cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., and early detection is one of the critical tools necessary to ...

Night at the Lighthouse happens Friday

ROGERS CITY — The Forty Mile Point Lighthouse Society will host the 17th annual Night at the Lighthouse event on Friday. The lighthouse was going to be torn down in 1996 when it began to deteriorate. But Presque Isle County, with help from the lighthouse society, acquired the deed. In 1998, ...

Alpena High announces Hall of Fame class

Alpena High School has announced three people as inductees into the school’s alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Heidi Wiley, James Marquardt, and Randy Ladkau. Wiley was a 1990 graduate and is current operation manager for Amazon. Marquardt was a 1963 graduate and is an Alpena County ...

‘We’re stretching right now’

ALPENA — Local school districts are fighting a battle this school year of not having enough bus drivers for daily routes, athletic trips, and class field trips. Schools are struggling to find a solution of why there is a bus driver shortage this year. Hillman Community Schools and Atlanta ...

New Youth and Rec projects announced

ALPENA — The recipients of Alpena County Youth and Recreation millage funding for next year has been announced and as in years past, there was more funding requested than money available. The 2018 projects are made possible because voters approved a half-mill renewal to the millage in ...

Overdose drug available to police, public

ALPENA — Local law enforcement agencies are now carrying the opioid reversal drug known as Naloxone, and residents close to anyone struggling with an opioid addiction can buy it at local pharmacies. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported there were an estimated 72,000 drug ...

Sunrise Suds Tap Takeover

News Photos by Darby Hinkley From left, Gage Skierski, Chris Kinsey, Ethan Peltz, and Andrew Daleski, all of Alpena, enjoy their craft beers Saturday at Sunrise Suds Tap Takeover in downtown Alpena.

Closing the gap

ALPENA — The lack of broadband availability is more than an inconvenience in northern Michigan, it is an obstacle to growth, local internet providers said. Without accessibility to the online world, communities are cut off from a wealth of information, connection to people, business ...

Recycling reduced

ALPENA —The Alpena-based company Greenway has decided to do away with a good portion of its recycling service, beginning Monday. The owner, Bob Spagg, said his company will no longer manage recycling drop-off services but will, at least for the time being, continuing curbside pickup. ...

Folk Fest afoot

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe perform at the Thunder Bay Folk Festival on Friday. The festival kicked off Friday and continues today at the Alpena Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Club Showgrounds. Watch Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe perform: ...