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Erickson named Citizen of the Year

ALPENA — Winning Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award is perhaps the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a person in Alpena. At Thursday’s Annual Chamber Dinner the 2017 winner was announced and the selection was greeted by cheers, applause and whistles. After a brief tease which ...

Learning to watercolor

News Photo by Jordan Spence Ellen LaCross helps Judy McFalda and Carol Klein during a watercolor class Thursday at the Madeline Briggs Center in Alpena.

New terminal plans move forward

ALPENA — Plans for a new terminal at Alpena County Regional Airport continue to move forward and a groundbreaking on the project could happen in the fall. The county, however, is now considering its options on what to do with the current terminal should a new one be built. At ...

Van Lare Hall renovations important to ACC

ALPENA — There are three reasons for the proposed renovations of Van Lare Hall, Alpena Community President Don MacMaster said. “One is the state capital outlay process. The state was interested in funding renovations. They weren’t into funding new buildings. So that was a big piece ...

Sanctuary to recruit new members

ALPENA — The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council would like to recruit new members. Members can be from the fishing, higher education, tourism/recreation, maritime industry/business, and citizens at-large. The council provides the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries ...

Sunny day

News Photo by Jordan Spence Janae MacArthur walks with her daughter Kendall, 3, and dog Levi Wednesday in Alpena.

Council to host annual CIP meeting

ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council and the city planning commission will be hosting their annual capital improvement plan meeting next week to help determine which street, water and sewer, police and fire projects there will be next year. Although the meeting prioritizes projects for the ...

Old water tower in RC to be demolished

ROGERS CITY — The old water tower on Doris Lane is slated to be removed this spring. The removal was discussed at the City of Rogers City Council meeting Tuesday. “You have already approved this once but it was months ago. Basically I need a new agreement because there’s been a ...

Alcona County receives new EMS ambulance

HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners saw the county’s new EMS ambulance during its meeting Wednesday. Scott Rice, Alcona County EMS director, said the price of the ambulance, as is, was $148,000. A power lift and cot cost an additional $42,000, so the total cost was ...

Eating healthy

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Sixth-graders at Thunder Bay Junior High School eat salad and drink punch during their Project Healthy School initiative on Wednesday.

Goals set for Starlite Beach improvements

ALPENA — The City of Alpena’s engineering department has set its goal for when it hopes to get the improvements at Starlite Beach done this year. According to City Engineer Rich Sullenger, the park improvements, which include the construction of a splash park, could be done in time ...

RC approves property tax exemption guidelines

ROGERS CITY — City property tax poverty exemption guidelines were approved by the City of Rogers City Council during its meeting Tuesday. “I told you I’d get input on what other communities are doing. I got information from Harbor Springs, Alpena, from Adrian,” City Manager Joe ...

Hinks fifth-graders to hold fundraiser for trip to Henry Ford Museum

ALPENA — Hinks Elementary School fifth-graders are hosting a Valentine’s Day spaghetti dinner and fundraiser to raise money for their end of the year field trip to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn. “It’s about 400 miles round trip so we need to raise a lot ...

After-school fun

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Anthony Schultz plays with some blocks while at the Boys and Girls Club Wednesday after school.

Township begins medical marijuana dispensary discussions

ALPENA — The Alpena Township Planning Commission held a public input session on Tuesday regarding the township possibly adding medical marijuana facilities in the future. Under the new act Gov. Rick Snyder signed in September, the legislation allows municipalities to choose whether to ...

ACC to raise $6.7M for Van Lare Hall project

ALPENA — Alpena Community College has announced an effort to raise $6.7 million for the college’s Van Lare Hall Center for Health Sciences and Student Success renovation project. The project will provide space and updated technology for the ACC nursing program, including a $1 million ...

Brownfield spurs development on contaminated sites

ALPENA — The City of Alpena’s brownfield redevelopment program offers the city and developers a tool to help complete projects on properties that have environmental issues and are costly to build. Brownfield funds have led to several large-scale developments being completed, which may ...

Road commission putting tracking system in trucks

ALPENA — The Alpena County Road Commission is in the process of putting systems on its trucks to track the location, speed and miles traveled during the winter. Managing Director Larry Orcutt said the road commission has been investigating for several years a fleet maintenance system ...

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 ...