Local News

Let the season begin

ALPENA — Walmart and Meijer were packed on Thursday and into today for Black Friday, but the stores were ready for people to come in and shop to get the best sales. Mark Bayliss, store manager of Walmart, said the store gets very busy, but it’s a lot of fun for him and the other ...

Shop till you drop, then help others

ALPENA —As many people choose to do the brunt of their Christmas shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are many who choose to give gifts of money to local charities and community projects on Giving Tuesday in Northeast Michigan. There is no shortage of fundraising that goes on ...

Kinser murder trial set for Feb. 11

ATLANTA — Mark Kinser, who is accused of murdering his brother in April, will go on trial Feb. 11. Judge Michael Mack scheduled the trial during a hearing on Wednesday in 88th District Court. He also scheduled a status conference for Jan. 14 to allow both parties to update the case if ...

What are local students thankful for?

Lucas Thomson, Wilson Elementary, 5th grade Q: What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? A.: I’m thankful for my family and everything that God has given me in the gift of life. Q: How are you spending your break? A: I’m going to be spending a lot of time with my family and my ...

Pool’s finances impacting county

ALPENA — The Plaza Pool in Alpena is still struggling financially and is counting on the county to help it avoid a deficit at year’s end. On Wednesday, the Alpena County Finance Committee voted to recommend to the full board to allocate $15,000 from its general fund to the Plaza Pool ...

Making turkey hats

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Besser Elementary School fifth-grader Emerson Kotting and second-grader Eden Olds make Thanksgiving turkey hats on Tuesday.

Thanksgiving feast

Courtesy Photo Students from St. John Lutheran School in Rogers City participated in an annual tradition spanning over 40 years. Students dress like a pilgrim or Native American, rotated Thanksgiving exploration stations, and feast on a classic Thanksgiving meal prepared by Immanuel, Moltke ...

Firefighters urge caution with turkey fryers

The Alpena Fire Department wants to remind residents of the dangers of turkey fryers and urge special caution in their use. Across the nation, and in Alpena County, fires and injuries are caused every year by careless use of turkey fryers. In 2011, an Alpena man was seriously burned and his ...

Hillman snuffs pot stores

HILLMAN — On Tuesday, the Hillman Village Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting marijuana establishments in the village, a move allowed by a new state law making it legal for residents to use the drug recreationally. The ordinance, which was adopted unanimously, was recommended to the ...

Kinser murder trial set for Feb. 11

ATLANTA – Mark Kinser, who is accused of murdering his brother in April, will go on trial on Feb. 11. Judge Michael Mack scheduled the trial during a hearing on Wednesday in 88th District Court. He also scheduled a status conference for Jan. 14 to allow both parties to update the case if ...

No one hurt in house fire

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Firefighters from Alpena Township continue to work the scene of a house fire on the 2100 block of Werth Road late Tuesday morning, hours after first responding to the 911 call. The blaze was reported at about 6 a.m. Tuesday, the Alpena Township Fire Department ...

Art goes to the dogs

ALPENA — The Thunder Bay Arts Council is about to begin the second phase of its Art Vision Series. The first phase included six sculptures being made and placed around Alpena. It wasn’t immediately clear how many statues might be included in the next phase, but the next statue — made ...

10 priests accused of abuse

By STEVE SCHULWITZ News Staff Writer ALPENA — The Diocese of Gaylord has released a list of 10 priests who are either deceased or removed from public ministry against whom there have been credible and substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The list was compiled after a ...

Elk poaching investigated

ATLANTA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is investigating an alleged elk poaching incident in Montmorency County after two bull elk were recently killed north of Atlanta. Lt. James Gorno, a district law supervisor with the DNR in Gaylord, said both elk were shot sometime on ...

Audit: APS digs out of the hole

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools received received a good audit report for the 2018 fiscal year from the firm Straley, Lamp, & Kraenzlein, on Monday. The district’s revenue was $43 million that year. The district spent $41.5 million from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Accountant ...

Help for the homeless

ALPENA — There is a portion of the population in the Alpena area that we see or have encounters with every day, but we seldom recognize them or their plight. They are those who are homeless and struggle to find a place to lay their heads at night. Each have their own story and reasons ...

ESD makes insurance changes

ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education recently voted to update its plan documents for insurance and retirement purposes. The district is working with the Michigan Retirement Investment Consortium to meet the many Internal Revenue Service ...

Up North blood drives end

ALPENA — The American Red Cross has had to cease blood collection operations throughout the entirety of northern Michigan in response to an industry-wide decline in the need for blood products. In a September statement, Todd Kulman, the media contact for the American Red Cross in Michigan, ...

Snowdrifters club turns 50

ALPENA —In the late 1960s, there was a large uptick in the popularity of snowmobiling and snowmobile racing in Michigan. And it was because of that growing trend that a handful of local snowmobile enthusiasts decided to form the Alpena Snowdrifters Snowmobile Association, which is ...

The importance of water

News Photo by Kaitlin Ryan Friday was the grand opening of the WaterWays Exhibit at the Alcona County Library. A large crowd came out to see the Smithsonian exhibit, which captures the vital need of water in our world. With a variety of displays and interactive screens, visitors can learn ...