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Board of ed approves contract with MLI

ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education approved to enter into a contract of $6,500 with the Michigan Leadership Institute (MLI) to facilitate strategic planning with the AMA ESD. Superintendent Scott Reynolds said that the last time the ...

Soft and cuddly

News Photo by Jason Ogden Alcona Humane Society volunteer Angie Germond works with a kitten at the society’s shelter in Lincoln Thursday. According to Manager Jenna Richardson the shelter is full.

Hunters to show off bucks at buck pole

ALPENA — Hunters in Alpena will have an opportunity to show off their bucks on opening day and hunters and non-hunters will be able to admire them thanks to Dr. David Dargis. For the seventh consecutive year Dargis will be hosting a buck pole for the hunters, but also a party to ...

Road commission to move forward with building fix

LINCOLN — The Alcona County Road Commission voted unanimously to allow an engineer to move forward with designs and bids for an awning project to fix a flaw with the recently build facility. Other proposed projects, like a new truck washing facility and parking lot modifications, have ...

Construction begins at Rogers City ambulance garage

ROGERS CITY — Construction has started on the addition to the ambulance garage. Rogers City Council member Scott McLennan discussed the addition at the regular board meeting Tuesday. “They started to put in the footings. They’re working on the addition to the ambulance garage. ...

Alpena elections show strong voter turnout

ALPENA — Though there were few items on the ballot for both the City of Alpena and Alpena County, there was a strong turnout at the polls Tuesday according to statistics. With only the proposed jail millage on the ballot for most of the townships and pair of Alpena Municipal Council ...

Monument to honor Ossineke men killed in action

OSSINEKE — The Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox monuments stationed at the entrance of Ossineke soon will be joined by a new monument honoring Ossineke military veterans who were killed in action in two wars. Friday wooden mockups of copper plaques that eventually will be affixed to the ...

Alpena VFW Post to host fundraiser event Saturday

ALPENA — In an effort to raise money for the the Alpena Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2496, organizers are holding a raffle and other events Saturday to coincide with Veterans Day. Post member Danielle Hunter is organizing the event that will take place at the post building beginning at ...

Laying cable

News Photo by Jason Ogden Christ Cooper of Verita Telecommunications of Plymouth operates a horizontal drilling machine on Third Avenue Wednesday. The crew were installing new fiber optic lines along the avenue and under Hobbs Drive according to crew foreman Tim Cooper.

PI begins talking about HUNT

ROGERS CITY — The discussion to bring the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team back to Presque Isle County has started. The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners discussed the relationship between HUNT and the country at the its meeting Wednesday. “I got a call from one of the ...

Rogers City to give notice of eviction for tower

ROGERS CITY — An eviction notice soon will be served to the company that still has equipment on the former water tower. City Attorney Michael Vogler discussed the notice at during city council’s meeting Tuesday. “We did submit an application (Tuesday) for an eviction order for ...

Montmorency begins budget process with sheriff department

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners began discussions on the 2018 budget for the sheriff’s department with Sheriff Chad Brown and Undersheriff Brian Crane. “Since the sheriff’s department is the longest budget, we went through it first,” Chairman Daryl ...

Officials pleased with surcharge results

ATLANTA — Montmorency County voters approved a 911 surcharg, 677-520 Tuesday and county officials are pleased with the results. “I am happy that the surcharge increase passed,” 911 Director/Administrative Assistant Donna Baranyai said. “It makes me really proud to live in a ...

Waiting for voters

News Photo by Jason Ogden Volunteer poll workers JoAnn LeTourneau, left, and Dottie Wagner eagerly await voters to come to the 1st Precinct polling place at the APlex in Alpena Tuesday. Voters cast their ballots to decide city issues as well as a county millage for a new jail.

Jail millage passes

ALPENA — It was close, but voters in Alpena County approved a 20-year millage that will cover the payment of bonds to be used for a new jail built near Alpena County Regional Airport. The millage passed 2,855-2,318. The final vote total will be finalized by the board of canvassers, which ...

Voters choose Johnson, Hess as council members

ALPENA — There will be only a slight change on Alpena Municipal Council following Tuesday’s election results. Incumbent Cindy Johnson was re-elected for another term and write-in candidate Amber Hess edged Rick Rafferty, who also ran as a write-in. Hess will replace Councilman Shawn ...

Fishing

News Photo by Jordan Spence Jason Smolski and Logan Momrik fish along the Thunder Bay River in Alpena Tuesday.

Village officials outline need for storm sewer maintenance plan

LINCOLN — Officials with the Village of Lincoln have highlighted the need for continued maintenance of village storm drains. Village President Phil Jordan discussed the need Monday during a village council meeting. He said as the village’s Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ...

DDA says no to paid parking

ALPENA — It could be a long time before there is paid parking in downtown Alpena. At Tuesday’s Alpena Downtown Development Authority meeting, Chairman Mike Mahler provided an update on the idea, which was discussed at a recent parking committee meeting. The idea, which has been floated ...

Council expresses concern on blight from fires

LINCOLN — The Lincoln Village Council will work to address properties that are considered blight after fires occurred within the village limits. Councilwoman Bonnie Gauthier expressed her concern with a property that burned more than a year ago and has remained in place without a ...