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Brew Haus coming to Harrisville this spring

HARRISVILLE — A new restaurant and brewpub in Harrisville could be just what the city needs to revitalize its business community. At least that’s what principal owner Sandy Arens hopes will happen when the Alcona Brew Haus opens this spring. Arens decided to open a brewpub with her ...

Area events planned for Heart Month

In honor of February, which is American Heart Month, McLaren Northern Michigan is organizing several free heart-healthy activities across northern Michigan, the hospital said in a news release. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease, the news release said. Across the ...

Where giving gives more

ALPENA — Sometimes, a good deal is a good deal more than you bargained for. Alpena-area thrift-store junkies already know about the joys of scouring the racks at Alpena’s St. Vincent DePaul secondhand store for an irresistible bargain. What the store’s shoppers may not know is the ...

Alpena-area gas unaffected by Consumers emergency

ALPENA — Alpena-area utilities were not directly affected by a fire at a natural gas compressor station that prompted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday to ask all Michiganders to lower their thermostats to preserve the state’s natural gas supply. But officials from Northeast Michigan ...

How much will APS’s proposal cost you?

ALPENA — If voters in May approve Alpena Public Schools’ request for permission to borrow up to $63 million for building renovations, property owners would likely be taxed a total of 3.7 mills next year — or about $185 for the owner of a $100,000 house —to pay off the district’s ...

Judge: 3rd Skaluba accuser can testify

ALPENA — A third woman who has accused Nick Skaluba of sexual assault will be allowed to testify during Skaluba’s trial, a judge has ruled. The trial, which was slated to begin on Feb. 11, has been temporarily adjourned so the defense can have more time to review evidence gathered during ...

Township opts out of marijuana sales

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Charter Township of Alpena has joined a long list of municipalities in Michigan who have decided to opt out of a portion of the new recreational marijuana law that passed in November. At Thursday’s township Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees voted to pass an ...

Kids stay in from the dangerous cold

ALPENA — Students in Northeast Michigan — or pretty much every student in the state — have not had school this week because of heavy snow and extreme cold temperatures. So students have had to find activities to pass the time. The Boys and Girls Club of Alpena was open Wednesday ...

‘Unprecedented’

ALPENA — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” say the words chiseled in gray granite over the doorway of the main New York City post office. While not the official motto of the U.S. Postal ...

APS seeks $63M

ALPENA — In May, Alpena County voters will decide the fate of a multimillion-dollar bond proposal after the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution calling for an election. Board members decided to ask voters to OK the sale of up to $63 ...

Business Expo, book sale Saturday at APlex

ALPENA — The Alpena News Business Expo and Newspapers in Education Book Sale offers people from around Northeast Michigan the chance to learn more about local businesses while helping provide students newspapers is their classrooms. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the ballroom at ...

Alcona County coalition forming to tackle drug abuse

HARRISVILLE — A coalition for a drug-free Alcona County is in the works, lead by Mike Maturen, substance abuse prevention specialist with Catholic Human Services. The coalition would be comprised of people in government, law enforcement and education, as well as members of the community ...

Dangerous cold follows record snow

ALPENA — A record-setting snowfall and chilly temperatures make it official ... it’s winter in northern Michigan. Alpena set a snow accumulation record for Jan. 28, reaching 11.8 inches. The old record for the same date, set in 1949, was eight inches. So far this season, Alpena has ...

APS approves $63M bond proposal

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education has voted unanimously to ask voters in the district to approve the sale of up to $63 million in bonds and up to 1.9 mills in new property taxes to repay those bonds over the next 25 years. The board voted tonight to put the proposal on ...

Business, house burn, truck overturns on busy Tuesday

ALPENA — Jewell’s Disposal Service will continue doing business as usual despite an early morning fire that consumed the waste disposal company’s shop on Tuesday. “They’re working right now,” Leigh Ann Jewell, spokeswoman for the business, said Tuesday. The business fire ...

No one injured in State Street fire

ALPENA -- No one was injured and only light smoke and water damage was noted after a structure fire tonight on the 1000 block of South State Street. The Alpena City Fire Department said in a news release it was dispatched at 7:13 p.m. to a two-story, multi-business building with an apartment ...

Report: ACC outperforms other community colleges

ALPENA — Compared to other community colleges in Michigan, Alpena Community College was ranked higher in 2018. The U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System report for 2018 showed where the college stood compared to other schools. The report collects ...

County nears deal with Northern Lights management firm

ALPENA — Alpena County and the Northern Lights Arena-Community are nearing a new contract which would allow the management group to continue overseeing the rink. At Monday’s county commissioners meeting, Commissioner John Kozlowski provided an update on the progress toward a new deal. ...

Christmas decorations, streetscapes, alleys in DDA plans for 2019

ALPENA — Each year, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority submits a list of projects to the Alpena Municipal Council and Planning Commission to be included in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan, a list proposed projects and large purchases for the next six years from each city ...

‘Basically a cat chasing your tail’

By JULIE RIDDLE News Staff Writer ROGERS CITY — The ice-crusted windshield wipers squeaked across the front window as the seasoned snowplow driver glanced into his rear-view mirror. A spray of snow billowed up from under the passenger side of the truck, evidence that, down below, the ...