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Diving in for a good cause

News Photo by Jordan Spence Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Jeff Gray jumps into the 38 degree Thunder Bay River while maritime archaeologist Phil Hartmeyer watches Thursday. Gray challenged the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to raise $7,500 or ...

Local Habitat for Humanity now owns ReStore building

ALPENA — After 12 years Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan now owns the ReStore building and it has big plans for next year. “We have paid off our land contract. We now own that building after 12 years. We bought the building in 2005,” Executive Director Ted Fines said. Now ...

Christmas Concert

News Photo by Jordan Spence The Besser Male Chorus sings during its Christmas concert Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Alpena.

City gets details on medical marijuana regulations

ALPENA — The Michigan License and Regulatory Authority has released emergency rules that medical marijuana businesses must abide by should they be granted a license to operate. Now, many municipalities, including Alpena, will choose to opt into the new laws and make medical marijuana ...

Local auto shop sets up financial help for seniors

ALPENA — A new program through the Alpena Senior Citizens Center and a local auto shop is going to help seniors who are struggling financially. Applications are being accepted at the senior center and the requests and allocations will be determined by a committee that has been set ...

Rogers City audit shows solid fund balance

ALPENA — Accountant David Gwizdala said there wasn’t anything too noticeable in the City of Rogers City’s financial audit. The accountant with Quast, Janke and Company in Bay City presented to the council at Tuesday’s meeting. “These are your financial statements. The only ...

RC approves pledge for marina study

ROGERS CITY — The City of Rogers City Council approved a pledged of $1,000 for a marina study during its meeting Tuesday. “I don’t have a ton of information,” City Manager Joe Hefele said. “This is kind of an operative venture of multiple marinas through the state through the ...

DECA Club participates in community service

ALPENA — Alpena High School’s Distributive Education Clubs of America celebrated DECA Month in November by participating in community service and promotional campaigns, and attending a conference in Detroit. “In DECA, you choose a competitive event, whether that is in finance, ...

Project Blue Light ceremony for fallen first responders

ALPENA — Christmas trees at the APlex were decorated with red and blue lights Tuesday night during the annual Project Blue Light ceremony in remembrance of law enforcement and firefighters who lost lives while serving their communities. Project Blue Light was established in 1988 to honor ...

Wind wreaks havoc on area

ROGERS CITY — Wind gusts that reached 53 miles per hour caused a large power outage in Presque Isle County Monday night and Tuesday. The outage continues today and covers much of northern Michigan. It has caused Rogers City Area Schools to close for the second day this week. Presque ...

‘All I want for Christmas is …’

ALPENA — Christmas is less than 20 days away and children are starting to tell their parents what they want from Santa Claus. Some examples of presents that children usually get for Christmas are remote control cars, dolls, stuffed animals, supplies for arts and crafts, games, ...

DDA to plan strategic planning meeting

ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority is going to begin the process of scheduling a strategic planning meeting, to help set goals and initiatives for downtown. At Tuesday’s DDA meeting, Executive Director Anne Gentry said the bylaws called for a strategic meeting once a ...

Road commission approves survey, project design

ALPENA — The Alpena County Road Commission approved a proposal on Tuesday from Huron Engineering and Surveying, Inc. to perform a survey and design of a project on Bloom Road. Huron Engineering provided the proposal for the requested work with the estimated cost for the work being ...

Rogers City OKs Consumers franchise agreement

ROGERS CITY — A 30-year electric franchise to Consumers Power was unanimously approved by the City of Rogers City Council during its meeting Tuesday. Council member Dick Adair was absent. The council had the first reading of the ordinance on Nov. 7. The board also approved a ...

Honoring the fallen

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Retired state Fire Marshal Julie Secontine addresses those gathered for Project Blue Light Tuesday at the APlex. Secontine, who was the guest speaker said it takes a special person to put their life in harm’s way day in and day out in order to protect others.

Hillman to have walk throughs to examine mill

HILLMAN — Jim Dunn, director of operations at Brush Creek Mill, talked with the Hillman Village Council on Tuesday about the conditions at the mill. Dunn told the council that he talked with John Burr of the Department of Public Works about having Burr do walk throughs of the mill a ...

Alpena’s new troopers

ALPEN — The Michigan State Police Alpena Post welcomed three new troopers to work Monday and they are eager to protect and serve residents in Northeast Michigan, as well as become members of the Alpena community. Troopers Heidi Killingbeck, Luke Simmons and Alex Karsten recently ...

City seeks replacement for assessor

ALPENA — The City of Alpena is going to begin the process of looking for a replacement for Assessor Jeff Shea, who announced his intention to retire this summer. Shea, who has worked as assessor for 17 years, said it is time to step down and move on to the next chapter in his ...

Presentation at sanctuary for two shipwrecks

ALPENA — A spectrum of history and science will be discussed at a National Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary presentation Thursday. The presentation will be about how two shipwrecks were found in Lake Huron. Sanctuary Media Outreach Coordinator Stephanie Gandulla said doors to the event will ...

Airport reaches 10,000 enplanements

ALPENA — Alpena County Regional Airport has surpassed the 10,000 enplanement mark a month before the end of the year and will receive a $1 million subsidy from the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport failed to reach the plateau last year, but still received the $1 million from ...