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Alpena Fire Department extinguishes garage fire

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Firefighters from the Alpena Fire Department believe a small structure fire that occurred Friday originated from a garbage can. According to a press release at 1:07 p.m. the department was requested for a small structure fire at 216 S. Sixth Avenue. Upon arrival there was visible smoke and ...

AAACU wins state award for youth program

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The Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union is the Michigan state-level winner of the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award. The award was announced recently by the Credit Union National Association and the Michigan Credit Union Leaguet. CUNA’s Louise Herring ...

Awakon Credit Union awarded MCUF grant

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Awakon Federal Credit Union in Onaway recently was awarded a grant by the Michigan Credit Union Foundation for financial education. Awakon was one of nine credit unions in the state to receive grants. MCUF grants assist credit unions and their chapters in developing or implementing ...

Kids day at the farmers market

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ALPENA — There were lots of kids and families at the 11th Annual Farmers Market Kids Day Sept. 30 and everyone enjoyed a variety of fall activities on a beautiful morning. Farmers market board President J.B. Cook said the Kids Day event was a huge success. “I think it was bigger than ...

Aliferis race raises more than $20K

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More than 200 cyclists, runners and walkers of all ages from across the state turned out to participate in one or more of four events of the 16th annual Aliferis Memorial Race. Hosted by the MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena Development Council Business Relations, this year’s event raised ...

MidMichigan patients benefit from sporting clay shoot

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The annual MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena Development Council Support Committee recently hosted the third annual Clays for a Cause sporting clay shoot at the Sportmen’s Club in Alpena. Ten teams participated with eight local businesses sponsoring the event, and more than $3,700 was ...

Renovations

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Employees from RCW General Contractors have been working on a full renovation of the Taco Bell in Alpena. The drive-thru is expected to be reopened on Oct. 16 and the dining area on Nov. 13. After the remodeling the restaurant is expected to look similar to the ...

Michigan Senate to propose bill for rental properties

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ALPENA — A bill to amend the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act is being considered by the Michigan Senate. If passed it the bill will have an impact on who does and doesn’t need rental inspections done in the City of Alpena. Senate Bill 329, which is sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune, would strip ...

Memorials, historical markers dot northern Michigan landscape

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ALPENA — Dotting the landscape of northern Michigan in parks, riverfronts, businesses, churches and other areas are markers highlighting the history of Michigan. They are sometimes the iconic Michigan historical marker boards, or can be as small as engraved stones, but they’re there ...

Say cheese …

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Students at Alpena High School participated in Tourist Day during the high school’s homecoming week on Thursday.

Alcona shows increase in fall student count, Hillman, Atlanta drop

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LINCOLN — Alcona Community Schools showed a substantial increase in the fall student count over last year’s numbers, according to Superintendent Dan O’Connor. Meanwhile both Hillman and Atlanta schools saw a slight drop The count, conducted Tuesday, is used to determine the amount ...

CTE program gets upgrade, renovations for new school year

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ALPENA — The Career in Technical Education program at Alpena High School was renovated and upgraded this summer and students and teachers are enjoying those upgrades so far this school year. “We earned the money because we are giving college credit within our CTE program so it’s ...

Choosing mums

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Alpena resident Emily Curley looks through a collection of fall mums at a local business Thursday trying to choose the best plant to beautify her yard this autumn.

Blessing kids in Texas

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Left to right, Braeden Schaedig, Julia Kochanski, Callie Brousseau, and Trevor Ristau of Besser Elementary donate school supplies for the Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief Fund. Principal Eric Cardwell said he is proud with how the community has participated in the ...

Recycling center receives new equipment

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ALPENA — New equipment at the recycling transfer station in Alpena County will help operations run more efficiently. According to Manager Stan Mischley a $35,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, as well as a $4,000 grant from Community Foundation for Northeast ...

Recycle Alcona seeking grant for tire recycling program

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HARRISVILLE — Alcona residents soon may have an opportunity to recycle tires through a county program. Bill Thompson of Recycle Alcona told the Alcona County Board of Commissioners that he is seeking a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a tire drop off day ...

Bulletproof

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena County Clerk Bonnie Friedrichs works on a computer behind recently installed bulletproof glass in her office. All of the offices in the courthouse have been fitted to provide added protection for employees.

Tractor club to host Apple Pumpkin Fun Day

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ALPENA — The Alpena Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Club is hosting its annual Apple Pumpkin Fun Day Oct. 14 at the showgrounds on French Road. The club hosts the free event to cap off its season and as a way to give back to the community that supported it during the year. Club Vice ...

Lincoln official to examine Redevelopment Ready Communities status

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LINCOLN — Lincoln officials are weighing the pros and cons of applying to become a Redevelopment Ready Community through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Village President Phil Jordan told the Lincoln Village Council Monday the village Downtown Development Authority passed ...