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An arresting spirit

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena County sheriff deputies Derik Kieliszewski, left, and Mike Lash, center, show off the office’s law enforcement-themed Christmas tree with Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski, right. The tree has barricade tape in stead of garland and handcuffs instead of lights. ...

Operation Good Cheer delivers gifts to NE Michigan kids

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LANSING — Foster children in Alcona, Alpena and Montmorency county were among thousands statewide to receive Christmas gifts on Friday and today through the Operation Good Cheer program, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release. DHHS said 82 social ...

112 jobs filled in Nov.

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The Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium filled 112 positions in November, for an “economic wage impact” of $3.5 million, the group said in a news release. The consortium saw 3,088 total visitors to its offices, worked with 140 new employers, and either posted itself or hosted 245 job ...

New deadlines for biz taxes

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The Michigan Treasury is reminding businesses that a new state law requires wage statments, including W-2s, W-2Gs, 1099-Rs and 1099-MISCs, are due no later than Jan. 31. The new law was made to align state and federal deadlines, the Treasury said in a news release. Employers may ...

Schools dine together

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Officials from school districts within the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District dine together at Pied Piper School on Thursday. AMA ESD Superintendent Scott Reynolds said the dinner took place because there’s great work occurring every day in ...

Programming their futures

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LINCOLN — Alcona High School has launched a new Advanced Placement Computer Science class at which students can learn the ins and outs of the internet and computer programming. Teacher Rachel Somers approached Alcona Community Schools Superintendent Dan O’Connor in the summer about ...

MidMichigan Health launches new podcast

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ALPENA — The Midland-based MidMichigan Health, owner of MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, recently launched a new podcast called “Health Dose” that provides important health information through interviews with a wide variety of physicians, advanced practice providers, and other local ...

Michigan lights up

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ALPENA —The use of recreational marijuana in Michigan became legal on Thursday and no doubt many people took a toke without the fear of retribution in celebration. In Alpena, however, members of the community still seem to be divided over the legal use of the drug, which is still ...

A delicious, lasting tradition

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When it comes to the Christmas season, one of the things I love most about it is the food. With my mom’s delicious array of homemade Christmas cookies, a terrific Christmas Eve meal, and peppermint-stick ice cream, to name a few, there’s no shortage of good eats during the winter ...

A police escort

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Wilson Elementary School students Alex Fairchild and Reid Hansen got a special ride to school on Thursday in the Alpena Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) police car, with Officers Jim and Tim Marquardt. The ride was the prize for a winning bid at the ...

Terminal work progressing

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Airport Committee on Thursday received an update on the progress of construction of a new terminal at Alpena County Regional Airport. According to consultant RS&H, after a brief delay while contracts were hammered out, the project is moving along at a good ...

November was fifth-coldest on record

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ALPENA — With the fifth-coldest November on record in the books, Alpena residents can expect the month of December to be a little warmer than usual. Persistent below-normal temperatures throughout November resulted in one of the coldest Novembers on record, according to the National ...

When H.W. came to A-Town

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ALPENA — As the nation mourns the death of President George H.W. Bush this week, some in Alpena recall a visit he made here while campaigning to become the Republican candidate for president. He failed in that bid, but months later became vice president and eventually president. In ...

What Christmas and December have taught me

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I’m only 25 years old, I’m the “baby” here in the newsroom, but I’ve learned a lot about Christmas and the month of December that I’m going to share. I don’t only celebrate Christmas in December, I also celebrate Hanukkah. With a dad who is Jewish and a mom who is Catholic, we ...

Pied Piper holiday sale kicks off Monday

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ALPENA — Pied Piper School is once again hosting its annual holiday sale with homemade items that are perfect for any Christmas gift. The sale, which runs Monday to Dec. 21, will raise money toward the school’s vocational program and its greenhouse fund. There will be white, red, and ...

Alcona County trims sheriff patrols

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HARRISVILLE — Budgetary constraints in Alcona County mean Alcona County Sheriff’s Department deputies are no longer able to patrol the county 24 hours a day. The county is being forced to trim its budget after voters twice rejected a property tax proposal earlier this year. The ...

Better to give than receive

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ALPENA — The holidays are a busy time for local organizations, groups and clubs that host Christmas events and raise funds to help brighten the season for families in need. To make those programs successful, hours of work is donated by volunteers, who graciously donate time and money to ...

RC bans pot stores

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ROGERS CITY — Retailers caught selling recreational marijuana in Rogers City can now be fined up to $500 in municipal court after Rogers City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to pass an ordinace prohibiting the sale of the drug in the city. The decision comes nearly a month after ...

Feature fish

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ALPENA — Besser Elementary School fifth-graders are learning about the lifecycle of Chinook salmon this school year. Teacher Allison Hartmeyer said students are learning why the Great Lakes have salmon, when the fish are supposed to be native to the Pacific and Atlantic ...

Traditions remind us of childish wonder

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I am a stone-cold, certified Christmas fanatic. My tree is up, my house is lighted, and there’s Christmas music playing in my car every year before Thanksgiving. The reason Christmas is king among holidays – even among the non-religious, who aren’t celebrating it as the birth of our ...