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Students learn to stay cool in a fire

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WILSON TOWNSHIP — The Wilson, Green, and Long Rapids township fire departments visited Wilson Elementary School on Thursday to teach students about fire safety for Fire Prevention Week. Wilson Township Fire Captain Tony Parris said the departments visit Wilson every year to tell the ...

AMA ESD buys Pied Piper vehicle

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ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education voted Thursday to buy a new vehicle for Pied Piper School. The new vehicle is a 2019 Ford Escape 4x4 for $21,350 from MiDeal. MiDeal is a cooperative purchasing program that allows government units to ...

Learning the trade

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News Photo by Darby Hinkley About 50 students from two Alpena High School classes on Thursday took a tour of Besser Company, hearing from CEO Kevin Curtis and from Brian Siegert, vice president of manufacturing, about the value of choosing a career in manufacturing. AHS students from welding ...

Brief warmth broke records

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ALPENA — Don’t be fooled by the summer-like weather the last two days, because it is unlikely to return until spring. It is common to have a week or so of warmer-than-average temperatures in Northeast Michigan during the month of October before cooler weather moves in and the chance of ...

Improvements

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News Photo by Kaitlin Ryan Foreman Jeff Shull works with Jim Foster on creating a mock beachfront underneath the recently restored mural on Chisolm Street in downtown Alpena. Shull said there will be sand, river stones, and artwork to create a special area to sit and enjoy the mural.

‘I knew Dani was there’

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ATLANTA — On Saturday, anti-domestic violence advocates will host a 5K Fun Run/Walk in memory of Dani Klein, who was killed by her abuser in the summer of 2016. October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Klein was shot and killed by Eric Shay in Hillman. ...

New phone software glitchy in Montmorency Co.

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ATLANTA — Montmorency County Sheriff Chad Brown told the county Board of Commissioners Wednesday that there have been issues with a new recording system on his department’s phone network. Brown said he met with representatives from Millennia Technologies and Common Angle to talk about ...

Humane Society cancels county deal

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners has contracted with Huron Humane Society for years to provide housing and care for animals picked up by animal control. Now, the county is scrambling to find another option after HHS chose late last month to void the agreement. The HHS ...

‘Any child can leave with a free book’

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County 4-H First Book Program has started putting free books in the hands of kids and promoting literacy, officials said. This program started about seven years ago when 4-H partnered with First Book, a national nonprofit that gives books to children in need. ...

APS to consider buying buses

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education will be asked to purchase three new school buses on Monday because current buses are getting older. Mary Lyon, associate superintendent for business and operations for APS, said bids were accepted from Zaremba Equipment Inc. of ...

Democrat challenges Modrzynski for county board

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ALPENA — Voters in Alpena County’s District 3 will decide on Nov. 6 between incumbent Republican Commissioner Nick Modrzynski and the Democratic candidate, Richard Neumann. The winner will serve on the county board of commissioners for a two-year term. MODRZYNSKI Modrzynski was ...

Three-way race underway for county board’s District 5

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ALPENA — A familiar contest between between Democrat Mary Hess and incumbent Republican Brenda Fournier will have a new twist on Nov. 6, as newcomer independent Michael Sobeck has thrown his hat into the ring for the District 5 seat on the Alpena County Board of Commissioners. Hess was ...

Democrat looks to unseat Cole

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ALPENA — Voters in Montmorency, Otsego, Oscoda, Antrim, and Charlevoix counties will have two people to choose from on Nov. 6 for the 105th state House District. Incumbent Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, is looking for a second term against Democratic challenger Melissa Fruge. During his four ...

Bergman, Morgan pledge civility at forum

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ALPENA — Voters in Alpena had an opportunity on Monday to get answers to their questions from the two candidates vying for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District seat during the Nov. 6 midterms election as the League of Woman’s Voters hosted a forum at Alpena Community ...

Allor faces Dem from Alpena

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ALPENA — Voters in Northeast Michigan will on Nov. 6 choose between a pair of well-established women who are running for the 106th state House District covering Alpena, Presque Isle, Alcona, Iosco and part of Cheboygan counties. Sue Allor, the Republican incumbent from Wolverine in ...

Hein gets 90 days in sexual assault case

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ALPENA — An Alpena man accused of sexual misconduct at a series of parties in Alpena was sentenced on Monday to 90 days in jail, 36 months of probation and about $1,200 in fines and costs after a plea deal was struck between the prosecutor and defense. Thompson Hein was charged with ...

Hillman, Atlanta talk further mergers

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HILLMAN — On Monday, the Hillman Community Schools and Atlanta Community Schools boards of education met to discuss combining positions. Officials specifically discussed food services, maintenance, and transportation as areas that could be combined. The districts already share a ...

Harrisville Fall Festival kicks off Saturday

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HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville Fall Festival takes place this Saturday, with a variety of free events, food, and entertainment to kick off the autumn season. Starting at 11 a.m., there will be entertainment outside at Richard’s Pharmacy, complete with a stage and a whole lineup of acts ...

Sanctuary launches fourth annual film fest

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ALPENA — Students in grades eight to 12 can get out their cameras and start filming a video short for the fourth annual student film competition put on by the Thunder Bay International Film Festival. In partnership with Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and Friends ...

APS to form resident committee

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner updated the Property Committee on Monday about a citizens facility study committee that will be formed and meeting soon to develop recommendations for building renovations. Community meetings are still taking place this week. ...