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Harrisville hires ‘go-getter’ for DPW

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HARRISVILLE — The City of Harrisville has hired a new employee for its Department of Public Works. The City Council voted unanimously to hire Logan Tompkins, of Killmaster, during its regular monthly meeting on Monday. The city will pay Tompkins $11 an hour, but is not offering any ...

Foundations seek public input on Great Lakes

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ALPENA — The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan has partnered with shoreline community foundations and conservation partners from the U.S. and Canada to create a regional plan of action on the long-term health of the Great Lakes, the foundation said in a news release. The regional ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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A roundup of recent activity from law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Alarms: 8 Animal Control: 7 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Kinser gets up to 40 years

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ATLANTA — A dozen residents sat quietly in the 26th Circuit Court courtroom in Atlanta on Monday as Judge Michael Mack sentenced Mark Kinser to 16 to 40 years in prison for the murder of his brother, Brian, in Mark’s home in Briley Township. Mark and Brian’s mother, Marsha, kneaded ...

Several organizations closing early because of weather

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Places closing early today because of the weather conditions: Alpena Community College closed at noon Alpena County Library at noon Northern Lights Arena at 1 p.m. The Michigan Works! Service Center in Onaway at noon Alpena Township offices at noon Meetings cancelled for tonight: The ...

This snow could be a good thing

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ALPENA — The snow the Alpena area has received over the last several weeks may be a nuisance for many people, but, later in the year, there could be some benefits from it. There are also a few possible drawbacks if the snow melts too quickly. As of Monday, Alpena is only an inch above ...

Winning photo

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz State Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, left, presents a flag which was flown over the state Capitol to Dave Elder, whose photo won a contest and will be used on the cover of the upcoming edition of the Alpena County directory. The public selected its favorite photo, ...

Harrisville ponders its pot options

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CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that voters in the City of Harrisville voted narrowly in favor in the November election of legalizing recreational marijuana, 119 to 115. That information was incorrect in an earlier version of this story. HARRISVILLE — Harrisville ...

Uncovering a hidden problem

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By JULIE RIDDLE News Staff Writer ALPENA ­— A petite 17-year-old with earnest brown eyes told her story in a quiet voice. “I got pushed a couple of times,” she said, “in front of the whole class.” She’s not alone. One in three high school students report experiencing ...

Local school board ROUNDUP

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A roundup of recent activity by local school boards ∫ The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved a $93,885 bid from Nova Environmental Inc. for a new asbestos management plan. The bid included district asbestos inspections, recommendations for management, and warning labels and ...

Residents react to APS’ $63M proposal

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Depending on who you ask, Alpena Public Schools’ $63 million proposal to improve school buildings is either a much-needed investment into aging infrastructure or an unfair burden on an already overburdened community. Reaction across the area was swift and split after the APS Board of ...

County forum to address scams

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ALPENA —Anyone can be the target of a scam or hacking in today’s world. People who aren’t educated on how to protect themselves put their identity, finances or even safety in danger. In order to help people recognize when they are being targeted for ill-will purposes, Alpena County will ...

Police:Alleged shooter at Wurtsmith dies

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OSCODA—An Oscoda man died Friday morning after apparently shooting himself in the head after allegedly shooting and killing another man, police said Friday. Nathan Olais Moss, 31, died about 24 hours after Oscoda Township police replied to a report of shots fired near the decomissioned ...

The outdoors is big business in Michigan, study finds

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ALPENA — About $11.2 billion is contributed to Michigan’s economy annually by hunting- and fishing-related purchases, with Northeast Michigan generating approximately $451 million to the economy, according to a recent report from the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. Michigan’s ...

More than schools: Snow cancels court, too

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ALPENA—In recent weeks, weather has been a factor in closing the doors of schools, churches, and public places the past few weeks — and courthouses are no exception. Twice in the past two weeks Alpena’s district and circuit courts were forced to close early because of inclement weather. ...

Dave Elder wins county directory cover photo contest

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena County Clerk Bonnie Friedrichs places a sticker on the winning photo from a recent contest held by her office. The office accepted photos featuring Alpena’s Avenue of Flags, which will be used on the cover of the new county directory to be released in ...

SNOW much more than a club

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ALPENA — Snowmobiling has long been a popular winter recreational activity in Alpena and, with the hard work and dedication of a local snowmobile club, hopes are more people will utilize trails and facilities in the area and the snowmobile club’s clubhouse. The Alpena Snowdrifters is ...

MidMichigan Health launches online review

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MIDLAND — MidMichigan Health, the Midland-based owner of the Alpena hospital, is now publishing patient ratings and reviews on the Find-a-Doctor pages of its website and on popular search engines such as Google, the hospital group said in a news release. The reviews are based on follow-up ...

Woolman chosen as Citizen of the Year

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ALPENA — The ice storm Thursday wasn’t strong enough to dampen the excitement and anticipation leading up to the announcement of the 2018 winner of the Alpena Outstanding Citizen of the Year at the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce dinner at the APlex and when the winner was unveiled she ...

After freezing rain, ‘whiteout conditions’ on the way

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ALPENA — A tractor-trailer slid off of U.S.-23 and turned over into Squaw Bay Thursday afternoon as Northeast Michigan region was hit with freezing rain on Thursday, which resulted in slippery roads throughout the area. It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was injured in the wreck. ...