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Family night at the Heritage Center

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Ella White Elementary School fifth-graders Brady Chapman, Keller Wieschowski, and Gunner Moe build with Legos on Wednesday at the school’s family night event at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. There were different stations where people could drive a ...

New Hope Shores chief has passion for service, learning

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ALPENA — She didn’t start out planning to change lives. But when she entered a world where people were hurting, new Hope Shores Alliance Director Valerie Williams couldn’t help but try to be a part of the solution. “It kind of gets into your blood, and what you believe and who you ...

‘There needs to be trust’

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UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect that the Alpena Convention and Visitors Bureau reached 35,655 people last year on its blog. Where that traffic went was unclear in an earlier version of this story. ALPENA — Success and failure can be weighed in many ways, and data and hard ...

Twp acts on water-sewer fight

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Charter Township of Alpena Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted to accept a recommendation from its attorney related to the township’s years-old fight with the City of Alpena over water and sewer rates. It wasn’t immediately clear what the recommendation was, ...

RC pursues pension bond sale

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City City Council will publish a notice of intent, letting taxpayers know they plan to sell up to $7 million in bonds to raise money for the city’s pension debt. The council on Tuesday unanimously approved the notice of intent as part of a resolution that also ...

Two Northeast Michigan robotics teams headed to championship

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg This photo, from a recent For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics district competition at Alpena High School, shows FIRST robotics teams competing in this season’s game, Destination: Deep Space. Two local FIRST Robotics teams have ...

Dark skies presentation Thursday in Hillman

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HILLMAN — A dark skies presentation, lead by astronomy expert Mike Russo, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brush Creek Mill, 121 State St., Hillman. The presentation is designed to be an introduction to star-watching for the budding astronomer and is made possible through a $4,000 ...

Kindergarten registration underway

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools has started recruitment for next year’s kindergarten and junior kindergarten classes. The district is hosting registration and building tours at each elementary school. Besser Elementary School kicked off the round of registrations Tuesday, and they ...

Police: Man arrested at home after failing to stop

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An allegedly intoxicated driver had to be subdued by Michigan State Police troopers after fleeing into his home in Alpena Township on April 1, police said in a news release. Observing lane violations, a trooper signaled a traffic stop to Wayne Kalis, 38, of Alpena, who instead continued to ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 104 Alarms: 3 Animal Control: 13 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: 8 Disputes: ...

‘How many Walgreens do we need?’

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ALPENA — Area kids know Kurt Herriman as an advisor, caring adult presence, and all-around nice guy. The Alpena resident has worked as a mentor to children at a nonprofit community agency since he moved back to Alpena to care for an ailing family member three years ago. Before that, he ...

‘A difficult choice to make’

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TRAVERSE CITY — Some 25 years ago, when the Rev. Jack Conklin worked for the Boys and Girls Club on River Street, Alpena was a different place. The development on the M-32 corridor didn’t exist. Businesses held a tight rein on competition, and the region’s leaders were resistant to ...

Alpena adjusts to new tests for eighth-graders

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ALPENA — Michigan eighth-graders are taking a new test today that school officials say will help students start thinking about the SAT in high school and life after high school. Unlike past years’ eighth-graders, today’s eighth-graders are taking the College Board’s PSAT 8/9 test, ...

Man honored for rebuilding fire dept

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PRESQUE ISLE — A local volunteer received a warm round of applause and a special surprise Monday night as he was honored for lighting a fire under his community through his efforts to re-establish the Presque Isle Township Fire Department. At Monday night’s monthly meeting of the ...

A future for A-Town

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ALPENA — Alpena, it is often said, is a retirement town. Quiet, peaceful, and a place to enjoy a slower pace in the golden years. That’s one side of the city. Just as accurate a picture, however, is that of a city of young professionals and entrepreneurs, 20- and 30-somethings ...

Alpena on the verge

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ALPENA — Liz French, on her daily trips into Alpena from her Long Lake home to pick up medication, has noticed the new hotels, the increased number of visitors, the different businesses popping up around the city, especially downtown. Those are signs that Alpena is a city on the verge, ...

Marquardt’s 50-year career honored with surprise party

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ALPENA —Many in the law enforcement profession describe relationships they have with fellow officers, deputies and troopers as a brotherhood. In that way, a surprise party on Friday honoring former Alpena County sheriff Jim Marquardt’s 50 years in law enforcement was like a family ...

Planting awareness

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News Photo by Darby Hinkley Kindergartener Molly Willemin “plants” a blue pinwheel in front of Ella White Elementary School on Friday with her class, honoring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. She and classmates in Amanda Roznowski’s class participated in the pinwheel planting, ...

Hillman raises $20K for band equipment

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HILLMAN — Hillman Elementary School students now have the opportunity to learn how to play different instruments and read music before they go to middle school. Thanks to community donations and grants from Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op and the Community Foundation for Northeast ...

BIZ BRIEFS

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mBank foundation gives $1,500 to United Way The mBank Community Foundation has given a $1,500 grant to the United Way of Northeast Michigan, the United Way said in a news release. The gift will be applied toward the United Way’s annual fundraising drive. State launches manufacturers ...