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Partners involved with Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast and the US-23 Heritage Route Tour celebrated with Alpena Municipal Council Monday after it was announced MACNE won the 2017 Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration. US-23 themed cupcakes were shared with council and people in the audience.

4 local organizations make funding requests

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ALPENA — Four local organizations presented updates to Alpena Municipal Council Monday at the council regular meeting. Each one also made a funding request, which will be considered when budget workshops begin. Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast President Tim Kuehnlein said the city’s ...

2 area educators receive state award

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The Michigan Science Teachers Association has chosen Alpena Public Schools teacher Bob Thomson as its Elementary Science Teacher of the Year and Michigan State University Extension educator Brandon Schroeder as its 2017 Informal Science Educator of the year. MSTA is a state chapter of the ...

Twp budget ready for public

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ALPENA — A finalized 2017-18 budget is ready for public viewing following Friday’s budget workshop of the Alpena Township Board of Trustees. Work on the budget came from a series of workshops that began in mid-February and finished Friday. The proposed budget ended with a $5,492 ...

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Director of Instructional Technology Hans Stevens explains Alpena Public Schools’ current web page and its limitations in meeting requirements for disabled web browsers.

APS working to make website compliant

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ALPENA — Following a line of school districts and educational service district across the nation receiving letters from the U.S. Office of Civil Rights for not meeting web compliance standards, Alpena Public Schools is proactively working to redesign its website through a new vendor. ...

Club to host fundraiser for kids day at fair

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Horsemen’s Club is raising money this weekend that will be used to provide a free day at the Alpena County Fair for handicapped and special needs children. This is a new program the group is trying to initiate. On Saturday at the APlex there will be a ...

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Ilario Fabbrini, right, with his wife Olga at their home in San Diego, Calif. Ilario once owned a frozen pizza factory in Ossineke.

Tainted mushrooms end immigrant’s Ossineke pizza factory

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OSSINEKE — Most people familiar with Ossineke know of the giant Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues in town. Few know of the funeral given to more than 40,000 frozen pizzas 45 years ago at a nearby farm. Three dump truck loads of pizza were buried in March 1972 in the ground 45 ...


Gaylord competition

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Courtesy Photo The Alpena Wildcat FIRST Robotics Team 5505 was part of the alliance that won the Gaylord District Championship on Saturday. Fourty teams from around the state competed in Gaylord, where teams played 12 qualifying matches Friday and Saturday before the playoff selection. ...


FFA award winners

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Courtesy Photo Alpena FFA members were well represented at state competition during the 89th Michigan State FFA Convention on the campus of Michigan State University. The Parliamentary Procedure Team earned a silver rating (pictured). Demi Oliver competed in the Job Interview competition and ...


Mural work

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Courtesy Photo Bliss Painting’s Office Manager, Ashley Maurer, stands with the PDCA Board of Directors after accepting the National 2017 PDCA: Commercial Decorative Award. Painting Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) sets the standards that professional painters use to provide quality ...


Helping the club

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Left to right, Jennifer Digna assists Lola Keller with drawing a random door prize number for the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena’s annual “Bowling for Kids’ Sake” fundraising event. Club Executive Director Brad Somers announces the winners over the PA system ...

Area Meals on Wheels programs could be affected by Trump budget

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ALPENA — The Meals on Wheels program, which feeds more than 2.4 million senior citizens across the United States with home delivered meals, could be significantly impacted if a proposed federal budget for 2018 is approved with its current language. The budget was unrolled this week by ...

City of Alpena property values increase slightly

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ALPENA —Many property owners in the city of Alpena are going to be happy to know their property is going to be worth a little more than it was last year. According to Equalization Director Jeff Shea, the city seen a 6 percent increase in assessed value on residential property overall. He ...

MDOT issues list of upcoming local road projects

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ALPENA — Several road work projects will begin this spring and summer in the area, according to Michigan Department of Transportation North Region communication representative James Lake. Two of the projects that will be conducted through the Alpena Transportation Service Center will take ...

ACC begins reaccreditation process

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ALPENA — Alpena Community College started the first steps toward reaccreditation. The board of trustees had a workshop about the matter before its regular board meeting Wednesday. “With the Higher Learning Evaluation Commission there are four documents we have to prepare to send in, to ...

Firefighters use new technology to save lives

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ALPENA — Over the last 20 years there has been a lot of change in the technology firefighters and paramedics use to fight fires, as well as treat people who are injured. In Alpena many types of technology are being utilized daily to help save lives and protect the first responders. Fire ...

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City Assessor Jeff Shea reviews some tax information before the board of appeals met Thursday. The board has been meeting this week to hear protests on assessment values on property as well as hear poverty and disabled exemption requests. Shea said the number of people seeking a tax break is in line with the last several years.

City tax exemptions requests remain flat

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ALPENA — The City of Alpena Board of Appeals has been meeting this week to consider property tax challenges and waivers from property owners. According to Equalization Director Jeff Shea, approximately the same number of residents made claims as the last several years. Shea said the ...

Trump’s budget cuts to Great Lakes could have big impact

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ALPENA — President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposed numerous cuts to Great Lakes programs that could impact Northeast Michigan. Some of these proposed cuts include the elimination of the Sea Grant, reductions to NOAA, which regulates the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and ...

County, twp to share costs to keep TBJH liaison

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ALPENA — Alpena County and Alpena Township are on the verge of making sure the liaison deputy at Thunder Bay Junior High remains in place and continues to protect and educate the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. For many years the county, township and Alpena Public Schools ...

Master Angler program doubles in certifications

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ALPENA — Over the course of the last two years, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued nearly double the amount of Master Anglers certifications. In 2014, the state recognized 987 anglers through the program, by 2016 the number reached 1,807. DNR Outreach Specialist ...