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Alpena Department of Public Works employee Justin Weaver sets up a detour sign that will help to guide motorists around the Second Avenue Bridge, which will be close Monday until the end of the month. The bridge work is expected to wrap up in June.

Bridge to be closed

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ALPENA — The City of Alpena and the contractor in charge of the maintenance project of Second Avenue Bridge are taking steps this winter to reduce the time it will need to be closed in the spring. Assistant City Engineer Steve Shultz said the bridge will be closed from Jan. 2 until the end ...

Ice Fest 2017 to take place at NLA

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ALPENA — Ice Fest 2017, a revival of the once popular Alpena Winter Carnival, will be held Feb. 3-4 at the Northern Lights Arena, according to organizer Thomas Dowd. The event will feature a snow sculpture contest, winter sports activities — snow showing, cross country skiing, fat tire ...

Rogers City intersection project moving forward

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ROGERS CITY — The Third and Erie Project started as a civic project and grew because of its historic sense, co-organizer Beth Budnik said. The Third and Erie Project will include a redesign of the intersection of downtown. Some proposed design elements include boulders, new trees, bushes ...

Landfill has financial turnaround

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Seven years ago the Montmorency-Oscoda-Alpena Solid Waste Authority was staring at a $1.6 million deficit and needed to borrow funds from a local contractor in order to have a new cell constructed. Today finances for the landfill in Atlanta are strong. A larger number of the expenses for the ...


Using the bins

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Alpena resident Tina Konczak takes time Friday to dispose of her recycling materials at the Alpena Resource Recovery Center recycling bins behind the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Alpena.

Alcona road commission tables prescription drug policy request

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HARRISVILLE — A policy that would make Alcona County Road Commission employees and their doctors sign an agreement not to prescribe certain medications was tabled Wednesday after a discussion during a meeting. Managing Director Jesse Campbell said the Michigan County Road Commission Self ...


Pushing up awareness

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Michigan State Troopers Matthew Topp, Jacob Strong and Kevin Baker take part in the 22 Push Up Challenge Friday prior to the varsity boys basketball game at Alpena High School. The challenge is to raise awareness for veteran suicide and 22 represents the number of ...

Trooper William Garbutt

MSP Alpena Post welcomes new troopers

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ALPENA — The Michigan State Police Alpena Post welcomed two new troopers in the past several weeks. Trooper Matthew Topp of Gaylord and Trooper William Garbutt of Ladyville, Belize, are two of the 41 who graduated in December from the 131st Trooper Recruit School. Garbutt, 31, is a ...

Hillman board fills three vacant seats

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HILLMAN — The three board members who did not take the oath of office on time were appointed to the Hillman Board of Education during Thursday’s organizational meeting. The original organizational meeting was scheduled for Monday but due to the three vacancies it was rescheduled for a ...

Township votes to fund, disperse HSA account

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Alpena Township Board of Trustees voted to fund and disperse the insurance health savings account for township employees in one full payment for 2017. “As I was preparing to issue the HSA payments to the staffs’ respective accounts. I’ve been told over the last ...

HUNT arrests 4 Alpena residents for making meth

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ALPENA — On Wednesday, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested four Alpena residents for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony punishable by 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine. Culminating from a two month investigation, a traffic stop was conducted ...

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Huron Pines AmeriCorp Volunteer Olivia Rose began her service Jan. 9.

Newest AmeriCorp volunteer to work with community, schools

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ALPENA — Huron Pines AmeriCorp Volunteer Olivia Rose said she was surprised about one thing after she moved to Alpena. “I’ve run into five people already who said they were in the AmeriCorp at one point, and I’ve only been here four days, which is exciting and gives me hope that ...

Julie White selected as new Hillman board president

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ALPENA — Julie White was selected as the new board president of the Hillman Board of Education during Thursday’s organizational meeting. After the board had filled the three vacancies, Superintendent Jason McElrath opened nominations for the position of school board president. The ...


Montmorency deputies

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Courtesy Photo Left to right, Undersheriff Brian Crane, Deputy Mike Brooks, Deputy Bryan McClelland and Sheriff Chad Brown of the Montmorency County Sheriff Department. Brooks and McClelland fill the void of Brown’s patrol position and the newly created full-time courthouse deputy. ...

Alcona County could receive $1.4M in state/federal road funding

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LINCOLN — Alcona County could be on tap to receive $1.4 million in funding for various county road projects in 2017 according to Managing Director Jesse Campbell. Campbell talked about the projects during a Wednesday meeting of the Alcona County Road Commission. He said he was working ...


College registration

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Alpena Community College Registrar Kathy Vought registers Holden Brisson, 21, of Alpena for classes Wednesday. Registration continues from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today.

City pursuing certified status with MEDC

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ALPENA — The City of Alpena is on the verge of becoming a “certified community” in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Redevelopment Ready Communities Program. This means it has met all of the initiatives and expectation MEDC has to make development as seamless as ...


MSP trooper Mitchell honored with Mapes Award

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ALPENA — Trooper Robert Mitchell of the Michigan State Police Alpena Post has been awarded the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award. He was recognized at a ceremony in Lansing on Wednesday. Mapes, an early pioneer in criminal patrol and investigation, was killed ...

Fundraiser aims to help Alpena search and rescue dog

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ALPENA — An Alpena woman is hoping the public will pitch in and support an effort to help her search and rescue dog with thousands of dollars in medical bills. Long Lake resident Geri Dault is a dog handler and member of Search and Rescue Michigan, a group of volunteers who use scent ...

Alcona road commission signs agreement with USFS

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LINCOLN — The Alcona County Road Commission signed an agreement to help maintain roadways in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. The agreement is with the U.S. Forest Service, according to Managing Director Jesse Campbell, and comprises roadways that are maintained and controlled by the ...