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Schools worry divided gov’t will slow budgets

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ALPENA — School districts must have 2019-20 budgets approved by July 1, but those budgets will not look the same as those in recent years. With the state’s budget taking longer to complete than it has for the last several years, Northeast Michigan school district leaders are figuring out ...

Area courts unsure of reforms

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ALPENA — Change is coming to court. It’s only a question of what the change will be. Right now, courts are funded through a mix of state and local taxpayer money and the bank accounts of people who have been found guilty of committing crimes. While courts are, in theory, a branch of state ...

Posen honors graduates

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POSEN —The graduation ceremony at Posen High School was a celebration of friends, family and accomplishments earned by the 25 graduates during their years at the school. It was also a rallying call, urging them to work hard, take chances, chase dreams, and make a difference in the world as ...

Barely summer, getting ready for fall

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MOLTKE TOWNSHIP —The apple trees are blossoming at Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm, a crisp reminder of the fruits to come for the fall season. Knaebe’s owners Andy and Dana Hefele will spend the next two months, along with a limited number of staff, tending to the apple trees ...

Police, DNR chase fawns after wreck near hospital

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ALPENA—Michigan State Police cruisers slowed traffic in front of MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena late Friday morning as troopers and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officers reacted to a car-deer collision on Chisholm Street in Alpena. According to police, a doe followed had ...

Police: Man hides fugitive, is arrested, himself

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An Alpena man wanted for eight misdemeanors fled into a residence as Michigan State Police troopers approached, taunting them from inside until they obtained a search warrant and entered the residence. Joshua Dziuba, 31, was not visible when troopers entered the home, but they were ...

BIZ BRIEFS

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Kindt promoted at OsborneKlein Anissa Kindt, has been promoted from client service manager to practice manager at OsborneKlein, the wealth advisory firm said in a news release. In her new role, Kindt will manage day-to-day activities of all staff and staff functions, the news release said. ...

MSP still on Lisa Knight case

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ALPENA—It’s been seven years since her parents heard Lisa’s voice. “She had some troubles, but Lisa was just a happy person,” Marc Knight, Lisa’s father, said. “She just loved life. She loved her horses, she dearly loved her children. That’s why none of this really makes ...

PFAS found in Thunder Bay River foam

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ALPENA — A potentially harmful chemical has been found in foam on the Thunder Bay River, according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. A sample of the foam taken from the river near downtown Alpena showed a level of 490 parts per trillion of ...

Berriman: New vaping laws not enough

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ALPENA — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed two bills Tuesday that ban the sale of electronic cigarettes and other non-traditional nicotine products to minors, but one local school administrator says those don’t really help schools that have been battling “vaping” amongst students. Alpena ...

Chamber fetes young pros

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ALPENA —Critical to the sustainability and viability of communities are young people who are business and community leaders and volunteers, officials said Thursday at the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Mid-Day Alpena luncheon. Over the last decade, there has been a significant ...

RC to establish tax cut district

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City officials believe the creation of a commercial redevelopment and rehabilitation district will help bolster economic development in the city’s downtown. Earlier this week, the City Council hosted a public hearing and first reading of two resolutions that would ...

No one hurt in small fire at Lafarge

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Nobody was hurt when a rubber conveyor belt caught on fire at the Lafarge North America plant in Alpena Thursday morning, according to Plant Manager Michael Nixon. The fire was detected quickly by nearby employees, who saw smoke and alerted management. Once workers were moved away from the ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of June 1-3 Deputies made 14 traffic stops, issuing 8 warnings and 6 citations. They received 18 complaints and made 17 police ...

Man with Northeast Michigan ties recalls Normandy invasion

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ALPENA — Hersel Masterson wasn’t told where he was going. “Just shoot Germans,” his commander told him. “If you’re going to send a man to die, you’d think you’d tell him, but I guess not,” mused Johnie Kemp, a Hillman resident and Masterson’s ...

New marijuana rules headed to Harrisville City Council

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HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville Planning Commission on Wednesday recommended two ordinances, one allowing medical marijuana facilities in the city limits and one allowing recreational marijuana establishments, be sent to the City Council for approval. Commissioners also recommended changes ...

Changes coming to AHS for 2020 school year

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ALPENA — Alpena High School students will see some changes when they go back to school in the fall. Upgrades will take place to the senior lounge and library, while new project-based learning classrooms will be added. Principal Thomas Berriman said the school is slowly transforming ...

Habermehl files for open seat

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ALPENA — A longtime Alpena County commissioner who was defeated in last year’s election has filed a letter of interest for a vacant seat on the county board. The seat representing District No. 7 became open after Commissioner Kevin Burr stepped down to accept a new job out of the ...

A touching tribute

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News Photo by Julie Riddle A private table for one at The C.I.A. (Center of Incredible Appetites) Restaurant in Alpena is decorated in honor of veterans, a tradition of owner Rebecca Showalter. The table includes a touching note of thanks to all veterans and a flag on loan from a patron, one ...

Rogers City to levy band millage

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City officials will move forward with collecting property taxes for the city’s band after they determined the millage was legitimate. City officials last month were concerned about the legality of the millage because they were not able to determine whether city ...