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PI County board selects legal counsel

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ROGERS CITY — Former Presque Isle County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Kwiatkowski will now serve as the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners and elected officials legal counsel. The board of commissioners approved the contract at Wednesday’s meeting. “We’ve been advised on ...

Students receive sneak peek at TBIFF films

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ALPENA — Alpena High School students were able to receive a sneak peek of Thunder Bay International Film Festival films Wednesday. The students were divided into a few sessions to watch various films offered at the festival later this month. Education and Outreach Coordinator Sarah ...

School-to-work program finds success in Alcona

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ALCONA — Several Alcona High School students are getting first-hand work experience, exploring career options and class credit thanks to a unique program. Alcona Community School’s director of innovations and athletics, Tami Bonzheim, Alcona Community Schools’ director of ...

Montmorency board approves DHHS funding

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ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners dicussed with John Keller of the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday the board deciding to cut the social welfare fund from the county’s 2018 budget. Chairman Daryl Peterson spoke with Keller after last week’s ...

Road commission OKs residency policy update

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LINCOLN — The Alcona County Road Commission discussed updating the residency policy for employees, were informed of a machine purchase, discussed the computer security update and approved the combined cost of $228,124 for purchase of new trucks. Managing Director Jesse Campbell ...

Official: ‘Plaza Pool will be stronger this year’

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ALPENA — For all of the positive things that happened at Plaza Pool in 2017, it only took one unexpected leak to throw a monkey wrench in its finances and operations. Synchronizations Management owner Norm Sommerfeld said he anticipates the pool will bounce back and finances will be ...

HUNT sets focus for 2018

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ALPENA — The goals for the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team in 2018 will be the same as they were last year, prevent overdose deaths, build and strengthen the team and keep dangerous narcotics off the street. HUNT covers Alpena, Montmorency, Alcona and Presque Isle counties and works with ...

Senior center to host Alzheimer’s support group

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ALPENA— Alzheimer’s is a well-known disease, the most common form of dementia though progress of treatment of the disease would tell otherwise. Deteriorating the brain slowly that begins with general forgetfulness and worsens to forgetting how to swallow or breathe, no one has survived ...

Learning to play sports

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News Photo by Beth Gohs Violet Schultz participates in Kid’s Fitness and Nutrition Club of Alpena where “Littles” 18 months through five years old play introduction sports and have the opportunity to prepare healthy snacks in kitchen exploration. “When they start at a young age and ...

Liedel helps to organize RCAS finances

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City Area School interim Superintendent Jeffrey Liedel continues to help organize the district’s finances. “Accounts payable, I would like you to know, are up to date. I put a freeze on ordering anything new for this month,” he said. Liedel discussed ...

APS receives grant for numerous programs

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ALPENA — During the Alpena Public Schools Curriculum and Technology Committee meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent John VanWagoner announced the school district received a grant from the Besser Foundation. “I’m really happy to say that we’ve been awarded this grant,” VanWagoner ...

RC council unable to fill vacant seat

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ROGERS CITY — The City of Rogers City Council couldn’t come to a consensus for an open city council seat during its meeting Tuesday. Different council members tried to vote different candidates into the open seat, but they deadlocked. After Scott McLennan left the council to become ...

Engineering students present their projects

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ALPENA — On Tuesday, students at Alpena High School presented their engineering 3 class projects in front of other students and those locally in the engineering profession. Seniors Brendan Lee, Chris Natzel, Tyler Smigelski, Bennett Speaks, Kyle Smith, and junior Elizabeth Belanger ...

Alcona budget sees slight increase

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ALCONA — Alcona Community Schools Business Manager Margaret Negro updated the school board on the proposed budget to be completed by June. Benefits and salaries changed according to new state mandates and funding, which it receives a majority from state sources and the least amount from ...

EMS heroes

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News Photo by Beth Gohs Left to right, Dan Klukowski, Ryan Mendyka, Brad Daggett, and Roger Klukowski from the Barton City Fire Department were pinned during a ceremony to recognize and congragulate first responders who saved the life of a patient who called with cardiac arrest in June.

County in search of architect for new jail

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ALPENA — The process to hire an architectural engineer that will be in charge of designing the new jail to be built in Alpena County is under way. It is expected the new jail will cost approximately $11 million. On Thursday there was a meeting of the jail construction committee where the ...

City owned property to receive appraisals

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ALPENA — After the boardwalk at North Riverside Park collapsed from damage caused by erosion and the City of Alpena and an insurance claim to help cover the $244,000 cost of repairs was declined, Alpena Municipal Council decided to do a review of all city owned property and their values. ...

RCAS seeks to fill super position

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ROGERS — Rogers City Area Schools soon may hire a new superintendent. The schools received seven applicants for the open superintendent position. The board announced during Monday’s meeting it will schedule an interview with one candidate. “We had an executive committee meeting. ...

City to hold meeting on potential RV park

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ALPENA — An RV park at Mich-e-ke-wis Park has been an alternate project in the city’s master plan since 2004 and construction of one has been considered by Alpena Municipal Council on several occations. The project is about to be considered again. Later this month a special council ...

Making centerpieces

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Alisha Bouchard, left, and Member Services Director Ashley DeFisher assemble some of the decorations that will be used at the annual chamber dinner next month. The theme for the event is “All Around the ...