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PI board says farewell

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News Photo by Crystal Nelson The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution of appreciation for outgoing commissioners Bob Schell and Stephen Lang during its last meeting of the year. Schell and Lang were recognized for their service on the board. Pictured from left to ...

Mango’s is open

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News Photo by Darby Hinkley Mango’s Tequila Bar opened for business Dec. 21. Many patrons enjoyed the warm ambience of the upscale Mexican restaurant at lunchtime on Friday. Pictured behind the bar are owners Lucy Garcia and Arturo Mendez, who are husband and wife, and one of their ...

BIZ BRIEFS

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PI companies receive training grants Cadillac Products Automotive Co. and Carmeuse Lime and Stone, both of Rogers City, and Sand Bay Marina Sales Service and Storage of Presque Isle were among 3,889 Michigan workers at 780 employers across the state who received a collective $29.1 million in ...

Bergman: Minor impact from shutdown in NE Michigan

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ALPENA — An ongoing, partial shutdown of the U.S. government will have a limited impact in the short term for citizens living in Northeast Michigan, and all essential government services will continue to operate until a new appropriations deal is made, U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, ...

Board ponders turbine pause

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners will hear from Moltke Township Resident Michael Schulte about a moratorium on wind turbines during its last meeting of the year today. Commissioners have given Schulte space on its agenda to address the board. The meeting will ...

Woman struck by car

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ALPENA — An Alpena woman was struck by a vehicle around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, breaking bones in her legs and face and leaving her hospitalized in Grand Rapids. According to family, Madelyn Precour, 71, was crossing N. 2nd Avenue at the West Miller Street intersection in Alpena on her way to ...

News in brief

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No curbside tree pick-up The City of Alpena wishes to remind residents that it no longer offers curbside Christmas tree pick-up for residents. However, city residents can drop off their Christmas trees at the Public Works Service Center, 1001 Long Lake Ave., beginning on Wednesday, from 8 ...

‘When things seemed to really get worse’

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ALPENA — While area children slumbered, their arms wrapped around their favorite Christmas gift, a house caught fire, sending one Alpena family scrambling through a smoky haze to safety. Around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Brandy Lowell, 37, habitually a light sleeper, woke to the smell of smoke ...

City hires new insurance firm

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ALPENA — The City of Alpena has a new insurance provider after it issued a request for proposals earlier this year and combed through the bids to be sure it got the best and most affordable coverage possible. After contracting with the Alpena Agency for the last eight years, the Alpena ...

Montmorency Co. nixes pay changes after complaints

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ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday rescinded a motion that changed how stipends would be paid to county employees who wear multiple hats after a judge questioned the legality of the board’s decision. The motion passed 4-1, with Chairman Daryl Peterson ...

Federal government shutdown hits Alpena

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The ongoing partial federal government shutdown has had some impacts in Alpena, as Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was forced to shut its doors, as has the neighboring U.S. Fish & Wildlife office. ...

Bergman: Border wall not the only answer

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IRON MOUNTAIN — While border security is important, an actual wall between the U.S. and Mexico might not be the only answer, U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman said in a recent interview. In the interview, done just before the congressman from Watersmeet was to return to Washington, D.C. to address ...

What does it take to properly fund schools?

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ALPENA — There are a lot of barriers that can prevent students from being succssful in education, former state Rep. Matt Gillard of Alpena recently told The News, and state funding for schools should help students overcome those barriers. The School Finance Research Collaborative released ...

News in brief

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Township special meeting Friday The Alpena Township Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Friday at township office, 4385 U.S.-23 N. During the meeting, the board will consider the purchase of an ambulance and also consider adding another board meeting to its schedule each ...

‘Going to hibernate a little’

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ALPENA — After 20 years of working with Alpena Public Schools, Diane Block is retiring to start a new chapter in her life. Block, who has been the district’s associate superintendent for business and operations, said she’s retiring this year because the district is in good hands, ...

Habermehl down to last few days as commissioner

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ALPENA — For more than a decade Cam Habermehl has been a staple on the Alpena County Board of Commissioners, but next week he will step away from his position as chairman of the board and move on from local politics. During the primary election Habermehl was defeated by fellow Republican ...

Local government ROUNDUP

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News from Northeast Michigan municipalities this month: ∫ Fundraising continues for the City of Harrisville’s new pocket park, which is to be located off of Main Street between Harbortown Pizza and Richard’s Pharmacy. The small parcel of city-owned property will eventually be ...

Cemetery sign

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Courtesy Photo At Evergreen Cemetery, this sign was recently added with the diagram of the locations of the cemetery sections and buildings. A couple of historical research friends provided the funds for the sign. The sign is to aid visitors to the cemetery locate graves or areas of their ...

Remembering the real reason for Christmas

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ALPENA — Everywhere you look during the Christmas season you see Santa Claus, snowmen, candy canes and decorations. All of those things are fun and festive, but don’t necessarily represent the true meaning of the holiday, the birth of Jesus Christ. In fact it seems as if the religious ...