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POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 104 Alarms: 3 Animal Control: 13 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: 8 Disputes: ...

‘How many Walgreens do we need?’

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ALPENA — Area kids know Kurt Herriman as an advisor, caring adult presence, and all-around nice guy. The Alpena resident has worked as a mentor to children at a nonprofit community agency since he moved back to Alpena to care for an ailing family member three years ago. Before that, he ...

‘A difficult choice to make’

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TRAVERSE CITY — Some 25 years ago, when the Rev. Jack Conklin worked for the Boys and Girls Club on River Street, Alpena was a different place. The development on the M-32 corridor didn’t exist. Businesses held a tight rein on competition, and the region’s leaders were resistant to ...

Alpena adjusts to new tests for eighth-graders

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ALPENA — Michigan eighth-graders are taking a new test today that school officials say will help students start thinking about the SAT in high school and life after high school. Unlike past years’ eighth-graders, today’s eighth-graders are taking the College Board’s PSAT 8/9 test, ...

Man honored for rebuilding fire dept

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PRESQUE ISLE — A local volunteer received a warm round of applause and a special surprise Monday night as he was honored for lighting a fire under his community through his efforts to re-establish the Presque Isle Township Fire Department. At Monday night’s monthly meeting of the ...

A future for A-Town

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ALPENA — Alpena, it is often said, is a retirement town. Quiet, peaceful, and a place to enjoy a slower pace in the golden years. That’s one side of the city. Just as accurate a picture, however, is that of a city of young professionals and entrepreneurs, 20- and 30-somethings ...

Alpena on the verge

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ALPENA — Liz French, on her daily trips into Alpena from her Long Lake home to pick up medication, has noticed the new hotels, the increased number of visitors, the different businesses popping up around the city, especially downtown. Those are signs that Alpena is a city on the verge, ...

Marquardt’s 50-year career honored with surprise party

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ALPENA —Many in the law enforcement profession describe relationships they have with fellow officers, deputies and troopers as a brotherhood. In that way, a surprise party on Friday honoring former Alpena County sheriff Jim Marquardt’s 50 years in law enforcement was like a family ...

Planting awareness

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News Photo by Darby Hinkley Kindergartener Molly Willemin “plants” a blue pinwheel in front of Ella White Elementary School on Friday with her class, honoring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. She and classmates in Amanda Roznowski’s class participated in the pinwheel planting, ...

Hillman raises $20K for band equipment

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HILLMAN — Hillman Elementary School students now have the opportunity to learn how to play different instruments and read music before they go to middle school. Thanks to community donations and grants from Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op and the Community Foundation for Northeast ...

BIZ BRIEFS

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mBank foundation gives $1,500 to United Way The mBank Community Foundation has given a $1,500 grant to the United Way of Northeast Michigan, the United Way said in a news release. The gift will be applied toward the United Way’s annual fundraising drive. State launches manufacturers ...

Hospital offers brain injury support group

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Those who have suffered a brain injury are invited to a support group that will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in Auditorium 2 at the MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. The support group is offered in partnership with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and is ...

PI County seeks pot info

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Planning Commission will hold a special meeting later this month to learn more about recreational marijuana and discuss what options they have to regulate the drug. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the county building, 151 E. Huron ...

Mack: DNA can be used in sex assault trial

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ALPENA — DNA evidence will be allowed in a sexual assault case in Alpena courts, despite a challenge to the legality of the way in which it was collected. Although no attorney was present at the time it was collected, 26th Circuit Court Judge Michael Mack said in an opinion and order ...

After hard winter, airport soars back

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ALPENA — After experiencing a slight dip in the number of passengers utilizing the Alpena County Regional Airport in February, the airport enjoyed a banner month in March. With harsh winter weather in February, many flights were canceled or delayed, which caused lower-than-expected ...

So long, Kiss, thanks for the memories

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I don’t think my cousins, Craig and Tim Modrzynski, know the major impact they had on my life and how a simple action they took many years ago, exposed me to something I cherish to this very day. They introduced me to the rock band Kiss. Tim and Craig were much more into rock music than ...

Van Lare Hall work progressing

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Courtesy Photo The Van Lare Hall renovation project at Alpena Community College has moved ahead this year. Criminal Justice Instructor Larry Thomson, pictured here, had his office moved from Van Lare Hall to the World Center for Concrete Technology building because of the renovation. To ...

Bonds making a difference in Atlanta

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ATLANTA — In August 2016, Atlanta Community Schools voters approved a bond proposal that school officials say has helped with school construction and athletic and facility upgrades. The bonds, expected to take 15 years to pay off through a property tax increase in the district, was split ...

Police seek Walmart thief

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Courtesy Photo A man acting suspiciously in the Alpena Walmart on March 22 led Michigan State Police troopers to an investigation revealing the theft of over $6,500 in merchandise from the store. Surveillance video caught images of the suspect in the thefts, who is described as a white male ...