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Group to pay parents for feedback on programs

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HARRISVILLE — Parents participating in a home visiting program for children up to 5 years old are being offered incentives to attend quarterly local leadership meetings to provide feedback that can help home-visiting agencies better their services for qualifying families. The Local ...

Microplastics in my microbrew? 

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ALPENA — Pollution from plastic has become a growing environmental concern and, in a state like Michigan, the threat of plastics contaminating one of the greatest natural resources — freshwater — has become an alarming problem as studies discover microplastics in fish, tap water, and ...

Two injured in 4-wheeler crash

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg A four-wheeler crashed on Sunday evening on Lake Winyah Road in Alpena. The four-wheeler lost control and the two riders fell off. The two riders were both injured and transported to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena.

House fire battled in Alpena

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ALPENA — The Alpena City Fire Department battled a blaze at 4:35 a.m. Sunday at 121 W. Hamilton Street in Alpena. No one was hurt. Fire crews found a one-and-a-half story residential structure with fire coming out of the second-floor window. A resident on the scene reported that ...

Sleeping with T-rex

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OSSINEKE — It was during an episode of “Treehouse Masters” that Dinosaur Gardens owner Gary Stephan thought treehouses would be a good fit for the dinosaur park. Stephan, who purchased the property six years ago with his wife, Connie, had been looking to add another element to the ...

Pettalia honored with U.S.-23 sign

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PRESQUE ISLE — Almost two years after he died, former state Rep. Peter Pettalia was honored on Friday as the Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway was unveiled in Presque Isle County. State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, pushed for the Michigan Senate to designate a portion of U.S.-23 in honor ...

‘So many red flags’

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ALPENA —Like many of their peers around Michigan, local clerks in Alpena County are scrambling to fulfill a request made through Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act which seeks ballot and voting data from the 2016 presidential election. It is going to be a long and tedious process to ...

New clerk named in Alpena Township

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ALPENA — On Friday, the Alpena Township Board of Trustees appointed Michele Palevich as the new township clerk. Palevich was appointed after Clerk Karie Bleau announced her resignation during a board meeting on July 23. Bleau’s last day is Monday. She resigned after her husband, former ...

United Way off to strong start on 2018 campaign

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ALPENA —If it wasn’t for the United Way of Northeast Michigan and its many generous donors, many local groups and organizations would be limited in the amount of support they provide to seniors, youth, the poor, sick and abused. On Friday, the United Way celebrated the official kickoff of ...

Another day at Tesla: Execs depart, Musk invites controversy

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By The Associated Press Another executive departure, another controversy over the CEO’s behavior, another stock drop. Another typical day at Tesla. Although the details change, the pattern stays the same. This time, the executive departure is David Morton, chief accounting officer at ...

Love your beer

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News Photo By Kaitlin Ryan Brant Austin and Jason Luther are pictured in the brewery of the Austin Brothers Beer Co. on Friday, which was National Beer Lover’s Day.

Customer appreciation

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News Staff Photo Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet celebrates a Customer Appreciation Day on Friday with lunch featuring hot dogs, chips, drink and apple pie.

Nonprofit storytelling is the subject of lecture

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The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan will host a workshop titled “Better Stories by Design: Crafting Narratives that Stick” from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 2 at the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Libary, 211 N. First Ave. The workshop, part of the foundation’s Regional ...

Open house for Outpatient Behavioral Health Unit Tuesday

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ALPENA — The MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena will host an open house for its new Outpatient Behavioral Health Unit from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The open house will feature tours, meet-and-greets with hospital staff, information about behavioral health programs and light refreshments. ...

Free hearing tests for firm’s 70th

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The Miracle-Ear Center is celebrating its 70th anniversary by offering free hearing evaluations, product demonstrations and more throughout the month of September at its stores, including the Alpena location at 1033 N. Bagley St. in the Crossroads Plaza. Residents can call 877-792-8342 to ...

Celebrating a century

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ALPENA — To make it to 100, all you have to do is wake up 36,500 days in a row. That’s 876,000 hours of life. Or 52.56 million minutes. Or 3.1536 billion seconds. On Sunday, Barb Carlson will wake up as a centenarian for the first time in her life. To celebrate her 100th birthday, she ...

Teens take on downtown

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ALPENA — There is a lot to do in downtown Alpena, but many of the events and businesses seem to draw people who are a little on the older side. A new committee being formed by the Alpena Downtown Development Authority aims to change that and have local high school students plan youth ...

‘Abnormally warm’

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ALPENA – August was one of the hottest months on record for the area and it’s going to remain warm through next week. Jeff Lutz, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord, said this August was the fifth-hottest August on record and this summer has been the ...