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Soap’s On!

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“It all started with one pony we got for the girls, and the pony needed a friend, so we got a goat, and what to do with this goat?” What to do with this goat, indeed. That’s the question Kira Bixel asked herself (and probably her husband, Jason) after starting a collection of barnyard ...

McAnsh trains in Traverse City

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Dr. Kirk McAnsh of the Life-Energy Institute in Alpena recently travelled to a nutrition seminar at The Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. “The information presented in the seminar was not only interesting, but very practical as it added to my 42 years of nutrition study ...

Going up

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Department of Public Works crews set the city Christmas tree in place at Culligan Plaza Thursday morning in preparation for the holiday season. The tree was donated by Alpena County and removed from the Alpena County Fairgrounds. The tree will be lighted ...

Mitch Albom event is sold out

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Alpena County Library officials confirmed this morning that tickets have sold out for Saturday's Mitch Albom author event at noon at Fletcher Street Depot in Alpena. Albom is speaking from noon to 2 p.m. about his newest book "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven."

Officials: Tunnel best plan for Line 5

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ALPENA — An agreement between the State of Michigan and Enbridge Inc. to decommission the oil pipeline known as Line 5 and have a new pipeline built in the confines of a tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac has several hurdles to clear, but progress is being made, state officials told ...

‘October is hardly ever normal’

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ALPENA — The month of October was a mixture of lots of rain, a couple days of hot weather, and days with cooler temperatures for Alpena. Alpena got 4.52 inches of rain, surpassing the normal value of 2.61 inches. Michael Boguth, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in ...

State pays for school safety

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By KAITLIN RYAN News Staff Writer ALPENA — The Michigan State Police announced Wednesday the names of schools in the state that received part of a $25 million grant to purchase equipment and technology to improve overall school safety. Statewide, there were 114 public school districts, ...

Street closure extended

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News Photo by Darby Hinkley Crews work on utilities on Second Avenue on Thursday. The closure of Second Avenue, from Chisholm Street to River Street, and River Street, from Second Avenue to Third Avenue, has been extended through Saturday, the city said in a news release Thursday. The closure ...

Scary, good fun

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News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley TOP: Some of the more than 100 intricately carved and illuminated Jack-o-lanterns adorning the yard of a home on Ferncliff Drive in Alpena Township are seen during trick-or-treating on Wednesday. The pumpkins featured many designs and images from pop culture, ...

Former Fair Board member waives prelim

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ALPENA — Bradley Avery, the former Alpena County Fair Board member accused of embezzlement, waived his right to a preliminary examination on Wednesday and his case was bound over to 26th Circuit Court for trial. Avery was arrested Aug. 31 at his home after the Alpena County Sheriff’s ...

PI Sheriff dept expands

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ROGERS CITY — Several moves made at the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office will help protect residents and officers who are on duty, officials said. The county hired a new deputy to replace new Undersheriff Chris Flewelling, who was promoted when current Sheriff Joe Brewbaker was ...

Election looming, Alcona County examines budget

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners held a budget meeting on Wednesday to continue trimming unnecessary funding in preliminary discussions for the 2019 fiscal year. Since a property tax proposal failed in the August primaries, commissioners have been carving out the ...

Residents advocate for business in tax dispute

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HARRISVILLE — At the Alcona County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, members of the public attended to discuss issues with the tax assessment of a local business. Joyce Hook attended the meeting and said she sold the property that is now planned to be developed into the Alcona ...

Ka-ching!

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ALPENA — Two Alpena County residents recently won big playing the Michigan Lottery. An Alpena County woman won $300,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Poker Multiplier instant game, the state lottery said. In a press release, lottery officials said the woman was downstate visiting ...

Countdown to Christmas

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ALPENA — Today may only be Halloween, but Alpena Department of Public Works employees have been preparing the downtown for the Christmas season for about a week. Thanks to funding from the Alpena Downtown Development Authority, there will be some new decorative features this year that ...

Alpena ready for robotics competition Saturday

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CORRECTION: This weekend's offseason robotics competition at Alpena High School is called Bots on the Bay. The name of the competition was incorrect in an earlier version of this story. ALPENA — On Saturday, 24 robotics teams from around the state will be at Alpena High School for the Bots ...

Child abuse prevention group thanks supporters

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HARRISVILLE — On Tuesday, a special breakfast meeting was hosted by the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council, known as CANPAC, to thank the the many sponsors that help make its services possible. The organization is a designated local council of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund ...

Alcona schools double down on math, science

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LINCOLN — Alcona Elementary School has implemented an Elementary Modified Instructional Model for first- through third-graders to ensure students are getting a strong foundation of math and science. For the 2017-18 school year, the state’s MISchooldata.org shows more than half of the ...

County sets new impound, kennel rates

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners has voted to establish new impound and kennel rates for dogs in the county. Amendments to the county’s ordinance regarding licensing rates could be made in the coming months, as well. Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski said a kennel license will ...

‘Helping others to get well’

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ALPENA — At the corner of Second Avenue and White Street in Alpena is a house that is now dedicated to medical students or for those in medical residencies. On Monday, the house was donated to the MidMichigan Health Foundation by Edward Grezlak, who helped design the home. The house ...