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Practicing for performance

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News Photo by Beth Gohs The Alpena Improv Class prepares for its Jan. 21 performance at First United Congregational Church of Christ, warming up with “Three Things” a rapid game where each person must ask and answer three things they would do or use in a situation. Left to right, Tim ...

Festival competition still taking submissions

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ALPENA — There are a few more days for students to turn in entries for the Thunder Bay International Film Festival Student Competition. The deadline for submission is Friday and they can be turned in at www.bitly.com/sanctuariesare, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative ...

RSVP provides seniors opportunity to volunteer

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The Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program has adopted nine new counties into its program. They include Alcona, Montmorency, Presque Isle and Alpena counties. They all joined in late September. The program targets seniors and retirees 55 years and older, and connects them with organizations ...

Montmorency holds off on litigation decision

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ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners held an organizational meeting on Wednesday in which it discussed the opioid litigation from last week’s meeting. Undersheriff Brian Crane expressed his thoughts about the opioid litigation and asked if anybody had talked to the ...

Alcona County EMS purchases new equipment

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ALCONA — The Alcona County EMS replaced eight-year-old cardio monitor equipment for an estimated cost of $150,000 in December. The package includes five physio-control cardio monitors and two smaller “light packs,” both of which will be placed in the EMS classroom, as well as the county ...

Johnson new mayor pro tem

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council started the new year by voting on a new mayor pro tem and getting committee assignments during Tuesday’s meeting. Council voted 4-1 to appoint Cindy Johnson as mayor pro tem. She will replace Shawn Sexton who did not seek re-election last year. Mayor ...

Committee OKs salary raises for council

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council members will be getting an increase in their salaries in each of the next two years. During Tuesday’s council meeting, council voted to accept the recommendation from the Alpena Municipal Council Compensation Committee that will bump the current salaries ...

Court: Detroit-area officer has immunity in shooting lawsuit

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DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area police officer who killed a motorist with three shots violated the man’s constitutional rights but still has immunity in a lawsuit over deadly force, a federal appeals court said. In a 2-1 decision last week, the court said nothing appeared to justify the ...

DDA to hold strategic planning session

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ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority will be hosting a strategic planning session in the spring. The goal of the meeting is to get updates on goals already established, as well as set new ones. During its monthly meeting Tuesday, Executive Director Anne Gentry said there is ...

Road commission doesn’t receive funding

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Road Commission received a notice from the Michigan Department of Transportation that its Category F application for the Transportation Economic Development Fund was not approved for funding. An email the road commission received from Matt Wiitala of MDOT stated ...

Start it up

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Ben McClain starts up an antique snowmobile at his home Tuesday in Alpena. McClain is one of the organizers of the Antique Vintage and Snowmobile Show and Swap that takes place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Ramada Inn in Alpena.

Hillman council hears about mill renovation needs

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HILLMAN — The Hillman Village Council talked with Jim Dunn, director of operations at Brush Creek Mill, about the floors at the mill during Tuesday’s council meeting. John Burr of the Department of Public Works attended Tuesday’s meeting and told the council that the floor by the front ...

MSP seeks public’s assistance

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The Michigan State Police Alpena Post, is requesting the public's assistance in solving the theft of a purse from a customer's shopping cart at Wal-Mart in Alpena. The theft occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2017. The female customer left her purse in the shopping cart after ...

Words banned for the new year? ‘Fake news’ gets top vote

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DETROIT (AP) — Let me ask you this: Would a story that unpacks a list of tiresome words and phrases be impactful or a nothingburger? Worse, could it just be fake news? Northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University on Sunday released its 43rd annual List of Words Banished from the ...

Changing its location

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ALPENA — In 2018 visitors to Alpena will have a new place to go to receive information about the area. On Friday, the Alpena Convention and Visitors Bureau purchased the building located at 420 N. Second Avenue next to John A Lau Saloon and intends to open a visitors welcome center and ...

Cold end to month sets records; more possible

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ALPENA — The month of December began with mild weather where record high temperatures were approached. Three weeks later record cold temperatures are being shattered. According to the National Weather Service more temperature records could fall in the coming days before a brief warm-up ...

Skibbe ready for township’s move to charter township

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ALPENA — At its meeting last week, the Alpena Township Board of Trustees voted to become a charter township, and Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe said this move is something the township should have done decades ago. “We are finally getting to that point,” Skibbe said. “A lot of the ...

Mission: Fish

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Jenna Smolinski, 13, and Cameron Kuvve, 14, ice fish on the Thunder Bay River in Alpena Friday.

PI jail dealing with overcrowding

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Jail continues to be overcrowded. Undersheriff Joe Brewbaker discussed the jail status at the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners meeting Friday. “We’re at 37 as of today. We still have 11 housed out between two different counties,” he ...

Edible creations

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Left to right, Liz Barnhill, Clark Weir, Alexis Smith, Gregory Parks, and Derek Watson stand with their gingerbread houses at the Boys & Girls Club in Alpena on Friday.