Wildlife Sanctuary board ready for Reel Fun

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ALPENA — The Reel Fun Ice Fishing Tournament has come a long way in the last nine years. It has become one of the state’s top ice fishing tournaments and attracts people from all over the state and beyond. The tournament, being held Feb. 25 on Grand Lake, is a fundraiser for the Alpena ...

Tournament to help raise funds for Alpena Senior Citizens Center

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ALPENA — The Alpena Senior Citizens Center cornhole tournament was created to help the public beat the winter blues as well as raise money for the center, according to Public Relations spokeswoman Tracy Niedzwiecki. The tournament will be Saturday at the Alpena Events Complex beginning at ...

Alcona County Library redesigning website

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Library’s website is undergoing a revision that may leave some of the website features missing for the next several weeks, according to Library Director Denise Bearre. She said the resulting new website will have new features for the public and also will ...

PI County set to replace computer software

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners made the first steps toward the purchase of $80,000 in new computer software. The new software is called BS&A and would replace the Pontem software for the equalization department. County Treasurer Bridget LaLonde said the ...


Class time

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Community College utility tech student Justin Murphy tests his pole climbing skills during an outdoor session of class Wednesday.

State roads faring better in northern regions

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ALPENA — In many parts of southern Michigan seasonal weight restrictions have been imposed on roads as mild winter temperatures are affecting roadways, according to officials with the Michigan Department of Transportation. Although there has been a milder than usual winter in northern ...

Township establishes two committees

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ALPENA — Two new primary committees have been established for Alpena Township after a recommendation from Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe. At Monday’s board of trustees meeting, Skibbe proposed the creation of a personnel committee and a policy and procedure committee. Both of ...


Taking it away

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News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki Randy Peppel empties snow from the loader into a dump truck in the parking lot of Alpena Harborside Mall on Wednesday afternoon.

Sexton appears for pre-trial conference

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Councilman Shawn Sexton appeared in 88th District Court for his pre-trial conference Wednesday. Sexton was arrested and charged with a pair of misdemeanor stalking charges against his ex-wife and a male acquaintance in November. Court documents show the ...

Grants to be submitted to help replace bridges

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LINCOLN — The Alcona County Road Commission will submit four grant applications for funding through the Michigan Department of Transportation Local Bridge Program. Managing Director Jesse Campbell outlined the issues with bridges during a Wednesday meeting. He said the four critical ...

Board approves purchasing 6 new computers

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ATLANTA — As part of a long series of upgrades to the county’s technological infrastructure, the Montmorency County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of six new computers. The purchase was approved Wednesday, and the computers will be placed throughout the county building. ...

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Automotive technology teacher Mark Hay explains to eighth grade students the different classes available through the auto shop. Students can opt to take just a basic maintenance class or work toward their motor vehicle mechanic certification through the classes offered at Alpena High School.

TBJH students get glimpse at AHS classes

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ALPENA — Eighth grade students from Thunder Bay Junior High traveled to Alpena High School on Thursday for a career and technical education expo to find out about the different options available to the students to gain professional experience while still in high school. The students first ...


Clearing it out

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Alpena resident Bill LaHaie uses a snowblower to remove snow and ice from his driveway Wednesday after a Tuesday storm blanketed the area.

PI tables 1010 Technology contract approval

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners tabled approval of a contract with 1010 Technology on Wednesday until after it has more discussion. “When we did it last fall we asked them for it to match up with the fiscal year. We have a six month and 18 month ...


False alarm

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Alpena Fire Department Chief Bill Forbusch said a neighbor called about smoke coming from the roof of a home. He said firefighters inspected the home and found no smoke or fire. He said what the neighbor saw was the steam from the dryer vent.

Township faces unexpected $24K bill

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ALPENA — After not having filed multiple tax documents for multiple years, the Alpena Township appropriated over $13,000 in penalties and interest and is still liable for up to another nearly $24,000 if a waiver from the state is not approved. At Monday’s board of trustees meeting ...

Mild winter lessens snow removal service

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ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Authority budgeted $12,000 for snow removal at intersections in the downtown so people would have easier access to sidewalks and businesses. Due to a somewhat mild winter, it only has needed the service done three times thus far. At its monthly meeting ...


Replacing a pump

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Mark Nowakowski of Suez, the third party contractor that manages the City of Alpena’s wastewater treatment, uses a boom on a city truck to move a refurbished pump at the State Avenue and Grant Street sewage lift station Tuesday. According to Nowakowski the station ...

A confident pace

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ALPENA — With every step, Brooke Mainville sees progress in the children she coaches in the Girls on the Run program. “Girls on the run is more than just a running program. It’s designed to build confidence and healthy habits,” organizer Cathy Goike said. Along with exercise ...

Lincoln mulls idea for garbage service

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LINCOLN — Members of the Lincoln Village Council will gauge public opinion on the potential of creating a village-wide trash collection program. The issue was discussed after Trustee Bill Putsky mentioned a successful recycling program that is conducted in Alpena County and wondered why ...