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Clark updates planning commission on South Bay progress

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ALPENA — South Bay is ready to take phase one of the US-23 South corridor planning stage to implementation and it will begin with more than a mile extension of bi-path. At Tuesday’s Alpena Planning Commission meeting, South Bay President Larry Clark provided an update on the project ...

Student exchange program seeking host families

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ALPENA —ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking families in the region to host foreign exchange students who may come to Michigan, according to area coordinator Charles Beaubien. This year as many as six families in the Alpena area have hosted youths from different ...

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Volley the ball

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Noah Keenan, 9, left, and Luke Neumann, 9, practice volleyball skills during Beth Kollien’s gym class at Besser Elementary Monday in Alpena.

MSP’s Angel Program for treatment of addicition

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ALPENA — The Michigan State Police Alpena Post initiated a new program Monday it hopes will lead to getting more people treatment for addiction. The program is called the Angel Program and MSP, along with Northern Michigan Regional Entity, will provide addicts and opportunity to ...

Dog park likely to become reality this summer

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ALPENA — There have been many dog owners in Alpena who have expressed a desire to have a dog park constructed somewhere in the city. It appears that is going to become a reality sometime this summer. Late last year a local Girl Scout named Abby O’Bryan and a group of residents led by ...

Fireman’s Ball this Saturday

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HILLMAN — The 42nd annual Fireman’s Ball will be Saturday at the Hillman Community Center to help raise money to purchase equipment. Hillman Fire Chief Jim Thompson said the event is a fun way to help raise money for the department. “This fundraiser is designed to help offset ...

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Waterline repairs

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News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki Tim Cramer of Environmental Excavating and Contracting finishes up work near the corner of Second Avenue and Chisholm Street Monday afternoon. Cramer said the process required the company to dig roughly four to five feet deep with the mini-excavator to access ...

Experts: Weather can have big affect on maple syrup yields

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PRESQUE ISLE — The temperature outside, the amount of snow on the ground and other factors all can come into play during the spring maple syrup season, according to experts. Although it seems the late winter’s erratic weather could be hampering harvests, producers are doing well in ...

AHS Science Olympiad wins regional

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ALPENA — The Alpena High School Science Olympiad reached a significant milestone on Saturday when it claimed its 10th straight regional victory, securing its spot in next month’s state finals. The 30th annual regional Science Olympiad was held at Alpena Community College where Alpena ...

RC board votes not to extend superintendent contract

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ROGERS CITY — Superintendent David O’Bryant’s contract was not extended at the Monday Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education meeting. “This is something we go through every year in March no matter when a superintendent gets hired,” board Vice President Deedra Haselhuhn ...

Alcona decides on new superintendent evaluation tool

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LINCOLN — The Alcona Community Schools Board of Education voted on a new tool that will be used to conduct the yearly evaluation of school superintendents. The discussion and decision has been taking place for several months, and before former Superintendent Shawn Thornton retired and ...

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Precord gives generously to Girl Scouts

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ALPENA — Donna Precord has spent her life making memories through volunteering efforts with several groups, including the Girl Scouts. After her marriage in 1957, her husband’s aunt asked Precord to help for an hour a week with the Girl Scouts. Precord, who spent three years in the ...

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Gunner Weaver hands his pinewood derby car to Dave Fisher during the fourth annual Ranger Derby at Atlanta Elementary Saturday. Weaver would end the day with a second place finish in his fifth grade division.

Kids prepare for, have fun at 4th annual Ranger Derby

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ATLANTA – Nearly four dozen raced their pinewood derby cars during the fourth annual Ranger Derby at Atlanta Elementary on Saturday. The event, put together on behalf of the Atlanta Full Gospel Assembly, allowed 43 kindergarten through fifth grade students to compete as well as five ...

Nerkowski steps down as commissioner

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ALPENA — Alpena County District 3 Commissioner Camille Nerkowski submitted her resignation Friday, effective immediately. Nerkowski, who was just beginning her second term after being re-elected in November has had health issues over the last several years and according to board of ...

Sanborn FD rescues 2 girls from river

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Crews from Sanborn Fire Department performed a water rescue in Devils River in Ossineke Thursday afternoon. Chief Dale Hart was the first one scene where he found two girls, ages eight and 10, soaking wet and cold. With one of the girls on an island and the other holding herself with a stick ...

Several city administrators nearing retirement

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ALPENA — Many of the current administrators for the City of Alpena were hired at nearly the same time, and in coming years it is likely they will retire in a relatively short time frame from one another. That is why they are in the process to make sure their is a smooth transition plan in ...

Teen takes top prize again at film festival

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ROGERS CITY — For the second time in one year DyShauna Rutherford has won a teen film festival. The 17-year-old from Rogers City won the grand prize at the Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival, last Saturday. Rutherford also won the Thunder Bay International Film Festival Student Competition ...

Montmorency takes steps to fix building temperatures

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ATLANTA — To help give more control of the temperature to two of the Montmorency County Building offices, the board of commissioners approved the purchase of splits and thermostats for the offices during Wednesday’s meeting. After a meeting with the buildings and grounds committee, ...

Program helps students get into better state of mind

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ALPENA — Methods for teachers and their students to unwind and cope with stressful situations was presented to the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District during its board of education meeting Thursday. English language arts teacher Julie Bastow and teacher consultant Tina ...

Allegra welcomes new web designer

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Allegra has grown its in-house design team with the addition of Jillian Seguin, who will be overseeing digital initiatives including website development, brand identity consultation and social media marketing. An Alpena native, Seguin graduated from Alpena High School in 2008 and received ...