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Officials pleased with surcharge results

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ATLANTA — Montmorency County voters approved a 911 surcharg, 677-520 Tuesday and county officials are pleased with the results. “I am happy that the surcharge increase passed,” 911 Director/Administrative Assistant Donna Baranyai said. “It makes me really proud to live in a ...

Waiting for voters

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Volunteer poll workers JoAnn LeTourneau, left, and Dottie Wagner eagerly await voters to come to the 1st Precinct polling place at the APlex in Alpena Tuesday. Voters cast their ballots to decide city issues as well as a county millage for a new jail.

Jail millage passes

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ALPENA — It was close, but voters in Alpena County approved a 20-year millage that will cover the payment of bonds to be used for a new jail built near Alpena County Regional Airport. The millage passed 2,855-2,318. The final vote total will be finalized by the board of canvassers, which ...

Voters choose Johnson, Hess as council members

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ALPENA — There will be only a slight change on Alpena Municipal Council following Tuesday’s election results. Incumbent Cindy Johnson was re-elected for another term and write-in candidate Amber Hess edged Rick Rafferty, who also ran as a write-in. Hess will replace Councilman Shawn ...

Fishing

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Jason Smolski and Logan Momrik fish along the Thunder Bay River in Alpena Tuesday.

Village officials outline need for storm sewer maintenance plan

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LINCOLN — Officials with the Village of Lincoln have highlighted the need for continued maintenance of village storm drains. Village President Phil Jordan discussed the need Monday during a village council meeting. He said as the village’s Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ...

DDA says no to paid parking

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ALPENA — It could be a long time before there is paid parking in downtown Alpena. At Tuesday’s Alpena Downtown Development Authority meeting, Chairman Mike Mahler provided an update on the idea, which was discussed at a recent parking committee meeting. The idea, which has been floated ...

Council expresses concern on blight from fires

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LINCOLN — The Lincoln Village Council will work to address properties that are considered blight after fires occurred within the village limits. Councilwoman Bonnie Gauthier expressed her concern with a property that burned more than a year ago and has remained in place without a ...

Hillman to shorten airport runway

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HILLMAN — The Hillman Village Council discussed on Tuesday the Hillman Airport and figured out a temporary solution to some problems that have been occurring. “We are not having any luck with the property owners that own the property at neither of the strip, which is the main ...

RC approves extending Consumers agreement

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ROGERS CITY — The franchise agreement between Rogers City and Consumers Energy has been extended. The City of Rogers City Council approved the extension during a meeting Tuesday. “It’s an energy company. They operate other franchises in municipalities, townships wherever they have ...

Local man awarded highest honor in sport fishing

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ALPENA — An Alpena charter boat captain has been awarded one of the highest honors in the state. Ed Retherford, captain of the Trout Scout, recently was presented the 2017 Michigan Charter Boat Association Award for distinguished service to the organization and the sport of fishing ...

Council votes to approve community engagement statement

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ALPENA — The City of Alpena has been a participant of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Redevelopment Communities program for several years, but changes to it have forced the city to develop plans to continue. On Monday Alpena Municipal Council voted to approve a community ...

Skibbe wraps up first year as supervisor

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ALPENA — It has been almost a year since Nathan Skibbe took over as Alpena Township supervisor and he has taken all the challenges that have been thrown at him and taking it all in stride and helping the township grow. “I knew that this job was going to be a monumental task,” Skibbe ...

Harrisville Harbor docks closed to public until spring

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HARRISVILLE — Access to most of the areas of the Harrisville Harbor will be closed to the public until spring as construction progresses, according to Harbor Master Jim Ferguson. He said construction crews are busy refurbishing the harbor’s dock system, testing electrical systems and ...

Village council amends budget, updated on tax payments

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LINCOLN — The Lincoln Village Council outlined needed budget amendments and was briefed on tax collection activity by the village treasurer for the winter tax collection. During a Monday meeting Treasurer Holly Hussain said the winter tax collection has been a good one so far for the ...

AHS robotics competition

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Schools from around Michigan were at Alpena High School on Saturday to compete in the Bots on the Bay Northern Michigan FIRST Robotics Offseason Event. The alliance team of V2 Robotics from Alpena High School, Wiking Kujon from Posen Consolidated High School, and ...

RC Chamber selects winners at dinner

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ROGERS CITY — The renewed energy of the Rogers City development was the focus of the evening at the annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner, Saturday. “The chamber has gone through some big changes this year. We see these changes as opportunities to grow,” said Interim Chamber Director Kim ...

Delicious treats

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News Photo by Pamela Brunn Although the weather outside was dreary, the inside of Lincoln Elementary school was full of guests wandering around looking for Christmas gifts and ideas on Saturday. A steady flow of customers roamed the halls and gymnasium at Lincoln’s fall craft show.

Higher training

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena firefighters took part in training exercises on pumping rigs Friday. Two trucks, including the aerial truck, sprayed water.

A 50th anniversary celebration

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ALPENA – The doncrete technology program at Alpena Community College celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday at the World Center for Concrete Technology. “It’s a huge milestone and great credit to the instructors, students, employers, and everything for making an occupational program ...