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Alcona approves settlements for townships

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners approved to pay settlement payments for the townships on Wednesday. County Treasurer Cheryl Franks asked the commissioners to approve $1,416,768.60 of settlement checks for the townships. “I’m asking the checks either be written ...

Bomb threat at TBJH

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ALPENA — At around 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, a written bomb threat was discovered in a girls’ bathroom stall at Thunder Bay Junior High. In consultation with law enforcement, a decision was made to evacuate the building and students were safely escorted to Alpena High School by TBJH staff, ...

Groups request money from city council

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council received informational reports from Target Alpena, the Wildlife Sanctuary Board and Thunder Bay Theater during its meeting Monday, each entity also made a request for funding, as the city begins its budget process. Target requested $40,000 for economic ...

New place, new sign

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Convention and Visitors Bureau President Mary Beth Stutzman watches as a crew from Omega Electric prepares to hang a new sign on the Alpena Welcome Center. The new home of the CVB will provide visitors and locals a place to learn more about where to go ...

APS updating security at all buildings

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ALPENA —Alpena Public Schools is in the process of updating the security at each school. Superintendent Dr. John VanWagoner said discussions have taken place with the district’s architect and construction management companies, Integrated Designs Inc. and Wolgast Corporation, on how to ...

Huron Pines to help residents plant native greenbelt

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ALPENA — This spring Huron Pines would like Alpena residents to help them reach a goal. It would like to help plant 300 feet of native greenbelt to help control erosion and pollution entering Lake Huron. “We’re in the last year of the project. We’ve been working on a coastal ...

Council votes against group’s gun resolution effort

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council voted 3-2 against a resolution to support the March for Our Lives effort that calls for elected officials to take a stronger stand on guns. Mayor Matt Waligora, council members Susan Nielsen and Mike Nowak against supporting the resolution. Cindy Johnson ...

Local group to host March for our Lives

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ALPENA — People for Social Justice in Alpena will be hosting a March for Our Lives walk and join many other communities around the country that will be doing the same. The walk’s intent is to show support for victims of school shootings, as well as call for stricter gun laws. The ...

APS to have city collect its summer taxes

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved the 2018 summer tax collection in the City of Alpena. Assistant Superintendent of Operations Diane Block said the finance committee met last week and recommended the agreement. “Last fall, the board adopted a resolution to ...

Record-setting celebration for Alcona FFA

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LINCOLN — The Alcona Community Schools FFA Chapter held its ninth annual maple syrup celebration on Saturday and a record of 852 people attended. The students were at the Alcona FFA Sugar Shack at 5 a.m. on Saturday to get everything ready for when they needed to start cooking. They made ...

Stone to run for PI County probate judge

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ROGERS CITY — Attorney Erik Stone will run for the open seat of Presque Isle County probate judge in the November general election. “It’s that point in my career and in my life. I also want to give back to the community I call home. It’s something I feel like I’m qualified to do. ...

AHS Robotics team wins Chairman’s Award

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Several regional FIRST Robotics teams competed this weekend at the Escanaba and Gaylord Tournaments. Alpena High School Robotics Team 5505 won the Chairman’s Award at the Escanaba Tournament over the weekend. The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award in FIRST Robotics. It honors ...

Learning to handle

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Teen dating violence is a subject that schools and law enforcement are working on to help students learn more about, and to build awareness about the topic. Alpena High School counselors Mary Daoust, Robyn Miller and Lori Vought all said parents should be involved with their children’s ...

Creative spirit

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ALPENA — Fifth-graders at Ella White Elementary School are making their own yo-yos using 3D printers to raise money to go on environmental stewardship projects. The goal of the project is to develop a yo-yo the class could produce and sell for a retail value $3. “We have multiple ...

Students happy with outcome of walkout

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ALPENA — Alpena High School was one of many schools on Wednesday that participated in National Walkout Day and AHS students are not done with getting their message out. Isabel Luther, an AHS junior, said some students are going to participate in the March for Our Lives event on March ...

Bowling for the club

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New Photo by Jordan Spence People aim for a strike at the St. Patrick’s Day: Mentoring for Kid’s Sake Bowling Party Friday at Thunder Bowl Lanes in Alpena. The party is one of the main fundraisers for the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena.

Scholarship available for foster children

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ALPENA — Friday was the first day for foster children to apply for a scholarship from the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund. “It’s basically a scholarship/endowment fund,” Robin Lott, Michigan Education Trust executive director, said. “What we do is raise funds to benefit ...

Community Financial wins Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award

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Community Financial Credit Union is one the nationwide winners of the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. The Credit Union National Association’s Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award is awarded annually to recognize model credit union efforts to teach personal finance concepts ...

CTE program receives upgrades

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ALPENA — The Alpena High School Career and Technical Education program received upgrades last year that have made the program one of a kind and offers students a variety of opportunities to prepare themselves for after high school. There are 11 CTE programs: auto technology, agriscience, ...

MidMichigan earns ACR accreditation in breast ultrasound

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MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast ultrasound as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. “The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety,” Steve ...