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Prep work

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Harborside Cycle & Sports owner Tom Dowd does some off-season maintenance to a bike while working in the store Monday. The weather may not be conducive to riding bikes, but that hasn’t prevented some people from getting them ready for spring.

Rogers City marina to have new website

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ROGERS CITY — A new website for the Rogers City Marina should be completed this spring. The website is part of a larger revamp of the marina and how it’s marketed. “We’re trying to get some more people into the town. We’re creating a marina specific website. That’s one of the ...

Car hits tree

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News Photo by Beth Gohs A single vehicle crashed into a tree in a residential neighborhood on North Oliver Street in Alpena on Sunday around 5:30 p.m. There was no further information available.

Officially over

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Department of Public Works employee Kevin Alexander removes lights from the Christmas tree a Culligan Plaza Friday. Crews also were taking down the wreaths that were hung on the light posts.

More money, more money

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ALPENA — The 2017 Michigan Brown Trout Festival was one of the most successful in recent memory, according to festival President Peggy Donakowski. Because of that the Brown Trout committee was able to give more money to the service groups that helped run the event. Donakowski said all of ...

Filmmakers will show extreme feats during TBIFF

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ALPENA — Filmmaker Elizabeth Kaiser said true life creates more interesting stories than anything conceptual. That is why she and her husband, Kyle Maddux-Lawrence, focus their efforts on documentary film work. One of their projects includes their film “Big Five Dive” that will be ...

Helping her Friends

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News Photo by Beth Gohs Corinne Fraley bowls in the Five 4 Friends fundraising campaign for Friends Together where teams of four compete for first second and third places and raise money through donations and pledges.

ACC spring enrollment down slightly

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ALPENA — Spring enrollment for Alpena Community College is down 1.7 percent. College President Don MacMaster discussed the numbers during Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting. “After the purge for nonpayment, which cuts into the revenue, enrollment is down 1.7 percent in head count ...

Gauthier takes seat as new Alcona commissioner

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HARRISVILLE — Dan Gauthier, a Caldonia district Republican, is the newest member on the Alcona County Board of Commissioners, replacing Kathleen Vichunas. Gauthier will finish Vichunas’ term after she took the position of Caldonia Supervisor. The former owner of G and G Construction, ...

United for a good cause

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Fresh Palate owner and chef Eric Peterson, left, and Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet Bruce Anschuetz, right, present United Way Campaign Chair Jamie Gohlke with checks totaling $550 for United Way. The money was raised from sales of the beer Thunder Bay Fog sold at ...

A day in the life of EMS personnel

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When the firefighters/paramedics at the Alpena Fire Department begin their shift in the morning they begin the process of making sure the equipment, tools and vehicles they need for emergencies are ready to go when the radio sounds. Then the action picks up, they quickly scramble to their ...

Lunch-n-Learn topics focus on vaccinations, falls and medications

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The MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena Community Outreach Committee will offer a Lunch-n-Learn Series this winter focusing on a variety of topics. The one-hour programs begin at 12 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. The cost, which includes lunch, is $7 per session or $20 for the series. The ...

Low levels of PFOS, PFOA detected

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ALPENA — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said tests done on the wells within a one-mile parameter of the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center showed little or no trace of the perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid like was found at the base. There ...

Township to receive bids for fire dept audit

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ALPENA — The Alpena Township Board of Trustees approved on Wednesday receiving bids to have a possible audit completed on the fire department after the fire committee recommended bids be compiled. “We’re just recommending that we get an audit done of the fire department,” Trustee ...

Alcona Farm to Fork presents first Farm Conference

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LINCOLN — The Alcona Regional Farm Conference will be held 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., Feb. 10, at the Lost Lake Woods Club in Lincoln — in correlation with the Farm to Fork program of Alcona — a first time event to promote and educate about the benefits of farming, buying local, and how to ...

Art of ballet

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Right to left, Miriam Denstaedt, 17, Mariah Brancheau, 13 and Marissa Klarich, 17, stretch during ballet class with Joy Klarich Thursday. Klarich owns Dancing with Joy which practices at the APlex.

Rogers City parks and recreation look to future projects

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ROGERS CITY — New elementary playground equipment, a splash pad and updates to Lakeside basketball courts are some of the projects the Rogers City Parks and Recreation Commission has considered. The commission discussed the possible plans during its meeting Wednesday. “All of our ...

Besser student wins essay contest

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ALPENA — Besser Elementary School fifth-grader Connor Cameron recently was announced as a winner at the chapter level of the 2017-18 American History Essay Contest. History Chairperson Dorothy Swafford and her panel of judges selected Cameron as Chief Shawano’s fifth grade chapter ...

It’s not too early to sign up for the Polar Plunge

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ALPENA — The Polar Plunge at The Sandbar Bar & Grill at Long Lake is the single largest fundraiser for Special Olympic athletes in Alpena County. It helps to cover costs of being able to participate in the Summer and Winter Games, as well as socialize with other competitors they have ...

Alcona board approves purchase of property

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners approve the county purchase of approximately 1.5 acres from Millen Township during its meeting Wednesday. Kevin Boyat, Alcona County Parks and Recreation member, presented the board with a proposed purchase of 1.4 acres of property ...