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Fletcher: Residency factor in retirement locations

March 25, 2014 Quite a long time ago, I attended a seminar about making profits. more »»

Krawczak: Removing those unwanted stigmas

March 24, 2014 I was in a city with a population of about 125,000 people last weekend. My hotel was a little further from downtown than I had hoped so I ended up taking several taxi ride. more »»

Editorial: Need for compromise is greater than ever

March 23, 2014 Not long ago, Northern Michigan University invited me to address students there as part of a series of addresses on public polic. more »»

Editorial: Amendment to FOIA good step for Michigan

March 21, 2014 “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. more »»

Speer: Ice on Great Lakes affecting commerce

March 21, 2014 Spring is usually heralded with thoughts of robins, early-season flowers or buds on the trees. Along the Great Lakes, spring is heralded in with the arrival of lake boats again in port. more »»

Editorial: Crowded millage ballot could leave some without

March 20, 2014 The August ballot for Alpena County voters is quickly becoming saturated with ballot issues. more »»

Gray: Run your schedule, run your health

March 18, 2014 Katie Engstrom of Alpena is a mother of two young children who works full-time at her family business. She used to plan her weekends with activities. more »»

Fletcher: Of fire departments, water rates and city managers

March 18, 2014 Sometimes good things come from adversity. more »»

Stutzman: Tourism matters to area’s growth

March 17, 2014 I am fired up! I recently returned from the 2014 Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism. more »»

Editorial: Gas prices keeping road repairs to a minimum

March 14, 2014 A supplemental appropriations package passed by the Michigan Legislature this week will provide $215 million for priority road projects and winter maintenance — certainly a welcome short-term benefi... more »»

Speer: Recent events chilly reminder of past

March 14, 2014 Late last month Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law legislation requiring school districts each year to conduct fire, severe weather and “lockdown” drills in their schools. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

March 14, 2014 Winter Carnival Q. Reader Kristen Schnell asks, "When were the popular Winter Carnivals held in Alpena, and what happened to them? A. The first Alpena Winter Carnival was held Jan. more »»

Editorial: A fitting, lasting tribute

March 13, 2014 Remembering the legacy of a loved one is a noble achievement. Thanks to the family and friends of Susan Grulke, that indeed will occur each year now via a scholarship at Alpena Community College. more »»

Krawczak: Where did all the positive news go?

March 10, 2014 Where did all the positive news go? This topic came up for discussion in a recent meeting I was involved in. It was intriguing, so the scholar in me did a little bit of research. more »»

Editorial: Some good news about state’s unemployment rates

March 7, 2014 Looking for some good news this morning? Here in Michigan that news would be this — the state’s unemployment figure for January was 7.8 percent, making it the lowest rate since May 2008. more »»

Speer: A plan to follow for water rates

March 7, 2014 Will Alpena officials seriously consider a request by municipal council to review other options that could reduce the impact of their proposed water rate hikes to users of the system? I hope so. more »»

Editorial: Army Corps of Engineers report good news for Great Lakes

March 6, 2014 What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time we were reading reports from Lansing that Gov. more »»

Fletcher: Consolidation is key to survival

March 4, 2014 In the early 1800s Michigan’s Lower Peninsula was surveyed, and to this day we measure property from the “Base Line” and the “Meridian” that were established in that survey. more »»

Stutzman: What life chapter are you on?

March 3, 2014 Have you ever read the same book a friend was reading? The anticipation of finding out where each other is at in the book and what parts of the story are being discovered is fun. more »»

Editorial: Cold has had adverse effect on businesses

February 28, 2014 Not only is this winter’s cold weather beginning to tax the patience of area residents, it also is taking a toll on regional businesses. more »»



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