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Cities named Alpena — count ‘em, all four

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ALPENA — Numerous cities and villages share the same name across the nation. The World Atlas, for example, shows Washington 88 times, Springfield 41, and Dayton 28. With an uncommon name, however, America boasts just three municipalities and one unincorporated region called Alpena. In ...

Gymnastics coach takes own life after being charged

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar killed himself Thursday, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to train and then abusing them. John Geddert ...

Northeast Michigan communities may benefit from healthcare grant

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ALPENA — Northeast Michigan may benefit from a $2.5 million federal grant, which will address healthcare staffing shortages in rural communities throughout the state. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s rural ...

Washington Ave. eyesore still standing, for now

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ALPENA — A burned Alpena house slated to be demolished this week will remain standing, for now, after asbestos was found inside the home, according to Andrea Kares, director of planning and development for the City of Alpena. The out-of-state owner of the Washington Avenue home, which was ...

First one-week stretch without virus-related deaths since November

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ALPENA ― Thursday marked the first time since early November that Northeast Michigan has gone a week without a reported coronavirus-related death. Meanwhile, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, which one week ago reported no patients hospitalized with coronavirus infection, now has one ...

Companies submit renderings for proposed medical marijuana shops

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ALPENA—The two companies that intend to open medical marijuana provisioning centers in Alpena have submitted renderings of what the new businesses in the city may look like when built. Last year, the Alpena Municipal Council selected the applications from Green Buddha and Lume Cannabis ...

Local schools continue test preparations

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ALPENA — Northeast Michigan’s superintendents are not surprised U.S. Department of Education officials want federally required standardized testing to continue this year, although some are concerned that implementing the testing will take away instruction time for kids. The Education ...

Local drivers dealing with higher gas prices

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ALPENA — Gas prices have accelerated to their highest in more than a year, and it’s not looking promising they’ll ease off any time soon after a nationwide storm pushed the pedal of a price climb that began as 2020 ended. The recent increase in gas prices shouldn’t take anyone by ...

Police Blotter: 13 traffic stops in Presque Isle County

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of Feb. 14-20 Complaints handled: 40 Police runs: 24 Persons investigated: 115 Autos investigated: 42 Traffic stops: ...

9 new infections reported

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ALPENA -- Public health officials on Wednesday reported nine newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including six Alpena County residents, two Presque Isle County residents, and one Montmorency County resident. As of Feb. 18, local public health agencies have reported ...

Atlanta, Hillman school boards mull consolidation

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ATLANTA — Talks about whether Atlanta Community Schools and Hillman Community Schools should consolidate are underway. Trustees with the Atlanta and Hillman boards of education on Monday spent nearly 90 minutes discussing the potential for consolidation, before agreeing each board should ...

Voters to decide on continued 911 surcharge

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ALPENA — Voters in Alpena County will decide if they want to continue paying up to $3 on their telephone lines to help finance 911 operations. The Alpena County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for a special election in May to request voters’ approval of the ...

Police blotter: Six property damage cases in Alcona County

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY For the week of Feb. 15-21 59 complaints were handled, resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 4 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 18 Property Damage Accident: 6 Assist: ...

Six new virus positives as NE Michiganders continue to test

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ALPENA — Six more Northeast Michiganders have tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said on Tuesday, after an average of 29 coronavirus tests per day were administered to Northeast Michiganders in the past week, according to state data. An average of 50 Alpena County ...

AMA ESD to distribute rapid tests to student athletes

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ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education will make COVID-19 rapid testing available to its employees and serve as a hub to receive and distribute rapid tests to student athletes. The board recently authorized Superintendent Scott Reynolds to ...

Grant clears way for ACC welding expansion

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of a mixup at The News, an incorrect version of this story appeared on Page 1A Tuesday and briefly at TheAlpenaNews.com Tuesday morning. The correct version appears below. ALPENA -- Alpena Community College has received a $2.4 million grant that will allow the college ...

Two-car crash tangles traffic on 11th

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Responders assist a driver after her vehicle was hit during a two-car crash on 11th Avenue one block from the intersection at Chisholm Street in Alpena this afternoon. Traffic near the crash was diverted after a white car crashed into a black sport utility vehicle. The white car’s driver, who ...

Tech issues move fire department discussions to later date

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A pair of key issues regarding the fire department were tabled until a future meeting, after technical difficulties threw a monkey wrench into the Alpena Township Board of Trustees meeting Monday. Discussions on the township’s fire department, and information about a public input session ...