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Light of hope, light of sorrow

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ALPENA — The holiday season is a special time to remember and honor the people you love and soak in the memories of times spent with them. At MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena on Thursday, the annual Love Light Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was held. Each light on the trees paid ...

‘I want to be like that’

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ALPENA — Each year, fifth-graders in Alpena Public Schools, All Saints Catholic School, and Immanuel Lutheran School have older students they can look up to. Each year, Alpena High School seniors are selected by Tim Marquardt, high school liaison officer with the Alpena Police ...

Schools optimistic about state budget deal

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ALPENA — Northeast Michigan superintendents are hopeful money lost through Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto pen will return to the schools before the end of the year. A supplemental bill to restore some of the vetoed school funds, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, passed the ...

Guard troops from Alpena, elsewhere march in Latvian parade

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Courtesy Photo This photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Schumann shows airmen from the Michigan Air National Guard passing the official viewing party during the Latvian Independence Day Parade in Riga, Latvia, on Nov. 18. Senior Master Sgt. Jeremy Wohlford, fire chief at the CRTC, and Staff Sgt. Eric ...

Man escapes truck fire

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Firefighters extinguish the last of the flames that decimated the front end of a pickup truck on Bloom Road north of Alpena. The driver, while driving to his deer camp Thursday morning, noticed a smoky smell moments before fire burst through the air vents of his ...

State clears way for speedier addiction treatment

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ALPENA — A day’s wait can be a life-or-death matter. That was the driving impetus behind a change made by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which on Monday lifted restrictions to accelerate the speed at which opiate addicts can receive access to medications with the ...

Cookbook aims to compile the flavors, stories of community

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ALPENA —A community cookbook that hopes to capture the cultural heritage of people living in Northeast Michigan is in the works and is now accepting submissions. The cookbook is a joint project of the Rogers City Senior and Community Center and the Presque Isle District Library that ...

Police: Man tried to bribe witness

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An attempted bribe landed a Millersburg man in jail for a second time when Marc Russell was arrested Tuesday, police said. Out of jail on bond after being charged with threatening people at a house party with a firearm, Russell, 37, allegedly offered money to someone not involved with the ...

Suspect in hit-and-run arrested

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A woman who fled the scene of a crash was arrested Thursday afternoon in Alpena. A two-car collision badly damaged a burgundy Jeep that had been travelling southbound on U.S.-23 at the intersection Golf Course Road. The other car, a white Honda Accord, left the scene of the crash after ...

A Christmas bus ride for an auburn-haired doll

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Christmas has always been a special time for us. The birth of our Savior, the beautiful church services, and the church programs are things we always anticipated. But the one I remember the most was an event that I did not anticipate. At a recent Melville luncheon, we were discussing the ...

Santa, heroes take kids shopping

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ALPENA — Kids had the chance Wednesday to go shopping with local heroes. Kids went shopping with members of local law enforcement, firefighters, military personnel, and conservation officers during the annual Shop with a Hero event at Meijer. Each child was given a Meijer gift card to ...

Pied Piper greenhouse sale kicks off Friday

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ALPENA — People searching for the perfect Christmas gift might find it at Pied Piper School’s annual Holiday Greenhouse Sale. The sale, which begins Friday and runs through Dec. 13, raises money for the school. Teacher Janis Sahr said the money is used for field trips, school supplies, ...

Airport headed for banner year, officials hope for second hub

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ALPENA — This year could end up a banner year for the Alpena County Regional Airport, and officials anticipate 2020 could be even more successful, especially if a new contract can be reached with SkyWest Airlines. Last month, officials said the airport had eclipsed the 10,000-enplanement ...

Alcona County proposes ‘tough’ budget

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HARRISVILLE —The Alcona County Board of Commissioners is proposing a $5.2 million budget for the 2020 fiscal year, a 6% increase over the current budget. The county’s general fund budget is balanced with $455,000 transferred from its tax revolving fund, which is used to pay townships, ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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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 Nov. 29-Dec. 3 Complaints: 34 Police runs: 20 People investigated: 80 Traffic stops: 8 Citations: 1 Warnings: ...

A record-breaking November

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ALPENA — November started off cold, as the first 17 days of the month saw below-normal temperatures. It wasn’t until Nov. 18 when temperatures reached above-average. The average temperature for November was 31.5 degrees, 4 degrees below normal for the month. Mike Boguth, ...

Memories of Christmases in Alpena

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Our memories come in all shapes and sizes. I’m sitting here sipping my tea and wandering around in my mind. A Christmas Story. There are many, but today I’m mindful of how Christmas was back in the 1940s. World War II was over and America was settling down to business as usual. You see, it ...

Funeral home fined by state agency

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ALPENA — The Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science levied a fine against an Alpena funeral home and its owner for selling prepaid funerals while not being registered under the Michigan Prepaid Funeral and Cemetery Sales Act. The state board took the action early last month ...

Salmon help kids and the Great Lakes

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ALPENA — Besser Elementary School fifth-graders are learning all about salmon. Teacher Allison Hartmeyer’s classroom is participating in Salmon in the Classroom, a yearlong program in which teachers receive fertilized salmon eggs from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “We ...

DDA stands by pot position

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ALPENA — Earlier this year, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority board voted 6-5 to recommend that the Alpena Municipal Council allow at least one medical marijuana dispensary downtown. After learning the buildings housing such businesses are ineligible for government grants, the ...