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It’s no summer camp

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ST. IGNACE — The steel door opened with a click. At a table, a figure in an inmate-orange shirt sat playing cards. At his elbow rested a small stack of notebooks and a 24-count box of crayons. The strawberry-blonde boy with mild brown eyes, perhaps 12 or 13 years old, glanced ...

Weather service warns of visibility issues, slick roads

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ALPENA — Motorists in Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties, especially those traveling along U.S.-23 from Alpena to Rogers City, should be prepared for rapidly changing visibilities and slick roads, according to a special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service in ...

A solemn service

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SPRUCE — Jim Farrar, a resident of Caledonia Township, has spent a little over five months really getting to know the veterans buried at Pleasant View Cemetery in Spruce. The 68-year-old veteran of the Vietnam War began finding his way around the cemetery just before Memorial Day. ...

APS cancels afterschool activities

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Alpena Public Schools issued the following message today: Due to predicted weather snow accumulation and road conditions, there will be no after school activities tonight.

Imagination Movers bring the fun

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ALPENA — A thousand jumping, arm-waving, grin-flashing children and their equally animated parents, grandparents, and favorite adults commandeered the Aplex ballroom Sunday as the high-energy, infectiously upbeat band Imagination Movers brought their unique, kid-friendly style to Alpena. ...

Marines celebrate 244 years of tradition, values

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ALPENA— Sweet frosting clung to the blade of a sword in a crowded bar on Alpena’s south side. The Marines were having a birthday, and, once again, it was time to pass down a piece of cake and two-and-a-half centuries of tradition. For 244 years, United States Marines have been ...

Bell ceremony commemorates Edmund Fitzgerald ship

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News Photo by Julie Riddle A community member in attendance at Saturday’s bell ringing ceremony at Roger City’s Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum commemorates the 44th anniversary of the November 10th sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in the 35- to 52-foot waves of Lake Superior in 1975. ...

Alpena students honor vets

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena High School students sing “God Bless America” Friday at Besser Elementary School’s Veterans Day assembly. Besser honored veterans who have served and also those who are currently serving with gift bags, songs, and speeches. Neiman’s Family Market ...

Sanborn gets $150 for attendance program

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg From left to right, Meaghan Gauthier, director of K-12 curriculum for Alpena Public Schools, Carly Lixey, school success worker at Sanborn Elementary School, and LeAnn Schultz, director of marketing for the Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union, show a $150 check that ...

Sanborn, Hinks students advance to state VEX IQ Championship

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Courtesy Photo This photo, courtesy of Alpena High School robotics coach Melissa Doubek, shows Sanborn Elementary School students who won the Alpena Area VEX IQ League on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. The tournament was a qualifier for the state VEX IQ tournament in February, which the Sanborn ...

Giving kids a clean slate

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Kids will be kids, the adage goes. A question raised recently at the state level had legislators debating a question that logically follows: What IS a kid? A recent change to state law, signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in October, raises the age of designation for adults in the criminal ...

Habitat tries to salvage what it can

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ALPENA —Odd, surreal, eerie and amazing. That is how Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan Executive Director Ted Fines described being in a portion of the Habitat’s ReStore building on Friday after it had been devastated by fire Sunday. Fines and other Habitat employees and ...

County hits employees amid deficit

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ALPENA — Alpena County commissioners on Friday voted on sweeping changes to the county’s pension programs and health care coverage for employees. The county is staring at a nearly $1 million deficit on its nearly $10 million budget heading into the new year. Making up that deficit will ...

Alpena High students get a taste of poverty with simulation

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ALPENA — Alpena High School students and staff on Friday experienced what it was like to live in poverty. The Missouri Community Action Network Poverty Simulation visited the school and allowed both students and staff to step into the shoes of people living in poverty. They were all given a ...

Going once … sheriff moonlights as auctioneer

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ROGERS CITY — “Boom! You bought it,” the auctioneer called, the crowd erupting in grins as the high bidder waved a hand happily. It was another fundraiser dinner and live auction in Rogers City, once again conducted by Joe Brewbaker, full-time Presque Isle County sheriff and part-time ...

Saved home shows importance of smoke detectors, owners say

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ALPENA — A newspaper on Annette Simpson and Rodney Theriac’s kitchen counter flashed the latest news about the fire that reduced an Alpena business to a pile of rubble last weekend. “You don’t think a fire is an everyday experience,” Simpson said. “But they ...

Man arrested in fatal Hubbard Lake crash

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A man involved in an Oct. 26 crash that killed an Oscoda woman was arrested Friday on a charge of operating while intoxicated causing death. Louis Barch, 49, of Spruce, turned himself in to the Michigan State Police after a felony warrant was issued by the Alcona County prosecutor for the ...

Man who fled police arrested for ecstasy

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An Alpena man who last month led police on a multiple-county chase while he was wanted on multiple warrants has now been charged with possession of ecstasy with the intent to deliver. Jared Barnett, 29, fled police on foot and by vehicle in Alpena at the beginning of October, finally located ...

King, Kieliszewski case heads to court

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An off-the-record, pretrial hearing took place between the attorneys for Alpena County Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski and former undersheriff Terry King. The conference call on routine matters took place with Judge George Mertz of the 46th Circuit Court, who will reside over the civil suit. Judge ...

BIZ BRIEFS

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Hundreds of kids tour area manufacturers Dozens of students from across northern Michigan toured area manufacturers throughout October as part of the Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium’s celebration of Manufacturing Day, Michigan Works! said in a news release. In total, 535 kids from 23 ...