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‘Alpena is absolutely ready’

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ALPENA — An older woman out with several young girls recently stopped Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Jessie Curtis as she was on patrol in her police uniform. Expecting the usual thanks for her service, Curtis said, she was surprised by the woman’s words: ...

Skaluba seeks new trial

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ALPENA—Attorneys for convicted sex offender Nicholas Skaluba appeared in court Friday to argue that Skaluba should be given a new trial because Alpena County Prosecutor Ed Black had “crossed the line” into misconduct at trial. Attorneys for Thompson Hein, originally Skaluba’s ...

King claims wrongful firing in suit against sheriff

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ALPENA —Former Alpena County undersheriff Terry King has sued the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski directly for what King believes was an unlawful termination in June. The summons, filed Thursday and obtained Friday from the county Clerk’s Office, says ...

Foreclosure lawsuits headed to federal court

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ALPENA — Lawsuits alleging that governments across the state — including Northeast Michigan counties — are wrongly profiting from foreclosures have moved to federal court. A suit that includes Alpena, Alcona and Montmorency counties as defendants will be refiled in federal court after ...

Neiman’s pharmacies to close

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ALPENA — The pharmacies at Neiman’s Family Market locations in Alpena and Tawas are transferring to Rite Aid Pharmacy, effective Sept. 5, according to a statement released Friday from Neiman’s. All pharmacy files and inventory will be transferred confidentially to the nearest Rite Aid ...

Posen school chief wears many hats

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POSEN — Posen Consolidated Schools is a small district with just over 200 students, so that requires Superintendent Michelle Wesner to wear many hats. Wesner, who is entering her fourth school year as superintendent, is also the principal and transportation director and serves in different ...

Police, schools urge back-to-school safety

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ALPENA — When you’re out on the road on Monday, keep an eye out for buses and students. Monday marks the first day of the 2019-20 school year for many Northeast Michigan students, including Alpena Public Schools. That means school buses will be out picking up and dropping off students, ...

Picking your kids up from school? There’s an app for that

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HILLMAN — A new software system is in place at Hillman Elementary School to make it easier for parents to pick up students at the end of the school day. PikMyKid is a smartphone app that allows parents to communicate a code to the school to let them know they’re on their way to pick up ...

BIZ BRIEFS

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Eastwood Auto reopens Pete Eastwood has reopened his Eastwood Auto Works after a nine-year hiatus during which Eastood was the auto service instructor at Alpena Community College, Eastwood said in a news release. The shop, in the same U.S.-23 South building Eastwood built in 1996, has been ...

The comeback kids

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ALPENA—A bird with a yellow belly and fast-flicking tail may soon come off the endangered species list, thanks to the hard work of northern Michiganders and one award-winning forest ranger. The Kirtland’s warbler, which breeds almost exclusively in the young jack pine forests of eight ...

King sues Sheriff’s Office, sheriff

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ALPENA — Former Alpena County undersheriff Terry King has sued the Alpena County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski directly for what King believes was an unlawful termination in June. The summons, filed Thursday and obtained Friday from the county Clerk's Office, says King, who ...

Neiman’s pharmacies to close, transfer patients to Rite Aid

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ALPENA — The pharmacies at Neiman's Family Market locations in Alpena and Tawas are transferring to Rite Aid Pharmacy, effective Sept. 5, according to a statement released Friday from Neiman's. All pharmacy files and inventory will be transferred confidentially to the nearest Rite Aid ...

Marijuana shop could open by year’s end

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HARRISVILLE – The first medical and recreational marijuana establishment planned for Harrisville — the first city in Northeast Michigan to solicit recreational marijuana business — is expected to open by the end of the year, pending approval of state licenses. Harrisville officials ...

River Center at Duck Park nears fundraising target

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ALPENA — The Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary board is making slow-but-steady progress toward its goal of having an interactive River Center built at Duck Park. The design plans are complete and fundraising for the project is ongoing. The plan is for construction to start in 2021 if financing ...

Cardwell wraps up year at association’s helm

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ALPENA — Eric Cardwell, former Besser Elementary School principal, finished his one-year term as president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals last month. Throughout the year, Cardwell, 50, traveled all over the U.S. to different schools, but also traveled to Puerto ...

No cook, but a heck of a gardener

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Roy Champaign, of Alpena County, proudly displays a giant Ailsa Craig onion he grew in his garden. Champaign has been growing onions for 30 years, getting the starters from Texas. He has no secret formula for growing his onions to grow so big, and no suggestions for ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of Aug. 14-20 Deputies made37 traffic stops, issuing 29 warnings and 8 citations. They received 42 complaints Malicious ...

‘Friendly faces on day one’

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ALPENA — The 2019-20 school year starts in just a few days, and the Alpena High School Class of 2023 was introduced to the high school on Wednesday. The incoming freshmen were welcomed by upperclassmen and high school staff. They went through their class schedule and met their teachers, ...

Health Department accused of more wrongdoing

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ALPENA — A former member of District Health Department No. 4’s leadership team on Wednesday accused the department of mismanaging finances and added to allegations made public Tuesday that the department’s workplace culture is forcing people out. The new allegations from a former ...

Former Bingham school could become senior living complex

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ALPENA — The Alpena Planning Commission has voted to rezone the property where the former Bingham School sits vacant so a developer can renovate the building to open a senior living complex. The property is zoned for single family residences, but will be changed to a Planned Unit ...