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City taking a beating

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ALPENA —Near-record high water levels, wind, and high surf are continuing their assault on waterfront properties and infrastructure in Alpena, and the amount of damage is starting to climb. Damage from large waves on Thunder Bay have caused sidewalks at area parks to collapse, property to ...

Former PI County employee charged with embezzlement

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ROGERS CITY — A former Presque Isle County employee, charged with embezzling thousands of dollars, appeared in court Friday morning. Shilo Ferguson, 33, who in May was terminated as the county's public guardian, was arraigned in the 89th District Court in Rogers City Friday before Judge ...

Police find $900 in fake money

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ALPENA—An Alpena resident was arrested Friday for passing counterfeit money at Alpena county businesses. After The News reported on Sept. 11 that fake $20 bills had been discovered at the downtown Alpena Dollar General, many area businesses contacted local law enforcement indicating they, ...

Team works together for sex assault victims

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ALPENA—Survivors shouldn’t be alone. That’s the philosophy that drives Alpena’s Sexual Assault Response Team, or SART, which has assisted survivors of sexual assault since the team was developed in 2016. Whether they know it or not, survivors of sexual assault have an army of people ...

Alan Keyes visits Alpena

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ALPENA — Conservative activist and Right for Life supporter Alan Keyes was the guest speaker at the Night of Light event hosted by Options Pregnancy Center on Thursday at the APlex. Some ticketholders, for $500, were able to attend a meet-and-greet with Keyes, which was followed by dinner ...

RC seeks new fire house

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ROGERS CITY – The Rogers City Area Fire Department Authority is moving forward with plans to build a new fire station in Roger’s City’s industrial park. Moltke Township Supervisor Neil Sorgenfrei said construction of a new fire hall was last estimated to cost around $2 million. The ...

State gives Habitat $196K

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Photo by Crystal Nelson Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan accepts a $196,000 check from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority on Tuesday in Harrisville. The grant will be used to construct one of two modular homes at 515 N. U.S.-23. The modular homes, being constructed at the ...

Man charged for threats with semiauto rifle

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A man with a semiautomatic rifle threatened a group of people near a Miller Street apartment in July, according to charges filed against Travis Worth, 26, of Alpena. Worth was bound over to the 26th Circuit Court on Tuesday, charged with carrying a loaded AR-15 concealed in a truck to use ...

An anniversary present

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ALPENA — Local nonprofits, schools, and other initiatives received a large financial boost on Wednesday as the Besser Foundation announced its plan to allocate $2.4 million in grants to seven local entities. The foundation announced the giving to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The ...

2 in-house candidates seek top city post

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ALPENA — The Alpena Municipal Council plans to interview a pair of internal candidates vying to replace retiring City Manager Greg Sundin, according to a list of finalists’ names released Wednesday by the city. The list also includes the former West Branch city manager who has sued ...

ACC to invest in computers, safety training

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ALPENA—New computers will outfit libraries and computer labs at Alpena Community College, and a $45,000 grant will allow the college to provide safety training for workers in Northeast Michigan, college leaders shared at Wednesday’s meeting of the ACC Board of Trustees. The board ...

No one hurt in crash at 3rd/Ripley

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Alpena police and firefighters tend to the scene of a crash at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Ripley Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, aided by a bucket of Scoop Away cat litter to absorb fluids that spilled on the street. The driver of a flatbed construction ...

Alcona vet services await state budget passage

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HARRISVILLE — Whether or not the Alcona County Veterans Affairs Office will be able to continue offering services full-time depends on the state budget lawmakers are scrambling to finish. The county’s Veteran Affairs Office earlier this year received a $55,000 grant from the Michigan ...

The News hosts Senior Expo

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Sue Nagy, left, gets a flu shot from pharmacist Brad Wheeloch while attending The Alpena News Senior Expo on Wednesday at APlex. The event offered vendors, guest speakers and lunch for seniors, who also got a chance to visit with each other.

Judge: Drug court shouldn’t draw criminals

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ROGERS CITY—Drug courts should not become a magnet drawing felons to a town, a judge said as he handed down a sentence to a habitual offender Monday in the 53rd Circuit Court in Rogers City. Tim Lutz, of Alanson, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamines, pleading down from ...

DNR: Don’t eat deer from Oscoda Township marsh

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday reminded hunters not to eat deer taken within five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township because of contamination from perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, one of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that bioaccumulates in ...

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 Sept. 11-17 Deputies made 20 traffic stops, issuing 12 warnings and 8 citations. They received 50 complaints Police ...

$4M park planned for Thunder Bay River

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ALPENA — A more than $4 million Community Development Block Grant from the state could change the face of the Thunder Bay River in Alpena for at least the next half-century. The Alpena Municipal Council on Monday voted to allow a grant application that could fund a large community park ...

Besser Foundation gives $2.4M to community projects

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ALPENA -- Local nonprofit groups, schools and other projects in Alpena received a large financial boost on Wednesday as the Besser Foundation announced its plan to allocate $2.4 million in grants to seven local entities. The largest allocation is for $1 million, over three years, to help the ...

Rededicated to freedom

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ALPENA — A Freedom Shrine contains important documents on American history, Alpena High School junior Evan Carlson told Thunder Bay Junior High School students on Tuesday. The Exchange Club of Alpena’s Freedom Shrine rededication ceremony took place Tuesday at the junior high. The ...