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Man goes to jail before Minn. court date

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ALPENA — No probation is necessary for a man who will move directly from an Alpena jail cell to Minnesota courtrooms, Judge Ed Black decided in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court on Tuesday. Robert Peterson, 21, will serve one year in the Alpena County Jail — with credit for 115 days served ...

Alpena man gets 19 months on meth charge

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ALPENA — An Alpena man should have considered his family before pursuing his drug habit, Judge Ed Black said Tuesday in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court. Telling the court he wants to get clean after 20-some years of drug addiction, Kyle Kortman, 34, asked Black to consider his children when ...

1 new death reported as vaccinations ramp up

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ALPENA -- Local public health officials couldn’t say today whether recently spoiled coronavirus vaccine shipments would affect upcoming vaccination clinics. State health officials said on Tuesday that 21 shipments of the Moderna vaccine were spoiled en route to Michigan after the shipment ...

Communication, state allotments an issue in vaccine rollout

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ALPENA — District Health Department No. 4 Health Officer Denise Bryan told her board on Tuesday she has advocated strongly on behalf of Northeast Michiganders so the region can receive its share of the COVID-19 vaccine. Bryan told the county commissioners from Alpena, Montmorency, Presque ...

City OKs Farmers Market lease

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ALPENA — The Alpena Municipal Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to allow the Alpena Farmers Market to utilize and manage a city-owned building at Mich-e-ke-wis Park. Farmers Market will pay the city $400 a month to use the building twice a week. The group also will maintain the building and ...

2 officers needed before move-in to new jail

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ALPENA -- The construction of the new Alpena County Jail is nearly finished, but it will likely be months before inmates and corrections staff move to the new facility. County Sheriff Steve Kieslizewski said last month deputies and employees would likely move in once the building is complete, ...

Cautious budgeting lets city add to savings

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ALPENA — The City of Alpena tries to keep enough money in the bank to cover between 10% and 20% of its annual general fund expenses. The Alpena Municipal Council was told on Monday the city’s savings had jumped up to 30% of expenses. At the end of the 2019-20 budget year, which ended on ...

Repeatedly delayed Heather Winfield trial now set for June 1

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ALPENA — A multiple-week trial for former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield has been rescheduled for June 1-15. The trial, which will require a jury pool of 200 county residents, will use the same panel of jurors who were sent questionnaires before the most recently scrapped ...

Judge Black lowers bond in assault case against Aaron Bensman

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ALPENA — A quarter of a million dollars is too much to ask for the freedom of a man accused of assault and home invasion, according to Judge Ed Black in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court. Aaron Bensman, 38, awaiting trial in the Alpena County Jail, was assigned a $250,000 bond after he was ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Gun shot investigated 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 Jan. 11-17 47 complaints were handled, resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 4 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 11 Personal Protection Order Violation:1 Warrant Arrest: ...

Whitmer proposes $5.6B plan to combat, recover from virus

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LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday unveiled a $5.6 billion plan to combat and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, proposing the use of billions in federal relief and $575 million in surplus state funds. The request will go to Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature on ...

Health Department to stop tracking recoveries

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ALPENA -- District Health Department No. 4 officials said they will no longer report the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 on the Health Department’s website after Presque Isle County commissioners questioned the accuracy of the data. During the department’s board meeting ...

Residents flock to COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Alpena Mall

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ALPENA — A crowd formed early at a Monday vaccination clinic at the Alpena Mall, where about 300 people had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by noon, according to health officials. The vaccine requires two doses to be fully effective. It is currently open to health care ...

Bergman: No regrets about vote challenge

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ALPENA — U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, said he challenged Michigan’s election results and voted against President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment to seek transparency and restore integrity. The majority of the Democratic-led U.S. House said Trump incited the violent ...

Political concerns raised in proposed AHS course

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ALPENA — After the name of a proposed history course was changed because Alpena High School teachers thought it might sound too political, the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education may require final approval before the course is offered to students. The board’s Curriculum and ...

PI county may back businesses who buck state

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ROGERS CITY — If Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends her administration’s ban on indoor dining and bar services beyond Feb.1, officials in Presque Isle County may take action to support businesses that reopen, anyway. Since November, restaurants and bars have been closed to indoor service. ...

Strength restored, snowy owl flies north in UP

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IRON MOUNTAIN — In 30-plus years as a wildlife rehabilitator, Phyllis Carlson has had only three snowy owls. One was in such rough shape it died before she got it to her Quinnesec home. Another, a male, was so emaciated she set it up in her office rather than one of the outdoor cages. It ...