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Inspectors: MediLodge failed to follow virus protocol

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ALPENA — Staff members at MediLodge of Alpena — where 92 residents and employees have been infected with the coronavirus and nine infected residents have died — did not follow many safety protocols designed to prevent the spread of the disease, state regulators say. The Michigan ...

With nothing to ship, Great Lakes freighters lay up

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ALPENA — At least a dozen freighters —at least three of which have Northeast Michigan ties — have been tied up in shipyards, some for the rest of the sailing season. The Great Lakes shipping industry, usually in full swing in the mid-summer months, has been hit by the rocky waters of ...

Grad ceremonies delayed by virus happening this month

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HILLMAN — Hillman High School graduates will have to wait a couple more days to receive the sendoff they deserve. The school’s commencement ceremony originally planned for Friday night was canceled because of storms and rescheduled to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a post on the school ...

First Montmorency County resident infected since April 22

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ALPENA — A sixth Montmorency County resident was confirmed infected with the coronavirus, District Health Department No. 4 reported today, the first time a resident of that county has tested positive since April 22. The five Montmorency County residents previously infected have all ...

Libraries push summer reading programs despite outbreak

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ALPENA — As libraries in Northeast Michigan transition to more virtual programming for summer reading programs, many are seeing fewer children enroll. Enrollment is down slightly from previous years at Alpena County and Presque Isle District libraries, officials said, while enrollment ...

Preteens adjust to living during a pandemic

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Being a kid or a teen has its ups and downs — and that’s even without having to endure a global pandemic. Adjusting to not seeing friends for several months during the COVID-19 quarantine period has been hard for some young people, but others say it’s actually been a stress reliever. ...

Whitmer cracks down on face mask rules

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today toughened a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that Michigan businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one. The governor also expanded where people must have a face covering ...

Judges may keep livestreams even after pandemic

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ALPENA — Court shouldn’t be a mystery, Northeast Michigan judges say. The virus that caused widespread closures of business and made people stay at home also closed Michigan courts, forcing them into a new world of technology to continue operating and to stay transparent to the ...

Alpena ambulance income down $100K

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ALPENA — Fewer trips to the hospital for Alpena-area residents means less money in the city’s general fund, city Treasurer Anna Soik reported Thursday. The city budgeted $1.75 million in expected revenue for the 2019-20 fiscal year from transportation and other medical services provided ...

POLICE BLOTTER: DNR

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Recent actions by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES May 131-June 13 MONTMORENCY COUNTY CO Sidney Collins visited a citizen she assisted a month ago. CO Collins responded to a welfare check on an elderly ...

Nessel to oversee any cases stemming from large lake party

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LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP (AP) — The state Attorney General’s Office has agreed to handle the prosecution of any crimes stemming from a large party on a southwestern Michigan lake in which hundreds of people ignored state orders to wear masks or socially distance. The Cass County Prosecutor’s ...

UPDATED: Alpena air passenger infected, Health Department says

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ALPENA -- An airline passenger who flew into Alpena on July 3 has tested positive for the coronavirus, District Health Department No. 4 said in a news release today. The passenger flew into the Alpena Regional Airport on Delta Air flight DL4252 from Detroit, the Health Department said. The ...

49 Alpena businesses got millions in PPP loans, feds say

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ALPENA — Forty-nine Alpena businesses received combined between $17.4 million and $43.5 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration in the form of Paycheck Protection Program loans, the federal government said this week. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide ...

Hiding infection may cost you

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In hopes of slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, health departments across the country have turned to contact tracing. Finding those who have been exposed to COVID-19 and monitoring their symptoms is being done by epidemiologists from state to state. Melanie Myers, public information ...

Alpena natives launch electric scooter business

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ALPENA — Two Alpena natives are the driving force behind a fleet of Segway electric scooters recently made available in Alpena. Jesse Muszynski and Sherry Garlanger, born and raised in Alpena, decided to start Ship@Bay after seeing a need for people to have transportation to get to work or ...

Alpena wants schools chief who can listen

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools teachers, staff, and community want a leader who listens and seeks input, can spend voter-approved bond dollars wisely, and can keep the district moving forward, according to survey results reviewed on Wednesday by the Alpena school board. Respondents also ...

Montmorency County to seek moth tax

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The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday recommended ballot proposal language be drafted for a property tax to manage the gypsy moth, an invasive species whose caterpillars defoliate trees. Voters will be asked to consider a 1-mill tax, which would cost the owner of a ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Alcona County

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of June 29-July 5: 113 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 10 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 25 Medical: 25 Warrant ...

State’s virus count highest since May

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s new coronavirus infections topped 600 Wednesday, the highest daily number since late May. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has warned that restrictions are possible if cases heat up, plans to speak to reporters Thursday. The state reported 610 new cases and 10 ...