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2nd case confirmed as officials stock up supplies

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ONAWAY — A second case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has been confirmed in Presque Isle County, District Health Department No. 4 reported on Thursday. The patient is the husband of an Onaway woman who tested positive earlier this week, The News confirmed. Bill ...

2 wells near CRTC test above safety standards for PFAS

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ALPENA — Two drinking water wells near the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center have levels of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, that are above proposed state safety standards, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said today. That is consistent ...

Whitmer bans travel to Up North cottages

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ALPENA — Downstate residents hoping to escape the coronavirus pandemic at Up North cottages won’t be able to do so after today. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended through April 30 her order that Michiganders stay home unless absolutely necessary and expanded restrictions on travel ...

Hospitals struggle financially as COVID-19 continues to spread

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Despite health care workers’ positions on the front lines of the battle against the novel coronavirus, hospitals are not immune to the economic struggles affecting many other businesses. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance last month to ...

Man sentenced to year in jail during glitchy hearing

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ALPENA — An Alpena man who threatened a woman he believed ratted him out to police was sentenced to a year in jail for a crime that could have led to 10 years in prison, a judge determined Thursday. In a videoconferenced hearing day, broadcast to the public via a court YouTube channel, Carl ...

Presque Isle County board OKs library tax proposal for August

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle District Library will ask voters to support a property tax renewal to continue to help pay for operations. The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved ballot language for the 1-mill property tax renewal, which will go before voters in ...

Remote learning plan comes into focus

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools has a clearer timeline set for continued learning students kept home by the coronavirus pandemic and will start a curriculum by April 27. To prevent the spread of the virus, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on April 2 ordered all schools closed for the rest of the ...

Whitmer extends stay-home order

Coronavirus

LANSING— Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order through April, saying it must continue longer to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened more than 21,000 people and contributed to nearly 1,100 deaths. Meanwhile, a Detroit-area health care system ...

Holy Week at home: Christians celebrate Easter in strange times

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ALPENA — As two church members cleared away leaves in the cemetery next door, Father Art Duchnowicz stood behind a small altar in a side chapel at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Posen, preparing for the next day’s mass. There were no cameras, no smartphones propped up and ready to shoot, ...

Another virus case confirmed in Presque Isle County

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ONAWAY — The husband of the Onaway woman who tested positive for COVID-19 has also tested positive for the virus. It is the second confirmed case in Presque Isle County. According to Glenda Bowman, who received news she had tested positive on Monday, her husband, Bill Bowman, has also ...

News cancels track and field event

Coronavirus

ALPENA — The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in another sports cancellation, this time the 17th annual Alpena News Track and Field Honor Roll Invitational scheduled for May. “Obviously, we are sad to have to make this announcement,” Alpena News Publisher Bill Speer said. “With last ...

Whitmer extends stay-home order through April

Coronavirus

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended through the end of the month her order that Michiganders stay home for all but the most necessary reasons as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Whitmer's order also means all but the most essential businesses must stay ...

City: Use stay-at-home time for yard work

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ALPENA — As the weather warms, people are itching for reasons to spend time in their yards to escape the boredom that may come with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The City of Alpena is encouraging residents to use that spare time to ...

Winter takes uneven toll on area harbors

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HARRISVILLE — The winter weather didn’t spare municipalities or their harbors from damage along the Lake Huron shoreline, although some harbors were impacted more than others. The Harrisville Harbor received significant damage over the winter, as did several municipal parks in Rogers ...

Suicide hotline number may appear on student IDs

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ALPENA — School districts would be required to place the phone number to a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline on the back of middle school and high school student IDs under pending legislation. A bill introduced in the Legislature in February called the “Save our Students Act” would ...

APS to review board apps

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ALPENA – Alpena Public Schools officials will start going through applications for a vacancy on its Board of Education today. Trustee Stephanie Shafto resigned March 24 after her day job as a nurse left too little time for board work amid the coronavirus outbreak. Wednesday was the deadline ...

Virus ‘starting to weaken’ in Detroit

Coronavirus

DETROIT — The mayor of Detroit said Wednesday that the coronavirus is “starting to weaken” in Michigan’s largest city, but he also pleaded with residents to keep the momentum going by wearing masks and avoiding large groups. Health officials, meanwhile, reported that Michigan has had ...

Senior facilities adapt to virus

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ALPENA — Although Northeast Michigan senior care facilities are restricting visitors to protect residents during the coronavirus outbreak, they are finding other ways to keep residents in contact with loved ones. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on March 14 ordered all health care facilities to ...

When this is all over, what will we have left? Memories

Coronavirus

ALPENA — When the coronavirus pandemic has passed and things have settled back to normal, how will future generations remember what we lived through? We will share our stories, and document them, with the help of the Alpena County Library. The library is encouraging anyone and everyone to ...

Workouts go online amid coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus

ALPENA — In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and numerous stay-at-home orders in place around the U.S., Americans have looked for anything — no matter how big or how small — that gives them a sense of routine. For Brenda Budnik, that means setting aside time each day to work out. ...