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Students, schools warn of overuse of smartphones

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ALPENA — Cell phones have impacted how students interact with one another. Local school administrators and students all say eye contact is not as common anymore because of how technology — primarily smartphones — has affected students. Social media has also changed students. Students ...

Rogers City plans new tax for marketing

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City will need to approve a special marketing tax to implement its economic development and community marketing plans, Mayor Scott McLennan told the city’s Downtown Development Authority on Friday. McLennan said the citywide special assessment would cost the owner a ...

Car strikes telephone pole on U.S.-23

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No one was injured when a pickup truck struck a telephone/power pole on U.S.-23 North in Alpena at about 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. The truck was traveling north on U.S.-23 near the Industrial Park complex when it slid off the road as it attempted to turn into a local business, police said in a ...

Reward offered for info on elk poachers

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A cash reward will help find the people responsible for the illegal killing of northern Michigan elk, a conservation group hopes. The Safari Club International-Michigan Involvement Committee is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for ...

Emergency crews trained on icy Long Lake

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Two trainees look up toward shore during a mock rescue on Long Lake, one of scores of such rescues taking place last weekend as part of an intensive, two-day training that gave local firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians practice in vital ...

Posen schools explore pre-Labor Day start next year

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POSEN — A pre-Labor Day start for the 2020-21 school year is in the works at Posen Consolidated Schools. The Posen Board of Education on Monday sent a resolution asking for the earlier start date to the Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle Educational Service District. If multiple school districts ...

Cold-weather training coming to CRTC

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Courtesy Photo In this U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment of the Oklahoma National Guard out of Sand Springs, Okla., practices live-fire drills at Camp Grayling during exercise Northern Strike on July 23. Next ...

BIZ BRIEFS

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Michigan Works! fills 154 jobs The Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium filled 154 positions in December, according to the group’s monthly newsletter. The jobs had an economic wage impact of $4.9 million, the agency said. Other December stats: ∫ The agency saw 2,938 total ...

A harrowing fight

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ALPENA — “Undoubtedly, it saved my life,” the firefighter said, speaking with deep appreciation for the black, brimmed helmet that recently stood between him and a falling brick. Tyler Suszek, a longtime firefighter/paramedic with the Alpena Fire Department, returned to work this ...

Ground to break soon on Van Lare Hall

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ALPENA — The Van Lare Hall renovation project at Alpena Community College should start in a couple of weeks, President Don MacMaster said Thursday. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget approved bids this week for interior demolition, concrete work, electrical ...

Parts of illegal dumping bill concern locals

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ALPENA — A bill that would increase the penalites for those who litter contains a provision that Alpena Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe says is “disheartening.” A bill that would make it a misdemeanor to leave more than 3 cubic feet of litter on either public or private land and ...

Alpena tourism video contest judging open till Monday

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ALPENA —Residents of the area have less than a week to vote for their favorite video in the Alpena Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s 2020 Fresh Takes video contest. The winning video will be used by the CVB to help market and promote the Alpena area and help to attract tourists ...

Alcona County herd tests positive for bovine TB

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HARRISVILLE —A medium-sized beef herd in Alcona County has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, according to a statement released by State Veterinarian Nora Wineland. Alcona County is in Michigan’s Modified Accredited Zone, where TB is more closely monitored. The zone also ...

Alpena Post handled nearly 4,000 complaints

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The Michigan State Police-Alpena Post handled 3,937 complaints last year, according to recently released statistics, including: ∫ 415 fugitive arrests (72 for felonies, 343 for misdemeanors) ∫ 351 post-investigation arrests (136 for felonies, 215 for misdemeanors) ∫ 679 on-patrol ...

Church offers Light of Christ Grief Group

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Offered by Good Shepherd Lutheran, 12365 U.S.-23 S., Ossineke, the Light of Christ Grief Group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday beginning Jan. 23. No loss is too old nor too large, the church said in a news release. No grief is too near or too small. Group members are not required ...

High hopes at APS

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ALPENA — After years of declining enrollment, Alpena Public Schools is projecting an increase in its student count. This year, the district has about 25 fewer students than it did last year, when it counted 3,753 students, Superintendent John VanWagoner said. The district projects ...

Heather Winfield trial delayed again

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ALPENA — Pages and pages of Facebook data, combined with mounting preparation time needed because of decisions made in the courtroom on Wednesday, have led to a delay in the sex assault trial of former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield. In an hours-long hearing in Alpena’s ...

Woman dies after Monday crash

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ALPENA — An 88-year-old Alpena woman died from injuries sustained in a car crash on Monday on Genschaw Road near Princeton Avenue, according to the Michigan State Police- Alpena Post. Martha Krajnik was on Monday transported to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, where she died shortly ...

Alpena terminal opening delayed

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ALPENA — The first flight to take off from Alpena County Regional Airport’s freshly built terminal was scheduled for this morning, but a snafu involving the installation of technology by SkyWest Airlines and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has forced operations at the new ...

Local government ROUNDUP

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Recent actions by local governments in Northeast Michigan: ∫ Newly selected Drain Commissioner Robert Macomber was introduced recently to the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners by County Clerk Ann Marie Main. Main said Macomber would fill the rest of the term for former drain ...