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Groups rally to feed first-time seekers amid outbreak

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ALPENA — She’d been waiting in line for two hours, Irene Rasmussen said Friday morning as she and her dog, Puppy, perched in the back of her pickup truck at a pop-up food pantry in Alpena. With an hour and a half still to go before the distribution was scheduled to begin, Rasmussen was one ...

Reports: Mack probe began in October

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ALPENA — Police began investigating Michael Mack, then chief judge of the 26th Circuit Court, in October, more than a month before the Michigan Supreme Court replaced him as chief judge and he was barred from overseeing cases, according to police reports obtained by The News. Police also ...

Whitmer: Salons open June 15; northern Mich. restarts sooner

Coronavirus

LANSING (AP) — Barbershops and other personal-care businesses can reopen across Michigan on June 15, while those businesses and places such as gyms and movie theaters that have been shut down for months to curb the coronavirus can restart in northern Michigan next week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ...

Finding a better way

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ALPENA — There had to be a better way, Josh Niedzwiecki thought. One of the scores of essential workers who kept plugging away at their jobs when other Northeast Michiganders were sent home over COVID-19 concerns, Niedzwiecki believes there’s always a better way to do things, from ...

Ready to cut: Salon owner nervous, excited to return to work

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ALPENA — Madison Frishett received some good news on Friday. She learned that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would allow her and other salon owners to open on Wednesday after being forced to close nearly three months ago over coronavirus concerns. Frishett owns Shear Envy in downtown Alpena and ...

Man hurt in explosion

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A Wednesday explosion severely injured a Herron man and destroyed three buildings and their contents, including animals, feed, and the contents of a safe, according to a post seeking financial help for the family on the GoFundMe crowdfunding website. The owner of a butcher shop on Nappers ...

Man arrested after peering into vehicles

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Police are reminding residents to lock their car doors after a man was arrested in the early morning hours after he was caught trying to get into vehicles on Alpena’s north side. The suspect, a 40-year-old with an Alpena address, was peering into vehicles and pulling on door handles near ...

Top court tosses orders against Owosso barber

Coronavirus

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday overturned orders that directed a barber to close his shop during the coronavirus pandemic, with one justice saying judges need to follow the “rule of law, not hysteria.” The Michigan appeals court made mistakes in telling a local ...

J.C. Penney closure ‘catastrophic’ for mall

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ALPENA — The J.C. Penney in the Alpena Mall hasn’t reopened since coronavirus-related restrictions were lifted more than a week ago, and some other mall tenants wonder if it will ever open after the national retailer said the Alpena store is one of 154 to close this year after the company ...

Grocers nervous about onslaught when bottle returns resume

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ALPENA — While many Northeast Michigan residents anxiously wait to return cans and bottles, area grocery stores are anxious about how they’re going to deal with the volume. State officials estimate about $67 million in bottles and cans are waiting to be returned for the 10-cent deposit ...

ACC seeks $2.4M for manufacturing, welding remodels

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ALPENA — Alpena Community College is applying for a U.S. Department of Commerce Public Works Program grant to update several portions of the campus and bolster a pair of popular trade programs. ACC President Don MacMaster said the $2.4 million grant would pay 80% of the cost of updating and ...

Vets van to arrive in Alpena soon

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ALPENA -- Veterans in and around Alpena who depend on the local Disabled American Veterans chapter for transportation to and from medical appointments downstate have been unable to use the ridesharing program because there hasn’t been a vehicle available to make the trip. That is about to ...

Fourth of July parade, Art on the Bay canceled

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ALPENA -- Organizers announced today that the annual Independance Day Parade and the Art on the Bay craft show will not take place because of the the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We have been torn on this decision,” parade sponsor and organizer Casey Stutzman, said in a press release. “It ...

Hinks sends off its 5th-graders

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Greeted by signs, snacks, bubbles, silly string, and air hugs, the 2020 fifth-grade class of Hinks Elementary School in Alpena was welcomed back for a drive-through celebration of their school year on Thursday evening. Students in cars thanked their teacher, Kaitlin ...

Senate: Train police on bias, de-escalation

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LANSING — The Michigan Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would require police to be trained on implicit bias and de-escalation techniques to minimize the use of force, a move made more than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The legislation would also ...

Schools chief warns of K-12 cuts; Whitmer joins marchers

Coronavirus

LANSING — Michigan’s school superintendent said Thursday that K-12 districts are confronting the possibility of staggering spending cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic unless Congress helps fill a nearly $2.4 billion revenue shortfall over this budget year and next. A divided state Supreme ...

Alpena JC Penney among 154 closing

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NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney said Thursday that it will start closing 154 of its stores next week, including the Alpena store, in what it is calling the first phase of its efforts to shrink its footprint. The Plano, Texas-based retailer said it could take about 10 to 16 weeks to complete the ...

Record-high temp set Tuesday

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ALPENA — Alpena was among many communities in northern Michigan to set a record-high temperature on Tuesday. The temperature climbed to 92 degrees on Tuesday, beating the previous record of 90 degrees set in 1949, according to Dan Cornish, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in ...

No new infections reported

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ALPENA -- No new coronavirus infections were reported today by local health departments serving Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties, but three more Alpena County residents had recovered from their infections. That brings the total number of recovered Northeast Michigan ...