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Coronavirus

Libraries collect COVID-19 artifacts and stories

Numbers alone don’t always tell the whole story. In 100 years, what will future generations know about our collective coronavirus experience? Hopefully more than we know about the Spanish flu survivors, if special collections directors have anything to say about it. In order to ensure that ...

‘We will survive’, says 106-year-old

She was five years old in October of 1918 when the Spanish flu hit America hard. She watched and prayed through that pandemic, as she watches and prays now, at age “106 and three-quarters” from her Lincoln, Mich., farmhouse. Helen Anstead has been through a lot of life, and she knows we ...

No new COVID cases reported today

ALPENA — No more Northeast Michigan residents were reported infected today with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to local health departments A total of 123 Northeast Michigan residents have tested positive for the virus, including 94 Alpena County residents, 12 ...

Gov’t reopens to the public

ALPENA — Municipalities in Northeast Michigan are planning for the best way to reopen offices to the public while keeping employees safe. The Alpena County Board of Commissioners last week decided to bring back employees who were working from home or laid off. County board Chairman Bob ...

Whitmer says people can get virus test without doctor’s note

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday said people who leave their home for work or those who have coronavirus symptoms can be tested without a doctor’s note, expediting testing that is seen as critical to slowing the spread of the virus. Several tribal casinos, meanwhile, announced ...

1 more infected, 1 more recovered

ALPENA -- Local health departments today reported one more Alcona County resident is infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and one more Presque Isle County resident has recovered. A total of 123 Northeast Michigan residents have tested positive for the virus, ...

Despite COVID, veterans remembered in Alpena

ALPENA — Our nation’s fallen heroes were honored and remembered in Alpena in a non-traditional way on Memorial Day. The annual ceremony held at Little Flander’s field was canceled due to the spread of COVID-19, but a small group of local veteran groups met at the cemetery Monday for a ...

Rogers City MediLodge residents enjoy parade

ROGERS CITY — “Hi, Mom,” the sign dangling from a car’s passenger window read. Four rows deep, cars, trucks, and a few motorcycles paused in a parking lot near the long-term-care facility, their drivers waiting eagerly for a glimpse of loved ones. Around the corner, 39 ...

Admins prep for school in fall

As students across the country wrap up their academic year from a distance, attention is turning to what classes might look like when school resumes this fall. With no certainty about the status of the novel coronavirus in the months to come, school systems must prepare for adapted ...

Michigan arts groups losing money amid pandemic

LANSING (AP) — Michigan arts groups are struggling to operate as people divert their donations to needed services during the pandemic, community leaders said. Arts organizations are dealing with the same challenges as restaurants or other businesses that need large gatherings to operate, ...

COVID-19 recoveries rise, state deaths decline

ALPENA -- Nine area recoveries from coronavirus-caused sickness were reported by Northeast Michigan health departments on Saturday and Sunday, and the state reported only five new deaths on Sunday after weeks of double- and triple-digit daily death counts. Eight Alpena County residents who ...

Customers embrace new normal

On March 16, an order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed restaurant dining rooms. A week later, stores deemed non-essential had to close their doors during a statewide effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, retail shops, restaurants, and offices in much of northern Michigan, ...

Fair organizers across the US weigh options

While Memorial Day weekend typically marks the unofficial beginning of summer for most Americans, fair season almost always signifies the conclusion of the same period as people gather in August and September for livestock auctions, carnival rides, outdoor concerts and fair food. With the ...

Businesses tread carefully to avoid legal trouble

ALPENA — Locking a business’s doors is challenge enough. Unlocking them, with a runaway virus still not fully contained and a river of regulations through which to wade, is a process daunting to small business owners and restaurateurs, some of whom opened this weekend for the first time ...

Boboltz is well-rounded essential worker

ALPENA — For the last several months much has been made about doctors and nurses being essential workers and heroes, which they are. There are many other medical workers who also work behind the scenes who are also essential and provide a strong supporting cast for those who are working ...

Farmers produce beef as demand increases

ALPENA — Closures at meat packing plants and nation-wide supply chain issues is causing Northeast Michigan residents to seek out meat directly from the farmer. Ben and Brook Nowakowski, owners of B&B Farm in Maple Ridge Township, are among the farmers locals are turning to stock up on ...

Michigan suit: Count absentee ballots if mailed by election

LANSING— A Michigan law that requires absentee ballots to be received by the time polls close on Election Day is unconstitutional and will disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters in 2020 if it is not struck down, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. The suit, filed in the state ...

Five more recovered from COVID

ALPENA -- Five more people have recovered from COVID-19, the sickness caused by the coronavirus, local health officials reported today. Two more Alpena County residents have recovered -- defined as living 30 days after the onset of symptoms or testing positive -- for a total of 46. In Presque ...

Fewer fireworks this Fourth of July

It could be a quiet Fourth of July this year, as firework shows across the nation have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “A lot of skies will be dark in a lot of municipalities,” said Stephen Vitale, CEO of Pyrotecnico, a fireworks company based in New Castle, ...

Whitmer extends stay-home order

ALPENA -- Two more weeks have been added to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, which has now been extended until June 12. The previous executive order instructing Michigan residents to stay home except for essential travel, originally set to expire on May 28, was extended at about ...