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Retailers open for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday with precautions

ALPENA — Alpena’s small businesses are ready for the holiday shopping season, despite this year’s Black Friday and Small Business Saturday taking place amid a pandemic. With the coronavirus resurging — more than twice as many Northeast Michiganders have been infected so far in ...

1 arrested after police shot at

ALPENA TOWNSHIP -- No one was hurt and one person was arrested after police said they were shot at while attempting to serve an arrest warrant this morning in Alpena Township. Police were not able to confirm if the person arrested was the same person who allegedly fired the gunshot. The ...

November infections double last six months combined

ALPENA -- As 34 more Alpena-area residents were reported infected by the coronavirus, Alcona eighth-graders were asked to self-isolate and a school official today issued a reminder that school is still in session, even if it’s virtually, and students are expected to be there. The numbers ...

Harrisville takes over MacGregor Field

HARRISVILLE — Harrisville has acquired a sports park from neighboring Harrisville Township and intends to spruce it up in time for spring. MacGregor Memorial Field, a 17-acre park with two baseball and softball fields and a third that needs basic repairs, has been sold by the township to ...

Northeast Michigan groups work to feed needy for Thanksgiving

ALPENA — Thanksgiving, traditionally a time of gathering in homes with loved ones, looks different when you don’t have a home. Most years, the Sunrise Mission homeless shelter in Alpena provides a Thanksgiving feast to help its residents celebrate the day. With the coronavirus pandemic ...

Alpena County OKs float display over objections

ALPENA -- The Alpena County board on Tuesday approved a drive-thru Christmas display despite traffic concerns from local police agencies and health concerns from regional public health officials trying to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 to host ...

POLICE BLOTTER: 8 animal/dog complaints in Alcona County

A roundup of recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of Nov. 16-22 67 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 10 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 18 Warrant Arrest: ...

Largest 1-day jump in infected Northeast Michiganders reported

ALPENA -- Northeast Michigan today saw its largest one-day jump in newly reported COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began in mid-March. Local public health officials reported 56 newly infected Northeast Michiganders, more than in any other single day. Health officials reported more than ...

High marks for local courts on surveys, but some declines

ALPENA — Local courts are polite, fair, and efficient, recent survey participants agreed — but, in some cases, not as polite, fair, and speedy as they used to be. A public satisfaction survey, administered periodically at all Michigan courts by order of the State Court Administrative ...

Township raises questions on firefighting merger

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Alpena Township Board of Trustees voted Monday to send to the Alpena Municipal Council a list of concerns about a proposed merger of the city and township fire departments. The trustees expressed many of the same concerns the public had shared during a joint meeting of ...

Second Presque Isle County resident dies after coronavirus infection

ALPENA -- A second Presque Isle County resident has died after being infected with COVID-19 as 101 Northeast Michigan residents were confirmed infected over the weekend, local public health officials said today. The new death is the region’s 23rd since the pandemic hit Michigan in ...

Alpena preps for different kind of holiday kickoff

ALPENA — Downtown Alpena’s holiday kickoff will be a little different this year. Alpena Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Anne Gentry said Christmas tree lighting in Culligan Plaza will not be held and that there will not be in-person visits with Santa at his house this ...

Alpena courts face logjam as criminal cases on the rise

ALPENA — A rising number of criminal cases is flowing into Alpena’s highest court, which, between the court’s struggles with timeliness and complications of the coronavirus, could create a logjam in years to come. In 2019, 273 new criminal, civil, and appeals cases were filed in ...

Local School Board Roundup

∫ The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education last week reviewed its audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, although the board held off on approving the audit until trustees had more time to review it. Chelsea Meeder, certified public accountant with Straley, Lamp and Kraenzlein, ...

$5K offered in Alpena firearms burglary

ALPENA — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide police with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the burglary of Full Bore Firearms, that occured around 4 a.m. Saturday in Alpena. Police say at least two unknown suspects ...

Harrisville limits marijuana shops

HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville City Council has restricted the number of recreational marijuana shops that can operate in the city limits. Officials have already approved three applications, which will lead to shops being opened in the coming weeks, but the council voted 4-1 recently to ...