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First Montmorency County resident infected since April 22

ALPENA — A sixth Montmorency County resident was confirmed infected with the coronavirus, District Health Department No. 4 reported today, the first time a resident of that county has tested positive since April 22. The five Montmorency County residents previously infected have all ...

Libraries push summer reading programs despite outbreak

ALPENA — As libraries in Northeast Michigan transition to more virtual programming for summer reading programs, many are seeing fewer children enroll. Enrollment is down slightly from previous years at Alpena County and Presque Isle District libraries, officials said, while enrollment ...

Preteens adjust to living during a pandemic

Being a kid or a teen has its ups and downs — and that’s even without having to endure a global pandemic. Adjusting to not seeing friends for several months during the COVID-19 quarantine period has been hard for some young people, but others say it’s actually been a stress reliever. ...

Whitmer toughens mask mandate; businesses must deny service

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today toughened a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one. The governor also expanded where people must have a face covering beyond ...

Judges may keep livestreams even after pandemic

ALPENA — Court shouldn’t be a mystery, Northeast Michigan judges say. The virus that caused widespread closures of business and made people stay at home also closed Michigan courts, forcing them into a new world of technology to continue operating and to stay transparent to the ...

Alpena ambulance income down $100K

ALPENA — Fewer trips to the hospital for Alpena-area residents means less money in the city’s general fund, city Treasurer Anna Soik reported Thursday. The city budgeted $1.75 million in expected revenue for the 2019-20 fiscal year from transportation and other medical services provided ...

POLICE BLOTTER: DNR

Recent actions by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES May 131-June 13 MONTMORENCY COUNTY CO Sidney Collins visited a citizen she assisted a month ago. CO Collins responded to a welfare check on an elderly ...

UPDATED: Alpena air passenger infected, Health Department says

ALPENA -- An airline passenger who flew into Alpena on July 3 has tested positive for the coronavirus, District Health Department No. 4 said in a news release today. The passenger flew into the Alpena Regional Airport on Delta Air flight DL4252 from Detroit, the Health Department said. The ...

49 Alpena businesses got millions in PPP loans, feds say

ALPENA — Forty-nine Alpena businesses received combined between $17.4 million and $43.5 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration in the form of Paycheck Protection Program loans, the federal government said this week. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide ...

Hiding infection may cost you

In hopes of slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, health departments across the country have turned to contact tracing. Finding those who have been exposed to COVID-19 and monitoring their symptoms is being done by epidemiologists from state to state. Melanie Myers, public information ...

Alpena natives launch electric scooter business

ALPENA — Two Alpena natives are the driving force behind a fleet of Segway electric scooters recently made available in Alpena. Jesse Muszynski and Sherry Garlanger, born and raised in Alpena, decided to start Ship@Bay after seeing a need for people to have transportation to get to work or ...

Alpena wants schools chief who can listen

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools teachers, staff, and community want a leader who listens and seeks input, can spend voter-approved bond dollars wisely, and can keep the district moving forward, according to survey results reviewed on Wednesday by the Alpena school board. Respondents also ...

Montmorency County to seek moth tax

The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday recommended ballot proposal language be drafted for a property tax to manage the gypsy moth, an invasive species whose caterpillars defoliate trees. Voters will be asked to consider a 1-mill tax, which would cost the owner of a ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Alcona County

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of June 29-July 5: 113 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 10 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 25 Medical: 25 Warrant ...

Pin-Ups on Tour at Alpena VFW July 25

Pin-Ups on Tour, a nationally touring WW2 style burlesque and variety show based out of Las Vegas, will be performing on Saturday, July 25, at VFW Post 2496 in Alpena. The shows are free for our military, both veterans and active duty. COVID-19 prevention policies will be implemented during ...

Amid pandemic, 4-H shows, auctions, lessons go virtual

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan 4-H programs continue for area youth, although many are transitioning to an online format. In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, for example, Michigan State University Extension officials asked all staff and volunteers not to participate in ...

Judge to stay on case against man he once prosecuted

ALPENA — A judge can be fair even if someone doesn’t like him, Judge Ed Black said in court on Monday, ruling that he won’t recuse himself from presiding over the case of David Frey. Frey, accused of attempted home invasion and destruction of property, said in a motion filed with ...

Target Alpena gets $3.5M to help small businesses

Target Alpena, the city’s economic development firm, has received another $3.5 million from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Small Business Restart Program to help small businesses impacted by coronavirus. Target Alpena was among 15 economic development organizations selected to ...

RC’s Sauve to bowl at Concordia

During a four-year high school bowling career with Rogers City, Jayce Sauve has always been striving to improve, always working to expand his knowledge of the game. Sauve’s hard work was realized when he signed his letter of intent to bowl at Concordia University last month. “It feels ...

Health officials playing catch-up amid COVID safety measures

ALPENA — Officials with District Health Department No. 4 and MidMichigan Health say their staffs are working to catch patients up on immunizations, reschedule non-urgent procedures, and complete other health screenings. The Health Department in March, began providing only essential services ...