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Despite recent warm-up, peak leaf viewing not here just yet

The afternoon sunshine and cool overnight temperatures have been the key ingredients to spurring the recent color of the leaves in Northeast Michigan. A brief warm-up in temperatures on the horizon will delay the peak leaf viewing however, at least for a few weeks. According to the National ...

I2P eyes purchase of Alpena Mall

ALPENA TOWNSHIP -- The Alpena Mall’s days may be numbered, if Alpena Township approves a special land use permit for a local manufacturing business looking to expand. I2P, a hub for several small manufacturers in the former Kmart building on U.S.-23 South, announced today it has a purchase ...

Rigot gets 10 years in sex assault case

ROGERS CITY — Michael Rigot, of Onaway, will spend at least 10 years in prison — and his sentencing judge wishes that number could be higher. Rigot, convicted of sexually assaulting two girls in 2016 and 2017, made neither a statement nor an apology before his sentencing in the 53rd ...

COVID-19 totals inch higher in Alpena area

ALPENA- District Health Department No. 4 announced Monday two new COVID-19 infections in residents of Alpena County, and another resident in Presque Isle County. The new cases pushed the number of Alpena County residents who have tested positive to 123. Of that number, 106 people have ...

Health officials warn of virus exposure at Alpena stores

People at the following Alpena stores may have been exposed to the coronavirus, District Health Department No. 4 said today: * Rite Aid, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday * Meijer, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday * Walmart, from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday or 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday Anyone who may have ...

Local shelter holds kitten adopt-a-thon

Alayna Krey, 11, of Alpena, snuggles a kitten at Saturday’s kitten adopt-a-thon for the Second Chance Animal Shelter in Alpena. The kitten — one of 25 or 30 cats fostered out under the shelter’s supervision at any given time - went home with Krey, a regular adopter. Second Chance — ...

Local government roundup: RC Council votes against harbor pass pay station

∫ The Alpena County Finance Committee voted to recommend a series of grant requests to the board of commissioners. The committee approved the 2020 Emergency Management Performance Grant Renewal. The $12,416 in revenue will be for the 2021 budget year. The purpose of the funds are to ...

Countless women have helped shape Alpena’s history

ALPENA — A faded newspaper clipping depicts the details of an elegant banquet in an Alpena church parlor. A golden lace tablecloth was set to honor the recipient of the Exchange Club’s annual Book of Golden Deeds Award. The honoree whose serene face peers from the past in one corner of the ...

Women reflect on joys, obstacles of being leaders in Northeast Michigan

ALPENA — “Leadership is an out-front, arrow-in-your-back kind of thing,” said Joann Gallagher, one-time CEO of one of Alpena’s notable industries. “And you have to be able to roll with that.” As the country steps toward an election in which a woman will be on the presidential ...

Smolinski adapts to personal, professional challenges

For most people, 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride filled with ups-and-downs, and twists and turns. A rollercoaster ride may be the best way to describe the last nine months for Alpena City Manager Rachel Smolinski. After being hired to be the first woman manager of the city, she started ...

APS board to consider approving contract for Rabbideau

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education on Monday will consider approving a contract for David Rabbideau, who has accepted an offer to become the district’s new superintendent. Board President Gordon Snow said details of the contract were still being worked out on Friday. ...

People with disabilities trying to adapt during COVID-19 pandemic

ALPENA — All of us have had to adjust our way of life to conform to the new rules and regulations from COVID-19 concerns. While many have adjusted to this new lifestyle, people with disabilities have found it that much harder to be mobile or even to communicate with those around ...

Street performers entertain in Alpena

Street performers were providing entertainment for people visiting Downtown Alpena Friday evening, including this man who played his guitar and sang for people at Culligan Plaza.

Fournier has successful bear hunt

Eight-year-old hunter Autumn Fournier, pictured here with her dad Andre Fournier and brother Ethan Fournier, recently had a successful bear hunt. Andre Fournier is a bear guide and the bear track was started by the family’s hound Gus.

Alpena Gun & Knife Show Oct. 10-11 at NLA

Alpena Gun & Knife Show will be held Oct. 10 and 11 at Northern Lights Arena, 751 Woodward Ave., Alpena, next to the APlex. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 per person. This Alpena gun show is hosted by Sport Shows Promotions. ...

Two more Alpena County residents, one Montmorency County resident infected

ALPENA — District Health Department No. 4 reported on Friday new COVID-19 infections in two residents of Alpena County today. The Health department also reported one new infection in a resident of Montmorency County. The new Alpena County cases raise the total of residents who have tested ...

APS working through resurfacing issues with TBJH track

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools has run into a few hurdles while trying to complete the resurfacing of the track at the Thunder Bay Junior High School. APS Supervisor of Facilities Kurt Konieczny said the district hired Hanover-based Current Surfaces Inc. to resurface the track, but the ...

Renovation continues to restore Royal Knight Theater

The renovation project to restore the former Royal Knight Theater in Alpena is well on its way and as contractors peel away the deteriorating facade from the building, the original brickwork has begun to appear. When completed, the entire building will be renovated, and the brick walls ...

Numbers shift slightly; free testing available

ALPENA — One more Presque Isle County resident tested positive for coronavirus and one more Alpena County resident recovered from the disease, local public health officials said on Thursday. District Health Department No. 4 officials also announced a drive-thru testing event is planned from ...

Tractor-trailer catches fire

Firefighters with the Alpena Township Fire Department on Wednesday work to extinguish a tractor-trailer that caught on fire behind Stoney Acres Winery. Firefighters from both stations were dispatched at 8:14 p.m. Township Fire Chief Dave Robbins said they arrived to find the tractor-trailer ...