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Police ID victim in fatal Hubbard Lake crash

The Michigan State Police have identified the 71-year-old Oscoda woman who died in a fatal crash on Hubbard Lake Road near Scott Drive on Saturday in Alcona Township. Jane Lauber was riding in a Chevrolet Malibu driven by her husband, Benjamin, 86, when, police say, a 49-year-old Spruce ...

Business is budding

ALPENA — Marijuana business is budding in Northeast Michigan, where a handful of municipalities are now considering allowing businesses selling the drug both for medical and recreational purposes. The region’s first medical marijuana provisioning center opened in April in Presque Isle ...

Officials encourage safety first on Halloween

ALPENA — Halloween is meant to be a night of fun but public safety officials are encouraging parents and children to stay safe when they’re out trick-or-treating. “Basically, what we’re asking is the kids understand to stay away from the homes that aren’t lit,” Tim Marquardt, ...

MSP investigating fatal crash

A 71-year-old Oscoda woman was killed when the car she was a passenger in was involved in a two car, head-on crash Saturday at about 3 p.m. on Hubbard Lake Road in Alcona County. It is believed that alcohol was a factor in the crash. According to the Michigan State Police the woman was ...

Sheriff offers tips on avoiding theft

Continuing with Crime Prevention month, the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens about “Lock it or Lose it.” “Lock it or Lose it” is a simple reminder to citizens to lock their vehicles or risk losing their property. It takes less than 30 seconds to break ...

Northeast Michigan diversifying, though not enough for some

ALPENA — Lauren Mixon moved to Alpena for an opportunity to anchor the evening news. The move to Alpena, however, would take Mixon — who is one of a growing number of black Northeast Michiganders — about 250 miles away from the multicultural community she grew up in ...

Not a marijuana guy: Planner becomes Up North pot guru

ALPENA — Tom Reif doesn’t consider himself “a marijuana guy,” but, rather, “a planning and zoning guy.” Yet the AuGres Township resident and former township Planning Commission member has created his own consulting firm designed to help municipalities make better-informed ...

Presque Isle County allows pot shops

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners on Friday agreed to allow recreational marijuana establishments in the county. The vote only applies to townships within the county that use the county’s zoning rules, and marijuana businesses could only open in townships that ...

Emergency repairs needed at Alpena Public Schools

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools superintendent says roofs and boilers in the schools need potentially millions of dollars in emergency repairs. Superintendent John VanWagoner will discuss possible solutions with the Board of Education over the next month. Roofs and boilers at several ...

Trick or treat

ALPENA — Kids came out in droves to pick up some early Halloween candy for the Trunk or Treat event in downtown Alpena.

Allor, Stamas raise $70K in non-election year

ALPENA —The two lawmakers representing Northeast Michigan have raised a combined $70,350 so far this year, more than a year before they will appear on the ballot. The third-quarter 2019 campaign finance disclosure reports released Friday show both state Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, and ...

Piebald deer spotted

Courtesy Photo This photo submitted by Kristy Scull shows a piebald deer, in the foreground, photographed near Alpena. A genetic abnormality causes a lack of pigmentation in spots of the deer, giving them white, splotchy hair.

BIZ BRIEFS

Workplace safety seminar Nov. 7 Michael Eckert, director of loss control services at the Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America, will lead a seminar on workplace safety from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Alpena County Public Library, 211 N. 1st Ave. The seminar costs $20 for members of ...

Mother Nature leaves us $10K bill

ALPENA —The latest wind storm in Alpena, which brought waves up to seven feet tall, has added to the list of repairs and maintenance that will need to be done by city crews. The powerful easterly winds earlier this week caused more of the sidewalks near the Lake Huron shoreline to ...

Presque Isle County votes to allow marijuana stores

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners today agreed to allow recreational marijuana establishments in the county. The vote only applies to townships within the county that use the county's zoning rules, and marijuana businesses could only open in townships that allowed ...

Rise in loaded guns tied to drugs, HUNT warns

HARRISVILLE — An undercover task force on the west side of the state has seen a sharp increase in incidences of loaded weapons found during drug investigations, notably in the Gaylord area, police said during a Thursday meeting of Northeast Michigan’s undercover task force. Gaylord is ...

No RV park at Lakeview lots, commission says

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Planning Commission on Thursday reached a consensus that it would like to see recreational parks in the city, just not in the residential neighborhoods. Instead, commissioners said such parks would be more appropriate along the city’s U.S.-23 corridor, ...

Friendly fire

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena firefighter/paramedic Phil Curley shows preschoolers at Ella White Elementary School on Thursday what firefighters wear as part of a presentation celebrating Fire Safety Month. Curley and Community Risk Reduction Capt. Andy Marceau have been going to ...

Ready for a raise

ALPENA — Michigan court recorders and reporters need a raise. The state hasn’t increased its per-page payments to the people responsible for the creation of official written recordings of legal proceedings since 1986. At $1.75 per transcribed page, Michigan is the lowest-paying state ...

Details scant on DDA theater buy

ALPENA — For about the last eight months, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority has been working with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to secure a Community Development Block Grant that could lead to the DDA purchasing the former Royal Knight Cinema. It was revealed in ...