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APS nears end of renovation planning

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools on Monday held its second Citizens Facility Study Committee meeting to continue work on prioritizing the needs of the district’s buildings. Around 40 to 50 parents, teachers, and district administrators attended the meeting, and the goal Monday was to go ...

Robo-research

ALPENA — Twenty-four teams competed Saturday in the Bots on the Bay offseason robotics competition at Alpena High School. The teams played last year’s game, in which they had to put power cubes on scales, switches, and vaults to gain points. The qualification matches were two alliances ...

A fairer fight

ALPENA — The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission is preparing to distribute $84 million in grant money to counties in an effort to provide fairer legal representation to those who cannot afford it. In Northeast Michigan, that money will be used to create new oversight in a partnership ...

Sold out event

News Photos by Darby Hinkley Internationally renowned author Mitch Albom talked and signed books in Alpena Saturday at Fletcher Street Depot. About 400 people attended the sold-out event, organized by Alpena County Library.

ASO performs fall concert

ALPENA — On Sunday afternoon, the Alpena Symphony Orchestra held a fall concert titled “Autumn Serenade.” Held at the First United Methodist Church in Alpena, the concert featured ensembles and soloists performing pieces chosen by the musicians. The concert included the Sunrise ...

Craft show

News Photo by Pamela Brunn People and vendors filled the gymnasium at Lincoln Elementary School on Saturday for its eighth annual Fall Festival Craft Show. According to Vicki Stepaniak, (organizer for the event and Parents Advisory Council) and Mr. Hans Stevens (principal) who organized the ...

‘Possibly save someone’s life’

ALPENA — November has been established as National Marrow Awareness Month as a way to encourage people to join the international marrow registry and potentially save a life. Maybe even the life of Heather Walker. Walker, an Oscoda native living in Grand Rapids, was recently diagnosed ...

Snow honored

ALPENA — Alpena resident Gordon Snow was recently named the 2018 Distinguished Volunteer by Youth for Understanding USA for over 40 years of volunteer work with international youth exchange programs. Snow was honored last weekend in Pittsburgh and said it’s nice to be recognized ...

Schuette to Alpena: ‘We’re going to win’

ALPENA —With only three days remaining before Tuesday’s midterm election, there has been a steady wave of candidates visiting communities throughout northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. On Friday morning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette and his running mate, Lisa ...

Bergman’s taxes spur lawsuit

NEGAUNEE (AP) — Two Marquette residents have filed suit against Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri in relation to a property tax investigation into a Republican U.S. congressman. The Mining Journal of Marquette reports that a writ of mandamus was filed in Gogebic County Circuit Court on Oct. ...

Northland Area FCU donates to AHS Athletic Department after fundraiser

Employees at Northland Area Federal Credit Union and The Lending Center took part in a fundraising effort at Alpena High School’s last home game of the season, the credit union said in a news release. Every year, each of the 15 branches in Northeast Michigan of NAFCU takes part in Credit ...

MidMichigan Health now accepting nurse residency applications

MIDLAND — The Nurse Residency Program at MidMichigan Health is now accepting applications from graduating nurses, the hospital group said in a news release. The residencies in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care will provide six months of additional training and mentorship for nurses. Upon ...

Color Run raises money for cancer patients

ALPENA — More than $3,100 was raised for the MidMichigan Health Foundation and the Cancer Center of MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena during the first Mike Polaski 5K Color Run/Walk recently. The money will help with equipment, education and patient comfort projects, the MidMichigan Health ...

Soap’s On!

“It all started with one pony we got for the girls, and the pony needed a friend, so we got a goat, and what to do with this goat?” What to do with this goat, indeed. That’s the question Kira Bixel asked herself (and probably her husband, Jason) after starting a collection of barnyard ...

McAnsh trains in Traverse City

Dr. Kirk McAnsh of the Life-Energy Institute in Alpena recently travelled to a nutrition seminar at The Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. “The information presented in the seminar was not only interesting, but very practical as it added to my 42 years of nutrition study ...

Going up

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Department of Public Works crews set the city Christmas tree in place at Culligan Plaza Thursday morning in preparation for the holiday season. The tree was donated by Alpena County and removed from the Alpena County Fairgrounds. The tree will be lighted ...

Mitch Albom event is sold out

Alpena County Library officials confirmed this morning that tickets have sold out for Saturday's Mitch Albom author event at noon at Fletcher Street Depot in Alpena. Albom is speaking from noon to 2 p.m. about his newest book "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven."

Officials: Tunnel best plan for Line 5

ALPENA — An agreement between the State of Michigan and Enbridge Inc. to decommission the oil pipeline known as Line 5 and have a new pipeline built in the confines of a tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac has several hurdles to clear, but progress is being made, state officials told ...

‘October is hardly ever normal’

ALPENA — The month of October was a mixture of lots of rain, a couple days of hot weather, and days with cooler temperatures for Alpena. Alpena got 4.52 inches of rain, surpassing the normal value of 2.61 inches. Michael Boguth, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in ...

State pays for school safety

By KAITLIN RYAN News Staff Writer ALPENA — The Michigan State Police announced Wednesday the names of schools in the state that received part of a $25 million grant to purchase equipment and technology to improve overall school safety. Statewide, there were 114 public school districts, ...