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‘We will survive’, says 106-year-old

She was five years old in October of 1918 when the Spanish flu hit America hard. She watched and prayed through that pandemic, as she watches and prays now, at age “106 and three-quarters” from her Lincoln, Mich., farmhouse. Helen Anstead has been through a lot of life, and she knows we ...

Former Alpena Post commanders sue MSP, Whitmer

ALPENA — Two former Michigan State Police-Alpena Post commanders, both disciplined by MSP in March, filed lawsuits on May 11 against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and MSP Director Col. Joseph Gasper, claiming to be the victims of racial and gender prejudice. In March, Capt. Michael Caldwell, ...

No new COVID cases reported today

ALPENA — No more Northeast Michigan residents were reported infected today with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to local health departments A total of 123 Northeast Michigan residents have tested positive for the virus, including 94 Alpena County residents, 12 ...

Gov’t reopens to the public

ALPENA — Municipalities in Northeast Michigan are planning for the best way to reopen offices to the public while keeping employees safe. The Alpena County Board of Commissioners last week decided to bring back employees who were working from home or laid off. County board Chairman Bob ...

AMA ESD trustee in touch with education after 90 years

ALPENA — Both an educator and active community member, Richard Matteson turned 90 on May 9, but is still working in the education field after all these years. Matteson was a faculty instructor at Alpena Community College for 29 years, and continued to serve as a board member for Alpena ...

Alcona County Sheriff’s sergeant retires after 30 years of listening

HARRISVILLE — “Everybody wants to tell the truth,” the officer said, sitting in his boss’s office on Tuesday, hours before turning in his badge. “You just have to let them.” Sgt. Jim McGuire, a 30-plus-year veteran of the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office, knows how to listen to ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of May 18-24 86 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 3 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 18 Medical: 27 Warrant Arrest : ...

1 more infected, 1 more recovered

ALPENA -- Local health departments today reported one more Alcona County resident is infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and one more Presque Isle County resident has recovered. A total of 123 Northeast Michigan residents have tested positive for the virus, ...

Despite COVID, veterans remembered in Alpena

ALPENA — Our nation’s fallen heroes were honored and remembered in Alpena in a non-traditional way on Memorial Day. The annual ceremony held at Little Flander’s field was canceled due to the spread of COVID-19, but a small group of local veteran groups met at the cemetery Monday for a ...

Rogers City MediLodge residents enjoy parade

ROGERS CITY — “Hi, Mom,” the sign dangling from a car’s passenger window read. Four rows deep, cars, trucks, and a few motorcycles paused in a parking lot near the long-term-care facility, their drivers waiting eagerly for a glimpse of loved ones. Around the corner, 39 ...

Number of hunters in Michigan, nation are declining

ALPENA — Hunting keeps Alpena County resident Allen Shaw connected to family, as well as the great outdoors. Shaw has been hunting for the last 16 years and remembers hunting with his father and grandfather. Throughout the years, Shaw has hunted deer, bear, turkey, and small game. ...

Admins prep for school in fall

As students across the country wrap up their academic year from a distance, attention is turning to what classes might look like when school resumes this fall. With no certainty about the status of the novel coronavirus in the months to come, school systems must prepare for adapted ...

Crews battle large house fire Sunday

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Crews from Alpena and Alpena Township battle a large fire at a multiple-unit housing structure at the corner of Washington Avenue and Lewis Street early Sunday morning. Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush said the occupants were able to get out safely, but one cat ...

PI County teen killed in crash

ONAWAY — An Onaway teenager was killed Saturday when her van rolled off the roadway in a single-vehicle crash, police reported today. The 17-year-old, whose name has not been released, and a 15-year-old female passenger, both from Onaway, were travelling north on Hoffmeyer Road near 5 ...

Cat dies in fire

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Crews from Alpena and Alpena Township battle a large fire at a multiple-unit housing structure at the corner of Washington Avenue and Lewis Street early this morning. Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush said the occupants were able to get out safely, but one cat died ...

PI County teen killed in crash

ONAWAY -- An Onaway teenager was killed Saturday when her van rolled off the roadway in a single-vehicle crash, police reported today. The 17-year-old, whose name has not been released, and a 15-year-old female passenger, both from Onaway, were travelling north on Hoffmeyer Road near 5 Mile ...

COVID-19 recoveries rise, state deaths decline

ALPENA -- Nine area recoveries from coronavirus-caused sickness were reported by Northeast Michigan health departments on Saturday and Sunday, and the state reported only five new deaths on Sunday after weeks of double- and triple-digit daily death counts. Eight Alpena County residents who ...

Customers embrace new normal

On March 16, an order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed restaurant dining rooms. A week later, stores deemed non-essential had to close their doors during a statewide effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, retail shops, restaurants, and offices in much of northern Michigan, ...

Fair organizers across the US weigh options

While Memorial Day weekend typically marks the unofficial beginning of summer for most Americans, fair season almost always signifies the conclusion of the same period as people gather in August and September for livestock auctions, carnival rides, outdoor concerts and fair food. With the ...

Businesses tread carefully to avoid legal trouble

ALPENA — Locking a business’s doors is challenge enough. Unlocking them, with a runaway virus still not fully contained and a river of regulations through which to wade, is a process daunting to small business owners and restaurateurs, some of whom opened this weekend for the first time ...