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With more risk factors, cancer rates higher in area

ALPENA — Alpena and Montmorency counties have a higher number of new cancer cases compared to the state as a whole, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The number of new cancer cases in Alcona and Presque Isle County were below the state rate, according to ...

Think tank gives schools low grades

ALPENA — A report recently released by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy that ranks Michigan elementary and middle schools doesn’t reflect the state’s accountability system, one Northeast Michigan superintendent said Friday. The Midland-based think tank released report cards that ...

Rogers City residents OK with tax

ROGERS CITY— Rogers City residents on Friday indicated they would support a new tax to pay for a new office dedicated to downtown economic development. Rogers City Mayor Scott McLennan said the so-called Main Street Office would cost about $90,000, with about $50,000 dedicated to a main ...

A lesson in making a better world

ALPENA — The Thunder Bay River Watershed Project gives students hands-on experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Through the project, Alpena Public Schools students help monitor the water quality of the Thunder Bay River. They have collected data on microplastics and fibers at ...

City, township get new ice rescue boats

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Fire and law enforcement officials from Alpena and Alpena County, as well as local business leaders and private donors, meet at the Alpena Public Safety Facility on Friday to check out the city’s new ice rescue craft, also known as a “banana boat.” Two of ...

New senior living facility opens

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Local community leaders, as well as administrators and staff of the new Besser Senior Living Community complex, celebrate the opening of the business with a ribbon-cutting Friday. There will also be an open house today at which residents will be able to check out ...

BIZ BRIEFS

Waste cut, renewable energy grows, state says Nearly 1.5 million megawatt hours of electricity and nearly 5 million cubic feet of natural gas were saved statewide in 2018 through waste reduction efforts, and renewable energy production continued to grow in the state, according to a new report ...

Michigan’s ‘Big Wild’ is now getting bigger

Outdoor enthusiasts know that the rugged, 108,000-acre expanse of Michigan’s Pigeon River Country State Forest is one of the state’s premier destinations to connect with nature. Three world-class trout streams ramble through forests and wetlands at the heart of the state’s elk ...

RC, Harrisville partner on high-water damage

HARRISVILLE — Concerns about the rising water levels of Lake Huron brought officials from Harrisville and Rogers City together on Thursday. From Rogers City, Mayor Scott McLennan, City Manager Joe Hefele, Councilman Dick Adair, and Harbormaster Wayne Saile traveled to Harrisville to ...

City tax deals expiring

ALPENA — The number of companies with tax abatements from the city is dwindling, and all will be expired by the end of 2024 if there aren’t any more granted. Currently, three businesses receive tax breaks, and one of those deals are expected to expire at the end of the year. A fourth ...

Dreams of recovery

ALPENA — People kept coming. It was the second meeting of a group who think there’s something missing in Alpena. Recovery Alliance, they are calling themselves. When they first got together, 13 people showed up to discuss addiction recovery in Alpena. They talked about why recovery is ...

One taken to hospital after wreck

News Photo by Julie Goldberg One person was transported to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 9th Avenue and Chisholm Street at around 5 p.m. Thursday. Andrew Smith, officer with the Alpena Police Department, said a Chevy ran a red light while ...

ACC spends $148K on videoconferencing tech

ALPENA — Alpena Community College is expanding its videoconferencing availability to local schools and health centers. The ACC Board of Trustees on Thursday accepted a bid not to exceed $148,250 from CDWG in Chicago to purchase 18 Cisco videoconferencing delivery systems. The college ...

Ultrasound planned at Humane Society with Banner Realty donation

ALPENA — Banner Reality continued to celebrate its 30th anniversary on Thursday with a donation to the Huron Humane Society that will lead to the purchase of a portable ultrasound unit at the Humane Society. The ultrasound unit will help Humane Society workers detect if an animal at the ...

Owner of timber companies arrested

The owner of two northern Michigan-based timber harvesting companies was arrested Wednesday on eight counts of embezzlement, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office announced. Norman Kasubowski, 53, of Petoskey, owner of Great Lakes Forest Products and Northern Timber Producers Inc., has ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE-ALPENA POST The Michigan State Police-Alpena Post handled 93 calls for service during the week Feb. 9 to 15. The following is a breakdown of some of the calls for ...

An Ella White fairy tale

ALPENA — Ella White Elementary School students have been rehearsing the past few weeks on their first live performance. “Two Pigs, a Wolf, and a Mud Pie” is a parody of different fairy tales that are all combined in one play. Two shows are taking place at 1 and 2:15 p.m. Feb. 27 in ...

Senior center seeks 10-year deal with county

ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners’ Finance Committee voted to recommend the full board approve a 10-year lease extension for the Alpena Senior Citizens Center. The current lease agreement has three years left, but a longer lease was requested by the Senior Citizen ...

Canine clinic Saturday

ALPENA — Twenty bucks might save you a few hundred dollars, keep you out of jail, and possibly save someone’s life. A rabies vaccination and licensing clinic on Saturday at the Alpena County Fairgrounds offers dog owners an easy and inexpensive way to make sure their canines are ...

One hurt in crash

News Photo by Julie Goldberg One person appeared to have been injured in a two-vehicle crash at State Avenue and Dunbar Street at around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. The officer at the scene would not provide information.