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NEMCSA: Need for student support increasing during pandemic

ALPENA — More students are needing support from Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency’s School Success Partnership Program this year. Kristen Wisniewski, the program’s area manager, said caseloads have increased by more than 25% this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and ...

Alpena brothers making waves in water skiing

ALPENA — Sitting in their Alpena dining room, the two boys with surfer-dude blonde hair and braces don’t look like world champions. The 11-year-old isn’t one, yet. But Will Meinhardt is quickly catching up to his 14-year-old brother, Reid, who last year was ranked number one in the world ...

Unsafe buses usually repaired quickly, never transport kids, officials say

ALPENA — Although the majority of school buses in Northeast Michigan pass annual inspections, police flag a handful each year as unsafe, forcing district officials to make repairs before they can continue transporting students on that bus. Out of 95 buses transporting students in Northeast ...

Hundreds of Northeast Michiganders may be eligible for criminal expungements

ALPENA — Old crimes will be lifted from the shoulders of some local residents after legislation expanding expungement opportunities took effect earlier this week. Dubbed the Clean Slate legislative package, the new laws allow people to ask a judge to remove certain convictions from the ...

It’s invasive species awareness month

LANSING — The United States Department of Agriculture declared April 2021 as “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month” — a campaign aimed at raising public awareness about damaging invasive pests threatening our nation’s crops, forests, and natural resources. According to ...

Project Rustic: A big idea becomes a big adventure for AmeriCorps member

Meet Paige, a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member serving with the DNR, who is embarking on a statewide tour of Michigan’s rustic state forest campgrounds. Project Rustic is part of a strategy for improving information for rustic and backcountry travelers. This statewide RV tour — the RV should ...

Elk poaching tipsters split $1,000 reward

Two anonymous tipsters were awarded $500 each, splitting a $1,000 reward, for information they gave Department of Natural Resources conservation officers that led to the arrest and conviction of three northern Michigan relatives who poached three cow elk in the Pigeon River Country State Forest ...

Burn barrel checkup

Use this quick checklist for tips on improving your backyard burn barrel to reduce chances of wildfire: ¯ Set the barrel on level concrete blocks or a similar hard, nonflammable surface. ¯ As required for burn barrels, use a cover or screen with holes a quarter of an inch or smaller to ...

Adult-use marijuana store opens in Harrisville

HARRISVILLE — The first customer for the new adult-use marijuana store in Harrisville took her place in line at 8:30 a.m. Friday, in anticipation of the grand opening planned for 90 minutes later. Consume Cannabis Co, the first-of-its-kind business in the small city, soon had more than a ...

Alpena Public Schools to return to remote learning for 2 weeks

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools announced Friday that K-12 students will return to remote learning beginning Monday, due to a forecasted increase in COVID-19 cases in Alpena as well as a steady increase in positive school associated cases across the district. The pause for in-person learning ...

Teen Pfizer vaccine clinic to be held May 1 in Alpena

ALPENA -- A clinic hosted by MidMichigan Health will distribute the Pfizer vaccine to teens ages 16 to 17 on May 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the auditorium at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. People within this age group who want to schedule an appointment can call the family medicine ...

ICYMI: The News’ complete Housing in Northeast Michigan series

ALPENA -- Alpena News reporters spent the last several weeks reviewing data and research and interviewing real estate agents, economic development experts, buyers, sellers and landlords to identify the causes of the region’s housing shortage, its impact on the region’s economy, and ...

Multitasking dispatchers provide calm in the night

ALPENA — It’s the middle of the night, and the phone keeps ringing. At the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office, 911 dispatchers on the overnight shift gaze at glowing screens in a dark room, asking questions of the frazzled people on the other end of the line. At 2 a.m. on Thursday ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. VACCINES NOTE: The “target” listed above is based on ...

Officials: Signs point to strong boating season

ALPENA — There are encouraging signs pointing to a strong local boating season this year. Local harbor and government officials say there is early demand for slip rentals, and slowly, but surely, people are putting their boats in the water. Rogers City Harbormaster Wayne Saile said ...

For Mary Burns, volunteer started as a requirement, now a love

ALPENA -- For 18-year-old Mary Burns, volunteering began as a requirement of her pre-med education, but, after seeing the impact it has on her community, she intends to continue devoting her time and talents for years to come. Burns volunteers at the Huron Humane Society. For the last two ...