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Young adults move back home in quarantine

Gabriella Lanzi was working with the Peace Corps in Morocco. McKayle Carter was on a Fulbright Scholarship teaching English in Germany. When the COVID-19 outbreak struck, the young adults had a new adventure awaiting them: moving back in with their parents. Carter, 23, considered the ...

Ocqueoc backers seek historic designation

ROGERS CITY — The Friends of Ocqueoc Outdoor Center want to see the center added to the National Register of Historic Places. The center was built and used as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp while President Franklin Roosevelt was in office. The camp is located on the north end of Ocqueoc ...

2 record lows set in May

ALPENA — Two record-low temperatures were set during the otherwise near-normal month of May in Alpena. Cold air from the arctic passing over the Great Lakes region in mid-May caused the temperature to drop to a record low of 22 degrees the night of May 12 and a record low of 20 degrees on ...

APS begins superintendent search

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education on Monday selected the Michigan Association of School Boards to search for a replacement for Superintendent John VanWagoner, who has accepted an offer to become superintendent at Traverse City Area Public Schools. The board came to the ...

COVID figures unchanged, health officials say

ALPENA — Coronavirus testing results from local health officials remained static today, with no new positive cases or recoveries reported in Northeast Michigan since Monday. A total of 700 Alpena County residents have been tested for COVID-19, the sickness caused by the coronavirus, with 600 ...

2nd Avenue will stay open

ALPENA — An idea considered by the Alpena Downtown Development Authority that could have closed a small section of 2nd Avenue downtown has been scrapped. The DDA had considered the closure to make room for more outdoor dining and shopping, especially important, some said, in light of ...

Man to stay in jail awaiting coronavirus-delayed trial

ROGERS CITY — Should a man accused of sexually assaulting a child be kept in jail indefinitely without being proven guilty? Yes, a Presque Isle County judge said on Monday after attorneys debated whether bond should be set for Kenneth Kierzek, 68, who has been in jail for 11 months, ...

Police seek info on break-in

The public’s help is needed in solving a break-in at the Bolton Ridge Bar and Grill in Maple Ridge Township. According to police, an unknown subject entered the bar between Jan. 12 and 14, taking an unknown amount of cash. Anyone with information about this crime should call Crime ...

Local school board ROUNDUP

A roundup of recent activity by Northeast Michigan school boards: ∫ The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved contracts with Integrated Designs Inc. to act as architects and Wolgast Corp. to act as construction manager on bond-funded renovation projects. The board also bought ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Update on June 1, 2020 Total: 100 Alarms: 6 Animal Control: 3 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 2 Complaint ...

Alpena fireworks depend on Whitmer

ALPENA — The Fourth of July fireworks show in Alpena is a go, if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer relaxes bans on large gatherings that are in place currently to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If she does not, the fireworks display could be rescheduled and launched during a different weekend ...

One more Alpena County resident, three Alcona County residents, infected

ALPENA -- Today, Northeast Michigan public health officials reported one more Alpena County resident and three more Alcona County residents have been infected with the coronavirus. The new cases push the number of people who have contracted the illness since mid-March to 95 Alpena County ...

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, keeps some places closed

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan’s nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. The governor moved regions ...

Splash pad, Starlite restrooms expected open this week

ALPENA — Last week, city officials announced a delay in the opening of the splash park and restrooms at Starlite Beach. If things go according to plan, however, both should be open by the end of the week. City Engineer Rich Sullenger said that, when employees went to open the splash park ...

APS hosts virtual graduation for seniors

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Alpena High School Student Speaker Alexandria Bruning addresses the Class of 2020 Sunday via the online platform Zoom. This year’s commencement ceremony was held online because of the social distancing requirements designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus ...

Safety is more than locked doors

ALPENA — As Alpena Public Schools upgrades its security infrastructure, school officials and students work to keep kids safe from violence and other threats. Teachers are prepared at the beginning of each school year to understand crisis intervention strategies, such as recognizing ...

Farmers optimistic warm weather to bring better harvest

ALPENA — Warmer spring weather means farmers in Northeast Michigan are planting their crops on time and are optimistic for a better harvest than last year. Last spring, an abundance of rain and cold weather last year meant fewer opportunities for crops to be planted on time. Then the lack ...

Reopening: States vary with summer on the horizon

While the national toll for deaths related to CVOID-19 eclipsed 100,000 this week, states across the country currently find themselves in various stages of their respective reopening plans, which has proven to be a sign of optimism from local leaders that the outbreak is trending in a ...

Rogers City class of 2020 celebrate with parade

News Photo by Julie Riddle Rogers City High School seniors soaked in the cheers of family and friends during a parent-organized parade through downtown on Sunday, the day the class of 2020 was scheduled to graduate. After the parade, seniors met at the Little League field to turn their ...

Sewing army makes at least 30,000 masks

ALPENA — One hundred years ago, women fought a war. Their men away, huddling in the trenches of World War I, women stepped out of their domestic lives and found a new role as a great war effort called on their skills and their strength to keep America strong. Sepia-tone posters depicted ...