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Township firefighting talks continue

ALPENA — With only two full-time firefighters working for the Alpena Township south side fire station, township trustees this week wondered what would happen if one or both of them became ill or injured. Fire Chief Dave Robbins said that, right now, there are no concrete plans to address ...

Alpena Public Schools kids get more help in pandemic

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools will participate in a program to help students struggling with the transition to online learning. Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Curriculum Meaghan Gauthier on Tuesday told her school board’s Curriculum and Technology Committee the district was able to ...

Light snow frees up area road crews

ALPENA — So far, this winter hasn’t seen many large snow or ice storms requiring extensive road maintenance by the Alpena County Road Commission. That’s allowed employees to focus on other projects while not behind the steering wheel of their plows. The last couple of years, winter ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Multiple car-deer crashes in Montmorency County

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Update on Jan. 11, 2021 Total: 86 Alarms: 1 Animal Control: 3 Traffic Arrests: 1 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: ...

Four new deaths as officials say, ‘Don’t call’

ALPENA -- Four more Northeast Michigan residents died after being infected with COVID-19, including two Alpena County residents, one Montmorency County resident, and one Alcona County resident, local health officials reported today. MidMichigan Health, the company that owns MidMichigan Medical ...

2020 clobbered airport, but rebound in sight

ALPENA — To say last year was a bumpy ride for the Alpena County Regional Airport may be an understatement. After a strong start to the year and the opening of its new terminal, the COVID-19 pandemic brought business to a screeching halt for months. Later months showed glimmers of hope as ...

Health Departments inundated with calls for COVID-19 vaccine

ALPENA -- Public health officials today asked the public to be patient while employees handle hundreds of calls from residents trying to schedule appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, health officials announced today that at least three more Northeast Michiganders have died ...

An Alpena man’s journey through illness and court

ALPENA — David Hainsworth was off his medications and manic the day he talked to several children as he walked past their Alpena home in December 2019. The man offered them a ride to school, the children told their bus driver, according to the police reports, court records, and interviews ...

Cadets learn about leadership, aerospace

ALPENA — Weather prevented cadets in Alpena’s Civil Air Patrol chapter from learning about search and rescue as planned on Saturday, but the group switched gears to complete other required training. Cadets were supposed to board a Cessna 182 airplane to learn about search and rescue from ...

Program prepares students for jobs in welding

ONAWAY — People who are just preparing to enter the labor force, and others who are seeking career changes are utilizing the welding education offered by the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway. The school offers a 19-week program that equips students with the skills they need to acquire ...

Officials: Bovine TB surveillance quotas may not be met

ALPENA — State officials are preparing for the possibility that bovine tuberculosis surveillance testing requirements, established in an agreement with the federal government, may not be met in all of the Northeast Michigan counties required to perform surveillance. Under an agreement with ...

Free meals for students extended through end of school year

ALPENA — Students will continue to receive free school meals through the end of the school year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently extended waivers that allow schools to continue to provide meals at no cost to all children through June 30. The waivers also allow parents or ...

Local government roundup

∫ The Alpena Municipal Council voted to approve the Blue Ribbon Event/Art Fair at Duck Park on June 25-27. It considered a request to conduct a bowfishing tournament fundraiser to be held in the spring. The request will be presented to the Council again once a firm date has been determined by ...

Data: All ages infected, elderly most at risk

ALPENA — Alpena County residents in their 20s are just as likely to be infected by the coronavirus as older adults, data shows. As of Thursday, 1,065 Alpena County residents had been infected with the coronavirus. Fifteen of those were children younger than 10 and about 50 were teenagers, ...

Alpena doc recognized for driving vaccines

ALPENA — An Alpena doctor has received national attention for his willingness to drive the COVID-19 vaccine nearly 150 miles from Midland to Alpena, highlighting the struggles of rural health care. Richard Bates, a former OB-GYN and regional vice president of medical affairs at MidMichigan ...

Firefighters rescue two dogs from Thunder Bay River

ALPENA — Firefighters do more than rescue people when they are in peril. They also put themselves at risk to help protect animals that find themselves in dangerous situations. That happened Friday. A pair of huskies were playing on the ice on the Thunder Bay River off of Long Rapids ...

Deal to protect Great Lakes from invasive fish

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Michigan, Illinois and a federal agency have agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a Chicago-area waterway, officials said Thursday. The two states and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...

Huron-Manistee National Forests issuing free firewood permits through mail

CADILLAC — The Huron-Manistee National Forests is issuing free firewood permits for 2021 as we continue to manage the need for firewood and keep everyone safe. Those permits will be issued through the mail only, to ensure social distancing is maintained. Please call your nearest Forest ...

Alpena a leader in vaccine rollout

ALPENA -- The coronavirus vaccine rollout in Northeast Michigan has gone well, despite national concerns the vaccine isn’t being administered quick enough. As of today, 1,373 vaccine doses had been administered to Northeast Michigan residents, including 912 in Alpena County, 214 in Presque ...