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Alison Hosinski credits success to the Alpena community

ALPENA -- Alison Hosinski, named the Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena last month and a former foster child, ranks volunteering high on her list of priorities. Another high priority? Achieving high academic marks in both her high school and college classes. The ...

POLICE BLOTTER: 8 car/deer crashes in 7 days in Presque Isle County

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of April 4-10 Complaints handled: 45 Police runs: 28 Persons investigated: 113 Autos investigated: 38 Traffic stops: ...

Rogers City teen volunteers far more than mandated

ROGERS CITY -- When it comes to volunteering, 17-year-old Rogers City resident Mackenzie Bruning goes above and beyond. The Rogers City Area High School senior has amassed more than 600 volunteer hours in the past four years, though graduating with honors requires only 100 hours. Bruning ...

Alcona Schools reports four new COVID-19 infections

LINCOLN -- Alcona Community Schools officials notified parents Thursday three new staff members who work primarily at the middle and high schools were infected with COVID-19 and one new infection was reported for Alcona High School. Superintendent Dan O’Connor said in a letter to parents ...

Spring a great time for seniors to return to exercise, experts say

ALPENA -- As winter gives way to spring and the weather warms, now is the perfect time to get outside and get moving, medical professionals say. The coronavirus pandemic has kept many seniors in their homes over the past year, as those 65 and older are most at risk for severe illness. The ...

Officials push for new housing, but developers have to have faith

ALPENA — The use of tax incentives, zoning changes, policy revisions, and the creative use of current structures still haven’t kept up with a spiking demand for housing in Northeast Michigan. Big demand and too little supply, rising construction costs, and limited construction workers — ...

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 ...

News wins 3 awards in 2020 Associated Press Media Editors Newspaper Contest

ALPENA — The Alpena News received top honors in the 2020 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Newspaper Contest on Wednesday for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and coverage of on the spot news stories. The News received first place in the Best Public Service category for its ...

Alpena Public Schools considers selling property amid declining enrollment

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools officials are looking for ways to consolidate operations to account for the district’s declining enrollment. Superintendent Dave Rabbideau told the Board of Education’s Property Committee on Monday district officials are conducting an inventory of ...

Alpena County senior millage applications available

Many of the services offered to senior citizens in Alpena County are supported financially from property tax funds from the county-wide, older persons millage, and provide people aged 60 and older with needed assistance, education, and recreation opportunities. The funding helps pay for ...

Rising coronavirus cases cancel local trials

ALPENA — Increasing COVID-19 numbers nixed two trials scheduled to begin Wednesday in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court. As of Tuesday, defendants and attorneys were ready to proceed with jury trials for Teresa Kortman, facing a pair of drug charges, and Shane Velasquez, accused of assault, ...

No serious injuries in multi-vehicle crash at Ripley, Third Avenue

The Alpena Police Department and fire department responded to a multi-vehicle crash near the intersection of Ripley Boulevard and Third Avenue on Wednesday. According to the fire department, two vehicles collided in the right-of-way, but there were no serious injuries. The crash caused traffic ...

Mark Jacobs resigns as ACC men’s basketball coach

ALPENA — The Alpena Community College men’s basketball team will have a new leader on the sidelines next season. ACC announced Tuesday that Mark Jacobs has resigned as men’s basketball coach after four seasons. Jacobs’ decision comes after taking on a new role for his job, which ...

MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena visitor restrictions begin today

ALPENA -- MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena reimplemented visitor restrictions starting today until further notice, according to hospital officials. During the visitor restrictions, one healthy support person will be permitted with a pediatric patient, those in critical condition, or where it ...

Vacation homes good for tourism, but contribute to housing shortage

ALPENA — New Alpena County resident Lyn Loheed hopes her new community doesn’t allow too many people like her in town. An experienced landlord who spent decades renovating old homes in Iowa, Loheed recently purchased a long-vacant Long Lake home with plans to renovate the home and use her ...

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 ...

Proposed history course heads to board for approval

ALPENA — A newly proposed project based learning course — Perspectives of Democracy — will go before the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education for approval on Monday. The board’s Curriculum and Technology Committee on Tuesday recommended the proposed course move to the board for ...

Three ACC players earn all-conference honors

Three Alpena Community College men’s basketball players recently earned all-conference honors for their play during the 2021 season. Sophomore forward Chris DeRocher earned first team all-conference honors and was named the co-Defensive Player of the Year. DeRocher averaged 13.6 points per ...

Future projects in Alpena could include hotel, more retail

ALPENA — The COVID-19 pandemic was expected to throw a monkey wrench in local development. Thus far however, it has had little impact on projects planned before the pandemic and developers are considering future projects in the area. At the Alpena Township Board of Trustees meeting ...