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‘Take me out to the ball game’

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz MediLodge of Greenview Activities Director Stacey Morrison hands a baseball spinner to a resident ready to take her turn as residents of MediLodge of Greenview and MediLodge Alpena play an indoor version of baseball against one another on Thursday at MediLodge ...

Crawling around town

News Photo by Julie Goldberg People enjoy the Alpenopoly Grub Crawl Thursday night at Pompeyos. The event allowed people to try the offerings at the19th Hole, Court Yard, CW’s, Joe’s Bar, Latitudes, Nowicki’s Sausage Shoppe, Players, Pompeyos, Thunder Bay River Restaurant and Thunder ...

Allor invites family of fallen firefighter to 9/11 ceremony

Courtesy Photo From left to right, Norman, Dennis, Jack (in front), and Barbara Klenow are seen with state Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, at the Capitol on Wednesday. Volunteer firefighter Norman Edward Klenow lost his life in August. House members invited first-responders and military ...

2 hurt in rollover crash

A 73-year-old man and 49-year-old woman were taken to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with minor injuries after a three-car crash Wednesday that caused one car to roll onto its side. The News reported the crash Thursday, but police only released details Thursday afternoon. Police said ...

Police extricate man after crash

News Photos by Steve Schulwitz It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was injured after a three-car rollover crash at the intersection of Ripley Boulevard and 3rd Avenue Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m. Alpena police and firefighters, the Michigan State Police, and Alpena ambulance crews ...

‘Widespread mistreatment’ at ESD, union says

ALPENA — Employees face “widespread mistreatment” at the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District, union officials say. At a June 13 ESD board meeting attended by about 40 employees, for example, a union official criticized district administrators for not allowing a ...

‘Somebody has to get this straightened out’

ATLANTA — Montmorency County department heads on Wednesday criticized the county board’s handling of salary increases. District Court Judge Benjamin Bolser on Wednesday told commissioners “there’s no rhyme or reason” to how they set wages. New employees are sometimes hired in at ...

Knowing the risks

ALPENA — Two Alpena High School students worked Wednesday to raise awareness of the danger of suicide. Juniors Emma Kroll and Rose Grekz sought to help those who may feel suicidal or depressed during Suicide Prevention Week by providing information about the topic. “We’re giving ...

Posen apologizes for swastika at Potato Fest

POSEN — The Posen Chamber of Commerce apologized late Tuesday for a swastika reportedly seen on the vest of a motorcyclist at the Potato Festival parade on Sunday. Images of the swastika circulated on social media Sunday night as several festival attendees criticized the parade, which ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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 Sept. 5-10 Deputies made 24 traffic stops, issuing 20 warnings and 4 citations. They received 45 complaints Police runs: ...

‘Forests are cool,’ but don’t predict weather

ALPENA—Trees talk. They just don’t always say what we think they’re saying. Residents in Northeast Michigan may have noticed top-heavy conifers on their walks in the woods this fall. Conifer cones are growing in what look like frightened clusters at the very tops of spruce trees in ...

Car rolls in crash at 3rd, Ripley

ALPENA — It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was injured after a three-car rollover crash at the intersection of Ripley Boulevard and 3rd Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. today Alpena police and firefighters, the Michigan State Police, and Alpena ambulance crews responded. Fire crews needed ...

Township to talk Kmart project again

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Charter Township of Alpena Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting regarding a requested rezoning of the property around the former Kmart on U.S.-23. The zoning change was requested after an Alpena company bought the long-shuttered big-box store and ...

Upgrades ordered at APS for disability needs

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools must upgrade its Career and Technical Education program to adequately serve students with disabilities, the Michigan Department of Education says. District officials say they will complete the upgrades at Alpena High School and the district administration ...

Sign of the times? Politics cause a stir at Potato Fest

POSEN — While politics has always been a part of the Posen Potato Festival, heightened political tensions nationwide may have caused people to react stronger to political demonstrations at the festival this year. This year’s parade featured a few entries supportive of President Donald ...

Three-peat Walmart thief gets a year

A man who admitted stealing more than $6,000 worth of merchandise from the Alpena Walmart in March was sentenced Monday to one year in jail and two years of probation. Mathew Brown, 34, of Atlanta, was captured on security cameras leaving the store about 1:30 a.m. on March 22 and, on three ...

Police: Minor injuries in Monday crash

A crash on Chisholm Street Monday evening sent two to the hospital. The News reported the crash in Tuesday’s paper, indicating that at least one person had been transported to the hospital. A news release from Alpena Police Department Tuesday indicated that a sports-utility vehicle was ...

Fake $20 bills passed in Alpena

Three counterfeit $20 bills were passed at the Alpena Dollar General over the weekend, store employees said Tuesday. Discovery of the homemade bills was made by the store’s bank upon deposit. Police indicate that no other counterfeit bills have been reported, but an investigation is ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity 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 57 calls for service from 9/2/19 through 9/8/19. Of the 57 calls for service, troopers made the following ...

‘One more good thing’

ALPENA—Police officers in T-shirts mingled with 32 fleet-footed teenagers Monday at the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in Alpena. The Alpena High School cross country team participates yearly in the event designed to build awareness and draw financial support for Special Olympics ...