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City offers snow plowing facts

The snow removal process in Alpena is not an easy or fast process and the city wants residents to know more about the procedures and why it takes some time to get the roads clear. In a press release the city said road crews maintain 180 lane miles of streets, seven miles of alley and 27 ...

AG focused on Line 5, official says

ALPENA — Assistant Attorney General Peter Manning told Northeast Michigan government representatives an anchor strike is the most “dominant threat” posed by Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 oil and natural gas pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. On Friday, Manning spoke at the Alpena County ...

Two wrecks, minor injuries Friday

ALPENA — Emergency crews responded to two crashes on Friday afternoon and evening. Only minor injuries were reported.

Alpena High cadet honored

ALPENA — An Alpena High School senior recently received an honor that only 15% of Civil Air Patrol cadets have achieved. Nickoli D’Agrella was awarded the Brigadier Gen. Billy Mitchell Award on Dec. 14. The Mitchell Award marks the completion of Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet ...

New coaches for Alpena High robotics programs

ALPENA — The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics season kicked off this week as teams started putting their robots together before competitions in a few weeks. The Alpena High School Wildcat Robotics program has had a change in coaches this season as Student ...

Dino-mite surprise for Sanborn kids

Courtesy Photo Sanborn Elementary School students in Niki Kalisch’s junior kindergarten class and Jen Manning’s kindergarten class on Friday received a surprise visit from Connie, second from the right, and Gary Stephan, pictured in the dinosaur costume, as part of the school’s Mystery ...

Faith, family drive Banner Realty to 30-year milestone

ALPENA — Being able to survive in business for 30 years is no small feat, especially in a field such as real estate, when market conditions and trends vary often. At Alpena’s Banner Reality, owner Margie Haaxma and her staff are celebrating the business’s 30th anniversary this month. A ...

BIZ BRIEFS

Good Mid-Day Alpena event Thursday The first Good Mid-Day Alpena event happens at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Alpena High School, 3303 S. 3rd Ave. The event costs $10 per person and includes lunch. The theme is Solutions to Common Struggles of Business Professionals, including ...

USDA, Alpena CRTC program cuts risk of bird collisions

ALPENA — The flightline at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is a busy place. As the year-round host for training events like Northern Strike — the Defense Department’s largest joint reserve-component exercise — it’s not uncommon to see more than 60 aircraft on ...

Recreational pot arrives

ROGERS CITY — Recreational marijuana can now be purchased at Meds Cafe, 2352 U.S.-23 in Rogers Township. Owner Scott Schroeder said the business received its license Dec. 27 and began selling recreational marijuana on Tuesday. Meds Cafe was the first medical marijuana facility in ...

We’re about to be walloped

ALPENA — Mother Nature is winding up to deliver a haymaker to Northeast Michigan this weekend. The National Weather Service says an intense winter storm is likely to sweep over the region Saturday and, by the time it moves out over Lake Huron, it could drop more than a foot of new snow ...

Officers hurt at drug busts, HUNT reports

ALPENA — Officers injured while arresting violent offenders high on methamphetamines, jails full of drug dealers plotting together for when they return to the streets, and drug-addled inmates consigned to the jail’s restraint chair because of uncontainable destruction and brutality are a ...

AMA ESD OKs $46K architect deal

ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District is working to improve its facilities for staff and students. On Thursday, the district’s Board of Education approved a $46,000 contract with architectural firm OHM Architects to develop a plan for facilities ...

Accusers’ inconsistencies questioned in sex assault trial

ALPENA — An Ossineke man claimed the court should ignore the testimony of three women who claim he sexually assaulted them when they were children. Todd Allen Agar, 49, faces multiple charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from alleged incidents between 1998 and 2005. ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of Jan. 1-7 Complaints: 41 Police runs: 24 People investigated: 120 Traffic stops: 27 Citations: 5 Business/house checks: 71 Misdemeanor arrests: ...

Kids get a visit from a champ

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena native Emma Gentry, center, answers questions from Ella White Elementary School students on Wednesday as Principal Melissa LaCombe looks on. Gentry won the Gold Medal last week with Team USA in the U18 Women’s World Championship.

‘One little part’

ALPENA — “When you find a place that you fit in and enjoy, you stay,” the uniformed officer said, hands folded on the table in front of him. Sgt. Chris Johnston, an Alpena Police Department officer who will hand in his badge on Friday afternoon, has called APD and the city of Alpena ...

Habitat volunteer honored

ALPENA — Randy MacAulay lends his hands and talents in many ways in Alpena. He helps the homeless and less fortunate, helps bring musical festivals to life, and is critical in helping Habitat for Humanity achieve its goals and missions in the area. In November, he was selected to be ...

Supreme Court allows phones in courtrooms

ALPENA — Headed to court? Soon, you can take your phone with you. The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday changed the long-standing policy of allowing judges to decide whether cell phones are permitted in their courtroom. Beginning May 1, portable electronic devices — including phones, ...