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37th annual Atlanta Elk Festival kicks off with parade today

ATLANTA — After a hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the 37th annual Atlanta Elk Festival is back on, today through Sunday. The majority of the weekend’s activities are free, thanks to the generosity of sponsors. The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce is heading up the festival, ...

TBIFF student film entries being accepted

ALPENA — Aspiring filmmakers in grades nine through 12 are invited to enter the Thunder Bay International Film Festival’s student film competition. The entry deadline is Jan. 4, 2022. The film festival takes place annually the third week in January. This year’s theme for the student ...

Winfield trial jury deliberations enter second day

ALPENA — Jurors in the sex assault trial of former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield left the courthouse at 5 p.m. Wednesday, suspending deliberations after eight hours of examining voluminous evidence and witness testimony. Winfield faces accusations of sexually assaulting a ...

Trooper saves hospice patient from burning home

ALPENA ― A police officer pulled a man from a burning house in Alcona County late Wednesday night, Michigan State Police reported today. Arriving at a house on Swede Road in Caledonia Township around midnight, Trooper Jacob Strong of the Alpena Post discovered one corner of the house ...

Alpena, Alpena Township effort to form water authority slows

ALPENA — Efforts by Alpena and Alpena Township officials to potentially form a water authority have slowed in recent months, though both sides indicated they continue to work together on a solution. The two sides in December announced the pursuit of the water authority as a means to end ...

Judge drops one of seven charges against Winfield

ALPENA ― One of seven charges against former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield does not apply to Winfield’s case, Judge Roy Hayes ruled on Thursday afternoon. Winfield faces accusations she sexually assaulted a former student between 2016 and 2018. She denies the ...