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First one-week stretch without virus-related deaths since November

ALPENA ― Thursday marked the first time since early November that Northeast Michigan has gone a week without a reported coronavirus-related death. Meanwhile, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, which one week ago reported no patients hospitalized with coronavirus infection, now has one ...

Companies submit renderings for proposed medical marijuana shops

ALPENA—The two companies that intend to open medical marijuana provisioning centers in Alpena have submitted renderings of what the new businesses in the city may look like when built. Last year, the Alpena Municipal Council selected the applications from Green Buddha and Lume Cannabis ...

Local schools continue test preparations

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan’s superintendents are not surprised U.S. Department of Education officials want federally required standardized testing to continue this year, although some are concerned that implementing the testing will take away instruction time for kids. The Education ...

Local drivers dealing with higher gas prices

ALPENA — Gas prices have accelerated to their highest in more than a year, and it’s not looking promising they’ll ease off any time soon after a nationwide storm pushed the pedal of a price climb that began as 2020 ended. The recent increase in gas prices shouldn’t take anyone by ...

Police Blotter: 13 traffic stops 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 Feb. 14-20 Complaints handled: 40 Police runs: 24 Persons investigated: 115 Autos investigated: 42 Traffic stops: ...

9 new infections reported

ALPENA -- Public health officials on Wednesday reported nine newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including six Alpena County residents, two Presque Isle County residents, and one Montmorency County resident. As of Feb. 18, local public health agencies have reported ...

Atlanta, Hillman school boards mull consolidation

ATLANTA — Talks about whether Atlanta Community Schools and Hillman Community Schools should consolidate are underway. Trustees with the Atlanta and Hillman boards of education on Monday spent nearly 90 minutes discussing the potential for consolidation, before agreeing each board should ...

Voters to decide on continued 911 surcharge

ALPENA — Voters in Alpena County will decide if they want to continue paying up to $3 on their telephone lines to help finance 911 operations. The Alpena County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for a special election in May to request voters’ approval of the ...

Police blotter: Six property damage cases in Alcona County

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY For the week of Feb. 15-21 59 complaints were handled, resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 4 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 18 Property Damage Accident: 6 Assist: ...

Six new virus positives as NE Michiganders continue to test

ALPENA — Six more Northeast Michiganders have tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said on Tuesday, after an average of 29 coronavirus tests per day were administered to Northeast Michiganders in the past week, according to state data. An average of 50 Alpena County ...

AMA ESD to distribute rapid tests to student athletes

ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education will make COVID-19 rapid testing available to its employees and serve as a hub to receive and distribute rapid tests to student athletes. The board recently authorized Superintendent Scott Reynolds to ...

Grant clears way for ACC welding expansion

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of a mixup at The News, an incorrect version of this story appeared on Page 1A Tuesday and briefly at TheAlpenaNews.com Tuesday morning. The correct version appears below. ALPENA -- Alpena Community College has received a $2.4 million grant that will allow the college ...

Two-car crash tangles traffic on 11th

Responders assist a driver after her vehicle was hit during a two-car crash on 11th Avenue one block from the intersection at Chisholm Street in Alpena this afternoon. Traffic near the crash was diverted after a white car crashed into a black sport utility vehicle. The white car’s driver, who ...

Tech issues move fire department discussions to later date

A pair of key issues regarding the fire department were tabled until a future meeting, after technical difficulties threw a monkey wrench into the Alpena Township Board of Trustees meeting Monday. Discussions on the township’s fire department, and information about a public input session ...

Police blotter: Public warned to watch out for scams

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Update on Feb. 22, 2021 Total: 86 Alarms: 9 Animal Control: 2 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 4 Complaint ...

Health officials report 12 new infections

ALPENA -- Public health officials on Monday reported 12 newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including eight Alpena County residents and four Presque Isle County residents.  There were no new confirmed cases in Alcona and Montmorency counties. As of Feb. 18, local ...

Agencies working to help area homeless

ALPENA — When businesses were disrupted and people lost jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, many Northeast Michiganders found themselves suddenly without income. For some, that meant also being suddenly without a home, according to Traci Schuelke, of the Northeast Michigan Community ...

After rough 2020, service clubs hopeful for better 2021

ALPENA — After fighting through a challenging year of canceled fundraising events and community projects in 2020, area service groups hope to rebound this year. Only time — and COVID-19 — will determine if that will happen. Already, several 2021 events are scrapped, and others changed ...