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10,000 people evacuated as dam fails, Midland floods

EDENVILLE (AP) — A breached dam caused by several days of rainfall and rising water has forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in mid-Michigan. For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along two lakes and a river were ordered Tuesday to leave home. The National ...

More COVID patients recovered

ALPENA -- Recovery numbers continue to climb as testing continues for COVID-19, the sickness caused by the coronavirus. Forty residents of Alpena County are now considered recovered, up from 27 yesterday. Recovery is reported after an infected person has lived 30 days after the onset of ...

Memorial Day goes online

In most places across America, there may not be mass gatherings with hats off or hands saluted this Memorial Day. There also may not be a sea of red, white and blue marking the grave stones that stretch for miles across hillsides. But despite the restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic has ...

Barbers to offer free haircuts to protest Michigan lockdown

LANSING (AP) — Barbers plan to offer free haircuts on the Michigan Capitol lawn to protest the state’s stay-at-home orders, a defiant demonstration that reflects how salons have become a symbol for small businesses that are eager to reopen two months after the pandemic ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Update on May 18, 2020 Total: 86 Alarms: 1 Animal Control: 2 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 2 Complaint ...

RC to open parks with restrictions

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City Officials have relaxed the rules for residents wishing to use city parks. Residents are now able to use playground equipment, have baseball practice and utilize the basketball and tennis facilities, although some restrictions still apply. City Manager Joe ...

18 more recover in Northeast Michigan

ALPENA -- Two more Alcona County residents were reported as infected with the coronavirus and 18 more people were reported as recovered in Northeast Michigan today, according to local public health officials. That brings the total number of Northeast Michigan residents infected with COVID-19, ...

Alpena schools ready for big cuts after COVID

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools is preparing for a possible 20% to 25% cut in the per-pupil payments it receives from the state. State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, the chair of the state Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee, informed school officials of the potential cuts in ...

Health officials plan for ‘big pivot’ as Up North reopens

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan will “learn to live with COVID” as Michigan begins to reopen, public health officials told the District Health Department No. 4 board on Tuesday. Denise Bryan, health officer for District Health Departments No. 2 and No. 4, said she was notified over the ...

Airport to hire three new staffers

ALPENA — Staff at the Alpena County Regional Airport is about to increase as the county moves forward with adding three new employees and to be paid from a nearly $18 million federal grant the airport received. Two full-time employees will be added to the crew of Alpena Ground Maintenance ...

Agar settles on attorney — for now — in sex assault case

ALPENA -- Todd Agar, accused of sexually assaulting three women when they were between 6 and 14 years old, is moving forward with a new attorney. Agar was arraigned in the 26th Circuit Court on Monday. The arraignment -- when a defendant first appears before a judge to be formally charged with ...

Local government roundup

∫ The Rogers City City Council will allow City Manager Joe Hefele to spend up to $5,000 for safety and security improvements at City Hall’s front office for when City Hall reopens to the public. The money would be used to purchase sneeze guards for the front desk and replacing the ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of May 11-17 52 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 4 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 10 Mental: 1 Medical: 14 Property ...

No new infections or deaths announced by local health departments

ALPENA -- Fresh off the heels of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announcing many businesses in Northeast Michigan will be allowed to reopen, District Health Departments No. 4 and No. 2 announced no changes in the number of area residents infected with COVID-19, and no new deaths. The number of ...

Up North businesses can reopen Friday, Whitmer says

ALPENA — Friday will be a big day for businesses in Northeast Michigan as they will be allowed to reopen if they can comply with some rules set by the state to keep people safe from COVID-19. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today that retail stores, bars, and restaurants in the Upper ...

Dentists hope new policies will mitigate coronavirus

Sitting in close proximity to another person and exposing one’s open, maskless mouth to an instrument that will spray saliva into the air is likely not an experience people are happily anticipating in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. As businesses open back up and stay-at-home orders ...

Former county employee gets nearly five years for stealing from vulnerable

ROGERS CITY -- A former Presque Isle County employee who admitted to stealing over $200,000 from vulnerable adults to feed a gambling habit was sentenced to four years and nine months behind bars today. Shilo Furgeson, former Presque Isle County public guardian, was fired in May 2019 and ...

Alpena County Fair canceled

ALPENA -- Another large-scale event scheduled for this summer in Alpena has been canceled. Today, the Alpena County Fair Board announced the 2020 Alpena County Fair will not be held because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the possibility that large gatherings will be banned in the state. Gov. ...

Virus makes fight for recovery tougher

ALPENA — Going into the center, they knew they were fighting a battle against themselves. When they come out, their fight won’t be over — and, in a world changed by a virus, it may be a tougher battle than ever. People check into the Sunrise Centre — a pleasant building attached to ...

Bikers receive blessings

News Photo by Julie Riddle Staying socially distant on their motorcycles, about 40 bikers received blessings Saturday morning from Pastor Leslie Nye, of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Herron and Spruce Lutheran Church, at the annual Blessing of the Bikes in the parking lot of Eagle Supply ...