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Schools project enrollment dip amid outbreak

ALPENA — Area school leaders anticipate fewer students will return to school this fall because of parents’ concerns about the coronavirus. Alpena Public Schools, for example, projects 50 fewer students in the fall, while Alcona Community Schools and Rogers City Area Schools each ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES June 14-27 MONTMORENCY COUNTY COs Sidney Collins, Dan Liestenfeltz, and Matt Theunick responded to a missing 3-year old autistic child. The ...

Four months in, businesses struggle to adapt to new normal

In April, Ogden Newspapers reached out to a plethora of businesses around the country to hear their stories about how they were coping with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some expressed concern over if their business could survive without knowing what the future held, while others noted ...

Huron Pines restores ‘pivotal’ Shingle Mill site

MONTMORENCY COUNTY — A pipe culvert that obstructed the East Branch Black River for decades is gone, and, with it, the persistent problems it caused by erosion, flooding and fish passage. In its place, a shiny aluminum arch ushers wild brook trout to 20 miles of habitat upstream of County ...

MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant offer paddling course

Despite these extraordinary times, it is still possible to safely — with social distancing — enjoy paddle sports on Michigan’s many wonderful water trails and lakes. Kayakers, paddleboarders, and canoeists can also be key in the fight to protect the waters they love by identifying and ...

Fundraiser launched after John A. Lau fire

ALPENA — Residents and businesses have joined forced to launch a fundraiser for Jon Benson, owner of the historic John A. Lau Saloon demolished by fire earlier this week. The fundraising campaign, Alpena Strong—For Jon, launched today with a social media campaign, the group announced in a ...

Fishing still popular as attendance shifts at Brown Trout Festival

ALPENA — The 46th annual Michigan Brown Trout Festival continues to reel in fishermen and fisherwomen amid a national pandemic. The festival had 350 people register to fish the nine day tournament, compared to the 240 boats that were registered for the tournament last year. Tournament ...

Officials: Tourism figures strong, still below past totals

Tourism officials in Alpena were bracing for a steep decline in the number of people selecting Alpena for vacations and visits this summer, due to the coronavirus and the associated shutdown. The prime tourism season in Alpena is from Memorial Day Weekend until the end of October. The good ...

Alpena school board pushes anti-racism policy after trustee’s posts

ALPENA -- The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education today introduced a resolution committing the board to eliminating prejudice after one of the trustees was criticized for Facebook posts some saw as racist. Resident April Behl on Monday told the Alpena school board she was concerned about ...

Hospitals, docs trying to keep up with elective surgery backlog

Joyce Faber’s elective surgery has been postponed twice so far this year. It’s been rescheduled for September, but she’s worried that the lengthy wait could cause complications. “My son is graduating with his doctorate in December,” she said in a recent interview. “I’m worried I ...

Community offers support for Benson in wake of fire

Firefighters spent a good portion of Wednesday continuing to extinguish small flare ups at the site of a fire that destroyed John A. Lau Saloon Tuesday, and the community continued to mourn its loss. There may be little left to the recently updated restaurant, but charred timber, steel and ...

Officials wondering what comes next after TBT saved

ALPENA — Thunder Bay Theatre officials spent much of Wednesday assessing damage that occurred to the theater and figuring out what comes next, after a fire broke out and destroyed the John A. Lau Saloon on Tuesday on North Second Avenue. The theater was largely unscathed and occupiable, ...

Alpena rape case headed to circuit court

A 23-year old Alpena man was bound over to 26th Circuit Court on a series of seven sexual assault charges steming from an incident in Alpena where he allegedly bound and raped a 15-year-old girl. According to the girl, who testified Tuesday, the incident happened in the woods behind the ...

Structure fire claims John A. Lau Saloon, spares Thunder Bay Theatre

ALPENA — On the eve of its re-grand opening, John A. Lau Saloon is no more, as it succumbed to a fire on Tuesday in old town Alpena. The Thunder Bay Theatre was spared, with the exception of some smoke and water damage, after firefighters took a defensive posture to keep the fire from ...

Testimony given in Alpena rape case

A 23-year old Alpena man who is charged with rape, kidnapping and other charges is going to have to wait until tomorrow to see if his case will be bound over to 26th Circuit Court. Jeremiah McLean is accused of raping a 15-year old girl in a makeshift cabin behind the Evergreen Cemetery in ...

Possible COVID-19 exposure at Alpena restaurant

ALPENA — A new possible exposure to COVID-19 at a restaurant in Alpena was announced Wednesday by District Health Department No. 4. Public Health Officials encourage those who visited Mangos in Alpena from 1-2 p.m. on July 19 to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the ...

Warm water may change fishing

ALPENA — High temperatures in the waters of Lake Huron may — or may not — make for good fishing at this week’s Michigan Brown Trout Festival. Higher-than-average temperatures in early July have raised the temperatures of the Great Lakes above normal for this time of year. Hitting an ...

Intake pipe to be cleaned at Alpena water plant

The Alpena Municipal Council voted 3-0 to spend $274,260 to have one of the intake pipes at the water production plant cleaned because of extreme buildup in it. In order to pay for the project, several other water sewer projects will be pushed back until next year. An inspection of the ...

Officials: Families should catch up on kids’ vaccinations

ALPENA — Michigan’s leading health experts are urging families with children to get caught up on all recommended vaccines as soon as they can. Fewer Michigan children are currently up to date on their routine vaccines because of postponed well-child visits during the pandemic, according ...

APS plans to hold parent information sessions

Alpena Public Schools’ Interim Superintendent Susan Wooden on Monday announced the district’s preliminary plans to bring students back to school for face-to-face education in the fall following the Center for Disease and Control’s guidelines. In her weekly communique, Wooden said the ...