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Businesses could feel the squeeze from road work

A needed reconstruction project on U.S.-23 near Harrisville will force a closure of about a two-mile stretch of the highway for more than two months and reroute motorists on a lengthy detour. It is likely the state project will burden already struggling businesses even more. According to ...

Restaurants adapting amid capacity limits, cautious customers

ALPENA—Restaurants in Michigan have been open for nearly two weeks since they were allowed to open at limited capacity on Feb. 1. Locally, some restaurants have found nothing has changed while others are struggling with limited capacity and customer fears that it might not be safe to dine ...

Girls Scouts accepting submissions for mural project

ALPENA — An art contest to determine what a mural for the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control building will look like is underway. Girl Scout Ambassadors in Troop 1218 are accepting artwork from K-12 students that will be used to design murals for three of the animal control ...

Prosecutor Muszynski shares philosophies of the job

ALPENA — Three months into her first elected term as Alpena County Prosecutor, Cynthia Muszynski sat down to share her philosophies regarding the power and purpose of the prosecutor’s office. The role is a balancing act, Muszynski said — a daily effort to figure out what’s going to ...

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 Dec. 13-26 MONTMORENCY COUNTY CO Sidney Collins was working the December elk hunt when a lost hunter was reported in Montmorency County. CO ...

Again, eight more infected

ALPENA — For the third day in a row, public health officials on Thursday reported eight newly infected Northeast Michiganders, including four Alpena County residents, one Presque Isle County resident, two Montmorency County residents, and one Alcona County resident. State data showed that, ...

Library weighs options after Grambau Center listing

ROGERS CITY — The recent listing of the Grambau Education Center has “derailed” the Presque Isle District Library’s plans to redevelop the historic building in Rogers City, library officials said on Wednesday. The Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education on Monday decided it ...

Lawsuit over cannabis license applications dropped

An applicant who was denied a medical marijuana license to open a provisioning center in Alpena and sued the city afterward, has dropped their lawsuit. A court document obtained by The News shows 26th Circuit Court Judge Ed Black dismissed the case on Jan. 26, after the attorneys for the ...

8 more infections reported

ALPENA — Eight more Northeast Michigan residents are infected with COVID-19. Public health officials on Wednesday reported eight newly infected Northeast Michiganders, including five Alpena County residents, two Presque Isle County residents, and one Montmorency County resident. No new ...

Child sex assault plea expected

ALPENA — Jay Dehring, an Alpena man accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old in October, intends to plead guilty to third-degree criminal sexual assault and accosting a minor for immoral purposes, his attorney said in court on Wednesday. In January, Judge Thomas LaCross ordered the child ...

Police Blotter: PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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. 1-6 Complaints handled: 41 Police runs: 27 Persons investigated: 109 Autos investigated: 40 Traffic stops: ...

Residents urged to bundle up as bitter temps set in

ALPENA — After enjoying the 10th-warmest January on record, Northeast Michigan is shivering. Single-digit temperatures that crisped Thunder Bay and made the air crackle in recent days feel more like a normal Michigan winter, but they can pose danger to those who aren’t careful, ...

3 more deaths as Northeast Michigan count reaches 100

ALPENA — Since Northeast Michigan reported its first COVID-19 infection last April, 100 Northeast Michigan residents have died after being infected with COVID-19. Local public health officials announced on Tuesday that three more Northeast Michigan residents died after being infected ...

Alpena Twp. may need millage to fully fund fire department

If residents of Alpena Township want the fire department funded to the degree it needs, they may have to pass another millage to do so. At Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting, the fire department ad hoc committee presented ideas on future staffing and how much staffing would cost. It’s ...

Pied Piper teacher gets $2.5K State Farm grant

ALPENA — A Pied Piper School teacher has received a grant that will allow students in her classroom to have a voice. Audrie Spicer, who teaches the primary severely cognitively impaired class, was among 40 teachers in Michigan selected by State Farm to receive a $2,500 grant designed to ...

Swift and Sure program celebrates first 2 graduates

ALPENA — Two graduates of the Presque Isle County Swift and Sure program left the county’s courthouse on Monday, finished with a gruelling program meant to keep them from coming back to the courtroom. The program, introduced in the county in 2018 and revitalized in 2020, targets ...

Drivers, residents adjust as construction begins on Bagley Street bridge

ALPENA — For residents on several of Alpena’s residential streets, Monday was the first day of what promises to be nearly a year of busy traffic passing by their front windows. A major renovation project on the Bagley Street bridge over Thunder Bay River began Monday, closing that road ...

Grambau Education Center to be listed for sale

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education decided Monday it would allow Superintendent Nick Hein to sign an agreement with Traverse City-based Three West Commercial Real Estate Consulting to list the Grambau Education Center for sale. Located on 1.9-acres of property at ...

1 death, six more infected

ALPENA — One more Presque Isle resident has died after being infected with COVID-19, local public health officials reported on Monday. Public health officials on Monday reported six newly infected Northeast Michiganders, including two Alpena County residents, three Presque Isle County ...

Multiple arrests send Alpena County man to prison

ROGERS CITY — An Alpena County man is headed to prison after being caught driving drunk three times in less than six months. Chasyn Wilkinson apologized to Presque Isle County’s 53rd Circuit Court in Rogers City on Monday, saying he wants to quit drinking, get help, and be there for his ...