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Rumors of Neiman’s demise greatly exaggerated

ALPENA —For the last several months, multiple rumors have circulated concerning the future of Neiman’s Family Market in Alpena. With the Neiman’s pharmacy recently closed and other businesses leaving the Thunder Bay Shopping Center, some people claim the grocery store will close, while ...

Rogers City turns from pensions to Main Street

ROGERS CITY — A plan to create a more robust main street is in the works for downtown Rogers City. Members of Team Rogers City, an informal group of city officials, business owners and others, heard from Lindsey Miller, community assistance specialist with the Michigan Economic Development ...

Alcona schools ID person behind threat

LINCOLN — The person responsible for a bomb threat Monday at Alcona Community Schools has been identified. Superintendent Dan O’Connor said in a press release Friday that the district was able to identify the person responsible for a threat that put the district into a soft lockdown. The ...

Sheriff: That’s not me calling

The Alcona County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of a scam in which a caller identifies himself as Sheriff Scott Stephenson and asks them to contact the department’s civil and warrant division immediately. In the scam, the actual phone number for the Sheriff’s Office’s ...

More CSC charges for Barton

An Alpena man already incarcerated for alleged criminal sexual misconduct will face additional charges after the conclusion of a Michigan State Police investigation and review from the Alpena County prosecutor. In a press release Friday, MSP announced Damian Barton is charged with two counts ...

BIZ BRIEFS

State offers safety grants for small employers Businesses with 250 or fewer employees can apply for up to $5,000 in grants for workplace safety, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release. Employers can purchase safety and health-related equipment or ...

Horsemen seek fairground space

ALPENA — The first of several groups interested in using a portion of the Alpena County Fairgrounds slated to be torn down gave its presentation to the Alpena County Board of Commissioners this week. The Alpena County Horsemen’s Club asked for permission to tear down the old baseball ...

Rural jails crowded, study finds

ALPENA—Arrests in Michigan are going down, but county jails still are full, recently released research shows. While many of those being escorted behind bars are there because of non-violent misdemeanors, police say changes to laws and society have resulted in full cells in county ...

Alpena schools get new DARE officer

ALPENA — There’s a new Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer for Alpena Public Schools: Alpena County sheriff’s Deputy Christina Bednarski. Bednarski, who is the liaison officer at Thunder Bay Junior High School, takes over a role that fellow Alpena County Deputy Jim Marquardt ...

Giving to Chair-ity

News Photo by Crystal Nelson John and Joette Putkamer, of Alpena, browse the chairs being auctioned off at the second annual Chair-ity Auction hosted by the Zonta Club of Alpena/Tri-County Area on Thursday at Art in the Loft. Proceeds from the club’s live auction, silent auction, and beer ...

Montmorency County hears medical examiner pitch

ATLANTA — Montmorency County officials indicated they would like more information on a medical examiner service proposed to the county board on Wednesday. Marcus Atkins, senior director of development for the Michigan Institute of Forensic Medicine, told commissioners his Saginaw-based ...

Fake money found in PI County

Fake money was discovered in Presque Isle County in the past week. The Rogers City Police Department received a counterfeit $100 bill that had been put into circulation in the city, and a man brought several other fake $100 bills into the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office, saying he had ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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 Sept. 18-24 Deputies made 30 traffic stops, issuing 24 warnings and 6 citations. They received 54 complaints Police ...

Cruisers dock in Alpena

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Passengers from the Great Lakes cruise ship MS Hamburg unload off of shuttle boats behind the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center on Wednesday. The 472-foot ship anchored just off of the boat harbor and ferried tourists to and from the shore. The boat is ...

Six people still missing from Northeast Michigan

ALPENA—Over 600,000 individuals go missing in the U.S. every year. Many are found and make it home safely. But thousands of those missing don’t make it home. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System — NamUs — is an online repository for stories of missing, ...

Pool, arena get 2020 boost from Youth and Rec fund

ALPENA — Plaza Pool and Northern Lights Arena’s budgets received a boost for 2020 from the Alpena County Youth and Recreation Committee on Wednesday. The pool will receive $86,313 for operations and an additional $8,500 for the popular Ready, Set, Swim program. The Friends of the ...

Two-car crash at 3rd and Bagley

News Photo by Julie Riddle Firefighters from the Alpena Township South Side station check on a driver involved in a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon. Airbags were deployed in both vehicles involved in the crash, and both drivers were transported to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena to be ...

Domino’s Pizza could be coming to old 7-11 building

ALPENA — Alpena could be getting a new pizza joint. The Alpena Zoning Board of Appeals voted to grant a parking variance to the owners of a new Domino’s Pizza restaurant planned for the former 7-11 building on Ripley Boulevard. The board voted to approve the parking ordinance, but ...

Montmorency County ponders investments

ATLANTA — Montmorency County commissioners on Wednesday decided they would like to hear from a second investment firm before deciding whether they want to invest in county funds. Treasurer Jean Klein has proposed the county utilize an investment firm to invest funds from all of the ...

Posen schools plans Fall Fest

POSEN — Posen Consolidated Schools will host its annual Fall Fest on Oct. 27 with different fall activities for everyone. The event raises money for the Posen Citizens Academic Council to purchase all things academic for Posen students, Superintendent Michelle Wesner said ...