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Resident, trooper recount fire, rescue that earned bravery award

ALPENA — The charred and melted walls that once surrounded her husband’s bedroom are gone, but Spruce resident Rhonda Smith well remembers the late-night fire that, five months ago, threatened her husband’s life. She remembers, too, the man in uniform who came to her rescue. About ...

Mechanical issues drop Plaza Pool temp

ALPENA — Swimmers may have noticed a chill at the Alpena County Plaza Pool after significant mechanical issues lowered the temperature of the water and pool deck and a worldwide parts shortage stalled the parts needed to create a fix. Officials had to close the pool for at least a short time ...

APlex hosting Home Expo

ALPENA — Homeowners, potential homeowners, and anyone looking to upgrade or start any indoor or outdoor home projects will be pleased that the APlex is hosting a Home Expo on Saturday, March 12. The expo will feature more than 20 vendors, with more welcome to register, as space is still ...

First Alpena area marijuna shop set to open soon

ALPENA — Alpena is on the verge of having its first marijuana shop open. Neighborhood Provisions, located on Washington Avenue in the old Frank’s Key and Lock Shop could be open in the next month, and a pair of other dispensaries could open later in the year. Neighborhood Provisions ...

Publisher’s office, News storage filled with newspaper, area archives

My predecessor as publisher of The Alpena News was a notorious packrat. For history buffs like him and me, that’s a great thing. When I inherited the publisher’s office on the ground floor of The News in downtown Alpena, I inherited five filing cabinets, five desk drawers, and ...