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Diver presentation Thursday at sanctuary

ALPENA — The first woman to scuba dive in all 50 states will give a presentation Thursday at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Visitor’s Center. The presentation happens at 6 p.m. Jennifer Idol has been diving in the sanctuary in Thunder Bay to photograph some of the ...

Hillman road, bandshell projects advance

HILLMAN — There are going to be different projects completed in Hillman throughout the next couple of months. The Hillman Village Council discussed the projects during its meeting on Tuesday. President Myron McIntire said the Montmorency County Road Commission is going to be fog-sealing ...

Toaster on fire

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Alpena police and fire department responded to a call of smoke coming from a residence on East Washington Avenue on Monday. The firefighters removed a toaster from the house.

Fees continue to climb for city, township litigation

ALPENA — The water and sewer litigation between City of Alpena and Alpena Township is well into its fourth year and consultant and attorney bills continue to pile up. During Monday’s Alpena Municipal Council meeting, the council voted 4-0 to pay City Attorney Bill Pfeifer $70,000 for ...

Volunteers drive festival

ALPENA — A large reason the Michigan Brown Trout Festival has been able to endure for the last 44 years is because of the dedication of volunteers, service groups and sponsors, festival organizers say. But some say it’s getting harder to find volunteers, without whom it is likely the ...

Brown Trout Festival Tournament Leaderboard

Brown Trout Seth Haugerud 6.40 Shawn Murphy 4.85 Michelle Hansen 3.85 Robert Westenbarger 3.80 Salmon Phil Smigelski 18.75 Douglas Hopp 15.60 Nick Stoinski 14.90 Eric Kruczynski 13.95 Lake Trout Brad Skiba 15.80 Joe Hauff 14.95 Paul Deyoung 14.95 Trent Bruski ...

Kinser formally charged with murder of brother

ATLANTA — Mark Kinser was on Monday formally arraigned on a charge of open murder for allegedly killing his brother earlier this year. Mark Kinser was arraigned in 26th Circuit Court. He’s accused of killing his brother, Brian Kinser, in the early morning hours of April 21 at a ...

Besser Elementary gets a new principal

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education voted to hire Stephanie Hitchcock as the new principal at Besser Elementary School on Monday. Hitchcock was previously the F-House Assistant Principal at Alpena High School and has been employed with APS since 2014. “I’m just ...

New managing editor, two reporters join The News staff

Justin Hinkley, formerly of the Lansing State Journal, has joined the editorial staff of The Alpena News as the newspaper’s managing editor, replacing Steve Murch. The change in personnel was announced by Alpena News Publisher William Speer. “While I am saddened with the departure of ...

Weighing fish

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Fish were weighed for an attempt on the leaderboard at the Michigan Brown Trout Festival on Sunday.

Tournament Leaderboard

Brown Trout Seth Haugerud 6.40 Shawn Murphy 4.85 Robert Westenbarger 3.80 Don Harrison 3.80 Salmon Phil Smigelski 18.75 Douglas Hopp 15.60 Ericc Kruczynski 13.95 Derk Soltysiak 9.75 Lake Brad Skiba 15.80 Joe Hauff 14.95 Paul Deyoung 14.95 Trent Bruski ...

Art on the Bay

News Photo by Diane Speer Husband and wife Erica and Dan Dyer serve up a cupcake to Alexa Ihnat of Alexandria, Va., who is in town visiting her grandmother, Donna Czarnecki of Alpena. Part way through the day on Saturday, the couple already had sold between 10 and 11 dozen homemade cupcakes. ...

Tea Kettle Couple

News Photo by Diane Speer Known as the Tea Kettle Couple, John and Connie Stevens of Goetzville have been participating in Art on the Bay for the past nine years. They find the old tea kettles they turn into unique bird feeders at places like the Salvation Army and Goodwill, although they ...

Vintage artwork

News Photo by Diane Speer Marcia Graves-Wilbur of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., mans her booth, Vintage Encore, during the 42nd annual Art on the Bay that drew hundreds of shoppers to Bay View Park on Saturday and Sunday. A teacher by profession, Graves-Wilbur spends the summers at her place on ...

Alpena battles European frog-bit

ALPENA — Huron Pines, Michigan State University and other partners have been working the last several years to slow the spread of European frog-bit near Alpena. It appears the effort has been futile, however, as the invasive aquatic plant has spread into Lake Huron Michigan is one of only a ...

Brown Trout launches recycling bins

ALPENA — If you’re going to toss that cup somewhere, toss it in the box that says “Recycle Plastic Cups Here.” On a mission to rid the Michigan Brown Trout Festival of plastic cup waste, festival President Peggy Donakowski teamed up with Stan Mischley, manager of the Alpena ...

NOAA extending sinkhole research

ALPENA — Scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been researching a sinkhole near Center Island in Thunder Bay for several years. They are now extending their study to one further out in the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary to learn more about groundwater’s ...

Local families fulfilling dream of owning, operating their own farms

Eric and Janel Woodward moved to Northeast Lower Michigan 14 years ago with a dream of owning and operating their own dairy farm. Eric grew up working on the farm that his grandfather and uncle owned in Millington, knowing he wanted to farm from a young age. Janel grew up on a dairy farm ...

Snyder asks AG’s office to file suit against 3M

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has asked state Attorney General Bill Schuette to begin legal proceedings against 3M, the Minnesota manufacturer of products such as Scotchgard, AFFF and AR-AFFF firefighting foam in connection with contamination of public water supplies. A press release from ...

Michigan Treasury gives seminar at ACC

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Nancy Hill, of the Michigan Department of Treasury, led a tax seminar for new businesses on Friday at Alpena Community College. More than 25 attendees learned about sales and use taxes, services and exemptions at the seminar. Hill is a senior analyst with the ...