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‘You need the help’

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ALPENA — Two years after graduating from Alpena High School, Shyla Prevost found out she was pregnant. Living with her mom in Wyoming, Prevost was scared. “I felt like I was going to be by myself forever,” Prevost said. That loneliness is the reason Prevost, now 24, was in a ...

Omega Electric among 50 in Michigan to watch, group says

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ALPENA — Omega Electric and Sign Co. in Alpena had a meager beginning, but has grown to be a force throughout the state. In May, it is going to be honored for being one of 50 companies to watch in Michigan by the Michigan Small Business Development Center and sponsor, the Michigan ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of March 11-17 81 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 9 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 23 Medical: 20 Property Damage ...

Basket Case gets a fresh look

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Workers begin to remove the brick front of the Basket Case building in downtown Alpena on Tuesday. A vinyl siding covered the brick until the end of last summer. Rehabbing the old brick was cost prohibitive, but the new front, when finished, will have a brick look.

Tax breaks paying off

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ALPENA — The Alpena Municipal Council on Monday received its annual update on tax abatements still on the city’s books. The results were positive, for the most part. Four of the of the five companies have met or exceeded their capital investment goals. Only one fell short on the ...

RC ends pensions for future employees

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City City Council on Monday ended pension plans for employees hired after July 1, 2019. The city wants to sell bonds to cover its pension debt and state law requires the city to stop offering pensions to newly hired employees to do so. Current employees and ...

APS invests in summer reading program

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ALPENA — A new K-2 Summer Reading Program has been approved by the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education. The board approved a summer reading program for kindergartners through second-graders from Scholastic Inc. for up to $37,844 on Monday. However, the district may not be able to ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For March 11-15 Total: 85 Alarms: 4 Animal Control: 5 Traffic Arrests: 2 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 1 Warrant Arrests: 2 ...

Bergman visits Northeast Michigan, keeps promise

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, who represents Alpena, presents a check on Monday to Options Pregnancy Center Director Emily Potter in Alpena. During the recent partial shutdown of the federal government, Bergman promised to donate his salary to charities ...

Bergman visits Northeast Michigan, keeps promise

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Courtesy Photo U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, visits staff of Medilodge of Rogers City to discuss various topics pertaining to skilled nursing facilities, our residents and general healthcare topics. Pictured from left to right are Jim Knight, senior administrator, Kathy Altman, ...

Leaving a lasting impact

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A legendary quote reads, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” These are the words that Raymond Frederick Spain lived by. Last Monday, March 11, began as a normal day, but turned into an evening full of heartbreak and disbelief for many who knew ...

PI County jail in need of new roof

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ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle County officials can no longer afford to put off the replacement of the county jail’s roof. The roof has been leaking for 15 years, according to Sheriff Joseph Brewbaker, who said its gotten increasingly worse over the last three years. “It’s been going ...

‘It comes down to respect’

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ALPENA — Rudeness, even toward a police officer who just gave you a break, is protected by the First Amendment, according to a U.S. Court of Appeals. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the ancient gesture of “flipping the bird” is a legal form of expression, stating ...

Irish eyes are smilin’

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Party-goers go Irish at the Rockin’ St. Patty’s Day Rock & Roll Dance Party on Saturday in Rogers City. Sponsored by Calcite Credit Union, the annual event raises funds for Friends Together to provide needed services for local residents dealing with the ...

‘Not shy of making change’

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City Area Schools Superintendent Nick Hein is almost done with one year as the district’s leading man. Hein, who is also the middle/high school principal, was appointed to the superintendent position in June after being the interim superintendent for two months. He ...

No injuries at two house fires

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News Photo by Crystal Nelson Firefighters from the Alpena Township Fire Department responded to an early morning fire on Friday at two neighboring houses along U.S.-23 South, between Squaw Bay and Ossineke. Lieutenant John Clements said no one was home when the fire started in one house, ...

Students of the Week

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Pied Piper School students Bailey Nieckwiecki, Cole Bledsoe, Jackob Dykstra, Murphy Drury, and Nicholas Wojda were honored at the school’s student of the week assembly on Friday.

PI County returns to recycling program schedule

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ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle County’s recycling program has returned to its regular schedule. The county had been limiting the pick-ups of recyclables to every other week, according to Commissioner Mike Darga, but has returned to a schedule where cardboard and plastics are each picked ...

Alpena bands excel at district competition

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ALPENA — The Alpena High School and Thunder Bay Junior High School bands recently excelled in a district band festival competition. The AHS Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble bands and TBJH Symphony Band all received straight 1’s, the highest rating possible, at the Michigan School Band ...