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POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of Oct. 7-13 129 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 10 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 21 Mental: 1 Medical: ...

State gifts fuel projects

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ALPENA — As budgets tighten, the acquisition and utilization of grant funding is critical to help pay for projects which would otherwise be nearly impossible to complete, Alpena officials said. The city has received many grants, large and small, to improve roads, parks, building facades, ...

County pensions less funded, report shows

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ALPENA - Pensions for current and future municipal retirees in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Presque Isle county were less funded in 2018 than they were in 2017, according to an annual report recently released by Municipal Employee’s Retirement System. Statistics from the report show ...

Why the county is building a different jail than voters bought

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ALPENA — The process that led to the construction of what officials said is a badly needed new Alpena County Jail has been a mixed bag of successes, snafus, and unexpected costs. The new jail was made possible through a 1-mill, 20-year property tax voters approved by a 55%-45% margin in ...

Employers struggle to find workers

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ALPENA — Employers in Northeast Michigan are having a difficult time recruiting and retaining employees to fill vacant positions, local employment experts and human resource professionals said. Indicative of the problem, three job applicants didn’t show up for scheduled interviews on ...

County projects $1.4M deficit

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ALPENA —When the Alpena County Board of Commissioners begins its 2020 budget process in earnest on Monday, commissioners will see preliminary figures showing an eye-popping$1.4 million deficit. County Treasurer Kim Ludlow said that gap between revenues and expenses can be reduced, ...

Pied Piper celebrates Fall Fest

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Students, staff, family, and friends take hay rides during the Pied Piper Fall Festival on Friday. There were many activities for the students to enjoy while the sun was out during the morning and early afternoon.

Wicked waves wallop shore

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Andrea Norman, left, and Remington Rice watch some of the large waves crash over the banks at Bay View Park on Friday. The National Weather Service issued a lakeshore flood advisory from 8 a.m. Friday until 2 a.m. today. There were many people who were at the ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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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 Oct. 1-8 Deputies made 28 traffic stops, issuing 26 warnings and 2 citations. They received 49 complaints Police runs: ...

RC City Hall struck by truck

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City’s City Council chambers are in need of repairs after a truck crashed into City Hall around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, before the city’s Harbor Advisory Committee was to begin. Mayor Scott McLennan said the truck driver, who worked for a private contractor for the post ...

Return of the bird

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ALPENA — It’s official ... a Michigan native is back, and, from all appearances, it’s here to stay. The Kirtland’s warbler, a cute, yellow-and-gray songbird beloved by many Up Northerners, was near extinction when it was one of the first species in the U.S. to be put on the federal ...

Alpena girl catches a whopper

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Courtesy Photo Madi Speaks, 15, of Alpena, caught this 35-pound king salmon on Aug. 17 fishing in Lake Michigan with her family on the boat Power Trip, captained by Denis Dixon.

Sophomore takes her first buck

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Courtesy Photo Alyssa Ross, a sophomore at Alpena High School, shot her first buck, an eight-point, on Sept. 14 while hunting with her grandpa at his Green Township hunting camp.

BIZ BRIEFS

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268 jobs filled in Sept. The Michigan Works! Northeast Michigan Consortium filled 268 jobs in September, the agency said in its monthly newsletter. Those positions had an economic wage impact of $8.5 million, the agency said. Also in September: ∫ 1,787 people visited the Michigan ...

Oh, my gourd

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ROGERS CITY — Jim Smythe has only been growing giant pumpkins for two years, but his hobby is quickly becoming a favorite pastime for the residents of Rogers City. Curious residents have been stopping by his house on Detloff Street all summer to check on his pumpkins and watch them grow. ...

Alpena K9 team helps find body of missing man

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SOUTHFIELD — The body of an 88-year-old Southfield man who had been missing for nearly a month was found with the help of the Alpena County Search and Rescue and multiple local K9 units, according to a news release from the Alpena County Sheriff's Office on Friday. The man, who suffered ...

Flier numbers delayed

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Airport Committee on Thursday received an update on the new terminal under construction now, but was denied an update regarding the number of people who used the airport in September. Enplanement numbers, which are usually released early in the month, have ...

AMA ESD names new school board member

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ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education has a new member: Lee Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was appointed to the board Thursday. He fills a vacancy left by Kevin Brown, who resigned last month because of health reasons. “I’m very happy,” ...