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In need of a little help

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ATLANTA — A slobber-coated toy dropped onto the grass. The German shepherd’s friendly eyes glowed as he tensed with puppy-like glee, ready to play. “I love watching how he’s bouncing around on that hip,” the dog’s owner said as the pet with a hero’s past charged merrily after ...

PI board being sued for airport decision

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ROGERS CITY — An Oakland County man is suing the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners for allowing the Leo E. Goetz Airport in Onaway to fall into disrepair, and ultimately close the airport, while his lease with the county remains in effect. Leaseholder Anthony Wyatt is asking the ...

Having fun

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Conner Sauve, 13, swings into the Thunder Bay River near the county fairgrounds Thursday while his friend, Dillon Reed, 13, waits his turn. Both Alpena residents were out enjoying old-fashioned fun on a balmy summer day, complete with carefree Huck Finn-style ...

Two-vehicle accident

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News Photo by Julie Riddle A car crash that sent one to the hospital blocks the intersection of Third Avenue and Ripley Boulevard Thursday afternoon after a black Silverado ran a red light while southbound on Ripley, striking a red sedan as it was attempting to cross east on Third. The driver ...

Slight changes made to new airport terminal

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ALPENA — As construction of the new terminal at Alpena County Regional Airport continues, there have been a few change orders made to the original designs, which has added a slight cost to the project. According to airport consultant company RS&H spokesman Ryan Hall, change order for ...

Reynolds has new objectives for AMA ESD

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ALPENA — Scott Reynolds, superintendent of the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District, has a new objective he has to complete by March 2020. The ESD Board of Education approved Thursday for Reynolds to identify a plan to realign the district’s budget and its out of ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office For the period of July 31-Aug. 7 Deputies made 55 traffic stops, issuing 45 warnings and 10 citations. They received 51 complaints Assaults: 5 Malicious destruction of property: 1 Larcenies: 1 Police runs: 37 People investigated: ...

Few voters on everybody’s tax bills

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ALPENA — Only a small portion of Alpena County’s registered voters on Tuesday decided the fate of the library millage request that impacts all property owners in the county. The 0.25-mill property tax for the Alpena County Library passed by a large, 2,284-to-938 spread, but less than ...

Injured RC officer back to work

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City police officer who crashed his patrol car while experiencing a medical condition last month will return to work with the city as a “float” employee. That means he will be able to “float” between city departments while medical restrictions prevent ...

Second chance for heros

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ATLANTA — Sometimes, a second chance makes all the difference. This August marks three years since Judge Benjamin Bolser introduced the first participants in Montmorency County’s Veterans Court. In the intervening years, the program has helped 23 military veterans to get clean, fight ...

$50K given to River Center project

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Meijer Alpena Store Director Warren Richter, left, presents a check for $50,000 to Wildlife Sanctuary board members Judy Kalmanek, center, and Roger Witherbee. The money will be put toward a River Center planned to be built near Duck Park in Alpena.

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE The Michigan State Police Alpena Post handled 79 calls for service from 7/29/19 through 8/4/19. Of the 79 calls for service, troopers made the following ...

Voters narrowly accept controversial turbine ordinance

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ROGERS CITY — Voters in some parts of Presque Isle County voted narrowly on Tuesday to support a controversial wind turbine ordinance, while voters in Metz said yes to a five-year renewal of a tax for road repairs. According to unofficial results Tuesday, 322 voters in 11 of the ...

Rainfall shattered record

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ALPENA — Lots of rain hit Alpena Monday, ultimately breaking a record that stood for 75 years. Alpena got 1.32 inches of rain on Monday, breaking the previous record for rainfall on Aug. 5 of 0.87 inches, which was set in 1944. Dan Cornish, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in ...

DDA to push forward on parking plan

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ALPENA — The wheels have been set in motion for a possible move toward paid parking in downtown Alpena. At its meeting Tuesday, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority discussed the need for more parking and how pay-to-park setups could lead to a parking structure being constructed. ...

Meet Lucey, the cat burglar of 1st Avenue

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ALPENA—Blanche Jozwiak’s gardening boot was missing. After the black boot disappeared mysteriously from her back porch last week, Jozwiak figured she would never see it again — until a neighbor told her about the cat who lived around the corner. “I says, “Tom, where did you get ...

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 Total: 127 Alarms: 5 Animal Control: 6 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 3 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

City OKs goose hunt

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ALPENA — For the last several years, the City of Alpena has held a goose hunt to help reduce the population of the waterfowl, which are considered by some to be a nuisance. During its meeting Monday, the Alpena Municipal Council voted 3-1 to allow the hunt again this year after a census ...

Green Township millages pass

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GREEN TOWNSHIP — Green Township voters have OK'd both millage requests on the ballot today, according to unofficial results. The township sought a 0.5-mill tax for road improvements, dust control and ditching work. That measure was approved 99 to 44. The township also sought a 1-mill tax ...