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Not worried about lead rules

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ALPENA —After the Flint water crisis, the state knew changes were needed to prevent a repeat of the catastrophe. In response to the lead poisoning in that city’s water, the state mandated steps to remove lead from municipal water systems and adjusted the testing criteria for ...

School employee charged with child porn possession

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ALPENA — Child pornography charges were filed today against an employee at All Saints Catholic School in Alpena. Christopher Olsen, of Alpena, was arraigned in the 88th District Court on two counts of possession of child sexually abusive material and one count of using a computer to commit a ...

Area spared brunt of winter storm

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ALPENA — Residents in Northeast Michigan were busy Sunday snowblowing, shoveling and plowing the remnants from the snowfall from winter storm Isaiah, but thanks to heavy rains in the southern parts of the state, the storm had lost a great deal of its power, sparing the area from the foot ...

Alpena High students honored at BAC gala

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ALPENA — Alpena High School students Madison Timmreck and Jade Gray are proof that working out and eating healthy has helped them both inside and outside the classroom. On Saturday, Timmreck and Gray were two of the 19 honorees at Bay Athletic Club’s Fitness Inspired Gala at Fletcher ...

Snowmobile fun

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Avery Vandenbosch, left, sits on her Pink Panther themed snowmobile while her mother Jackie Vandenbosch watches on. The two attended the antique snowmobile show in Alpena at the Ramada Inn.

City offers snow plowing facts

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The snow removal process in Alpena is not an easy or fast process and the city wants residents to know more about the procedures and why it takes some time to get the roads clear. In a press release the city said road crews maintain 180 lane miles of streets, seven miles of alley and 27 ...

AG focused on Line 5, official says

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ALPENA — Assistant Attorney General Peter Manning told Northeast Michigan government representatives an anchor strike is the most “dominant threat” posed by Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 oil and natural gas pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. On Friday, Manning spoke at the Alpena County ...

Alpena High cadet honored

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ALPENA — An Alpena High School senior recently received an honor that only 15% of Civil Air Patrol cadets have achieved. Nickoli D’Agrella was awarded the Brigadier Gen. Billy Mitchell Award on Dec. 14. The Mitchell Award marks the completion of Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet ...

New coaches for Alpena High robotics programs

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ALPENA — The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics season kicked off this week as teams started putting their robots together before competitions in a few weeks. The Alpena High School Wildcat Robotics program has had a change in coaches this season as Student ...

Dino-mite surprise for Sanborn kids

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Courtesy Photo Sanborn Elementary School students in Niki Kalisch’s junior kindergarten class and Jen Manning’s kindergarten class on Friday received a surprise visit from Connie, second from the right, and Gary Stephan, pictured in the dinosaur costume, as part of the school’s Mystery ...

Faith, family drive Banner Realty to 30-year milestone

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ALPENA — Being able to survive in business for 30 years is no small feat, especially in a field such as real estate, when market conditions and trends vary often. At Alpena’s Banner Reality, owner Margie Haaxma and her staff are celebrating the business’s 30th anniversary this month. A ...

BIZ BRIEFS

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Good Mid-Day Alpena event Thursday The first Good Mid-Day Alpena event happens at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Alpena High School, 3303 S. 3rd Ave. The event costs $10 per person and includes lunch. The theme is Solutions to Common Struggles of Business Professionals, including ...

USDA, Alpena CRTC program cuts risk of bird collisions

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ALPENA — The flightline at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is a busy place. As the year-round host for training events like Northern Strike — the Defense Department’s largest joint reserve-component exercise — it’s not uncommon to see more than 60 aircraft on ...

Recreational pot arrives

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ROGERS CITY — Recreational marijuana can now be purchased at Meds Cafe, 2352 U.S.-23 in Rogers Township. Owner Scott Schroeder said the business received its license Dec. 27 and began selling recreational marijuana on Tuesday. Meds Cafe was the first medical marijuana facility in ...

We’re about to be walloped

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ALPENA — Mother Nature is winding up to deliver a haymaker to Northeast Michigan this weekend. The National Weather Service says an intense winter storm is likely to sweep over the region Saturday and, by the time it moves out over Lake Huron, it could drop more than a foot of new snow ...

Officers hurt at drug busts, HUNT reports

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ALPENA — Officers injured while arresting violent offenders high on methamphetamines, jails full of drug dealers plotting together for when they return to the streets, and drug-addled inmates consigned to the jail’s restraint chair because of uncontainable destruction and brutality are a ...

AMA ESD OKs $46K architect deal

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ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District is working to improve its facilities for staff and students. On Thursday, the district’s Board of Education approved a $46,000 contract with architectural firm OHM Architects to develop a plan for facilities ...

Accusers’ inconsistencies questioned in sex assault trial

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ALPENA — An Ossineke man claimed the court should ignore the testimony of three women who claim he sexually assaulted them when they were children. Todd Allen Agar, 49, faces multiple charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from alleged incidents between 1998 and 2005. ...