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DNR seeks fish with missing fin

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources asks anglers who catch a trout or salmon with a missing adipose fin to put the head of the fish into a sealed plastic bag (such as a Ziploc bag), label it with the date it was caught, its length, and the approximate area it was caught and drop it off ...

Amid outbreak, police prepare, patrol and continue to show up

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ALPENA — It’s impossible to stay six feet away from someone sitting in the back seat of your car. Coronavirus-related restrictions are in place, but police officers — part of the “essential workforce” now receiving child care assistance by the state in recognition of their ...

County to seek tax hike for ambulances

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ALPENA — Alpena County will ask voters to approve a new, four-year, 1.5-mill property tax during the August election for countywide ambulance coverage. If approved by voters, the tax would generate about $1.4 million in its first year and provide advanced life support ambulance service, as ...

Vet clinics shift gears amid virus fight

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ALPENA — Veteran clinics in Alpena on Monday will temporarily move to only triage and virtual care as clinics try to minimize face-to-face contact and limit the spread of the coronavirus. That means routine appointments will be converted to virtual care. Questions about routine medical ...

As virus takes toll, United Way reminds 211 is here to help

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ALPENA — Those in need of help in these times of extraordinary uncertainty can dial 211, a support line available to assist people in need with local, state, and national resources. The support line is made available with support from United Way and is available 24 hours a day, seven days ...

PIE&G: Keep your distance from our workers

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ONAWAY — Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op is asking customers to practice “social distancing” when the utility’s employees visit their homes. Office personnel are calling customers prior to appointments to confirm no one in their household has recently been sick or traveled ...

Generator test sparks minor fire at hospital

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News Photo by Crystal Nelson Alpena firefighters work to extinguish hot spots on the roof of MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena on Thursday morning after a minor fire broke out during a generator load test. Officials said hospital crews quickly extinguished the fire and no patients or ...

Food giveaways planned amid coronavirus restrictions

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ALPENA — Food giveaways are scheduled in Alpena, Alcona, and Presque Isle counties in the coming weeks. Mobile food banks will offer pre-bagged food in a drive-through format to comply with social distancing guidelines at the following locations: * Posen Consolidated Schools, 10575 ...

Current cancellations

Coronavirus

Genealogical Society cancels Saturday event The Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society regrets to announce the program “Digging in the Archives of Michigan,” scheduled for Saturday at the Alpena Family History Center has been canceled. Beatles tribute canceled True North Radio ...

ACC softball season cut short

Coronavirus

Alpena Community College head softball coach Christin Sobeck and her staff put in a lot of time during the offseason to prepare her Lumberjacks for the 2019-2020 season in hopes of they could take the next step as a program. Once her team was set, the players put in even more work on and off ...

Alpena Sports Hall of Fame banquet rescheduled

Coronavirus

The 37th annual Alpena Sports Hall of Fame banquet has been rescheduled. Originally the celebration was set to be on Saturday, May 2, at the APlex. The annual event has now been changed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The new scheduled date is currently set for Saturday, August 8, at ...

Congress, Trump push aid

Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Insisting the federal government is not a “shipping clerk,” President Donald Trump on Thursday called on states to do more to secure their own critically needed masks, ventilators and testing supplies as the pressure mounted on hospitals struggling to cope with a rising ...

RC council opposes road funding, bottle return changes

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City City Council this week passed two resolutions opposing legislation recently introduced in Lansing that would change how road repairs are funded and how the revenue from unclaimed bottle deposits is spent. The first resolution opposes bills recently introduced ...

334 cases, 3 deaths in Michigan

Coronavirus

DETROIT — Michigan signed off on $20 million in grants and loans to more than 1,000 small businesses harmed by the coronavirus while the number of reported cases rose dramatically Thursday to 334 in the state, including three deaths. The Michigan Strategic Fund board took steps to help ...

Ford suspends dividend, borrows to weather virus

Coronavirus

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is suspending its dividend to preserve cash as vehicles sales fade due to the coronavirus outbreak. The company said it’s drawing on two credit lines to put another $15.4 billion in cash on its balance sheet. Like other companies, Ford Motor Co. also withdrew its ...

Coronavirus layoffs spark surge in jobless claims

Coronavirus

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In Ohio, more than 48,000 people applied for jobless benefits during the first two days of this week. The tally during the same period the prior week: just 1,825. In neighboring Pennsylvania, about 70,000 people sought unemployment aid in a single day — six ...

BREAKING: ACC campus closing

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As of 4:30 p.m. today Alpena Community College will close the Alpena and Oscoda campuses to the public and students until further notice. This includes the testing center and the library. Courses will continue to be offered remotely. Students should continue to regularly communicate with their ...

State seeks child care connections amid virus

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ALPENA -- Parents who are part of the essential workforce can receive help finding child care by visiting helpmegrow-mi.org/essential. The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District is helping the Governor’s Office to coordinate child care for paramedics, health care and ...

State talks child care as parents scramble

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ALPENA — Officials on Wednesday still had no plan for how to help parents scrambling for child care after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered all K-12 schools closed until April 6 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. With the possibility that the closure could be extended — Kansas this ...