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Fifth-graders pitch in on clean-up

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Fifth-graders from Ella White Elementary School help the Alpena Rotary Club spruce up Island Mill Park on Wednesday. The students documented what types of debris they collected, information that will be entered into a database used to determine how much and what ...

Beautifying ACC’s campus

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News Photo by Darby Hinkley Members of the Alpena Garden Club and Alpena CC Planters beautify the Johnson Street corridor on Alpena Community College’s campus on a sunny Tuesday morning. The group appreciates those who slowed down as they drove by the planters stooped over with their hands ...

County loses $5M CRTC contract

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Sheriff’s Office has provided security detail at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center for the last 13 years, and that revenue has allowed the county to do many things it may not have been able to do without it. It also provided employment for 20 ...

Students praise career classes

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ALPENA — Students from Alcona, Atlanta, and Hillman high schools have had the opportunity to travel to Alpena to experience new hands-on learning opportunities. Alpena High School opened its doors to Alcona, Atlanta and Hillman students this school year to let them take Career and ...

Rogers City unsure its band tax is legal

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City officials are questioning the legality of a property tax that’s been on the city’s books since 1945. Taxpayers are currently paying 0.2 mills to fund the city band. That tax costs the owner of a $100,000 house about $10 a year and generates about $12,000 ...

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 83 calls for service from 5/13/19 through 5/19/19. Of the 83 calls for service, troopers made the following ...

Township honored for Fill the Boot fundraising

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ALPENA — A firefighter’s shoes may be hard to fill, but their boots fill up nicely, thanks to the generous hearts of Alpena residents. Continuing a 67-year relationship between firefighters and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Alpena Township Fire Department was recently honored ...

No one hurt in two-vehicle crash

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Firefighters clean debris from the site of a two-vehicle crash in Alpena. Nobody was injured in the crash on West Washington Avenue in Alpena that briefly slowed traffic near the entrance to Home Depot Monday morning. The Alpena City Fire Department, Alpena Township ...

Alpena council says yes to medical marijuana

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ALPENA — After considering recommendations from the Alpena Planning Commission and the Alpena Downtown Development Authority, the Alpena Municipal Council voted 4-1 on Monday to instruct staff to begin drafting the ordinances and zoning rules needed to allow medical marijuana businesses ...

Krawczak steps down from school board

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ALPENA — There is now an open seat on the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education. Jackie Krawczak, who was the vice president, resigned from the board Monday after four-and-a-half years. She was elected in November 2014 and reelected last fall. Krawczak, who is president and CEO of ...

PI goes full-time with HUNT

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ROGERS CITY — At a recent meeting, the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners voted, with some contention, to provide a full-time officer to represent the county on the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team. HUNT, a team of officers whose mission is to find and eliminate the source of ...

Multiple people sentenced for thefts in Alpena

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ALPENA — A second chance squandered by a 20-year-old Ossineke man led to a prison sentence on Monday in Alpena’s 26th District Court. Gary Wise was arrested in September 2017 after stealing phones from two vehicles, a five-year felony. Also charged with 10 counts of breaking and ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent actions by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 134 Alarms: 5 Animal Control: 8 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 3 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 5 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: 5 Disputes: ...

Local government ROUNDUP

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Recent actions by local governments in Northeast Michigan. ∫ The Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee approved the purchase of a $42,047 pickup truck from Thunder Bay Chrysler Jeep Dodge. The pickup was purchased using grant funds from Operation Stone Garden, an initiative ...

‘Not for the faint of heart’

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ALPENA — Working in agriculture is the survival of the fittest. That’s what Janet Tolan, owner of Risky Endeavor Dairy, in Ossineke, has to say about operating an agricultural business in today’s market. “It’s not for the faint of heart,” she said, adding that farmers have ...

‘Passionate for seniors’

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ALPENA — The last thing Patricia “Pat” Rondeau expected when attending the Alpena Senior Citizen Center’s Older Americans Dinner Sunday was to be named the Outstanding Senior of the Year. But that’s what happened when staff at the senior citizens center, and members of her own ...

Warming up

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Musicians warm up for the final concert of Alpena Symphony Orchestra’s 15th season Sunday afternoon at Alpena High School. Conducted by Jim VanEizenga, the concert of music from around the world featured bass trombone soloist Aaron Hotelling.

‘Operating below break-even’

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ALPENA — Farmers in the Alpena area are struggling to compete with industrial-scale farms across the U.S. as markets become saturated by too much supply and not enough demand. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture shows that farmers, particularly those ...

Skaluba guilty in drugging, sex assault case

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ALPENA — An Alpena man accused of six felony criminal sexual conduct charges was found guilty after a jury exited two-and-a-half-hours of deliberations late Friday afternoon. Nick Skaluba, 22, now awaits sentencing and faces life in prison. It is likely two third-degree criminal sexual ...

ESD needs $3.3M in repairs

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ALPENA — Upgrades will take place at the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District central office and Pied Piper School throughout the next few years, but taxpayers will not be asked to pay more for the renovations. An estimated $3.3 million of work needs to be done at both ...