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Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

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ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

Alpena County 911 surcharge renewed for 5 years

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ALPENA — The few voters that went to the polls in Alpena County Tuesday were in a generous mood, as they easily approved a five-year extension of the surcharge that supports 911 operations. The surcharge will be $3 for cell phones, and landlines, and be on residents’ phone bills as they ...

Alpena residents trickling in to vote on 911 surcharge

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ALPENA -- Voters continue to trickle in to the polls in Alpena County to vote on a surcharge that will continue to fund 911 operations. If approved cell and landline phone users will continue to see a $3 fee on their bill for the next five years. The tax is expected to generate between ...

Mercy, guilty plea in drug cases

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ALPENA — An Alpena County man who turned his life around once should have a chance to do it again, Judge Ed Black said in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court on Monday. Though he planned to sentence Jason Obuchowski, of Ossineke, to two years in prison for multiple drug possession charges, Black ...

Rogers City praised for commitment to progress

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ROGERS CITY — Team Rogers City is a champion for its small town and works hard to promote and develop it. At last week’s meeting, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist joined via Zoom teleconferencing to share his thoughts on the progress made in Rogers City. Gilchrist said Rogers City should ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

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ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

Water rates set to increase for Alpena residents

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ALPENA — Residents in Alpena will see a slight increase on their water bills beginning this summer. At Monday’s Alpena Municipal Council meeting, council voted to raise water and sewer rates 0.30 cents per 1,000 gallons of each. The rates, beginning July 1, will be $6.65 per 1,000 ...

Dispute over water costs returns to Alpena courts

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ALPENA — Attorneys representing the City of Alpena and Alpena Township held a lengthy in-chambers conference with Judge Ed Black on Monday morning, the first time a local conflict over water costs returned to Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court after being rejected by the state Supreme ...

Manhunt reveals benefits, limits of Smart911 system

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ALPENA — When two reportedly armed men went on the run in the predawn hours of April 27, Alpena County’s Smart911 system allowed officials to warn thousands of residents to stay on the lookout. That public warning about the early-morning manhunt illustrated the benefits and limits of the ...

Alcona softball wins twinbill

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SOFTBALL Alcona takes 2 from Atlanta LINCOLN — The Alcona softball team took a pair of games from Atlanta on Monday, 11-0 and 14-6. In the opener, Alcona (5-3) scored four runs in the first inning and added on to its lead from there. Liz Henderson and Makala Mendyka had three hits and ...

DHD No. 4 announces two new vaccine clinics

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District Health Department No. 4 has announced two more opportunities for Alpena, Montmorency, Presque Isle and Cheboygan county residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. The one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available by appointment only at the Health Department’s ...

ICYMI: The most-read stories of April

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ALPENA -- In case you missed it, below are links to The News' most-read stories in April, to bring you up to speed on the biggest news in Northeast Michigan: * "Adult autism: Relief after diagnosis, which can be hard to come by" * "Armed men evade Alpena police" * "Local firefighter ...

April was warmer, drier than normal

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ALPENA -- The month of April was a little warmer and a little drier than normal, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. “Overall, the average temperature of the month was 43.3 degrees which is about 1.7 degrees warmer than normal,” Meteorologist Jeff ...

Activists, survivor discuss ways to fight sexual assault

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If someone sexually assaults you, yell, “Fire!,” Abbey Podbielski learned growing up. “If you yell ‘rape,’ nobody will do anything,” said Podbielski, an Alpena resident and a survivor of childhood sexual assault. Every year, Alpena County sexual assault survivors disclose dozens ...

Students concerned with proposed ACES move

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ALPENA — Current and former students of Alpena Public Schools’ alternative high school are concerned the program will not be as successful if it’s relocated to Alpena High School this fall. Samantha Wheeler, who graduated from Alternative Choices for Educational Success Academy in ...

Local outdoors suppliers feel pinch of worldwide shortages

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ALPENA — Getting away from it all may have to wait, outdoors sales outlets say, as a worldwide shipping slowdown backlogs orders of camping accessories and other outdoor gear. At least there’s toilet paper, said Jimmy Kriniak, employee at Sports Unlimited RV in Alpena. Last year, the ...