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Heather Winfield seeks leniency while out on bond

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ALPENA — Lawyers for former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield have asked a judge to allow greater leniency in her bond conditions. Defense attorney Dan White requested that Winfield, who in January was charged with sexually abusing a former student, be allowed to drop off ...

No one hurt in collision

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News Photo by Crystal Nelson No one was injured when two vehicles collided Monday near the intersection of West Washington Avenue and Sable Street. Officers from the Alpena Police Department were aided at the scene by emergency medical crews from the Alpena Fire Department.

Robots return to Alpena this spring

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ALPENA — Alpena High School will welcome 40 robotics teams from around the state for two weekends this spring. The school received news last week that it will once again host two For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competitions in the spring. The ...

AHS seniors National Merit semifinalists

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ALPENA — Two Alpena High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Matthew Fisher and Emeline Hanna are two of 16,000 semifinalists in the country, the school announced last week. They are competing now for around 7,500 scholarships worth more than a ...

Kmart development plan earns support in Alpena Township

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Alpena Township Board of Trustees are one step closer to voting on a zoning change that could lead to the sale of and new businesses operating in the former Kmart building on U.S.-23. At a special meeting on Monday, trustees voted unanimously to publish an ordinance ...

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 DEPARTMENT Total: 102 Alarms: 3 Animal Control: 9 Traffic Arrests: 2 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

A tradition of guns

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ALPENA — Wherever you go in Northeast Michigan, you are probably not far from someone who is carrying a concealed firearm. And recent trends indicate that more people in the region are arming themselves — especially women. The Michigan State Police says there are 2,346 active ...

Brush Creek Mill honors longtime volunteer

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HILLMAN — A surprise party was held at Brush Creek Mill Saturday to honor a 99-year-old volunteer. Dick Brown was honored by friends after volunteering at the mill for a long time. He had no idea the party was being thrown for him. “I knew there was something going on when I ...

‘It can impact about anything’

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ALPENA — Operating a jail and properly caring for inmates comes with a high price tag, and Alpena County officials said they have to do things in new ways to reduce costs. This fiscal year, Alpena County budgeted $150,000 for inmate boarding, $125,000 to cover their medical expenses, and ...

Miss Michigan graces Alcona

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LINCOLN — Alcona Elementary School students had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Friday to meet a special guest: Miss Michigan Mallory Rivard. Rivard, who is a first grade teacher at Bay City Public Schools, was at the school for “Milk & Bookies,” an event where students could ...

Friday the 13th ushers in rare full moon

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ALPENA—A full moon and a day drenched in superstition may — or may not — have made Friday just a little more interesting than any other day in Northeast Michigan. Friday the 13th has long been seen by the superstitious as a day of bad luck, an omen akin to walking under a ladder, ...

Photography fun

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Left to right, Chris Krause, Emma Barz, and Zahmyra Loesch practice taking photos Friday at the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena. Club members have been learning throughout the past few weeks how to take photographs.

Wild waves come crashing

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Ducks and seagulls grab a snack at Bay View Park Friday afternoon as waves crash on the retainer wall, scattering shards of limestone and drenching the nearby grass. Several residents came out to photograph the wild waves, staying well back from the wall to avoid ...

BIZ BRIEFS

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Brian Calley to visit Alpena for diverse workforce event Former lieutenant governor Brian Calley will speak Oct. 17 at Alpena Community College for an event focused on building a diverse workforce, the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce said in its newsletter. Registration has not yet ...

The hunt is on

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When the State of Michigan introduced the fall youth hunt, also known as the Liberty Hunt, it was done to expose children and teens to the sport of deer hunting hoping it would morph into a life long recreational activity. The hunt is taking place this weekend and it is expected the ...

A celebration of peace

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News Photo by Darby Hinkley A group of children surround the Peace Pole dedicated Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena. The pole was designed and painted by Ginny Titus, seen smiling behind the children in this photo. It was dedicated as part of the Alpena Peace Coalition’s 30 Days ...

Brown steps down from ESD board

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ALPENA — Kevin Brown resigned from the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education on Thursday, citing medical reasons. Brown, who was elected to the board in 2014, resigned because of a medical issue that came up that would limit his abilities, he said. ...

User error causes twisted metal

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ALPENA — Drivers would be well-advised to grip the wheel a little tighter and display a little more caution when headed to pick up a vacuum filter and package of socks. Since 2015, at least 24 crashes have been reported at the intersections on M-32 in Alpena between Bagley and the Home ...

Library renovation begins

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ALPENA — The first phase of a renovation project to improve Alpena County Library began on Thursday as a portion of the new heating and cooling system was installed on the roof. The library will soon release to the public visuals of what the project should look like once complete. The ...

PI County keeps recycling for now

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners will allow the county’s recycling program to continue for now, despite the fact the county isn’t breaking even. Commissioners during a workshop on Thursday took a hard look at the county’s recycling program, debating ...