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Volunteerism connects youth to community, ACC student says

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ALPENA -- Volunteering gives young people a way to connect to their community, Alpena Community College student Ashley Nowicki said. The third-year secondary education student has learned the rewards of giving time and energy to others through involvement with the college’s Student ...

Alison Hosinski credits success to the Alpena community

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ALPENA -- Alison Hosinski, named the Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena last month and a former foster child, ranks volunteering high on her list of priorities. Another high priority? Achieving high academic marks in both her high school and college classes. The ...

Rogers City teen volunteers far more than mandated

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ROGERS CITY -- When it comes to volunteering, 17-year-old Rogers City resident Mackenzie Bruning goes above and beyond. The Rogers City Area High School senior has amassed more than 600 volunteer hours in the past four years, though graduating with honors requires only 100 hours. Bruning ...

Alcona Schools reports four new COVID-19 infections

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LINCOLN -- Alcona Community Schools officials notified parents Thursday three new staff members who work primarily at the middle and high schools were infected with COVID-19 and one new infection was reported for Alcona High School. Superintendent Dan O’Connor said in a letter to parents ...

Spring a great time for seniors to return to exercise, experts say

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ALPENA -- As winter gives way to spring and the weather warms, now is the perfect time to get outside and get moving, medical professionals say. The coronavirus pandemic has kept many seniors in their homes over the past year, as those 65 and older are most at risk for severe illness. The ...

Officials push for new housing, but developers have to have faith

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ALPENA — The use of tax incentives, zoning changes, policy revisions, and the creative use of current structures still haven’t kept up with a spiking demand for housing in Northeast Michigan. Big demand and too little supply, rising construction costs, and limited construction workers — ...

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. VACCINES NOTE: The “target” listed above is based on ...

Alpena County senior millage applications available

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Many of the services offered to senior citizens in Alpena County are supported financially from property tax funds from the county-wide, older persons millage, and provide people aged 60 and older with needed assistance, education, and recreation opportunities. The funding helps pay for ...

Rising coronavirus cases cancel local trials

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ALPENA — Increasing COVID-19 numbers nixed two trials scheduled to begin Wednesday in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court. As of Tuesday, defendants and attorneys were ready to proceed with jury trials for Teresa Kortman, facing a pair of drug charges, and Shane Velasquez, accused of assault, ...

No serious injuries in multi-vehicle crash at Ripley, Third Avenue

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The Alpena Police Department and fire department responded to a multi-vehicle crash near the intersection of Ripley Boulevard and Third Avenue on Wednesday. According to the fire department, two vehicles collided in the right-of-way, but there were no serious injuries. The crash caused traffic ...

Mark Jacobs resigns as ACC men’s basketball coach

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ALPENA — The Alpena Community College men’s basketball team will have a new leader on the sidelines next season. ACC announced Tuesday that Mark Jacobs has resigned as men’s basketball coach after four seasons. Jacobs’ decision comes after taking on a new role for his job, which ...

MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena visitor restrictions begin today

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ALPENA -- MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena reimplemented visitor restrictions starting today until further notice, according to hospital officials. During the visitor restrictions, one healthy support person will be permitted with a pediatric patient, those in critical condition, or where it ...

Vacation homes good for tourism, but contribute to housing shortage

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ALPENA — New Alpena County resident Lyn Loheed hopes her new community doesn’t allow too many people like her in town. An experienced landlord who spent decades renovating old homes in Iowa, Loheed recently purchased a long-vacant Long Lake home with plans to renovate the home and use her ...

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. VACCINES NOTE: The “target” listed above is based on ...

Proposed history course heads to board for approval

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ALPENA — A newly proposed project based learning course — Perspectives of Democracy — will go before the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education for approval on Monday. The board’s Curriculum and Technology Committee on Tuesday recommended the proposed course move to the board for ...

Three ACC players earn all-conference honors

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Three Alpena Community College men’s basketball players recently earned all-conference honors for their play during the 2021 season. Sophomore forward Chris DeRocher earned first team all-conference honors and was named the co-Defensive Player of the Year. DeRocher averaged 13.6 points per ...