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Rogers City council begins 2020 budget talks

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City City Council on Wednesday took a first look at its budget for the 2021 fiscal year. The “bare bones” figures presented to the council by City Manager Joe Hefele only covered the city’s operational expenses. Council will hold a workshop on March 11 so ...

Junior high boiler was repaired quickly

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ALPENA — A boiler that went down Wednesday at Thunder Bay Junior High School before school started was back up and running just after the school day began, officials said. A post on the Alpena Public Schools Facebook page at around 7 a.m. said one of the two boilers at the school went ...

Huron Pines opens Alpena office

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Courtesy Photo Huron Pines Executive Director Brad Jensen on Wednesday cuts the ribbon at the opening of the organization’s Alpena office. He was joined by Huron Pines staff Lisha Ramsdell, Colby Chilcote, Heather Huffstutler, Emily Vogelgesang, Amy Nowakowski, and Chris Engle, and board ...

Man bound over after woman tells court that sex turned violent

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ALPENA — A man accused of strangling and assaulting a woman in an Alpena home was moved toward trial Wednesday. Blaine Crumley, of Alpena, was bound over to circuit court after a woman testified in the 88th District Court that Crumley choked and bit her during sex at his home as she ...

Stabenow talks high water

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ALPENA —The damaged caused by high Lake Huron water levels are apparent along the coastline in Northeast Michigan and levels are expected to rise further in the coming months, according to a recent update by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Deb Stabenow hosted a ...

Oscoda site leads in Michigan space race

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ALPENA — The Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport on Tuesday is the top candidate for a horizontal spaceport to be built in Michigan, officials from the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association announced Tuesday. The spaceport would be used for low-orbit launches and hypersonic launch ...

Boiler down at junior high

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ALPENA -- One of two heating boilers at Thunder Bay Junior High School went down this morning, according to a post on the Alpena Public Schools Facebook page. Students will wear coats in colder classrooms until the boiler is back working, the district said. Check back for updates.

Flu widespread in region, officials say

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PRESQUE ISLE — Officials with District Health Department No. 4 are seeing widespread flu activity throughout the region, the area’s chief doctor said. They also made contact with an individual who had recently traveled to China and was required to self-quarantine over coronavirus ...

ACC board sets long-term goals

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ALPENA — The Alpena Community College Board of Trustees is working on establishing five- and 10-year objectives for the college. Objectives discussed during a board retreat on Tuesday were housing, facilities, technology, student success, ACC Foundation sustainability, and campus ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of Feb. 10-16 86 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 6 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 29 Medical: 26 Warrant Arrest: ...

‘Maybe they find a little peace’

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ALPENA — In a roomful of sound, there was nothing left but to close your eyes, let go of everything, and breathe. Brass-colored Tibetan singing bowls from Nepal surrounded Paige Allia, her stockinged feet tucked into her knees as she sat cross-legged on the wooden floor. As she slowly ...

Stabenow talks high water in Alpena

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ALPENA — Today, U.S. Sen. Deb Stabenow hosted a roundtable discussion in Alpena with local municipal leaders, representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Michigan Emergency Management officials to brainstorm what can be done to head off some of the expected impacts from higher ...

Alpena moves forward with medical marijuana

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ALPENA — Alpena is on the verge of allowing the legal sale of medical marijuana in the city, but where provisioning centers will be allowed will be extremely limited. When the sale of the drug, which is still classified as a Schedule-1 narcotic by the federal government, begins, only a ...

Some sex offenders on state’s registry may be removed by May

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ALPENA — More than 40 Alpena registered sex offenders may be removed from the Michigan Sex Offender Registry if lawmakers don’t overhaul the registry that has several times been declared unconstitutional. A federal judge ruled Friday that, unless drastic legislative action is taken, ...

Alpena Public Schools hires 9 new staff members

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ALPENA — A number of people have been hired the past month to work for Alpena Public Schools. Natalie Gentry was approved by the district Board of Education to work part-time as an instructional coach in central office. Superintendent John VanWagoner said the funds for that position are ...

Firefighters honored for bravery

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz A group of Alpena firefighters and a police officer were presented commendations for their bravery and effort to save an elderly couple who were trapped in a house fire on Feb 8. First responders were able to move one of the victims and save them, but ...

Winter beauty

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News Photos by Julie Riddle Photographer and substitute science teacher Andrew Wolfgang was awestruck Monday by the spectacular ice formations created by freezing on Thunder Bay. With a roar of cracking class, the bay drove thick ice toward the shore, laying layer after layer of ice shards in ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Total: 69 Alarms: 3 Animal Control: 1 Traffic Arrests: 3 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 0 Complaint Arrest: ...

Local government ROUNDUP

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Recent actions by local governments in Northeast Michigan: ∫ Rogers City Mayor Scott McLennan and City of Harrisville Mayor Jeff Gehring will be meeting to discuss how the high water levels are impacting each of the cities. A delegation from Rogers City will travel to Harrisville on ...

A vote for the future

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ALPENA — Alpena resident Anna Meinhardt is the parent of two Alpena Public Schools students and believes they deserve a warm and dry place to learn. Meinhardt’s children attend Besser Elementary School and Thunder Bay Junior High School. She said her vote on March 10 is a vote not just ...