Black Friday rush starts off at a crawl

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ALPENA — The Christmas shopping rush started at a crawl in Alpena as would-be shoppers stayed home and parking lots sat empty Thanksgiving afternoon. For some years, a flurry of Black Friday of “doorbuster” sales — once constrained to the day after the holiday — crept further into ...

Rates to increase at county-owned campgrounds

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ALPENA — Campers who stay at Alpena County-owned parks can expect to pay a bit more in 2022 than they paid this year. Despite the sites being near capacity for much of the past camping season, the county increased fees to help offset the cost of rising prices and to invest further into the ...

COVID-19 infections climb again before Thanksgiving

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ALPENA — After a brief reprieve, the number of Northeast Michiganders actively infected with COVID-19 shot back up again, according to a News analysis of local health department data. With the last update from District Health Departments No. 4 and No. 2 on Nov. 15, the number of actively ...

Saturday lawn waste dropoff available

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ALPENA—City residents who prefer tidying their yards on a Saturday may drop off bagged leaf and grass materials at the Public Works Service Center, 1010 Long Lake Ave., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 4. Workers will not accept brush. The service center is also open for bagged lawn material ...

Driver escapes serious injury from Thanksgiving tree crash

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ALPENA — A driver who took a curve too quickly collided with a tree, sustaining minor injuries to herself and substantial damage to her vehicle, according to police. The driver, a woman visiting from out of town for the holiday, was driving too fast for the day’s snowy conditions and lost ...

Earning their turkey

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ALPENA — About 125 runners and walkers supported local children by spending their Thanksgiving morning participating in the 19th annual Dork Brothers Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk in Alpena. Participation fees netted nearly $2,000, which will purchase warm clothes, blankets, and other necessities ...