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2nd Avenue will stay open

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ALPENA — An idea considered by the Alpena Downtown Development Authority that could have closed a small section of 2nd Avenue downtown has been scrapped. The DDA had considered the closure to make room for more outdoor dining and shopping, especially important, some said, in light of ...

Man to stay in jail awaiting coronavirus-delayed trial

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ROGERS CITY — Should a man accused of sexually assaulting a child be kept in jail indefinitely without being proven guilty? Yes, a Presque Isle County judge said on Monday after attorneys debated whether bond should be set for Kenneth Kierzek, 68, who has been in jail for 11 months, ...

Police seek info on break-in

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The public’s help is needed in solving a break-in at the Bolton Ridge Bar and Grill in Maple Ridge Township. According to police, an unknown subject entered the bar between Jan. 12 and 14, taking an unknown amount of cash. Anyone with information about this crime should call Crime ...

Local school board ROUNDUP

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A roundup of recent activity by Northeast Michigan school boards: ∫ The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved contracts with Integrated Designs Inc. to act as architects and Wolgast Corp. to act as construction manager on bond-funded renovation projects. The board also bought ...

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 Update on June 1, 2020 Total: 100 Alarms: 6 Animal Control: 3 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 2 Complaint ...

Alpena fireworks depend on Whitmer

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ALPENA — The Fourth of July fireworks show in Alpena is a go, if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer relaxes bans on large gatherings that are in place currently to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If she does not, the fireworks display could be rescheduled and launched during a different weekend ...

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, keeps some places closed

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan’s nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. The governor moved regions ...

Splash pad, Starlite restrooms expected open this week

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ALPENA — Last week, city officials announced a delay in the opening of the splash park and restrooms at Starlite Beach. If things go according to plan, however, both should be open by the end of the week. City Engineer Rich Sullenger said that, when employees went to open the splash park ...

APS hosts virtual graduation for seniors

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News Photo by Crystal Nelson Alpena High School Student Speaker Alexandria Bruning addresses the Class of 2020 Sunday via the online platform Zoom. This year’s commencement ceremony was held online because of the social distancing requirements designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus ...

Safety is more than locked doors

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ALPENA — As Alpena Public Schools upgrades its security infrastructure, school officials and students work to keep kids safe from violence and other threats. Teachers are prepared at the beginning of each school year to understand crisis intervention strategies, such as recognizing ...

Farmers optimistic warm weather to bring better harvest

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ALPENA — Warmer spring weather means farmers in Northeast Michigan are planting their crops on time and are optimistic for a better harvest than last year. Last spring, an abundance of rain and cold weather last year meant fewer opportunities for crops to be planted on time. Then the lack ...

Reopening: States vary with summer on the horizon

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While the national toll for deaths related to CVOID-19 eclipsed 100,000 this week, states across the country currently find themselves in various stages of their respective reopening plans, which has proven to be a sign of optimism from local leaders that the outbreak is trending in a ...

Rogers City class of 2020 celebrate with parade

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Rogers City High School seniors soaked in the cheers of family and friends during a parent-organized parade through downtown on Sunday, the day the class of 2020 was scheduled to graduate. After the parade, seniors met at the Little League field to turn their ...

Michigan’s vaccination rates drop, could lead to outbreaks

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DETROIT (AP) — Public health officials worry future outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases could emerge in Michigan as vaccination rates have dramatically fallen during the coronavirus pandemic. Vaccination rates for children 18 and younger fell by more than 20%, according to a study ...

Sewing army makes at least 30,000 masks

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ALPENA — One hundred years ago, women fought a war. Their men away, huddling in the trenches of World War I, women stepped out of their domestic lives and found a new role as a great war effort called on their skills and their strength to keep America strong. Sepia-tone posters depicted ...

Fabric store stayed frenzied making masks, mask kits

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ALPENA — JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, a sewing and craft store on Alpena’s south side, buzzed with customers on Friday morning. “People are just so happy to be here,” said Amber Sammons, a masked and cheerful employee who has been snipping fabric and bustling about the store since it was ...

Credit union serves customers despite COVID

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POSEN — In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, employees at Calcite Credit Union’s Posen branch continue to serve members happily. Overseeing the handful of employees at the branch is Manager and Plastics Specialist Diane Cordes, who started at the bank as a part-time teller nearly 20 ...

PI County switches employee insurance

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ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle County government employees will see their insurance change to a health savings account plan with Priority Health starting July 1. County Clerk Ann Marie Main said there will be no changes of benefits for employees, but the county needed to switch to a HSA plan ...

APS bond projects to improve security

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools is in the early stages of enhancing school security and infrastructure, a change Alpena High School Principal Thomas Berriman said is overdue and very needed. Alpena High has 85 exterior doors, Berriman said, making access easier than it should be for visitors ...