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John Pence speaks in Alpena

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ALPENA — Alpena saw its first presidential surrogate on Monday as John Pence, nephew to Vice President Mike Pence and adviser to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, spoke at the Alpena County Republican Party headquarters. Pence told the crowd the Nov. 3 election is important to ...

POLICE BLOTTER: 8 car-deer crashes in Alcona County

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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 Oct. 19-25 63 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 8 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 17 Animal Neglect: 1 Medical: ...

Virus surges, Alpena Community College student infected

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ALPENA -- Twenty-seven Northeast Michigan residents were confirmed infected with COVID-19 between Friday and today, local health officials said, the biggest three-day jump in positive tests since May. Sixteen more Presque Isle County residents, six new Alpena County residents, four Montmorency ...

Trooper rescues kids amid back-to-back crashes in Alpena

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ALPENA — Two small children and an adult driver were rescued uninjured from an overturned sports utility vehicle after a two-vehicle crash at Miller Street and 2nd Avenue in Alpena this afternoon. No injuries were reported, although the SUV’s occupants were checked by paramedics at the ...

Fright night gets rare full moon

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ALPENA — Loved by many for its thrills, chills, and eerie vibes, Halloween will have a special spooky twist this year. For the first time since the 1940s, a full moon seen around the world will coincide with the holiday that evokes werewolves, vampires, and other nocturnal visitors. A round ...

Two dozen attend Alpena Freedom March

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ALPENA — About two dozen people gathered for a Freedom March in the parking lot behind Alpena City Hall on Saturday to salute law enforcement, firefighters, health officials, and to call for the protection of the Constitution. The Alpena event was one of many nationwide and was organized by ...

Local school board ROUNDUP: Thunder Bay track completed

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Recent actions by school boards in Northeast Michigan: ∫ The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education’s Property Committee recently learned construction crews working on the Thunder Bay Junior High School track renovation have backfilled, restored the topsoil, and seeded grass around the ...

Onaway student infected with virus

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ONAWAY -- Onaway Area Community Schools announced Sunday it is closing school Monday out of an abundance of caution after a student tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and others who may be affected. “We are closing to give ourselves time to work with the ...

Fewer kids taking higher-level foreign language classes

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ALPENA — Fewer Northeast Michigan students are taking upper-level foreign language classes, school leaders said. More than 490 high school students in Northeast Michigan are currently enrolled in a foreign language program, but fewer are taking the more advanced classes because more ...

Virus-slowed shipping season rebounds, now rush before harsh winter

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ALPENA — Slowed by the coronavirus pandemic over the summer, the shipping industry has slowly climbed back toward normal levels, with time left in the season for further improvement. In July, at least a dozen freighters — at least three of which have Northeast Michigan ties — were laid ...

MidMichigan Health offers a closer look at COVID-19 tests

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MIDLAND — As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Michigan, testing is more important than ever. Dr. Lydia Watson, senior vice president and chief medical officer at MidMichigan Health, helps to answer some common questions on the types of COVID-19 testing available and who is right for ...

BIZ BRIEFS: Northeast Michigan unemployment rates fall

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Unemployment falls again Unemployment rates fell across Northeast Michigan in September as the state continued to rebound from coronavirus-related shutdowns, according to data released Friday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Alpena County’s unemployment rate ...

Two bucks in two minutes

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Courtesy Photo Tim Tapert is seen this photo he provided to The News posing with the two bucks — and eight-pointer and a nine-pointer — he harvested within two minutes of each other on Oct. 9 in Posen with a compound bow. “Truly the most incredible hunt I have been a part of,” he wrote.

High school winter sports will start on time, MHSAA says

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EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school winter sports will start on time in November. Face coverings are required for athletes practicing and competing in basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling, the Michigan High School Athletic Association said Friday. They are not ...

Alpena County OKs red-ink budget

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ALPENA -- Alpena County is out of Band-Aids. That is how county Treasurer Kim Ludlow described the county’s financial situation after the county board nearly emptied several funds to cut into a large budget shortfall to prevent layoffs. The Board of Commissioners met for nearly four hours ...

Northeast Michigan seeing biggest virus spike since May

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ALPENA -- Public health officials reported more Northeast Michiganders infected with the coronavirus this week than in any other week since early May. That’s even after local health agencies reduced by one each the number of infected Alpena County residents and the number of infected Alcona ...

One injured, one arrested after U.S.-23, Ripley crash

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ALPENA -- A driver was taken into police custody late this morning after he caused a crash at the corner of U.S.-23 and Ripley Boulevard, police said. The driver, who was handcuffed after Michigan State Police troopers administered a sobriety test, told police his brakes failed when he ...

Police: Alcona County woman stole from elderly relative

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HARRISVILLE — A Mikado woman accused of stealing nearly $200,000 from an elderly adult was arrested in Alcona County on Tuesday. Lori Blake, 61, was charged with embezzlement from a vulnerable adult following a 10-month investigation by the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office. Blake is accused ...