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Health officials report 12 new infections

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ALPENA -- Public health officials on Monday reported 12 newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including eight Alpena County residents and four Presque Isle County residents.  There were no new confirmed cases in Alcona and Montmorency counties. As of Feb. 18, local ...

Agencies working to help area homeless

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ALPENA — When businesses were disrupted and people lost jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, many Northeast Michiganders found themselves suddenly without income. For some, that meant also being suddenly without a home, according to Traci Schuelke, of the Northeast Michigan Community ...

After rough 2020, service clubs hopeful for better 2021

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ALPENA — After fighting through a challenging year of canceled fundraising events and community projects in 2020, area service groups hope to rebound this year. Only time — and COVID-19 — will determine if that will happen. Already, several 2021 events are scrapped, and others changed ...

Alpena school board to review in-person learning plans

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education plans to schedule a special board meeting to discuss how Thunder Bay Junior High School and Alpena High School students can have more in-person learning. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 2 on the online conferencing software ...

Power companies plan ahead for extreme conditions

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ALPENA— Michiganders often endure winter weather that mirrors or exceeds what the state of Texas experienced earlier this week. Because of the commonality of heavy snow, high winds, and below zero temperatures, the area’s power infrastructure is designed to withstand the brutal weather, ...

A ride-along with the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office

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ATLANTA — A boring night means people are getting along, said Sgt. Mike Brooks, of the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office. Then again, when 10-hour shifts stretch along county roads and roll in slow loops through quiet towns, all that getting along can make a police officer ...

MI NRC approves 2021 deer hunting regulations

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Deer hunting regulations for the 2021 season were approved on Feb. 11 by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at its regular meeting, hosted virtually. The changes, aimed at further simplifying deer regulations and removing barriers to hunting participation, go into effect with the start ...

Ice shanty removal dates approaching quickly

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that ice shanty removal dates are quickly approaching — starting with Lake St. Clair this Sunday — and to always use extreme caution when on the ice. Regardless of the set removal dates, changing ice conditions could require the ...

Still time to sign up for Bob Ross-inspired ‘Happy Little 5K’

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“I like trees that don’t just look like future telephone poles. They’ve got character. Some of them, they’re like people. Some of them have a few flaws in them, some of them are a little heavier, some are a little skinnier, something like so, and some of them maybe have a little tilt in ...

2 new infections reported in Northeast Michigan

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ALPENA -- Two more Northeast Michigan residents have tested positive for COVID-19, local public health officials said on Friday. District Health Department No. 4 officials also said the second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic will proceed Saturday as scheduled. Health Department Spokeswoman Cathy ...

Local development projects taking shape in Alpena

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If you pay close attention, you can see development projects taking shape around the Alpena area. Economic development leaders also remain busy pitching and planning for future projects behind the scenes. On Monday, Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Mike Mahler ...

Officials: Washington Avenue eyesore may be demolished soon

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ALPENA — An Alpena eyesore will soon be no more, if city officials have their way. A large house on Washington Avenue, destroyed by fire in May 2020, has for nearly nine months marred what many see as an attractive thoroughfare through the city. The long delay was because of a combination ...

Appointments for second vaccine dose a go at Alpena Mall Saturday

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District Health Department No. 4 announced today that people who have appointments to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Alpena Mall on Saturday, still can. Despite the snow storms around the state, the health department has received all of its vaccine allocation and will ...

Alpena hospital has no infected patients

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ALPENA — No COVID-19 patients are hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, according to data released by the state on Thursday. For the first time since The News began tracking state hospital data in November, the Alpena hospital has no infected patients, the state reported. As of ...

Judge sends sex assault case toward trial

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ALPENA — An Alpena County man took the next step toward trial following a court hearing on Thursday in Alpena’s 88th District Court. Nathan Benton, 37, is accused of sexually assaulting a child on multiple occasions, when the girl was 8. The News does not identify alleged victims of ...

Rogers City seeks grants for park improvements

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ROGERS CITY—The City of Rogers City has begun the process of trying to acquire grant funding that may lead to improvements at Lakeside Park and Westminster Park. The city’s Park and Recreation Commission supported City Manager Joe Hefele’s request to submit grant applications to the ...

Police Blotter: Youth educated on fishing regulations

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Dec. 27-Jan. 23 MONTMORENCY COUNTY COs Sidney Collins and Dan Liestenfeltz responded to a house fire in Montmorency County a couple days after ...