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Landfill to add PFAS to chemical testing list

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ATLANTA — The Montmorency Oscoda Alpena Solid Waste Mangement Authority landfill will add per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, to the list of chemicals it tests for on a quarterly basis. The landfill board learned on Friday that the Michigan Department of Environment, ...

Township hires NEMROC employees

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By STEVE SCHULWITZ News Staff Writer Shining Stars. That is how Charter Township of Alpena Supervisor Nathan Skibbe described the four new part-time employees who are now working for the department of public works. The recently hired workers are disabled and were hired by the township ...

Atwater headed to trial in DPI shooting

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ALPENA —A 58-year-old Alpena man accused of shooting at workers at a factory behind his home will head to 26th Circuit Court for a possible trial after two days of testimony during a preliminary examination. Benjamin Atwater is charged with four felonies for allegedly using a handgun to ...

Alpena seeks help with student behavior

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ALPENA — Wilson Elementary School Principal Lisa Hilberg on Thursday asked the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education for help dealing with behavior issues in her school and other schools in the region. Hilberg spoke during public comment about how some ...

Man accused of harming 3-month-old son

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ROGERS CITY — A Presque Isle County jury will be tasked with deciding who may have caused severe head trauma to a 3-month-old child. Caleb Pommerenke, 24, was charged with two counts of child abuse in the third and fourth degree, accused of inflicting harm on his son in August 2018. He ...

RC Flag Day ceremony happens Saturday

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ROGERS CITY — The fifth annual Flag Day celebration in Rogers City will be held on Saturday, with an 11 a.m. parade kicking off the day’s events. The event is free and open to the public. The Veterans of Foreign Wars color guard, emergency service personnel, and Scouts will march in ...

PIE&G wants Onaway airport for free

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ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op would like Presque Isle County to give the company the Leo E. Goetz Airport in Onaway so it can build a new, $15 million to $20 million headquarters and service center. If the county gave the property to the utility for free, PIE&G ...

Outgoing AMA ESD worker gives $2K to playground

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Assistant Superintendent Tony Suszek, right, presents a $2,000 check to Superintendent Scott Reynolds for Pied Piper School’s playground. Suszek is retiring at the end of June after 40 years at the AMA ESD ...

No booze ban on rivers, education instead

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WELLSTON — The U.S. Forest Service and a working group of community partners will develop an action plan that focuses on educating the public about the values and benefits of the “wild and scenic” sections of the AuSable, Manistee and Pine rivers instead of banning alcohol from those ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of June 5-10 Deputies made 32 traffic stops, issuing 16 warnings and 16 citations. They received 36 complaints and made 24 ...

ACC hosts Corrections Academy for jail officers

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ALPENA—A collection of uniforms sat in a classroom at Alpena Community College’s campus on Wednesday. Their wearers, law enforcement officers from sheriff’s departments around northern Michigan, were nearly at the end of four weeks of intensive training at ACC’s Corrections Academy, a ...

4 seek Alpena school board seat

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ALPENA — Four candidates will be interviewed today and Friday for a vacant seat on the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education. Eric Lawson, Debra Ludwiczak, Jeffrey Mindock, and Stephanie Shafto have applied for the position. Lawson is a former Alpena County commissioner and Mindock is ...

Montmorency Co. ponders pension bonds

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MONTMORENCY — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday agreed to allow Commissioner Daryl Peterson and Vice Chairman Don Edwards to obtain more information about pursuing a bond sale to address the county’s unfunded pension debt. Peterson plans to meet with officials ...

APS employees to get more for meals

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools will have new travel meal reimbursement rates for all district employees. Superintendent John VanWagoner said during Wednesday’s district Board of Education Finance Committee meeting that the district’s current reimbursement rates are old and have to be ...

Eighth drunk driving arrest for man on ATV

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An intoxicated driver of an all-terrain vehicle was arrested early Sunday and may be facing his eighth operating while intoxicated conviction, according to a Michigan State Police press release. MSP troopers from the Alpena Post witnessed the man climbing onto the ATV showing signs of ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 103 Alarms: 2 Animal Control: 8 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 2 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Witness: Noise complaints preceded DPI shooting

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ALPENA—Witnesses in court on Tuesday described the scene about 4:30 p.m. May 12 when a shooter opened fire in the area of the Decorative Panels International plant in Alpena, bullets pinging around the employees working on its roof. Alpena’s Benjaman Atwater, 58, appeared at his ...

Tech upgrades planned for APS

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ALPENA — It will be a busy summer for the Alpena Public Schools technology department. Paul Mancine, director of operational technology for APS, spoke to the district Board of Education’s Curriculum and Technology Committee about upgrades and other projects that will be taking place this ...

Township sets blight rules for final OK

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP —A pair of proposed ordinances in the Charter Township of Alpena geared toward addressing blight and building safety are slated to be voted on at the township Board of Trustees meeting at the end of the month. But a third ordinance regarding rental inspections will be sent ...

Alpena Mall ‘holding ground’ under new owners

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ALPENA — The Alpena Mall “is holding its ground,” according to representatives of the development firm that purchased it late last year. The 182,975-square-foot mall was purchased by the Shreveport, La.-based firm Molla Investments in December, according to a press release from Friedman ...