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ACC sees enrollment boost

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ALPENA — Alpena Community College had the largest enrollment increase among northern Michigan community colleges this school year. The college’s student headcount increased by 5% this fall over last, while the number of credit hours students signed up for increased by 4.7%. There are ...

Attorneys: Winfield trial to be delayed

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ALPENA — The trial of former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield will be postponed, lawyers say. After conferring with both sides during a morning conference today, Judge Michael Mack indicated he will allow a delay of Winfield’s trial on sexual assault charges to be delayed ...

Van for vets breaks down

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ALPENA — Many veterans in Northeast Michigan depend on a Disabled American Veterans van stationed in Alpena to get to and from doctors appointments downstate, but, for the last three months, those vets have been unable to utilize the service because of a mechanical failure with the transport ...

Alcona County wants flexibility on worker health care

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners is trying to iron out language in the county’s Teamsters Union contract that would allow negotiations on the employees’ health care plan next month and again next year. A motion failed 3-to-2 on Wednesday that would have added a ...

Hope Shores renovates with grant funding

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ALPENA—A spruced-up back yard makes a house feel like a home. That was the motivating force behind recent upgrades to the Hope Shores Alliance safehouse, a shelter in Alpena that offers temporary housing to survivors of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence ...

Brewpub, assisted living, inn underway in RC

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ROGERS CITY — A brewpub coming to the heart of Rogers City’s downtown could be open as soon as next spring. Mayor Scott McLennan has purchased the former Brooks Hotel on North Third Street. The first floor of the building will be the restaurant, with a nano-brewery in the back. The ...

Missing man found at Walmart

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An elderly Alpena man reported missing on Tuesday as found safe outside Walmart, the Alpena Police Department said in a news release. Social media posts by acquaintances of the 88-year-old generated promising tips after he was discovered missing around 2 p.m. Tuesday, the release said. Law ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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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 Aug. 26-Sept. 1 185 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 8 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 73 Mental: 2 Medical: ...

State red-tags 8 buses

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ALPENA — Eight of 93 school buses in Northeast Michigan were rated as unsafe in inspections last school year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Michigan State Police. Michigan law requires the repair of all red-tagged buses before they can be used for passenger service. Public ...

Old Alpena Power property may be sold

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ALPENA —One of the most-watched properties in Alpena is one step closer to being sold, officials said Tuesday. If the chips fall as hoped, a large-scale, commercial and residential project could be erected at the former Alpena Power Co. site along the Thunder Bay River downtown. Alpena ...

DDA invites city to parking talks

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ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority board plans to invite members of the Alpena Municipal Council to a future Parking Committee meeting as discussions on paid parking in the city continue. At Tuesday’s DDA meeting, during a discussion of parking meters, City Manager Greg ...

Judge denies delay in Heather Winfield trial

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ALPENA—The trial of former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield will not be postponed, a judge said Tuesday. Attorneys on both sides asked a judge to postpone Winfield’s trial, which is currently scheduled for later this month. Winfield was charged in January with sexually ...

Mayor declares 30 days of peace

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora, left, presents a proclamation declaring Sept.11 through Oct. 10 30 Days of Peace in the city. He presented the proclamation to Carol Skiba, of the Alpena Peace Coalition. Thirty Days of Peace was established to encourage people to ...

Light of Hope no longer wants to be Alpena’s best-kept secret

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ALPENA—Kind faces in a simple, white-walled room listened patiently during a presentation Friday morning, the smell of spaghetti heavy in the air. “You’ll like it here,” a man with a baseball cap repeated earnestly to a visitor. “It’s a good place.” The members and staff of ...

RC, PI County to appear on Outdoor Channel show

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City and Presque Isle County officials are working together to ensure their communities will be featured on the Outdoor Channel’s “Fishing University” program. Rogers City City Manager Joe Hefele on Tuesday told his City Council the opportunity became available ...

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 Total: 112 Alarms: 2 Animal Control: 14 Traffic Arrests: 2 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 2 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Former Alpena Power Co. property may be sold

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ALPENA — The former Alpena Power Co. property is one step closer to being sold and, if the chips fall as hoped, a large-scale project could follow. At tonight's Alpena Municipal Council meeting, Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Jim Klarich is expected to ...

August weather drier than normal

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ALPENA — Northeast Michigan experienced very dry conditions throughout the month of August. The National Weather Service Gaylord called “the exceptionally dry conditions” the biggest takeaway of the month, as areas of Northeast Michigan saw between one to three fewer inches of rain ...

Presque Isle County ends fiscal year with deficit

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners learned the county ended the 2018-19 fiscal year with a deficit. Treasurer Bridget LaLonde told commissioners recently that the county had exceeded their general fund budget by $31,858 for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2019. ...