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COVID-19: How do we compare?

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ALPENA — For four lucky weeks, as the coronavirus spread downstate and hospitalized thousands in Southeast Michigan, Northeast Michigan remained one of the few fortunate areas of the state with zero known infected residents. But, in the three weeks since the region’s first case was ...

State: 33 infected in Alpena-area nursing homes

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ALPENA — At least 33 residents of Northeast Michigan nursing homes have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that is especially deadly to the elderly and those with preexisting conditions. Two Alpena County coronavirus residents have now died, public health ...

Officials: Hard to say when we may safely reopen

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ALPENA — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer may have eased some of the restrictions in her stay-at-home orders meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but it could be some time in Northeastern Michigan before further reopening can be achieved. On Friday, Whitmer extended her stay-at-home order ...

Protesters, professors debate rights amid shutdowns

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While protesters across the country defy stay-at-home orders to defend their freedoms at anti-quarantine rallies, constitutional law professors say the cases they are trying to bring against governors probably wouldn’t hold up in court. Protesters in the state capitals of Maine and ...

Resident rights before Whitmer orders, PI sheriff says

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ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle County Sheriff Joe Brewbaker on Friday told the county board he will first consider the constitutional rights of residents before weighing them against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home orders meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Brewbaker’s ...

Presque Isle County seeks two tax renewals, ponders layoffs

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners on Friday approved language for two property tax renewals to be placed on the Aug. 4 ballot. Layoffs also are possible for county employees, commissioners said. The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners will ask voters to ...

Alpena Community College apartments open to area first responders

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ALPENA — Students aren’t using them, so Alpena Community College has offered 16 apartments to people on the front line in the fight against the coronavirus. Since residential students had to be sent home when colleges statewide began closing in mid-March as a precaution against the spread ...

Whitmer extends stay-home order thorugh May 15

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LANSING— Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday lengthened her stay-at-home order through May 15, while lifting restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in outdoor activities like golf and motorized boating during the coronavirus pandemic. The measure immediately ...

In a new way, pharmacist brings comfort to Rogers City

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ROGERS CITY — Closing his lobby doors to customers was nerve-wracking at first, pharmacist Tom Gajewski said. Forced to keep the public he serves away to keep the coronavirus at bay, the provider of medicines in Rogers City, like many other pharmacists in the area, found a new way to keep ...

DNR team tapped to aid virus response

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When it comes to fighting wildland fires, members of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ incident management teams are accomplished pros. An Upper Peninsula team led by Brian Mensch also has helped with natural disasters such as the historic 2018 flooding that devastated parts of ...

Area nursing homes prep for virus surge

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ALPENA — Staff and residents at area nursing homes continue to follow safety precautions as the number of coronavirus-infected Alpena County residents reached nearly 50 as of Thursday afternoon. Many of those infected live or work at MediLodge of Alpena. Last week, an eldery woman who ...

College grads missing sendoffs

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Graduating college is typically a proud moment for both the graduate and the family, but this year, for most college seniors, graduations have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While students will still graduate, many say they will miss a sense of closure to their education without ...

City flirts with ignoring Whitmer coronavirus order

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ALPENA — The Alpena Municipal Council on Monday strongly considered ignoring a portion Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus-related executive orders. All five council members were in favor of voting to allow landscapers and yard service businesses to return to work in spite of the ...

Alpenans find silver linings while living in lockdown

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ALPENA — Michiganders have been ordered to stay home since March 24 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and are doing what they can to stay busy. Prior to the pandemic, Alpena resident Heather Burgess bought five buff orpington chicks for her sons, Noah, 8, and Isaiah, 6, to raise. The ...

Seniors say goodbye to RC High

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Seniors clean out their lockers and say goodbye to their school building at Rogers City High School on Thursday. Students were allowed into the building this week to pick up books, personal belongings and, for seniors, the caps and gowns they were planning to wear ...

Republicans vow to cut Whitmer’s emergency powers

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LANSING — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature said they will meet Friday to pass bills to rein in the emergency powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and create a committee to oversee the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, a dramatic strike against the Democrat amid the ...