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Red Cross may limit blood collection

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ALPENA — The American Red Cross recently released statements discussing the tentative decision to limit blood collection in the 65-county Great Lakes Blood Services Region, including northern Michigan. In a statement, Chris Hrouda, president of the American Red Cross Biomedical Services, ...

AMA ESD to buy three vehicles from MiDeal

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ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education on Thursday voted to buy three new vehicles for Pied Piper School. The new vehicles, a 2018 or 2019 Ford Escape and two 2018 or 2019 Dodge Caravans, will be purchased from MiDeal. The purchases are not ...

PI County sells 80 acres to the DNR

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ROGERS CITY — The purchase of land by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been supported by the Presque Isle Board of Commissioners. “The DNR would like to purchase 80 acres in Ocqueoc Township,” said Board Chairman Carl Altman. “They want to apply for a grant. What ...

Alcona chamber talks ideas for bringing more money to county

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting on Wednesday and discussed potential business opportunities that could benefit the area. In a county where tourism drives much of the local economy, area businesses play a pivotal role in attracting people and ...

Go fetch

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Ashley Klee and her dog, Indi, play at the Thomas Stafford Dog Park on Wednesday. She said they come to the park almost every day so Indi can run out her energy.

Instructional coaching going well at APS

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Curriculum and Technology Committee on Tuesday heard how instructional coaching support in the district is going so far this school year. Meaghan Gauthier, director of curriculum, instruction, assessment/state and federal programs for APS, said two ...

County hires courthouse cleaners

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ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday voted to hire Stanley Steemer to clean the courthouse building in the next few weeks. Chairman Daryl Peterson said all hot-air registers, cold-air returns and heat runs, along with seven furnaces, will be cleaned. The ...

RC DDA talks tourism

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ROGERS CITY — Throughout the rest of this week, some Rogers City residents may be asked to complete a short survey conducted by Lake Superior State University. The survey was discussed at a Downtown Development Authority workshop meeting on Wednesday. “That’s a DDA endeavor. Most ...

Harrisville picks new chief med officer

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HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville Fire Department has promoted Ryan Mendyka to Chief Medical Officer . When Bonnie Dunn decided to step down from the position last month, Mendyka offered to fill the role. He brings years of service and experience. Mendyka has been part of the Harrisville ...

Honoring sacrifice

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Alpena Fire Department used its aerial unit to display a large American flag on Tuesday to honor the men and women who died during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Motorists who passed by often honked their horn as a way to support local fire and ...

Prelim set for fair board member accused of embezzlement

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ALPENA — Bradley Avery, the former Alpena County Fair Board member accused of embezzlement, will face a preliminary examination at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Prosecutors, Avery and Judge Thomas LaCross set the date during a probable cause hearing on Tuesday. Avery was arrested on Aug. 31 and ...

Mayor: Harrisville cell signal improvements ‘within weeks’

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HARRISVILLE — Residents of Harrisville have been working with Verizon Wireless for more than three years to improve cell service in the area, and the work to boost cell reception will soon be completed. Mayor John Dobis said he worked with the community more than three years ago to get ...

‘Good Government’ talk an opportunity to find facts

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ALPENA — Getting face-to-face with others can turn online foes into real-life friends. Residents will have an opportunity to do that during the Michigan Truth Tour stop at 7 p.m. Thursday at Alpena Community College’s Robert Granum Theatre. The town hall-style meeting is called ...

Concerts and Comedy for a Cause releases events schedule for season

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ALPENA — The 2018-19 APlex Concerts and Comedy for a Cause schedule was released Tuesday and, beginning Saturday, some top-notch entertainment acts will perform in Alpena over the next few months. Concerts and Comedy for a Cause utilizes volunteers from local nonprofit charity groups in ...

Rogers City school board praises changes

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ALPENA — The Rogers City Area Schools board said they are happy with positive changes the board and administration have enacted. Those changes were discussed at the regular school board meeting on Monday. “You’re off to a good start this year and look ahead to the future of this ...

‘Everything was surreal’

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ALPENA — What started out as a warm and sunny morning in Alpena on Sept. 11, 2001 quickly had a shadow cast over it as news of terrorist attacks in New York, in Washington, D.C., and in Pennsylvania circulated. The hustle and bustle of the day came to a halt as people paused their daily ...

County borrows for airport terminal

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted 7-0 during a special meeting Monday to sell up to $1.47 million in 20-year bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will help pay the county’s required match for a Federal Aviation Administration grant to be used to build a new terminal at ...

Rogers City Fall Fest returns Saturday

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ROGERS CITY — Before the first leaves fall from the trees, the Rogers City Fall Fest will be back again. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Park in downtown Rogers City. “This is one of the last outdoor events before the warm weather is gone. ...

‘Not giving a second chance’

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HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville City Council on Monday voted to remove a new planning commission member who officials said had violated two zoning ordinances. Mayor John Dobis reported that Mael Fritz was in violation of at least two zoning ordinances and was given written notice for the ...