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COVID fears spawn social media shaming

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Bishop Seabury Academy junior Lyle Griggs isn’t particularly active on social media. So when the avid bicyclist goes on rides throughout Lawrence, Kansas, he isn’t prone to post about it. These days, however, in the midst of a global pandemic? He said he especially wouldn’t consider doing ...

Schools’ remote learning underway

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ALPENA — Northeast Michigan students now have the chance to get back into an educational routine following approval of area schools’ plans for teaching kids though school buildings are closed by the coronavirus. The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District and ...

Few contested races in August primary in region

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ALPENA — It appears many area incumbents will hold onto their seats this year, with few contested races in the August primary in Northeast Michigan, according to candidate filings available on Tuesday. A federal judge this week extended until May 8 the filing deadlines for candidates who ...

Montmorency County trooper recalls ‘thousand war stories’

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ATLANTA — “There’s a thousand war stories,” mused a Michigan State Police trooper, days before he turned in his badge and walked away from the job. For 26 years, Charles Collier has patrolled the roads of Montmorency County as a resident trooper out of the MSP-Alpena Post. He never ...

Beaumont Health to cut 450 jobs, issuing layoffs

Coronavirus

DETROIT — Beaumont Health, which has treated thousands of coronavirus victims as Michigan’s largest health care system, said Tuesday it’s cutting 450 jobs and temporarily laying off 2,475 employees due to a drastic drop in revenue from services that can’t be offered during the ...

No one hurt in minor Alpena Township house fire

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — No one was hurt in a minor Alpena Township house fire that the resident had mostly under control before firefighters arrived, the township Fire Department said in a news release. Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 11 a.m. today to a home in the 1900 block of ...

‘Very concerning’: 9 infected at MediLodge, fire chief says

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ALPENA — Five residents and four staff members at MediLodge of Alpena have been infected with the coronavirus, Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush told the Alpena Municipal Council on Monday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether those numbers are included in the 15 infected Alpena County ...

MSP detective bids farewell to storied career

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ALPENA — After more than three decades wearing a Michigan State Police badge, Detective Steve Harshberger is hanging up his hat. The end of the month will bring the end of a decorated career for Harshberger, who is retiring from the MSP-Alpena Post, where he has investigated murders, ...

Pandemic postpones pride celebrations

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Chris Hansen’s life changed significantly June 12, 2016. He was getting a final drink at the bar of Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, when a man attacked the more than 300 people there. The mass shooting killed 49 people and injured another 53. Hansen still keeps in his home the Time magazine ...

Woman who lied to police sent to diversion program

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ALPENA — A woman who admitted to helping her boyfriend evade police will be allowed to avoid jail if she participates in an inpatient program for non-violent offenders, a judge in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court said Monday. Rachel Nevins confessed in February that she lied to police about ...

Break-in suspects arrested

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People armed with handguns, knives, and a baseball bat entered a home on the 200 block of South Fifth Avenue on April 10, according to the Alpena Police Department. Nobody was physically harmed when the armed robbers held the occupants of the home at gunpoint, demanding the victims surrender ...

Michigan to test essential workers

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday said the state is working with major retailers to open more drive-thru sites to test as many as 1,000 people a day for the coronavirus, especially people who don’t have symptoms but still are required to work outside their home. “Robust testing ...

Alpena County cases spike, 3 sites of exposure risk named

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ALPENA — The number of COVID-19-infected Alpena County residents jumped from two to 15 on Sunday, District Health Department No. 4 announced. Health Department spokeswoman Cathy Goike said the department would not provide information about the 13 infected individuals. Meanwhile, the ...

People enjoy outdoors amid pandemic

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ALPENA — The COVID-19 pandemic has closed restaurants, postponed events, and canceled the rest of the school year, but it has not stopped people from enjoying the outdoors. People can still visit state parks and hike the trails or go fishing or boating, according to the Michigan ...

Virus victims reflect on community perception

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James Vigil’s first symptom last month was a deep cough that burned his lungs. He had just recovered from a lung surgery in November after suffering a snowboarding accident. Before the surgery, his lung capacity was near 40 percent, but the operation brought it back to 80 ...

‘Growing pains’ expected as child welfare cases resume

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ALPENA — Pandemic or no pandemic, kids need courts to keep them safe. Child abuse and neglect cases, which temporarily hit a wall when the coronavirus made its way to Michigan, are still being addressed by attorneys transitioning to the use of technology. Hearings for Michigan ...

Reopening state stalled by lack of virus testing

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s governor said Sunday she was eager to loosen businesses restrictions while also avoiding new flareups of the coronavirus illness that has killed nearly 2,400 people in the state. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said a lack of virus testing supplies is delaying such steps ...

Brighton bakery’s rescheduled TV segment set to air in April

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BRIGHTON (AP) — Husband and wife Brighton bakery owners Keri and Greg Hayes were handed a big disappointment in March when the Home Shopping Network canceled taping shows due to the coronavirus. “We got bumped,” Keri Hayes, who co-owns Whey Better Bakery and a fitness studio with ...

Michigan residents encourage gardening amid coronavirus outbreak

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PONTIAC (AP) — Amber Kelso, like everyone else, doesn’t want to go to the grocery store. The 37-year-old mother of two young girls is torn. She wants her daughters to eat fresh fruit and vegetables. But her mother is sick with a heart condition and non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis, and ...

Farmers hit by virus shutdowns

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ALPENA — Farmers in Northeast Michigan are still milking cows, preparing to plant field crops, and ready to sell their nursery plants, but they can’t help feeling a little anxious about what impact coronavirus-related shutdowns will have on their businesses this year. “At the farm ...