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Editorial: Keeping snowmobile route a progressive move by city

March 28, 2014 It would appear snowmobiling in part of Alpena’s city limits will become permanent. more »»

Speer: Like a cruel April Fool’s Day prank

March 28, 2014 Back when I was a young reporter covering news out of Martins Ferry, Ohio, for my newspaper I remember a page one photograph I took of a freakish April 1 dusting of snow. more »»

Murch: Hoping March’s misery doesn’t continue

March 28, 2014 April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

March 28, 2014 Besser House Q. A reader wondered, "What are some of the architectural features of the Besser House at 232 S. First Avenue in Alpena, and does it have historical recognition?" A. more »»

Editorial: City manager decision shows the process works

March 27, 2014 Democracy in action is a beautiful thing. Tuesday we were reminded of that from a Rogers City council meeting in which Joe Hefele was selected as a part-time city manager. more »»

Fletcher: Residency factor in retirement locations

March 25, 2014 Quite a long time ago, I attended a seminar about making profits. more »»

Krawczak: Removing those unwanted stigmas

March 24, 2014 I was in a city with a population of about 125,000 people last weekend. My hotel was a little further from downtown than I had hoped so I ended up taking several taxi ride. more »»

Editorial: Need for compromise is greater than ever

March 23, 2014 Not long ago, Northern Michigan University invited me to address students there as part of a series of addresses on public polic. more »»

Editorial: Amendment to FOIA good step for Michigan

March 21, 2014 “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. more »»

Speer: Ice on Great Lakes affecting commerce

March 21, 2014 Spring is usually heralded with thoughts of robins, early-season flowers or buds on the trees. Along the Great Lakes, spring is heralded in with the arrival of lake boats again in port. more »»

Editorial: Crowded millage ballot could leave some without

March 20, 2014 The August ballot for Alpena County voters is quickly becoming saturated with ballot issues. more »»

Gray: Run your schedule, run your health

March 18, 2014 Katie Engstrom of Alpena is a mother of two young children who works full-time at her family business. She used to plan her weekends with activities. more »»

Fletcher: Of fire departments, water rates and city managers

March 18, 2014 Sometimes good things come from adversity. more »»

Stutzman: Tourism matters to area’s growth

March 17, 2014 I am fired up! I recently returned from the 2014 Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism. more »»

Editorial: Gas prices keeping road repairs to a minimum

March 14, 2014 A supplemental appropriations package passed by the Michigan Legislature this week will provide $215 million for priority road projects and winter maintenance — certainly a welcome short-term benefi... more »»

Speer: Recent events chilly reminder of past

March 14, 2014 Late last month Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law legislation requiring school districts each year to conduct fire, severe weather and “lockdown” drills in their schools. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

March 14, 2014 Winter Carnival Q. Reader Kristen Schnell asks, "When were the popular Winter Carnivals held in Alpena, and what happened to them? A. The first Alpena Winter Carnival was held Jan. more »»

Editorial: A fitting, lasting tribute

March 13, 2014 Remembering the legacy of a loved one is a noble achievement. Thanks to the family and friends of Susan Grulke, that indeed will occur each year now via a scholarship at Alpena Community College. more »»

Krawczak: Where did all the positive news go?

March 10, 2014 Where did all the positive news go? This topic came up for discussion in a recent meeting I was involved in. It was intriguing, so the scholar in me did a little bit of research. more »»

Editorial: Some good news about state’s unemployment rates

March 7, 2014 Looking for some good news this morning? Here in Michigan that news would be this — the state’s unemployment figure for January was 7.8 percent, making it the lowest rate since May 2008. more »»



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