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Fletcher: Consolidation is key to survival

March 4, 2014 In the early 1800s Michigan’s Lower Peninsula was surveyed, and to this day we measure property from the “Base Line” and the “Meridian” that were established in that survey. more »»

Stutzman: What life chapter are you on?

March 3, 2014 Have you ever read the same book a friend was reading? The anticipation of finding out where each other is at in the book and what parts of the story are being discovered is fun. more »»

Editorial: Cold has had adverse effect on businesses

February 28, 2014 Not only is this winter’s cold weather beginning to tax the patience of area residents, it also is taking a toll on regional businesses. more »»

Speer: Water war has far-reaching implications

February 28, 2014 “Water, water everywhere - but not a drop to drink.” ~The Rime of the Ancient Mariner I had hoped water negotiations in Alpena would have gone smoother than what they have thus far. more »»

Murch: There’s not much left to say but ‘Enough’

February 28, 2014 I don't know about you, but I think my brain is starting to develop perma-frost. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

February 28, 2014 Festivus and shotski Q. Several Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary supporters, while at the Festivus fundraiser for the River Center, wondered where the terms Festivus and shotski came from. A. more »»

Editorial: A big ‘thank you’ to the recent ARMC benefactor

February 27, 2014 When people consider “quality of life” factors that make a geographical area attractive, high on everyone’s list is access to health care. more »»

Fletcher:A different world to earn a fortune

February 25, 2014 I recently read in Forbes that the majority of those who made its “500 Richest People List” got there by starting their own businesses,. In other words, these people were entrepreneurs. more »»

Krawczak: Events don’t happen by accident

February 24, 2014 The Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner was last week. It was our largest annual dinner to date with more than 500 people in attendance. We work on this event for about a year. more »»

Editorial: Another example of NE Michigan creative thinking

February 23, 2014 Thinking outside the box is a process local officials have been dealing with for years. more »»

Editorial: New traffic light on M-32 the right decision

February 21, 2014 Another traffic light on M-32 where the proposed entrance to the new Meijer store will be constructed is welcomed news for the regio. more »»

Speer: When schools are out of snow days

February 21, 2014 Yet again this week most every school district in Northeast Michigan was forced to cancel school due to winter weather. For some districts, like Alpena, there were two missed days of school this week. more »»

Murch: A Wiser way to show community love

February 21, 2014 Phil Wiser is a retired Alpena police officer, and an all-around nice guy. He has an engaging demeanor and I don't think I've met anyone who didn't like him. more »»

Editorial: Be aware of the melt effect

February 20, 2014 While temperatures are expected to creep back down again in the days ahead, this week’s mid-week warm weather triggered some melting across the regio. more »»

Editorial: Proposed jump in minimum wage would hurt momentum

February 18, 2014 Supporters of raising the state’s minimum wage, which they initially wanted to be $9.50 an hour, say they will seek the increase to be $10.10 an hour by 2017. more »»

Fletcher: We need change in order to improve

February 18, 2014 “As the ancients Say wisely, have a care o’ th’ main chance, And look before you ere you leap; For as you sow, ye are like to rea. more »»

Levin: FRIB Funding is major milestone for Michigan and science

February 16, 2014 At the beginning of the year, Congress passed an appropriations bill that included a big victory for Michigan, for Michigan State University, for our nation and for science. more »»

Speer: Mich-e-ke-wis evokes skating memories for many

February 14, 2014 The sunrises along Thunder Bay are absolutely beautiful this time of year. With the bay covered in white it seems to make the reds, oranges, yellows and purples of the sunrise all the more vibrant. more »»

Gray: Excuse or opportunity?

February 14, 2014 You can use anything in life as an excuse, or you can use it as an opportunity. You choose. If you wake up with too many aches and pains, use that as your reason to get healthy. more »»

Editorial: Ice covers most of Great Lakes

February 14, 2014 As of Friday 88.4 percent of the Great Lakes were under ice according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Lake Huron was 94. more »»



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