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Wild winter keeps snow crews busy, causes risks for drivers

ALPENA –Although it has been more than a week since the Alpena area has received any significant amount of snow, crews are still busy cleaning up what fell over the last month.


City ponders $5.8M in work requests

ALPENA –Members of the Alpena Municipal Council will have some difficult decisions to make when they choose which capital improvement projects to fund in the 2019-20 budget. On Wednesday, the city held its annual joint meeting of the council and the city’s Planning Commission to go over the city’s C


Photo of the Day for Friday, February 22

Today’s ‘Photo of the Day’ was sent in by Tina Skiba of Alpena. Tina decided to bring spring early by painting flowers in the snow! If you have a photo that you would like to send us, email news@wbkb11.com.


Mega Millions results for 02/22/19; $1 million winner sold in Michigan

LANSING, MI – A player from Michigan won $1 million, but there was no winner of the $224 million Mega Millions jackpot for the drawing held on Friday, Feb. 22. That means the drawing on Tuesday, Feb. 26 will be worth $245 million with a cash option of $148.3 million.


Michigan appeals court: Medical pot patient can be denied job

A Dimondale woman whose employment offer was rescinded after a positive marijuana screen may appeal her case to the Michigan Supreme Court. An appellate panel ruled this week that Michigan’s medical marijuana law did not protect Angela Eplee from the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s workplace drug


Man left with severe head injuries after assault in Alpena

ALPENA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- An Alpena man suffered severe head injuries after being beaten by another man. On February 13 around 11:30 p.m. Michigan State Police Troopers were called to an apartment complex in Alpena.


Michigan mother pleads for information on son’s whereabouts

ADRIAN, MI (WTOL) - A Michigan mother is pleading for her son’s safe return. "This takes me back to when I had breast cancer five years ago, and it's that fear of the unknown. That is the most horrific fear you can have,” Tracena Dickerson said, fighting back tears.


Fighting to keep a promise

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City could easily find itself in a financial crisis if it cannot find a way to make its annual payments toward employee retirement benefits more affordable, officials say.


Michigan State Police: Get ready for widespread, lengthy power outages

MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (2/22/2019) - Consumers Energy is planning ahead for the prospect of widespread power outages caused by high winds this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for all of Mid-Michigan along and south of U.S. 10 for Sunday. A Winter Storm Watch is in eff


Sheriff seeks marine patrol grant

ALPENA –The summer boating season may seem a long time off because of the amount of snow and ice the area has endured the last several weeks, but the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office is already taking steps to ensure people enjoying our area lakes and rivers will do so safely.


Update: Missing Michigan truck driver found dead

UPDATE, Feb. 21, 5 p.m. CT: Truck driver Patrick Paul Weinheimer was found dead Feb. 21, reports WNEM. Additional details about the circumstances of his death were not immediately available. Truckers News has contacted the police for updated information and will provide an update as new details emer


Bomb cyclone: Michigan to be hit with 50 mph winds

Michigan will be hit this weekend with a low-pressure system that has the potential to turn into a "bomb cyclone," meteorologists said Friday. Strong wind gusts in excess of 50 mph are possible Sunday, the National Weather Service.


27 of the most delicious diners we found on the search for Michigan's Best

BY AMY SHERMAN | asherma2@mlive.com and JOHN GONZALEZ | gonzo@mlive.com. It was quite a trip, but worth it in the end. The search for Michigan's Best Diner took us all over the state, from Sault Ste. Marie to Jackson, Saginaw and Muskegon. We got to visit 27 spots on our search for Best Diner, and w


West Michigan woman sentenced for stealing patients' Valium

GRAND RAPIDS — A former Kalamazoo woman was sentenced to over six years in federal prison for stealing Valium from her special needs patients Wednesday, Feb. 20. Kristie Ann Mollohan, 42, currently lives in Cosby, Tenn., but was living and working in West Michigan in August 2016. At the time, she wa


Do You Know These 52 Things About Michigan?

I was burning some internet time and stumbled across some things I knew and mostly didn't know about the great state of Michigan. 1. Michigan is the only state that consists of two peninsulas that include an upper and a lower. Florida is known for being called the Peninsula State...but we know who t


Felon Tasered at end of multi-county chase in Northern Michigan

MANISTEE COUNTY, MI – A Michigan State Police trooper ran 30 yards alongside a moving vehicle and trudged through deep snow to bring a wanted felon to justice. The multi-county chase began when a trooper from the Cadillac Post stopped 23-year-old Tyler McConnell of Manistee, who had failed to dim hi


Michigan Eats Honda Accord

If a street has been barricaded for construction, it’s not wise to drive past those barricades, lest you injure a construction worker. There also might be a massive hole in the street, like this one, on Goodson Street in Hamtramck, Michigan.


Woman Arrested For Driving While Intoxicated, Having Pills in Alpena County

A woman was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated and having drugs. On February 3rd, police had stopped a vehicle M-23 near Cranberry Lane in Alpena Township, when another car passed without slowing or moving over.


Elementary school students learn about marine debris

Alpena, Mich. — The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary was full of learning this afternoon. Third graders from Besser Elementary in Alpena received a crash course on marine debris. Students participated in engaging activities to get a better understanding of how waste affects our environment. Hur


Marijuana most prevalent drug in Michigan roadside testing, police find

A trial program of a five-minute roadside drug test conducted last year in Michigan found most of the drivers suspected of impairment had marijuana in their system. The Michigan State Police have wrapped up their report on the pilot program, which put Alere DDS2 saliva test devices in the hands of 3