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A Peek Inside the Posen Potato Festival

Local Experience Writer Lara King gives readers an inside look at a familiar favorite in Northeast Michigan. Alpena’s neighbor to the Northwest, Posen, has been celebrating the local potato harvest in Northeast Michigan for 67 years. Generations of families have
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Exploring Alpena History with Kids this Holiday Season

In less than a month it will be Christmas break for the kiddos. Which can only mean three things: lazy mornings lounging in pj’s til afternoon, cartoons for days, and the inevitable phrase every parent hears at least once or … Read the rest


The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Pt. 1

Sunrise over Squaw Bay. Photo by Chuck Bennett

How did Alpena get its name? Why do we pronounce Presque Isle like ‘Presk-eel’? What’s up with name Mich-E-Ke-Wis, and how did we come up with Ossineke and Negwegon?

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Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park  – The Story of an American Dream

The late July sun warmed the sand around my feet. While my kids splashed in the shallow mb-kids-at-beachshoreline waves near the small sandy beach, I watched a bird intently for nearly 30 minutes. It flittered back and forth through the … Read the rest


Besser Museum Brings Alpena “Season of Light”

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This unique tree full of skates and hockey pucks is brought to you by Northern Lights Arena.

Once again, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan has brought us the beauty of world traditions relating to Christmas. Each year during their “Season … Read the rest


Do you know the history of Alpena’s Second Avenue Bridge?

In 1862, before Alpena’s first bridge was built across the Thunder Bay River, a ferry boat was the only means of travel between the north and south sections of this rapidly growing Northeast Michigan town.

Alpena's first 2nd Avenue bridge in 1865

Construction of Alpena’s first 2nd

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Top 10 Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

A bump in the night, a whisper in your ear. Is it your imagination? Perhaps it’s the wind. Or maybe…just maybe…it’s something else.

Hauntings, urban legends, and Native American folklore are cultural experiences that can be found all over the … Read the rest


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