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National Bootleggers Day and Alpena’s History

Posted on January 17th, 2017
January 17 has been proclaimed as National Bootleggers Day. This date marks the birthdays of Templeton Rye Whiskey, bootlegger Al Capone, and the son of another bootlegger, Meryl Kerkhoff. Alpena’s John A. Lau Saloon in 1895 The term bootlegger began in the Midwest in the 1880s when one woul…

10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter

Posted on January 13th, 2017
A snowy, crystalized Thunder Bay River. Why not try out your hand at photography this winter? Photo courtesy of Amy Lijewski The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now over. This is the time when the full effects of a northern Michigan winter are washing over us, bringing us feelings of cabin…

So You Think You Know Alpena; Pt. 2

Posted on January 4th, 2017
Rugged, yet pristine, Rockport State Recreation Area is Michigan’s ____ state park? It’s National Trivia Day, so we concocted a part 2 to the “So You Think You Know Alpena” quiz. Can you answer all the following questions correctly about Alpena, MI? Take th…