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A Peek Inside the Posen Potato Festival

Posted on September 6th, 2018
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 grown up learning how to dance

People from the Past: Sarah Carter, Alpena’s First Female Pioneer 

Posted on April 27th, 2018
  Daniel & Sarah Carte Mrs. Sarah Carter was a remarkable woman. As Alpena’s first woman settler, she was a true pioneer. She and her family trekked far from civilization into the vast, remote wilderness of northeast Michigan. Daniel and Sarah Carter, and their daughter Mary Lavin…

Street Talk: The Story Behind Alpena’s City Streets

Posted on January 12th, 2018
  4th & Chisholm in Alpena We’ve told you about some of the namesakes surrounding Alpena history in our previous blogs, “Alpena: What’s in a Name?”, and “The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes“, but have you e…

Exploring Alpena History with Kids this Holiday Season

Posted on November 30th, 2017
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 more during school break “I’m bored”. Cue the Alp…

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

Posted on November 9th, 2017
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? You’ve wondered, and we have your answers! The 3 most influe…

Alpena Citizens Appeal: Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Posted on June 22nd, 2017
Alpena State Police Post in 1938 The Michigan State Police was formed during World War I to serve as a home guard as a home guard while many men were actively serving their country in the armed forces. Eventually, the duties of the State Police were changed and they became a permanent part of law enforce…

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

Posted on March 14th, 2017
The late July sun warmed the sand around my feet. While my kids splashed in the shallow shoreline waves near the small sandy beach, I watched a bird intently for nearly 30 minutes. It flittered back and forth through the scrub grass in erratic spurts. The bird’s shrill tweets; a signal that I was…

Besser Museum Brings Alpena “Season of Light”

Posted on December 7th, 2016
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 of Light” display, Besser Museum offe…

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

Posted on December 1st, 2016
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. Construction of Alpena’s first 2nd Avenue bridge in 1865. The ferry was a 30 ft. l…

Top 10 Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

Posted on October 25th, 2016
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 world. Alpena is no excep…