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Workers keep the wheels turning, even on holidays

ALPENA — The hardest part of working Christmas — even for those saving lives — is leaving family behind, say workers who plan to be on the job this holiday weekend. While many stay home for the holiday, nibbling hams or clinking classes or tearing into piles of gifts, hundreds of ...

Drug, weapons charges lead to prison sentences

ALPENA — A woman who wanted to get home to her kids could have found a way other than by selling methamphetamine, Judge Ed Black said in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court on Monday. Hope Coenen, 24, told Black she is a user, not a dealer, but, when visiting Alpena earlier this year, made a drug ...

Hospice of Michigan looking for veterans to volunteer

ALPENA — Hospice of Michigan is always looking for volunteers. Currently, they are looking for special kinds of volunteers — veterans. Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hospice of Michigan was setting up training classes for a group of veterans recruited through an outreach to ...

WITH VIDEO: Fire destroys animal pen behind RC vet clinic

ROGERS CITY — Fire destroyed a chicken coop and a goat pen at a residence attached to Huron Veterinary Clinic south of Rogers City on Sunday morning. Fire officials said they were not sure how the fire started. One goat was killed in the fire.

A Christmas column: Gizmos, gasps, and Christmas joy

ALPENA — My kids grew up hearing a lot of “No.” Frugal by necessity and stubborn by habit, as a young mom I bucked against buying the toys hawked on TV or caving to the everyone-else-has-one mentality. It’s not that I deprived my kiddos of gifts entirely. I love giving them things, ...