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Russia war could further escalate auto prices and shortages

DETROIT (AP) — BMW has halted production at two German factories. Mercedes is slowing work at its assembly plants. Volkswagen, warning of production stoppages, is looking for alternative sources for parts. For more than a year, the global auto industry has struggled with a disastrous ...

Need for free food up as pandemic wanes

ALPENA — Low-income residents won’t lose government food benefits just yet, but many Northeast Michiganders still need help putting food on their tables, food providers say. Michigan leaders have promised to extend food stamp benefits past an April 15 deadline on which federal benefits ...

Lane closures expected

Workers will close lanes of Long Rapids Road between Kelly Drive and Woodland Drive intermittently today for utility repairs. The city encourages drivers to use Woodview Drive as an alternate route between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Alpena Rotary Club turns 100

ALPENA — The Alpena Rotary Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. For the last century, the local group has stood strong in its creed to promote peace, fight to eradicate polio, and to be a leader in strengthening the community it serves. The local chapter of Rotary began in ...

More than machines: For many, car restorations are a work of heart

ALPENA — Detroit steel lives not just in the pole barns and garages of enthusiasts or at car shows on hot summer nights. For many, it lives in the heart, in the memories of lost loved ones, in the passions of a youth remembered. “Most of it is sentimental value — ‘I have a memory ...

Groups urge child abuse awareness, work toward prevention

ALPENA – Investigators confirmed nearly 200 cases of child abuse or neglect in Northeast Michigan in 2020, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Local groups want people to know that number -- and to do something about it. At the start of National Child Abuse ...