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Local man prepares to join convoy

ALPENA, Mich. — Although the Freedom Convoy in Canada has come to an end, an American counterpart is now underway. And one Alpena man will be on the road with them Friday morning.

Employees are hard at work in the C&S workshop this evening. They’re giving their Peterbilt a tune–up and polish to make sure it’s ready for the road.

Co–owner Travis Konarszewski will take the wheel early Friday morning with several other drivers to join “The People’s Convoy” bound for the Washington, D.C. beltway.

Their goal: Ending the COVID–19 state of emergency.

“We want, just like everyone, to get our lives back to normal. Kinda get rid of the mandates pushed upon us and get re-aligned with the Constitution.”

Konarszewski said one of the organizers contacted him personally. His role in the protest is picking up supplies in flint, then joining the group to support them in D.C. He said he’s set to haul a variety of donated items.

“We’ve got about eight pallets of goods right now. Bottled water, non-perishable foods, blankets, heaters. A variety of things. Lots of essentials.”

Konarszewski plans on departing from his shop Friday morning between 7:30 and 8:00 A.M.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story on February 24, 2022 listed the convoy’s destination as Washington, D.C. However, it will actually end near the D.C. area. Their website says they don’t intend to enter the city.