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Published 4/14/2020

2020 Railroad Days Festival Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Pandemic Shutters Annual Hometown Celebration


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It's official: Railroad Days is cancelled.

Organizers were forced to cancel the 2020 Durand Railroad Days festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Tuesday evening post on the festival's Facebook page announced.

The festival had been slated for the weekend after Mother's Day, May 14th through 17th.

This year's royalty was revealed in a ceremony on March 13th:

Queen Hannah Johnson
Attendant Riley Vandendries
Princess Peyton Allred
Prince Branson Baize

Durand’s Railroad Person of the Year for 2020, Stan Dungerow, a GTW/CN retiree, was chosen on March 3rd by a selection committee composed of past Railroad Persons of the Year.



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Update 4/12/2020

Governor Whitmer is defending Thursday's stay-at-home extension and expansion despite criticism over what some believe are unnecessary restrictions and inconsistent requirements. The order remains in place until April 30th.

Two people were hospitalized after a reported stabbing and attempted theft after a crash along I-94.  When authorities arrived they discovered the suspect had stabbed someone and was trying to steal a semi trailer.

Shiawassee County has reported its first COVID-related death; a man in his 30s who had underlying health conditions.  The county has now topped 50 positive cases after a cluster was discovered at Durand Senior Care & Rehab that includes both employees and residents.

Bebe Winans is recovering from COVID-19, he revealed last week.  He said his mother and brother are also among those diagnosed with the disease.  Winans said he got the virus when he flew to Detroit to attend a funeral.

Grand Rapids Symphony and Symphony Chorus presented an online performance of the Hallelujah Chorus to celebrate the Easter holiday.  "Hallelujah for Hope: From Our Homes to yours" can be found on the group's Facebook and YouTube pages.

32 Jackson area Pastors read portions of John Chapter 20.  The readings were compiled into a single video that demonstrates togetherness, even in a time such as this.

Flint Community Schools meal distribution has moved to two days each week.  The district said students would receive the same number of meals, but meals would need to be picked up according to the new schedule.

Two feet of snow is expected in some parts of the Upper Peninsula as a late season storm pushes through the state early this week.  Meanwhile, Michigan's lower peninsula is preparing for high winds that could result in power outages.