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Anniversary of deadly tornado outbreak in Michigan


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By Judy Reed

 

This past Monday, April 3, was the 61st anniversary of the worst tornado outbreak in western Michigan, which spawned the Hudsonville/Standale tornado, one of the few F5 tornadoes ever in the state. Several other tornadoes occurred that day, including an F4 and an F3.

The Hudsonville/Standale tornado traveled a 48-mile path from Vriesland (just east of Zeeland) to Trufant on April 3, 1956 in just one hour. It was as wide as four football fields at one point, according to meteorologist Bill Steffen. There were 17 deaths and 340 injuries.

It was photographed near Baldwin and 28th in Hudsonville, from about 2 miles south. The photo shows a large tornado funnel, in contact with the ground, along with the yellow sky and greenish storm clouds that were mentioned by many eyewitnesses.

Do you remember this tornado? Please send us an email at news@cedarspringspost.com, or send us a letter to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 with what you remember.

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Happy 90th Birthday


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ALGER NIELSEN

 

The family of Alger Nielsen, retired Cedar Springs High School teacher and coach, invites you to help celebrate his 90th birthday at an Open House on Saturday, November 8th from 4:30 to 8:30 pm, at the D.B.S. Community Center in downtown Trufant, MI. A supper buffet will be served from 5 to 7 pm. Join us for a great evening, but NO GIFTS, please!

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Have some fun at the Trufant Jubilee


Trufant, known as “Stump Fence Capital, USA,” has many decorative stumps left in their yards from the years when they were used as fences, after loggers cut down the trees, and farmers pulled out the stumps to clear the land for farming. They changed the name of their annual festival from “Stump Fence Festival” to “Trufant Jubilee” several years ago.

Looking for something to do on Labor Day weekend? Check out the Trufant Jubilee, a fun-filled festival in the town of Trufant, about 15 miles northeast of Cedar Springs. They have a Queen Pageant, three parades, fireworks, a beer tent, Bingo tent, Danish Aebliskiver breakfast, Chicken B-B-Q, horseshoe and softball tournaments, Car and Bike show, pancake breakfast, Frog Jumping contest, midway and music. There is something for everyone! For more information, call (616) 984-2555.

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