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Ride the rails while visiting Santa Claus

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Santa Train in Coopersville is giving all the kids on the good list a chance to get their final gift requests to Santa himself.

A few of Santa's elves will escort the children to sit with Santa and a story-telling Princess will read from the book, "The Polar Express" which was written by Grand Rapids native, Chris Van Allsburg.

All children who come aboard will also get a present from Santa.

December 12th and 13th train rides are sold out, but there are seats available for December 19th and 20th.

For departure times and to purchase tickets, click here.

Ticket Prices:

Adults $17.00,

Senior $16.00,

Children (2-12) $15.00,

Under 2 FREE

Nighttime Christmas Parade marches through Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's a long-standing tradition in Ottawa County: the Nighttime Christmas Parade through historic downtown Coopersville.

This is the 35th year for the parade, making it one of the longest-running nighttime parades in the entire state.

Kids were also able to meet some reindeer!

"The kids love petting them," said Tricia Bush with the Chamber of Commerce. "They're beautiful. The two we have this year are 8 months old, and they're really beautiful reindeer."

"We're thankful for our community and the sense of belonging that it has for all of our residents," said Chamber of Commerce executive director Rose Zainea-Wieten.

The parade is run by volunteers. Planning for the parade takes months; they started getting ready back in August.

Five students injured in school bus accident near Marne

TALLMEDGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two Zion Christian School students were taken to a hospital after their school bus crashed near Marne Thursday morning.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department tells WZZM 13 there were a total of five students on board at the time of the accident. The bus left the road around 7:25 a.m. near the corner of 24th Avenue and Leonard Street.

Coopersville schools honor alumni who entered military

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Coopersville Public Schools District is honoring alumni who served in the military.

For the last three months, organizers have been trying to gather pictures of alumni who entered the military. On Thursday, they unveiled the Wall of Honor displaying 247 pictures of alumni who entered the service.

"It's something that we should not take for granted," said organizer Warren Warber. "Every day, it's always there, and it's always going to be there. Don't forget these people."

"Compared to myself, there is some really special people on this wall," said veteran Russ Lillie. "That's what I'd like people to remember."

If you have a photo of a Coopersville graduate who entered the military, you can send it to the Wall of Honor at Coopersville High School.

Ottawa Co. car break-ins connected

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies in Ottawa County think a series of car break-ins overnight Wednesday into Thursday were all done by the same suspects.

At least nine cars were targeted in Chester, Wright, and Polkton townships, as well as in the city of Coopersville.

Investigators say the thieves targeted cash and other valuables.

Only one of the cars was locked.

Deputies say this should serve as a reminder to not leave valuables in your car.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 616-738-4687 or Silent Observer at this link.

Deputies: Huffing driver takes out power pole

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Marne man is in jail after Ottawa County deputies say he crashed his truck after huffing an inhalant.

The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of 68th Avenue and Garfield Street near Coopersville.

Investigators say the 20-year-old driver was inhaling a canned air duster when he lost control and hit a power pole.

The collision brought down electrical lines, closing both roads at the intersection.

The driver was not injured. He's being held until his court appearance on charges related to the crash.

Biker injured in crash near Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Interstate 96 is back open near Coopersville after an early morning crash injured a motorcyclist.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. Friday on westbound I-96 by the 48th Avenue exit.Deputies say the 66-year-old motorcyclist from Grand Rapids was hit from behind by a minivan. The van's driver told investigators he did not see the bike's taillight in time.

The biker was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital. He was reportedly in serious but stable condition.

The crash shut down one lane of westbound I-96 for about 90 minutes.