Kim Dixon salutes protesters marching on the MacArthur Bridge in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Kim Dixon salutes protesters marching on the MacArthur Bridge in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

From “Operation Haircut” to a historic election, we capture it all.

MICHIGAN—These past 12 months brought out the best in many Michiganders—and the worst in others. For better or worse, in a year that saw mass social unrest, an election like no other, and a global pandemic that changed the way we live, Michigan grit and spirit was present each day.

What better way to reminisce on a year like no other than in photos.

Overcoming Natural Disasters

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses members of the media and Midland County residents during a press conference at the temporary shelter at the school, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Midland, Mich. Whitmer spoke of response efforts to severe flooding caused by dam failures upstream of the Tittabawassee River. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)

Social Justice, Unrest, and Protests

Protesters march on the MacArthur Bridge across the Detroit River during a rally in Detroit, Friday, June 5, 2020 over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Dawn Perreca protest in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol to show their displeasure with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the new coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A Unprecedented Primary…

This Oakland County mom was super excited to vote. With her son in the stroller, wheels oiled, nothing was going to stop her from voting to make the country better for her son. Photo by Franz Knight.

…Followed by a Historic Election

As the state gears up for its largest mail-in count in history, absentee ballots arrived at clerks’ offices across Michigan by the bin. Photo via WSBT.

With Plenty of Campaigning in Between

Joe Biden, Barack Obama
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, and former President Barack Obama greeted each other at a rally at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

MI Commerce

The COVID-19 pandemic has been damaging to Michigan’s economy, yet these businesses are finding ways to stay open and continue serving their customers thanks to government funding, loyal customers, and social media.

A small business in Detroit making masks for the coronavirus pandemic, supported by Michigan Women Forward, a nonprofit that helps foster leadership qualities in women.

Keeping ‘Gander Spirit Alive Year-Round

Hope Bennethum, Reagan Olli, Sydney Kaiser, and Darbi Dorr happy to be together again. (Photo courtesy of Amy Holscher)
The Easter Bunny shows off his moves as a steady stream of families drive through.

Finding Holiday Cheer

Photo by Brian Rozman
Carmyn Kivel and her new friend, Wes, the mail carrier. Photo by Rachel Azure.

All Done Against a Pure Michigan Backdrop

Black River Harbor. Photo by Franz Knight.
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. Photo by Franz Knight.