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In 2012, Minnesotans (and Minnesota Vikings) fought over a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as existing only between one man and one woman, and another that would require voters to have government-issued IDs.

Minnesotans united in grief over a workplace shooting rampage in Minneapolis and a massive flood that wiped out streets and zoo animals in Duluth.

Minnesotans worked together to ensure one of the world’s tallest men could afford to buy a new pair of size 24 shoes.

And Minnesotans gawked in fascination at some of the year’s other most notable stories — like the man who got ticketed for yelling at a cat, the news anchor who called out a bully for calling her fat, and the dog owner who made sure his ailing pet experienced some brief comfort in the waters of Lake Superior.

Here are some of the top headlines from 2012 as WCCO originally reported on them:

Top 2012 Headlines: January & February

January 1: Twins Born At HCMC In Different Years

“It was a great day to have a baby because everybody was in such a celebratory mood anyway,” said the proud mom. “When Freya was finally born the nurses had made confetti and threw confetti all over and everybody was clapping, so it was a party when she came.”

(credit: ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

January 15: White Bear Lake Couple Was On Italy Cruise Ship

A couple from White Bear Lake, Minn. is among those missing from the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed and tipped over off the Italian coast, according to family members.

January 20: Minn. Man Contracts ‘Rat Lungworm’ Disease In Hawaii

“Every day it gets a little better. It’s kind of a roller coaster with the pain but overall, that’s what I tell everybody. Overall, I’m getting better every day,” he said.

January 30: Teacher Accused Of Racial Discrimination On Paid Leave

“He told the whole entire class that it is easier for him to teach rich white folks than poor black people,” Latasha Tolbert said.

February 5: 9-Year-Old Suspended After Michael Jackson Dance

A 9-year-old boy was suspended last week after he mimicked Michael Jackson’s crotch grab during a rendition of “Billie Jean” at school.

(credit: Lowell Anderson, Echo Press)

(credit: Lowell Anderson, Echo Press)

February 20: 4 Women Confirmed Dead In Crash Near Alexandria

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 97 just after 3 p.m. Monday. Authorities say the four women were in a car heading west when they crossed the median and collided head-on with a car traveling in the eastbound lane.

February 23: Oil Boom Creating Dark Side Of Industry In North Dakota

“This is the wild, wild west and that’s the only way I can describe it to someone who doesn’t know,” said Kelsey Wingate, an oil mechanic.

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