2012 In Review: Top Minnesota News Headlines

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

Top 2012 Headlines: May & June

May 3: Amy Senser Found Guilty Of 2 Felonies In Hit-And-Run

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said it was a clearly tough decision for the jury, based on the length of deliberations, but in the end justice was served. “I think if you’re driving a car and you have an accident, the state legislators and all the rest of us believe you have a duty to stop, and that is clearly something that Miss Senser did not do,” he said.

May 7: Champlin Woman Warns Of The Consequences Of Tanning

“When they did the surgery, they had to take off almost the entire top of my nose. You could have heard a pin drop in the room, there was no conversation. There were tears running down my face,” said Raquel Guckeen.

May 23: Forever Hungry: One Family’s Struggle With Prader-Willi Syndrome

Doctors say people with Prader-Willi syndrome feel ravenous; they liken it to the feeling healthy people get with they haven’t eaten for three days. There’s nothing those with the disease can do to minimize that feeling of constant hunger. But there are ways parents can help kids cope.

May 28: Explosion, Fire At Sartell Paper Mill

When the explosion went off, a shockwave emanated from the mill, hitting people’s homes, rattling their windows. “It just felt like somebody hit our house,” one witness said. “The windows and everything were shaking.”


(credit: CBS)

May 29: Stance On Gay Marriage May Cost Rev. His Church

“I think people are scared — scared of change, and what has been in the closet is finally coming out, and too many people are not willing to accept it,” Rev. Oliver White said.

June 1: Former WCCO Radio Personality Dark Star Found Dead

When he didn’t show up for the afternoon show, colleagues became alarmed and tried desperately to reach him by phone. When those calls went unanswered, they drove to his Minnetonka apartment. Their worst suspicions had come true – lying face down in his apartment, George Hutton Chapple was dead. He was 66 years old.

June 7: Mom Speaks Out After Being Told Not To Breastfeed In Public

Hadley Barrows did point out one of the ironies of the teachable moment. “You think of the library as a place of knowledge. And even in the library … they don’t know that it’s OK to nurse your kid in public.”

(credit: Crimson Raisanen)

(credit: Crimson Raisanen)

June 1: Flooding Prompts State Of Emergency In Duluth

Photo Gallery: Flooding in Duluth

“This morning my thoughts are with our friends and neighbors in Duluth and the surrounding region, as they respond to major flooding,” Gov. Mark Dayton said. “I have spoken to Duluth Mayor Don Ness and have offered all possible state assistance now and during the recovery. I will travel to Duluth tomorrow morning to discuss further how the state can help.”

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