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: July & August

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July 9: Police: Mother Charged In Baby’s Death Sets Self On Fire

Authorities said Toni Medrano was found suffering serious, life-threatening burns. She was taken to Regions Hospital, but died as a result of her injuries. Investigators said Medrano was despondent and suicidal, and had doused herself with a flammable liquid before setting herself on fire.

July 11: 2 Sisters Found Dead In Wis., Father In Custody

The family’s neighbors are beside themselves. Neighbor Emily Kuhn said she can’t imagine losing three children and that her heart breaks for the girls’ mother. “I’m praying for her,” she said. “I hope she finds of closure.”

July 16: Bikini Parade To Go Forward — Despite City’s Objections

Cynthia Frederick runs the electric beach tanning salon in Mankato, and she wants to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ record for the largest bikini parade. She needs 451 women dressed in bikinis to do it. The City, however, has some objections.

July 24: QR Codes On Headstones: Preserving Personalities Of Those Passed

In four steps, the loved one’s memory is eternalized with a little help from the digital world. After purchasing your QR code from Katzman Monument Company, you go to memorylinks.com where you can upload information, pictures, even video. Then, you can attach the QR code. After it’s read with a free app on your phone, you can access the pictures and video right at your fingertips.

August 2: 2nd Woman Attacked By Otter In Minn.

For the second time this summer, a Minnesota swimmer has been attacked by an otter. The first incident happened a few weeks ago, near Duluth. This weekend, a woman was attacked near her family cabin in McGregor. Now, it’s making her think hard about going in the water again.

August 3: Crash Causes MOA Ramp Support To Fall On Truck; 1 Dead

The U-Haul’s driver appears to have misjudged the size of the truck as it entered the ramp. The truck hit a support, causing part of the ramp to fall, police said.

August 7: Lake-Living Amoeba Suspected In Child’s Death

“The risk of infection from Naegleria in Minnesota is very low,” said Richard Danila, an assistant state epidemiologist. “Swimming is a very healthy summertime activity and we do not want to discourage people from swimming. Rather, simply avoid swimming, diving or other activities in obviously stagnant water when temperatures are high and water levels are low.”

August 10: A Man Floating With His Dog Makes The World Wonder

“I can only give him what I can, and he’s always given me his all,” said John Unger. “I hope he passes in his sleep, nice and peaceful. Doesn’t everyone want their loved ones to pass peacefully?”

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