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: September & October

September 11: Schools Investigate After Urine Found In Girls Locker Room

“I think it’s disgusting,” Princeton student Taylor Sleen said. “Why would you do that to someone else’s stuff? The soccer balls were all full of it and some soccer people’s shoes were all yellow and stuff — it’s gross.”

September 12: Pine County Crash Leaves 4 Dead, 1 Seriously Hurt

“The wreckage is so bad you can barely recognize the truck,” Pine County Chief Sheriff Deputy Steven Blackwell said, adding that debris scattered hundreds of feet into the nearby woods. The semi hit the passenger side of the pickup where the 58-year-old victim was seated, he said. Blackwell declined to say who was driving the pickup.

September 22: St. Cloud Man Dies After Injuries From Punch

“We just saw him and was laying there and there were people around him,” Kilpatrick said. “We really didn’t think much of it, and as we were getting out we thought we saw someone on the ground. We went back inside, we came outside and there was a cop car.”

September 27: Police: Shooter Among Dead In Mpls. Office Shooting

“This is not an everyday thing,” said Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kris Arneson. “This is something we see on the news in other areas, not Minneapolis.”

October 2: TV Anchor Responds To ‘Bullying’ Letter On Her Weight

“What got to me was that he said I was a bad role model for young girls and I have three young girls,” Jennifer Livingston said. “You know nothing about me then what you see on the outside, and I am more than a number on the scale.”

October 12: H.S. Yearbook Won’t Include Student’s Baby, Suicide Victim

High school yearbooks are lined with memories both good and bad, but in Northern Minnesota, one high school wants to keep a few things from its pages. A controversy is brewing at Menahga High School over the issues of teen pregnancy and suicide.

October 15: Vote ‘Yes’ Strategist Will Vote ‘No’

Michael Brodkorb’s voting no on the gay marriage amendment, even though he helped develop the strategy that put it on the ballot. “It provided a turnout opportunity for Republicans,” he said.

October 18: Congressman Ellison Calls Challenger Fields A ‘Scumbag’

Congressman Ellison later issued a statement apologizing, and saying he, “acted beneath my personal standard as a public official.” Fields also issued a statement: “At a time when we need civility and leadership from Washington politicians, Congressman Ellison has proved that he cannot deliver.”

October 19: Questions Can Trigger ‘Split Visit’ Charge At Doc’s Office

Susan Krantz was upset when she opened a recent bill. Along with the list of procedures was the itemized charge of $50.06 for something she couldn’t make out. When she questioned Park Nicollet, the response puzzled her.

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