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In 2013, Minnesota lawmakers ushered in a new era of marriage equality and butted heads over such issues as the MNsure health insurance exchange and funding for the proposed Vikings stadium, which ultimately broke ground in December.

But elsewhere, Minnesotans’ acts of kindness captured our attention, from the Dairy Queen manager whose generosity after a blind customer was robbed of $20 earned him Warren Buffet’s commendation, to the man who threw $1,000 into the Mall of America rotunda on Black Friday … and was subsequently arrested.

We reported with heavy hearts unimaginable tragedies, such as when a mother’s car plunged into a pond, killing 2 of the 5 children inside.

However, from some tragedies sprung new hope, as when “Clouds,” the song young Zach Sobiech wrote when he found out he had terminal osteosarcoma, climbed Billboard and iTunes’ charts following his death.

Controversies raged from many corners — after high schoolers were disciplined for shooting their own “Harlem Shake” viral videos, after Adrian Peterson stated that he was “not with” gay marriage, after a lesson on structural racism chided some students.

But, in the end, many of the stories that will endure from 2013 highlighted that quintessential Minnesota character.

This is, after all, the land where a 4-year-old can become the world’s cutest mayor, where kids can enjoy a snow day in May, and where a Prince sighting is always a potential soundcheck away.

Here are some of the top headlines from 2013 as WCCO originally reported on them:

Top 2013 Headlines: January & February

January 3: Water Main Break In Minneapolis Leaves Hennepin Avenue Underwater

“Our values now for the condos are going to go up, ’cause we got ocean view, so I think the prices are going to just soar,” resident Mike McKinley said.

January 15: Buyers Of Foreclosed Homes Finding Disturbing Surprises

In Minnesota, when you buy from a regular homeowner, they’re legally required to disclose anything they know about the home. But when you buy a bank-owned property, the bank doesn’t have that history, so you won’t know.

January 15: Prince’s Much-Hyped Dakota ‘Soundchecks’ Already Sold Out

“If you know a thing about music, or even if you don’t, he’s a bucket list musician for everybody,” Jake Nyberg said.

February 14: Food Fight Turns Into Melee At Mpls. South High

“My lunch was third lunch,” Symone Glasker said. “There was fight after fight after fight. People couldn’t breathe…It was very scary. I know it’s a pride thing between Muslims and black people,” she said. “They want their pride back for something. I don’t know.”

February 18: Stillwater Student Faces Life-Threatening Cancer With Song

Music is Zach’s release, and he began playing guitar when he was 12. But when Zach was 13, he was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of cancer, osteosarcoma. Doctors then told him the outlook was getting worse. The cancer had spread to Zach’s lungs, and they gave him until this May to live.

February 22: ‘Harlem Shake’ Video Led To Season’s End For Mound-Westonka

Friday night marked an unfortunate end of the season for the Mound-Westonka boys hockey team. The players were allegedly involved in the making of a “Harlem Shake” video in the school’s cafeteria.

February 26: Kira Steger’s Husband Arrested

On Tuesday, Trevino’s 39-year-old husband, Jeffery Trevino, was arrested for probable cause murder. Kira Trevino’s family was told of Jeffery Trevino’s arrest at the St. Paul Police station.

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