2013 In Review: Top Minnesota News Headlines

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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: March & April

March 8: Minn. Officials Warn Against Using TurboTax

“It ruined my day. It really put a damper on my afternoon,” Erin Darsow said. “That just made my stress level go even higher, knowing something could be wrong in the calculations.”

March 17: Eyelash Drug May Hold Baldness Cure

The makers of Avodart say that after just six months, they found hair count increased by an average of 96 hairs per 1-inch diameter. Now they’re getting ready to market it specifically for baldness.

March 20: 12-Year-Old Student In Custody After New Prague ‘Hoax’ Shooting

“It’s just frustrating that we have to be so on-edge about our schools and our children now,” said Todd, a parent.

April 1: Authorities ID Woman, 2 Kids Found Dead In Zimmerman

“I was trying to explain it to my daughter that, you know, bad things happen to good people,” Elisa Ploof said. “The children went to heaven and God’s going to make them better and kind of get through the whole thing.”

April 17: Snatching Your Neighbor’s Recycling In Mpls? That’s Illegal

The thefts are a growing problem in many communities, but are especially bad in Minneapolis where many recycling bins are left in back alleys. The back alleys shield thieves from being spotted by passing pedestrians or motorists.

April 30: A Prom To Remember: McDonald’s And 2 Special Dates

The dress, dinner and dance may not be as fun on prom night without the perfect date. So when it came time, two Minnesota girls knew just who to ask. Their prom dates were part of the special education program at Litchfield High School.

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