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: May & June

May 1: Fighting Like A Girl … Saved Her Life

For the first time, 28-year-old Angela Champagne-From is talking about the horrifying moments last spring when she was somehow able to fight off her attacker, call 911, and save her life before things went dark.

May 2: Some Schoolchildren Get Rare May Snow Day

Schoolchildren in Minnesota and Wisconsin got a rare May snow day Thursday as a storm dropped up to 16 inches of sticky snow across a beleaguered region that was just starting to enjoy spring.

May 8: Minn. Farmer ‘Shocked’ After Horses Put Down By State Patrol

Suzette Clemens didn’t even realize her quarter horses, Roper and Frenchie, had escaped when a tree fell on her electric fence, until a Rice County deputy showed up at her door in the middle of the night. He told her the horses had to be euthanized.

May 9: Meet The World’s Youngest (And Cutest) Mayor

No one is more excited for the summer season than Dorset Mayor Robert Tufts. Oh, and he’s 4 years old.

May 10: Police: Two Officers Shot In South Minneapolis, Suspect Killed

Also on Friday, a squad SUV responding to the shooting collided with a motorcycle near the intersection of Blaisdell Avenue and 26th Street South. Two people were on the motorcycle when the collision happened, and one, a man, was killed in the crash.

May 14: Minnesota Gov. Dayton Signs Gay Marriage Bill

“I thought it would happen someday, but I didn’t know I would be able to be here to be part of it,” Rep. Karen Clark said Tuesday, a few hours before the ceremony. Clark can now marry her partner of 24 years, in the only state she’s ever lived.

May 22: 1 Dead, 2 Injured, 1 Missing After Field Trip At Lilydale Park

Crews first responded to the scene at Lilydale Regional Park around 1 p.m., where two fourth grade classes from Peter Hobart Elementary were on a field trip, Zaccard said. The kids were in a group exploring a hillside, looking for fossils, when the ground gave way. The rock slide created a sinkhole, which then quickly filled with water and sand.

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

May 27: Adrian Peterson Says He’s ‘Not With’ Gay Marriage

Peterson made his comments in a recent interview with Sirius/XM NFL radio. He was asked his thoughts on the Vikings cutting longtime punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken advocate for gay rights and gay marriage.

June 11: Looming MN Cigarette Tax Hike Spurs Buying Frenzy

Gardner and other customers are buying enough cigarettes to last them months. The simple explanation is starting July 1, the Minnesota cigarette tax will jump by $1.60 per pack.

June 19: Minnesota Author Vince Flynn Dies At 47

Best-selling author Vince Flynn, who wrote the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism thriller series and sold more than 15 million books in the U.S. alone, died Wednesday in Minnesota after a more than two-year battle with prostate cancer, according to friends and his publisher. He was 47.

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