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: September & October

September 6: Jim Kowalski Dies After Falling Into Plane Propeller

Kowalski, 67, founded Kowalski’s Markets back in 1983. He was on the trip with a friend. Kowalski was standing outside the plane atop the floats as the plane made its approach. Police say Kowalski lost his balance when the plane reached the shore. He fell off the floats and into the propeller, which was still running.

September 18: Hopkins Dairy Queen Manager’s Act Of Kindness Goes Viral

Prusak said while working the register on Sept. 10 he saw the blind man he was helping drop a $20 bill. Prusak simply thought the woman was going to hand it back to the man as he struggled to put his cash and debt card back in his pocket. That’s when Prusak asked her to return the money. She refused saying it was hers and that she dropped it by accident.

October 3: They Thought It Was Patriotic, The School Saw It As Suspendable

More than a dozen students are suspended for drawing on doors and windows and scattering small American flags outside their high school. It took place Monday at Red Wing High School as part of Homecoming Week, but it’s a back-and-forth that’s gone on for weeks.

October 6: Boy Boards Plane To Vegas At MSP Without Ticket

The flight was not full, and the flight crew became suspicious mid-flight because the boy was not on their list of unattended minors. The crew contacted Las Vegas police, who met them upon landing and transferred the boy to child protection services. Minneapolis Police went to his residence. Parents told officers they “hadn’t seen much of him today.”

October 7: WCCO Discovers Pricing Problems At Walgreens

Pricing problems WCCO-TV uncovered at Minnesota’s largest drugstore chain will likely have you looking a lot closer at your receipts. Walgreens is accused of overcharging customers all across the country. One state is already suing over the same problem. So we went shopping there.

October 11: Sioux Falls Police: Adrian Peterson’s Son Has Died

“This is a private matter, and I ask y’all to please respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand,” Peterson said. “The good Lord never gives you more than you can bear, can handle — so I’m built tough.”

October 14: After Life-Changing Accident, 11-Year-Old Adjusts With Grace

“When I got to the emergency room, Kate said something to me I’ll never forget. She said ‘Dad, I hope you won’t be mad at me.’ And that’s kind of the type of person Kate is,” Jim said.

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