MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It was a year of great highs and even greater lows (may we never again hear the words “Polar Vortex” uttered … like, ever again). Here is a list of the top 20 most-read stories from WCCO.COM in 2014, along with links to the original stories.

  1. Adrian Peterson Indicted For Child Abuse, Turns Himself In (Sept. 12)
  2. Big Gym Fight Has Police Hoping LA Fitness Beefs Up Security (March 7)
  3. Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet (July 22)
  4. New Developments Revealed In Jacob Wetterling Abduction Case (May 14)
  5. ‘U’ Students Want Crime Alerts To Avoid Using Racial Descriptions (Jan. 29)
  6. Minn. Restaurant Charging Customers Minimum Wage Fee (Aug. 5)
  7. PETA’s Lettuce-Wearing Ladies To Brave Cold Temps (Jan. 2)
  8. Good Samaritan Chased Down ‘Scum Of The Earth’ Who Punched Boy, Stole His iPad (March 12)
  9. Shockingly Cold ‘Polar Vortex’ Moves Into Midwest (Jan. 6)
  10. DNR Warden Spots Icebergs On Lake Superior (June 7)
  11. Charges: Minn. Man Ejaculated In Co-Worker’s Coffee (Sept. 3)
  12. Police: Thief Forgets To Log Off Facebook After Burglarizing Home (June 23)
  13. Police: Girl, 6, Found Dead In Extreme Cold In Bemidji (Feb. 28)
  14. Driver Survives Truck’s Plunge From Bridge In East Metro (Jan. 7)
  15. Vikings’ Ponder Gives Shopping Spree To Grieving Family (Oct. 14)
  16. Teen: Teachers Made Me Stand Outside In Wet Bathing Suit, Barefoot (Feb. 28)
  17. Black Helicopters Over Twin Cities Have Some Asking Questions (Aug. 19)
  18. Officer Fatally Shot, Person Of Interest Apprehended (July 30)
  19. Wisconsin’s GOP Gov. Walker Wins Re-Election (Nov. 4)
  20. Put Down The Phone, Parents; It Could Be Affecting Your Kids (April 21)