By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The year 2021 brought stories of joy, stories of devastation, and stories of disappointment. It was, in short, another memorable year that none of us will soon forget.

Here is a list of the top 20 most-read stories from WCCO.com in 2021, along with links to the original stories.

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  • Feb. 9: Buffalo Clinic Shooting: 1 Dead, 4 Injured; Gregory Ulrich Identified As Suspect
    Gregory Ulrich, 67, was taken into custody in connection to a deadly shooting at a Buffalo health clinic. Five people were shot in the attack at Allina Clinic Crossroads. One of the victims, who was brought to Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, later died from their injuries, according to hospital officials.

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  • April 20: Derek Chauvin Guilty On All 3 Counts In George Floyd’s Death
    Following nearly a year of protest, introspection and raw emotion, former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, who in May 2020 held a knee down on George Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes, was found guilty of second-degree murder and two other charges in Floyd’s death.

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  • July 30: Woman Found Beheaded On Shakopee Sidewalk; 42-Year-Old Man Arrested
    According to the Shakopee Police Department, the incident occurred at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Spencer Street. A 55-year-old woman, identified as America Mafalda Thayer of Shakopee, was found on the sidewalk near the intersection and pronounced dead at the scene.

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  • Sept. 7: Police Search For 17 Cars Stolen From Brooklyn Park Dealership
    A local car dealership reported more than a dozen cars that were stolen over the course of two days. Surveillance video showed three mask men entered the service area of Luther Brookdale Dodge late one night, taking five vehicles. But that was just the beginning.

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