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2013 Top Stories

Updated: 12/31/2013 6:22 PM
Created: 12/31/2013 5:13 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

Stopping people to get their 2013 memories, we heard all kinds of stories.

"We saw the Tall Ships and that was amazing!" said Audrey Amundson.

"Same-sex marriage was certainly a big national story," Milton Legg said.

"The weather! The snow didn't leave until May and then June we actually had a little bit of heat but it was still cold!" said Danielle Brookins.

This year's weather was high on people's lists. But one story kept popping up.

"In Duluth, it was Last Place on Earth and Jim Carlson," said Legg.

"The shutdown of Last Place on Earth!" Rownel Kohl.

"Well, certainly the Last Place on Earth was a huge story," said city councilor Howie Hanson.

A federal jury found Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson guilty of 51 crimes related to the sale of synthetic drugs in October.

"55 charges, I mean holy cow, the Boston bomber got 30," said Carlson during an interview before his trial in September.

Carlson now remains in jail awaiting sentencing.

Eyewitness News also checked in with our Facebook friends, asking what stood out in 2013.

Jeff Koval wrote, "The wildfire in Gordon/Barnes". Terri Leary said "All the snow in the spring".

All that snow helped make weather our top story of the year. We looked at our website and what stories you clicked on the most to find some other top stories.

With record-breaking snow in April, a late spring, short summer, and now a deep freeze, weather takes the cake this year.

Other big stories? The Germann Road Fire.

"As it starts to move a little further to the northeast, it may get into a more populated area," explained Neal Kephart with the Wisconsin DNR on May 14.

The May blaze was the largest wildfire in Wisconsin in over 33 years, consuming nearly 7,500 acres and 47 structures in Douglas County.

Gay marriage made news in August when it was legalized in Minnesota. Five same-sex couples in Duluth were among the first to be married in the state on August 1.

In November, a mid-air collision of skydive planes over Superior made national news.

Now, we bid 2013 with one snowy and frigid December.

Below are our 2013 top ten read stories on wdio.com:

1. Weather

2. Sandstone Home Invasion

3. Hunters Apparently Shot at by 'Animal Lover'

4. Germann Road Fire Burns 8,131 Acres: Fully Contained

5. Duluth Woman Delivers Unexpected Baby, Named Miracle!

6. Two Missing Girls May Be in Northern Minnesota

7. Man Sought in Iron Range Sexual Assault

8. Wis Snowmobiler Dies After Falling Through Ice

9. Update: 2 Skydive Superior Planes Collide, 1 Pilot Identified

10. Sheriff: Double Homicide Suspect in Induced Coma

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