Best of MIX 108 – The Top 10 Local News and Events Stories of 2013 on MIX108.com
Here we are, days away from saying goodbye to 2013. It's been an interesting year, with lots of memorable stories we've all shared. Some of these stories are sad and some are happy, while others are just plain goofy.
I've taken a little time and dug around to see what your favorite local stories from our website have been through the year. These stories are the most visited and most shared posts from the MIX 108 staff that involve events and happenings around the Twin Ports.
Duluth Police Cars Using License Plate Readers and Saving Date, Time and GPS Location Data
Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay appeared on a statewide news program, revealing that the City of Duluth was one of several cities using license plate scanners to record large amounts of data about drivers. Questions of how ethical this was popped up in the following reaction to this news. Click here to read the full story.
How Much Snow Did We Get? See the Snowfall Totals For the April 18, 2013 Snow Storm
The spring of 2013 was one of the snowiest on record. It seemed like a new storm hit the area every week, allowing for extended wintertime fun, but shortening the brief and valuable warm weather we enjoy in the Twin Ports. Among the most popular stories around this was how much snow the biggest storm of the spring dropped around the area. Click here to read the full story.
Wildfire Near Barnes, WI Fully Contained By Crews But Fire Danger Continues Through Region
A tragic forest fire started by logging equipment scorched a portion of Northwestern Wisconsin, burning homes, garages, and other structures, along with several thousand acres of forest land. Click here to read the full story and see the photos.
5 GIFs of Duluth Mayor Don Ness Being Awesome
Duluth Mayor Don Ness is a notably cool guy. There are very few people around town that have anything bad to say about him. Our own Tony Hart found 5 perfect moments of Mayor Ness exemplifying his awesomeness. Click here to see the GIFs.
Wrenshall, Minnesota Egg Farm ‘Locally Laid’ Advances to the Final Four in a Contest to Win a Super Bowl TV Commercial
Just south of Duluth in the small town of Wrenshall, lots of buzz enveloped a chicken farm this year. Locally Laid, a sustainable chicken farm in the Wrenshall area, caught national attention in fighting their way through 15,000 small businesses competing for a Super Bowl TV commercial. Click here to read the full story.
MIX 108 Listeners Join Together for the “Duluth Shake”, the Twin Ports Version of the Harlem Shake
The beginning of 2013 saw an explosion of "Harlem Shake" videos hitting the internet. Cheerleading squads, fire departments, sports teams, and many others made their own version of the short dance video. MIX 108 turned to our listeners to help make our own Duluth Shake video, and they didn't disappoint as we met on a frigidly cold day in Canal Park to make a video that appeared on the local news and in the newspaper. Click here to watch the "Duluth Shake" video.
Duluth’s Central High School Property Pops Up on Craigslist For Sale
It's no secret that the Duluth Central High School property has been for sale for some time. There is an agency currently working to sell the property, and one of the methods they thought would be viable would be a Craigslist ad. It seems a little strange to place an ad for a $13.7 million property on Craigslist, doesn't it? Click here to read the full story.
Duluth Mayor Don Ness Caught Doing “Gangnam Style”
Another song and dance craze that was big in 2013 was Psy's hit "Gangnam Style". The video for the song was huge on Youtube, and inspired some to make their own. Duluth's mayor Don Ness was among those to join in on the craze. Click here to see the video.
‘Christmas City of the North’ Parade Commentators Stay Indoors
The annual tradition of the Christmas City of the North parade was slightly different this year, with a little controversy surrounding the use of a green screen. The story gained national attention, with news media around the country drawing attention to happening. Click here to see the full story.
Duluth Man Attempts to Jump Line and is Forced to Wait for a Multiple Muffin Purchase Before Being Maced
Talk about having a bad day. This interesting altercation between two customers at a Duluth convenience store led to some national fame I'm sure neither person really wanted. Thanks to security footage, we all get to see these hilariously awkward happenings that were your favorite local story of 2013 on our website. Click here to see the full story and watch the video.