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Number 10 -

The fourth of July brought more than just hot dogs and fireworks for an Iron Range Couple. 

Quadruplets were welcomed into the world.

After spending a month in Minneapolis, babies Olivia, Anna, Morgan, and Carolyn were brought home to Hoyt Lakes. 

Parents Allyson and Tony Ponto say they spent the past 11 years waiting for their little miracles.

Number 9 -

It was a good year for liquor sales, as stores in Minnesota began opening their doors on Sundays.

July 16th marked the first day Minnesota's new Sunday liquor sales law applied to stores in Duluth.

While most of the state's Sunday sales went into effect on July 2, Duluth was forced to wait a bit longer.

Number 8 -

Somewhere off the shores of Island Lake, is a muskie that's responsible for injuring a young woman in September. 

That was the second attack of the summer in which a Muskie could be the culprit. 

In July, a girl was also attacked by something in Island Lake. 

That attack has not been confirmed as a Muskie attack, but medical doctors said the injuries sustained by the girl are consistent with a Muskie.

 Number 7 -

An elderly Duluth couple missing for more than a week was found dead in August.

82-year-old Ron Tarnowski and 78-year-old Mary Tarnowski were found in a remote area about a mile from their hunting land.

A U.S. Border Patrol Helicopter found their vehicle in a rural area west of Highway 2 in the Brookston area.

The search for the missing couple brought together strangers from across the area to aid in the search.

Number 6 -

Dozens of arrests have been made this year after protestors showed their opposition to Enbridge's Line 3 oil pipeline project.

Protesters say the pipeline project threatens our eco-system and drinking water.

However, supports urge the project adds safety and a much-needed boost to the local economy. 

"Line 3 is a safety driven project. We're replacing an old pipeline to make it safe for our communities,"  said Enbridge Community Engagement Manager, Jennifer Smith.

Number 5 -

The start of 2017 was rocked by a rash of shootings across Duluth, all drug-related.

One of the shootings left a 22-year-old man dead on Valentine's Day in the city's East Hillside neighborhood.

The suspects, in that case, are still in court.

"The idea that it's here in Duluth, you know, causing so much of a stir lately is, you know, pretty, pretty disconcerting. I like to think our community is better than that. So, it's kind of an unhappy thing to, you know, see something like this happen," said Corey Cusick.

Number 4 -

Winter came early and with a vengeance.

This was the scene along the lakeshore in the Twin Ports during the October Snowstorm of 2017.

The storm not only damaged the Lakewalk, but also washed out parts of shoreline, displaced large boulders, closed roadways, and tore apart the Port Wing boardwalk. 

The damage left behind took weeks to clean up.

Number 3 -

A boy who was shot in the head by his father before he turned the gun on himself in late March is back in school. 

Wyatt Krauss's grandmother says the eight-year-old boy came home from the hospital in late June. 

He was given a five percent chance to live after spending several days in a coma after being shot by his father on March 30th.

His grandma says he's doing well, working on his walking skills, and can eat on his own. 

Number 2 -

It was a big year in politics as Minnesota's Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken announced his resignation in December.

Franken is expected to formally resign on Jan. 2nd.

Senate-Designate Tina Smith, who was appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to fill Franken's seat, is expected to be sworn in on Jan. 3rd.

Smith replaces Franken after he received calls to resign following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Number 1 -

The shooting death of a 14-year-old boy in Odanah, Wisconsin in early November has the Bad River Tribe searching for answers. 

Jason Pero was shot and killed by an Ashland County Deputy last month, sparking protests and calls for a larger investigation. 

Pero reportedly called 911 on himself and lunged at Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich with a knife before being shot and killed.
 

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