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Top 10 Most Read WJON.com Stories of 2011

So much happened in 2011 affecting Central Minnesota. Here are the 10 biggest stories that generated the most traffic on WJON.com in 2011.


Abby Faulkner
Abby Faulkner
 

Some 50 people rallied in downtown St. Cloud in May in support of a young man allegedly beaten by three other young men. Police say the attack was prompted because the three thought the victim was gay.

 
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Facebook
 

Hope -- the bear born live on the internet from a den in Northern Minnesota in 2010 -- died this fall. Shot by a hunter in September who didn't know Hope was a research bear.

 
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iStockPhoto
 

An adult and 2 children were killed on the long 4th of July weekend when a car plunged off County Road 75 into the Sauk River. Two other men were hurt in the crash.

 
fatherspoon, Flickr
fatherspoon, Flickr
 

Leave it to WJON Morning Host Bob Hughes to score one of the most popular posts of 2011 with his famous Hoffman Family Stuffing Recipe. You're welcome.

 
Marc Love, Flickr
Marc Love, Flickr
 

In June, 40 United Methodist Clergy -- meeting in St. Cloud -- signed a statement saying they would marry any couple who came to them, including same-sex couples.

 
NOAA Chanhassen
NOAA Chanhassen
 

Just two weeks after a tornado in Waite Park and downdraft winds in north St. Cloud blew down hundreds of trees, the forecast for more severe storms had many WJON.com users clicking-in to see the latest storm forecast.

 
Franklin's Flying Circus via Facebook
Franklin's Flying Circus via Facebook
 

A husband-wife aerobatics act that appeared in the 2010 Great Minnesota Air Show in St. Cloud crashed in March in Texas. Wingwalker Amanda Franklin died in May from her injuries.

 
Peter Nyblom
Peter Nyblom
 

When a tornado twisted through rural Waite Park and strong downburst winds toppled hundreds of trees, WJON listeners and reporters created a photo gallery of the damage and documented the storm and clean-up. It was one of the most-viewed posts of the year.

 
Amy Vanvickle
Amy Vanvickle
 

Before the whole wedding/divorce drama, NBA star Kris Humphries brought his then-fiancee Kim Kardashian to the restaurant he and his parents own in St. Cloud, 5 Guys Burgers and Fries. That was big news back in early July.

 
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BeastAirShows.com
 

When Lakeville stunt pilot Bryan Jensen crashed and died during an air show in Kansas, Central Minnesotans were already familiar with him. They'd seen Jensen and his plane "The Beast" perform at the Great Minnesota Air Show in 2010.

 

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