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

  • 10

    Attack Sparks Anti-Hate Rally in St. Cloud

    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.

    Abby Faulkner
  • 9

    Researcher: Hope the Internet Bear is Dead

    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.

    Facebook
  • 8

    3 Dead, 2 Injured in Sauk River Crash

    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.

    iStockPhoto
  • 7

    The Best Stuffing Recipe EVER!

    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.

    fatherspoon, Flickr
  • 6

    40 United Methodist Clergy Pledge To Marry Gay Couples

    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.

    Marc Love, Flickr
  • 5

    Expect Strong to Severe Storms On Top of Heat, Humidity

    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.

    NOAA Chanhassen
  • 4

    Aerobatics Act that Wowed St. Cloud Crowds Crashes

    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.

    Franklin's Flying Circus via Facebook
  • 3

    Storms Spin-out Tornado, Flood Low-Lying Areas, Down

    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.

    Peter Nyblom
  • 2

    Reality Star Kim Kardashian Stops For A Burger In St. Cloud

    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.

    Amy Vanvickle
  • 1

    Minnesota Air Show Pilot Killed in Kansas City Crash

    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.

    BeastAirShows.com