2020 is officially behind us, so let’s take a moment to look back on some of the biggest stories from a chaotic year in news.
Violent crime, law and order, and protesting were the dominant themes of Alpha News’ most-viewed stories. Despite this, a powerful homily by a Catholic cardinal also made it into the lineup. Read on to see which stories our readers shared the most in 2020.
This list is comprised of the top stories based on pageviews and analytics — not the top stories as chosen by our staff.
An organized group of juveniles terrorized the metro and committed robberies and carjackings in early summer. One spree that spanned three cities ended in a violent crash in Northeast Minneapolis sending two of the suspects to the hospital, while two others fled.
In early June, the City Council’s decision to abolish the police force came after George Floyd died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer on May 26. Floyd’s death triggered a wave of destructive riots throughout the city.
“The things we’re putting in place need to get us through until we get a vaccine,” Gov. Walz declared at a press conference in May. “This is not over, we still have no vaccine … and our numbers in Minnesota will continue to go [up],” he said.
At a time when “we need to be close to one another in Christian love, worldly forces would isolate us and have us believe that we are alone and dependent upon secular forces, which would make us slaves to their godless and murderous agenda,” Cardinal Raymond Burke said during a homily in December.
John Thompson, a DFL candidate who was elected to the House in November, screamed profanities during a protest outside the home of Bob Kroll in Hugo, Minnesota. Thompson was endorsed by Gov. Tim Walz in his campaign for the State Legislature.
Minnesota meteorologist Sven Sundgaard reposted a comment calling protestors of the shutdown “Nazi sympathizer gun fetishist miscreants.” He later deleted the Facebook post and was fired from KARE 11.
An Andover man lured a 15-year-old girl on Snapchat by posing as a 16-year-old boy and then raped and sexually assaulted her on two different days after threatening to disseminate seminude photos of her if she didn’t comply, according to charges filed in Anoka County.
3) Suspect bailed out by Minnesota Freedom Fund leaves bar manager with traumatic brain injury in violent assault
The offender had previous violent assault charges and was provided bail by the Minnesota Freedom Fund just days before he attacked an employee of Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar in Minneapolis.
The decision to enshrine Floyd’s image came after Minneapolis held over 40 “listening sessions,” which consisted of the local government hearing from citizens about how they believe Floyd should be remembered. The monument will cost at least $50,000.
“Be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet,” the police said in an email sent to Third Precinct residents. The email said citizens should listen to criminals and “do as they say.” The message warned that “some victims have been maced, dragged, assaulted, and some threatened with a gun.”