2018 Year in Review: The most-read stories of the year

Here's a look back at some of our most-read stories of 2018.

Posted: Dec 17, 2018 11:08 AM
Updated: Dec 27, 2018 2:38 PM

From murders to a fugitive grandmother on the run to heart-breaking stories, 2018 had plenty of storylines in north Iowa and southern Minnesota.

It began in January when a semi trailer slammed into a school in Lyle. Thankfully, the injuries were minor.

In February, there was outrage in north Iowa when a woman avoided jail time in a sex abuse case. At Mayo Clinic, a video went viral after a woman received a lung transplant.

March was a crime-filled month that began with a standoff and a murder in Cresco, while another murder case began in the small Kossuth County town of Lakota. Later in the month, a man was accused of killing two in Rochester.

Oh yeah, we also had a snow storm that dropped 17.5 inches of snow in north Iowa.

April began with another record-setting snow storm before the focus shifted to a southern Minnesota murder investigation involving Lois Riess, a grandmother from Blooming Prairie, who then was on the run and a nationwide search began. Riess was found in South Padre, Texas, and is accused of killing her look-alike in Florida while she was on the run.

More details emerged in May in the Lois Riess case, and there were heartbreaking deaths involving a 12-year-old boy from Nora Springs and a father and son from Worth County who died in a kayaking accident.

June featured some severe storms, and one destroyed some of Rockford’s athletic complexes. A southern Minnesota police officer was arrested for criminal sexual conduct dating back to 1992. Local car dealerships also dealt with rims and tires being stolen in the area.  

Five people were randomly stabbed in a Mason City a bar after a man was allegedly asked to leave before returning and stabbing people on the Fourth of July. One of our most-read stories of the year revolved around a beer spill - a very large beer spill in a semi that housed 43,000 pounds of blueberry beer in southern Minnesota.

There was more heartbreaking news in August when Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student was found murdered. Mayo Clinic was also involved in some controversy over what a person claimed was a “medical kidnapping.” Kossuth County also had its second murder of 2018, this time in Livermore.

A lengthy investigation ensued in September in Rochester after a man was shot and killed at a trailer park. It was later learned that family anger was the motive in the killing and three people were taken into custody. A homeless man was also charged in a high-profile murder case involving a champion golfer from Iowa State.

A body that was found on the outskirts of Mason City turned out to be that of a missing Arkansas police officer in October. A Pure Pleasure employee in southern Minnesota was stabbed after a person allegedly tried to shoplift cologne.

The focus in November lied in Worth County, where around 160 dogs were seized from what authorities called a puppy mill. Mayo Clinic received a $200M gift, and a north Iowa restaurant was told it had to pay back $100K in back pay.

The month of December had some heartbreaking moments before the holidays when one person was killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Garner and another person died in a fatal Floyd County crash. Two school buses were also involved in accidents, one in Wright County and another in Mower County. 

Here is a more detailed look back at 2018.

January: http://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-stories-from-January-471939173.html

February: http://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-stories-of-February-475410963.html

March: http://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-stories-of-March-478277243.html

April: http://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-stories-of-April-481351721.html

May: http://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-stories-of-May-485918461.html

June: http://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-stories-of-June-487202931.html

July: http://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-stories-of-July-489971191.html

August: http://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-stories-of-August-492853151.html

September: http://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-stories-of-September-495051161.html

October: https://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-of-October-502926981.html

November: https://www.kimt.com/content/news/KIMTs-most-read-stories-of-November-502927211.html

 

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 61516

Reported Deaths: 1701
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin19472835
Ramsey7658267
Dakota4480106
Anoka3739115
Stearns290620
Washington215545
Nobles17656
Olmsted174723
Scott157419
Mower11032
Rice10388
Blue Earth9275
Wright8925
Carver8733
Clay78540
Sherburne7328
Kandiyohi6981
St. Louis57019
Todd4262
Lyon4253
Freeborn3601
Steele3512
Nicollet34213
Benton3203
Watonwan3080
Winona26416
Beltrami2410
Crow Wing23914
Le Sueur2241
Martin2075
Chisago2041
Goodhue1979
McLeod1970
Otter Tail1973
Cottonwood1780
Becker1611
Pipestone1579
Polk1544
Waseca1490
Itasca14712
Douglas1431
Carlton1380
Unassigned13441
Pine1290
Dodge1280
Isanti1280
Murray1221
Chippewa1061
Morrison931
Wabasha920
Brown892
Faribault870
Jackson860
Meeker862
Rock850
Sibley842
Koochiching793
Pennington751
Cass732
Mille Lacs713
Fillmore650
Renville655
Lincoln580
Grant563
Swift551
Roseau520
Yellow Medicine520
Pope480
Norman410
Aitkin401
Houston400
Kanabec371
Redwood360
Hubbard340
Wilkin343
Marshall290
Mahnomen271
Wadena270
Red Lake240
Big Stone220
Lake210
Stevens180
Clearwater140
Traverse110
Lac qui Parle80
Cook50
Lake of the Woods40
Kittson30

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 49024

Reported Deaths: 930
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk10351207
Woodbury372752
Black Hawk313466
Linn239988
Johnson210719
Dallas188835
Buena Vista179412
Scott172714
Dubuque168631
Marshall144626
Pottawattamie132526
Story116714
Wapello90433
Muscatine84848
Webster8138
Crawford7303
Sioux6373
Cerro Gordo63417
Warren5691
Tama55329
Jasper47926
Wright4731
Plymouth4639
Clinton4103
Dickinson3824
Louisa37814
Washington30010
Boone2593
Hamilton2481
Franklin24110
Bremer2277
Clarke2023
Clay1961
Carroll1931
Emmet1924
Des Moines1862
Hardin1840
Shelby1841
Marion1740
Benton1601
Poweshiek1598
Floyd1572
Jackson1561
Allamakee1554
Mahaska14017
Cedar1331
Guthrie1325
Jones1322
Buchanan1291
Henry1274
Hancock1222
Madison1222
Butler1212
Humboldt1181
Lee1173
Pocahontas1162
Delaware1151
Lyon1142
Harrison1091
Cherokee1081
Clayton1043
Iowa981
Taylor980
Winneshiek971
Page940
Monona910
Kossuth900
Mills890
Jefferson860
Palo Alto860
Sac850
Fayette840
Winnebago840
Calhoun832
Osceola830
Grundy791
Mitchell780
Union771
Cass741
Monroe747
Lucas714
Worth660
Davis602
Montgomery594
Chickasaw540
Appanoose493
Howard490
Fremont420
Greene420
Keokuk371
Van Buren361
Ida310
Adair300
Audubon281
Decatur230
Ringgold221
Wayne201
Adams160
Unassigned30
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