MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Gay marriage, the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy and the rocky start of MNsure are among Minnesota's top news stories of 2013.
Two and a half months after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill making Minnesota the 12th state to legalize gay marriage, couples began exchanging vows on Aug. 1.
The clergy sexual abuse scandal was spurred by a former canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minnesota who became a whistle blower. Archbishop John Nienstedt has stepped down from public ministry while police investigate an allegation that he improperly touched a boy during a group photo session -- a claim Nienstedt denies.
The deadline to sign up for health insurance through MNsure has been extended to Tuesday while officials continue working out the bugs.
- Minnesota ban on Sunday liquor sales may be lifted
- Local hospital expands suicide screening
- Onalaska mother, daughter charged with child neglect, animal mistreatment
- Onalaska authorities continue to search for man on the run
- 'Candy Man' agrees to surrender medical license
- Handful of rat virus cases seen in Wisconsin and Illinois
- Pocan compliments Trump before skipping inauguration
- Nebraska, Iowa Guard troops assigned inauguration duties
- E. Iowa man charged in death of woman killed by cannon
- Wisconsin unemployment rate drops to 4 percent in December