The October blizzard was without a doubt the biggest story in KOTA Territory in 2013, but the government shutdown isn't far behind. Looking back at the stories that affected all of us this year, it's safe to say that a large number of people, both here at home, and in other parts of the country felt the sting of the shutdown.
Mount Rushmore closed October 1st, disappointing tourists. Luckily, two weeks into the shutdown, a group of South Dakotans pitched in to put the Memorial back in business. Seventeen days after the government closed, Congress finally agreed on a deal. Mount Rushmore and other national parks opened, and thousands of federal employees went back to work.
A few of the Associated Press' top 10 story of the year picks include:
-Democrat Senator Tim Johnson's retirement announcement.
-The cell phone ban for young drivers.
-The discovery of the skeletal remains of two teens who went missing back in 1971.
-The legalization of alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Other newscast leads include:
A bus crash in north Rapid City that seriously injured two children, and a murder at the South Dakota Rose Motel.