At Issue: January 1 - Greatest Hits of 2016, 2017 Political Preview

January 01, 2017 09:00 PM

As we celebrate the start of 2017, At Issue is looking back at some of the biggest headlines and our favorite stories 2016.

2016 gave us plenty of political headlines, including a wild, unpredictable election season that saw Donald Trump elected president and Minnesota Republicans regaining control of both the state House and Senate. 


Tom Hauser was the only Twin Cities television reporter to travel to both the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. History was made at both sites with delegates choosing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their respective presidential candidates. Tom met many Minnesotans who were passionate about their candidates and the future of our country.  

We also saw a conclusion to one of Minnesota's most famous missing child cases - the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. In September, Daniel Heinrich agreed to cooperate with authorities and confessed to kidnapping, assaulting and murdering the 11-year-old St. Joseph boy in October 1989. Jacob's remains were found on a farm near Paynesville.

Prince's sudden death in 2016 shocked music fans around the world. Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park complex in Chanhassen on April 21. It was later revealed that the music legend died from a fentanyl overdose. Investigators are still trying to determine how he got the drug. 

Minnesotans celebrated the grand opening of U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016. The home of the Vikings will host Super Bowl LII in February 2018. Minnesota also welcomed some of the best golf pros from the U.S. and Europe to Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska for the 2016 Ryder Cup Tournament. Hundreds of thousands golf fans watched an exciting and competitive tournament that saw the U.S. win the cup. 

We also watched plenty of progress in the restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol. One of our many tours in 2016 took Tom Hauser all the way to the very top of the Capitol dome. The restoration is expected to be finished in early 2017 with a grand opening celebration set for August. 

At Issue also looks ahead to the 2017 political season. The 2017 Legislative session begins January 3. Governor Mark Dayton will need to work with a GOP-controlled House and Senate in order to pass a balanced budget by the end of the session in mid-May. On January 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. There are still many questions as to what kind of leader he will be for our country. 


Amanda Theisen

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