As we close out the year, let's look at the top ten stories of the year for the Bismarck/Mandan/Lincoln metro area, as compiled by the Bismarck Tribune...

10) Governor Burgum's proposed budget, deliver this month, is shaping the debate on what the state's priorities should be over the next two years.

9) The proposed Davis Refinery, to be located near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, is pitting environmental against business interests.

8) Arch-conservative Steve Bakken was elected mayor of Bismarck, marking potential a shift in the city's political direction.

7) Oil production bounced back (somewhat) providing a boost in the state economy.

6) A measure aimed at creating a state ethics committee, passed with a small majority in the November election.

5) The search for Olivia Lone Bear concluded with the discovery of the woman's body, prompting calls for a more comprehensive protocol for missing Native American women.

4) The attempt to decriminalize "recreational" marijuana use fell short in a November referendum.

3) A child died and over two dozen were injured when a tornado struck a Watford City RV park.

2) A pilot and two medical professionals died in a November plane crash in rural Morton County.

1) Following a dramatic and passionate campaign, Rep. Kevin Cramer defeated incumbent Heidi Heitkamp in the run for the U.S. Senate.

[Source: Bismarck Tribune]