The top 10 Blotter posts of 2012 (so far...)

July 4 has now come and gone, and you know what that means -- soon the State Fair will be here and it'll be back-to-school time for the kiddos.

Ready or not, six months of 2012 are already in the bag, so we figured it's a good time to take a look back at Blotter's Greatest Hits of 2012.

Regular readers are probably familiar with most of these posts and the events, characters, and shenanigans described therein. But for new and recently arrived readers -- and believe it or not, there are lots of them trickling in all the time -- consider this an opportunity to catch up. Below the fold, ranked from 10th-most viewed to most viewed, are the most popular Blotter posts of the year... so far.

10. To protect and serve... with drugs

On May 3, we told you about unbelievable accusations made by Occupy protestors: They said police had given them drugs as part of a State Patrol impairment study. Those allegations proved to have teeth when an officer came forward and said he saw a colleague pick someone up near Peavey Plaza and get them high. The results of an investigation into the officer's actions hasn't yet been revealed, so stay tuned to this story.

9. Lamborghini towed at University of St. Thomas

The top 10 Blotter posts of 2012 (so far...)

On February 11, we brought you the story of an unusual occurrence at St. Thomas' St. Paul campus: A Lamborghini being towed away. Judging by the comments, the post -- and what it said about the wealth of the tow-truck victim --  was a big talker for St. Thomas students.

8. Is this former Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn's mystery woman?

The top 10 Blotter posts of 2012 (so far...)

On April 13, we followed the trail of Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn's abrupt sex scandal-tainted resignation to where it led: the conclusion that 29-year-old Dayna Cline might be the mystery woman with whom Dunn was romantically involved. Our most recent coverage of the Best Buy scandal focused on

the revelation that founder Richard Schultze might be planning to try and take the company private again


7. Tim Poe lied

On June 6, we told you about the fibs Tim Poe uttered during an emotional appearance on America's Got Talent, when he lied about his military record before a national TV audience. We followed the story until

Poe was booted off the show last week

. Liars never prosper!

6. Gary Tinsley, dead at 22

On April 6, we told you about the tragic death of Gary Tinsley, the standout 22-year-old University of Minnesota senior linebacker who was found dead in a dorm room. Later that month, it was determined that Tinsley died due to an enlarged heart.

5. It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a.... seal?

The top 10 Blotter posts of 2012 (so far...)

On June 20, we told you about how Feisty the seal made a break for downtown Duluth when the Lake Superior Zoo flooded. An unforgettable image of his night on the town was captured by a young lady who initially thought Feisty was a stray dog trying to cross the street. Follow-up coverage included PETA's call for the zoo to be prosecuted for not doing enough to keep animals safe during the flooding.

4. The semen cupcake

The top 10 Blotter posts of 2012 (so far...)

On May 22, we told you about a dastardly prank pulled by a Como Park High School student -- loading up a cupcake with semen, then giving it to an unsuspecting classmate. Thankfully, it appears to be an isolated incident.

3. Porn Prom

The top 10 Blotter posts of 2012 (so far...)

On March 22, we told you about the date of Tartan High School senior Mike Stone's dreams -- a prom rendezvous with porn star Megan Piper. Unfortunately, the date didn't materialize in the way Stone hoped, though he did get a Daily Show appearance out of the deal.

2. Meth is a hell of a drug

On May 31, we brought you the mugshots of a Stillwater couple that also double as anti-meth advertizing. The tale of Ashley Brooker and Nicholas Doyle is one in a string of bizarre crimes to take place in Stillwater this year, including boyfriend-on-girlfriend violence over an Xbox-or-television dispute.

1. Jaw-dropping mages from the Duluth flood

The top 10 Blotter posts of 2012 (so far...)

On June 20, we compiled the 10 most jaw-dropping images from the flood-ravaged North Shore. Our follow-up coverage included, most recently, some comments from experts about how the infusion of flood water could impact Lake Superior over the long term.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned during the second half of the year. If the next six months are anywhere near as crazy as the first, this list will look very different as 2012 draws to a close. And remember -- in the second half of the year, we have an election to look forward to!

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