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      Hot headlines from 2013, Part 1

      FinnFest USA comes to Upper Michigan

      The year 2013 was filled with big events in the Upper Peninsula and even bigger headlines. We've decided that more than 10 stories deserved to be on the list, so in honor of our upcoming year, we will be featuring the top 14 stories of 2013.

      Only a month after bringing in the new year, the public was on alert . An unexpected announcement appeared on viewers' televisions saying that the Emergency Alert System at WNMU-TV and WBUP-TV was hacked. The bizarre message read that "dead bodies were rising from their graves and attacking the public." You guessed it, zombies.

      Moving on, we saw one lucky resident in Houghton hit the jackpot by buying a $19 million winning Mega Millions lottery ticket from a local business. And the winner is...

      In the not so lucky category, the Empire Mine shut down its plant temporarily this summer after 50 years of being in operation. The shutdown left 500 employees out of work. Officials also made an announcement in March that a permanent cease of production at the mine could come in late 2014 or early 2015.

      Also in March, Archbishop Alexander Sample left the Catholic Diocese of Marquette after being appointed the Archbishop in Portland, Oregon.

      New bishop appointed for Diocese of Marquette

      A bit of somber news hit in April as a Northern Michigan University student was found dead inside her Woodland Park apartment on campus. Monica Matus, a 22-year-old art and design, secondary education major at NMU was remembered by her friends with a special memorial service .

      A gripping murder trial captured our attention as Kenneth Peters was tried before a judge and jury in the case of the murder of his 79-year-old wife, Ethel Grzena Peters of Bessemer. This story unfolded before our eyes, and compelling testimony from witnesses helped the jury to find Kenneth Peters guilty on all counts of murder .

      Another story that captured headlines and shocked residents in the Upper Peninsula was the arrest of a woman and her boyfriend who abused and tortured her 15-year-old son in their home for years . That couple pled guilty to child abuse in the first degree, and Susan Bardo, the boy's mother, pled guilty to torture.

      As the summer came, so did people from around the globe. Finn enthusiasts traveled from near and far to get a taste of the Finnish heritage that is rich in the U.P. as FinnFest kicked the summer celebrations off with a bang .

      What was in store for the rest of the year? Be sure to check out Hot headlines from 2013 Part 2, coming on Tuesday.