The year 2013 seemed to have flown by, but we won't close out the remainder of 2013 without remembering the exciting, sometimes controversial and always interesting stories that happened here in the Upper Peninsula.
You can catch the first installment of our two-part 2013 review here , but let us now reflect on the second half of 2013.
June came with a big merger when LifePoint acquired Bell Hospital in Ishpeming, making it a for-profit hospital and ridding Bell of its remaining debt.
Summer's motto was "better late than never" as the wave of heat finally hit the U.P. in mid-June, putting to rest the fears of many that this would be the summer that never was. Its arrival came just in time for more good times and festivals, including the month-long Esky 150 celebration, during which the City of Escanaba commemorated its sesquicentennial in July.
Police rescued two women from the basement of a business in Ishpeming where two men allegedly held them hostage and tortured them for hours after meeting the women at a local bar. The men, Jason Sadowski and Charles Cope, were later brought up on several charges including unlawful imprisonment and attempt to solicit murder.
This was also the year of the cyber bully; you may remember this photo that a young girl posted on her Facebook page of a bear that she had shot. There was an immediate backlash as animal rights activists began harassing the girl online, claiming that she killed a bear cub.
Undoubtedly, a big story that sparked outrage in 2013 was the wolf hunt. Michigan's first official wolf hunt began in November, causing debate and turmoil as to whether or not the animals should be killed for game.
Turning to the tragic story involving the death of an infant, a missing Texas family, who was on the run from officials, made their way to Escanaba. Police discovered the family at a local motel, but the couple's five-month-old missing infant son was later found dead outside of New Mexico.
In the sports world, three Upper Michigan football teams made the trip downstate during playoffs, with Ishpeming coming home as champions. The City of Ishpeming had much to celebrate as the Ishpeming High School football team returned home as state champions for the second year in a row.
That wraps up 2013 in the Upper Peninsula. What stories were most memorable to you?