Year in Review: The Globe's Top 40 Local Stories of 2021

The following stories were the most read of 2021, according to data tracking at

The Peterson State Wildlife Management Area, located south of the Lake Ocheda outlet on 310th Street, was where a hunter accidentally shot himself in October. Tim Middagh / The Globe

REGIONAL — For well over a century, newsrooms have operated by the adage that “If it bleeds, it leads,” meaning any story involving murder or mayhem gets prime placement on the newspaper page.

Other than feedback from readers and coffee shop talk, there was never really any proof those stories were the most read in the paper. But times have changed.

Today, The Globe has software that monitors each and every story posted on our website. We can see how many devices are logged into a story at any given moment; we can see what is trending and, equally as important, what isn’t trending.

We know our readers want local content, we know you love to read about business happenings and sports and the latest crimes in our area. And we know you enjoy reading feature stories on local individuals, families and activities.

Occasionally, a city council, county board or school board story may catch your eye, but it’s somewhat surprising how little readership there is on issues like tax levies and budgets. We won’t stop covering those issues, because not only are they important to many of our readers, they are a public service.


That said, Community Editor — and data tracker extraordinaire — Kari Lucin compiled a list of our Top 40 most read stories at from Jan. 1 through Dec. 20. They are listed below by the headline under which they were posted.

1. Farmer finds injured hunter in field while combining corn south of Worthington

2. Stolen vehicle recovered in Worthington, owner found dead

3. Doug Wolter: If you want to be good at golf, you've got to pay the price

4. Multiple cars derail on Union Pacific line near Brewster

5. Lakefield's Hi-Lo gets new owners — and a 1950s-era update

6. KwikTrip buys Worthington ShopKo property

7. Two arrested in Lake Park, Iowa murder


8. Iowa man arrested over Snapchat correspondence

9. Sioux Falls woman charged after alleged police chase

10. Nationwide warrant issued for Worthington man

11. Lakefield woman faces charges for possession of ammunition, drugs

12. Rushmore man charged with attempted murder

13. Murder charge filed against Windom man

14. Nobles County Sheriff's Office on the look-out for male near Brewster

15. Jackson County woman gets $140,000 settlement after Rock County search


16. Quartet arrested on drug charges

17. WPD seizes 22 pounds of meth during suspected drug trafficking case

18. Rural Worthington home destroyed in early Saturday morning fire

19. Pair arrested traveling through Worthington with 2 pounds of meth

20. Hunter accidentally shoots self in shoulder south of Worthington Tuesday evening

21. Mountain Lake resident charged with child sexual abuse

22. South Dakota man killed in collision near Pipestone

23. Woman jailed after report of using child in pornographic content

24. Nobles County settles lawsuit for $30,000

25. Windom women face drug charges

26. Man dies in rural Pipestone County shooting incident

27. Worthington woman charged with drug sale

28. South Dakota man charged with four felonies following high-speed chase through Nobles County

29. Worthington family waits as baby Maci fights to thrive

30. Worthington woman is a COVID-19 long-hauler

31. Langseth family duels over dust control on road leading to lodge

32. Woman accused of theft from Runnings to appear in court

33. One of three suspects arrested in robberies of Bomgaars, Runnings

34. New business opens in Windom square

35. Motorist ends up in Lake Okabena

36. Man arrested for possession of 118 grams of meth

37. Anonymous tips lead to arrest of couple

38. Adrian trio arrested following search warrant

39. Double fatal reported in Thursday morning crash near Jasper

40. Sanford Worthington patient charged with assault of hospital employees

Related Topics: CRIME
Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of no more than five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both for each of the charges against him.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both.
For incidents reported Jan. 22 through the early morning of Jan. 27.