Highlighted by midterm elections and families encountering danger at Mexican resorts, we reported a wide array of stories in 2018 at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Some were lighthearted and fun, such as stories surrounding our coverage of the Milwaukee Brewers playoff run. Some were crucial, such as the reporting surrounding Mexico and the election that brought the state a new governor.

So here, from the important and life-changing to the sad and trivial — are the most-clicked stories of the past year.

Our interactive elections page allowed users to track the races in real time, with data showing results by county for bigger races. Nobody gave you greater wall-to-wall coverage of Wisconsin elections, with our watchdog reporting extending well beyond the election and into December’s lame-duck legislation

The Journal Sentinel coverage of Mexican resorts began in the summer of 2017 after Abbey Conner of Pewaukee mysteriously drowned earlier that winter at Iberostar Paraiso del Mar near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Since that story — one that continues with a lawsuit filed in November — reporter Raquel Rutledge has met with many others who have experienced something horrible during visits to Mexican resorts. Tainted alcohol is the primary problem, and the Journal Sentinel has been leading the investigation into the responsibility of the Mexican government and travel companies.

A Milwaukee TV reporter faced possible felony charges after police say he punched another reporter during a personal argument at the Brewers game in April.

Social media caught video of a melee at Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park in the Wisconsin Dells in May, a dispute that apparently arose over deck chairs. 

In April, rock musician Jack White stopped by the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee and almost closed his set without the iconic “Seven Nation Army,” a stadium anthem by White’s band, White Stripes. The fans in attendance wouldn’t let that happen, and White ultimately played the hit, after all. 

In March, we reported at least 125 people — including high-school students — were impacted by an outbreak of HIV and syphilis. 

A snowstorm nearly kept an Admirals hockey player from seeing the birth of his son, Lionel, but an act of kindness from a player on an opposing team helped generate one of the year’s best feel-good stories. He made it with less than an hour to spare.

In April, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that gave parents a $100 tax credit per child, and the story featured instructions on how Wisconsinites could claim that benefit

“White privilege” is an oft-discussed topic in 2018, but parents in Oconomowoc felt the topic was too uncomfortable to discuss in classrooms after a “privilege aptitude test” was distributed in January. The predominantly white community elected to impose limitations on the subject.

Wisconsin was not immune to workplace gun violence in 2018. In Middleton, four people were wounded during a shooting at a software company before police moved in and killed the gunman.

The only woman to ever hold the post of Wisconsin Attorney General, Peg Lautenschlager, died at age 62 after a battle with cancer. Lautenschlager had a long career in public service, including as a state representative.

County voters were asked to weigh marijuana legalization in the midterm elections, and voters eventually showed strong support for legalizing medical marijuana

In the lighthearted/social media category, Bucks rookie Donte DiVincenzo became part of a viral moment when he showed that his bank accounts contained a mere $3.71 to a teammate. He has since signed his NBA contract and is presumably faring better on the money front.

Interns at Harley-Davidson were being sought to ride motorcycles around the country and document their experiences. Better than being stuck in a cubicle, to be sure.

For Wisconsin families whose combined income stands at $56,000 or less, their students could now get free four-year tuition at the University of Wisconsin under Bucky’s Tuition Promise.

Brewers catcher Erik Kratz was surprised during his team’s battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series by old friends who had raided his closet for mementos from each of Kratz’s Major League stops.

The Milwaukee company was forced to recall more than 250,000 bikes from 2008-2011 with a potential issue.

World of Outlaws race car driver Jason Johnson, 41, a Louisiana native, was killed at Beaver Dam Raceway when his car flipped and crashed through a billboard.

A student with a detailed plan of how to carry out a school shooting was taken into custody after revealing some of his thoughts to others in the school.

 

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