A Look Back At The Top Ten Most Viewed Stories Of 2015

It’s hard to believe, but 2016 is almost here! Before we say goodbye to 2015 and ring in the New Year, Northern Michigan’s News Leader wanted to take a moment to look back at some of this year’s most popular website story.

How many of these top stories from 2015 do you remember?

10) Welfare Drug Testing Bills Pass Michigan Legislature, On Governor’s Desk for Approval

This story may have originally been posted in December 2014, but it’s still one of our top 10 most viewed stories of the year. Governor Snyder signed a set of bills requiring people on welfare to pass drug tests before getting benefits

9) Missing Gaylord Girl Found, Amber Alert Canceled

This October, an Amber Alert was issued for a 15-year-old Gaylord girl who police say went missing after working at Culver’s. Luckily, she was found safe in Petoskey the next day and the alert was canceled.

8) ISIS Threat Includes Michigan, National Guard Prepared To Help

The potential threat of a terrorist attack weighed heavily on the minds of many this year. Back in May, ISIS made a threat against 15 states in the U.S., including Michigan.

7) Shipwreck Sighting along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A piece of history revealed itself again in 2015 after being covered for several years. It’s a fragment of the schooner Annie and Jennie that sank off the shore of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in Leelanau County, more than 140 years ago.

6) Michigan DNR Confirms More Than 100 Year Old Smallmouth Bass State Record Broken

In 2015, a new state-record was set for smallmouth bass. The previous Michigan record was set more than 100 years ago in 1906.

5) Stormy Skies Over Northern Michigan

The severe storms that tore through Northern Michigan on August 2nd caused millions of dollars in damages and left people cleaning up for weeks. But, it also provided our viewers with some amazing photo opportunities. In this story, we showcased some of our favorite viewer photos from the August 2 storms in a slideshow.

4) Manistee County Man Brings Home 92 Pound Petoskey Stone

In September, Tim O’Brien hauled in a massive Petoskey stone he found a few feet from the shore in Lake Michigan. Earlier this month, the DNR confiscated the stone and are working to find a public place to display it.

3) University of Michigan Fraternities Vandalize Two Northern Michigan Resorts

Back in January, Treetops Resort in Gaylord was trashed by University of Michigan fraternity members. Since then, five of the fraternity members involved have been charged and accepted plea deals. The Sigma Alpha Mu chapter at U of M has been indefinitely suspended by their national chapter.

2) Michigan Lawmakers Pass Child Car Seat Rule Changes

This year, the Michigan Senate voted to update child car seat rules. In this story, we broke down the new regulations for you.

1) Special Report: Treasure Hunting on Oak Island

In this Special Report, Courtney Hunter sat down with two Northern Michigan brothers who have made it their mission to unearth the treasure hidden on Oak Island to discuss their journey.