Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The year 2021 in Rochester was a year of famous owls, terrible tragedies, historic storms, unbelievable customer service, and city turmoil.

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In 2021 Rochester saw the permanent closing of a popular bar and restaurant, while we also got a sneak peek of a new restaurant opening up. Rochester also saw a building that housed one business turn into a building that housed many.

Rochester saw some incredible customer service in 2021, including how one guy saved Five Guys. Rochester also saw historic storms strike the area with wind gusts reaching 78 mph at the airport.

Rochester saw terrible tragedies in 2021, too, including a woman who stole thousands from her church to go gambling, and the tallest man in the United States, Igor Vovkovnskiy, passed away at the age of 38.

There were many newsworthy stories that affected Rochester and the surrounding community. Below you will find the 15 most viewed Rochester news stories of 2021. Some of these stories are those horrible tragedies, while others will make you smile as you see the shared light that our community members bring into society.

15 Most Viewed Rochester, MN News Stories of 2021

From famous owls, fantastic service, and future food, to historic tornadoes, terrible tragedies, and city turmoil -- these are the most viewed Rochester news stories of 2021.

$25,000 Rewards Offered in Two Rochester Cold Case Murder Investigations

The Rochester Police Department is hoping to identify those responsible for the deaths of April Sorenson and Robert Volgmann.