Fridley Mourns Losses from Motorcycle Crashes: Fridley Patch 2012 Top 20

Fridley Police Officer Barry Pankonin and Firefighter Scott Allard died in off-duty motorcycle crashes.

Two Fridley first responders lost their lives after off-duty motorcycle crashes in 2012: Firefighter Scott Allard and Police Officer Barry Pankonin. The community mourned these public servants and posts about them were among the most-read articles at Fridley Patch this year: 

  • No. 2: Motorcycle Crash Kills Off-Duty Fridley Police Officer Barry Pankonin

  • No. 3: Police: Women Stole Car—From U.S. Marine Corps
    • No. 4: When Do We Find Out Who Won the Presidential Election 2012?

    A search for robbers, local love for Ron Paul and Erin Brockovich's interest in Fridley formed another group of Top 20 topics, as linked in : 

    • No. 5: 
    • No. 6: 
    • No. 7: Erin Brockovich to Investigate Fridley's Elevated Cancer Rates and VIDEO: Erin Brockovich Speaks in Fridley and 

    The Top 10 had another appearance by the Fridley Cancer Cluster Facebook group, as included in

    • No. 8: Police ID Pedestrian Killed by Train in Fridley
    • No. 9: Perseids Meteor Shower 2012: Peak Time and Places to Watch in and around Fridley
    • No. 10: Cancer Rates in Fridley 10 Percent Above State Average (and Fridley Facebook Group Founder: I’m at Risk for Cancer)

    Earlier posts in our Top 20 countdown included 

    • No. 11: Totino-Grace Grad Sasha McHale Dies
    • No. 12: 
    • No. 13: 
    • No. 14: Cummins Power Generation Comes Out Against MN Marriage Amendment

    Nos. 15–18 had the letter D and not much else in common, as seen in 

    • No. 15: 
    • No. 16: Medical Examiner: Holly Boyd Is Dead
    • No. 17: MN Delegation at DNC includes Hinda Ali of Columbia Heights
    • No. 18: VOTE: Best Dance Studio in the Fridley Area

    And these two posts started our countdown with Strange Tales from World of Politics Proved Popular This Election Year:

    • No. 19: Rep. Keith Ellison's Name-Calling Gets Vulgar in Angry Debate
    • No. 20: A Hillary-minder? 'It Takes a Village' Quilt Ticks off Voter


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