Wisconsin saw the defeat of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a teenage girl missing and a summer of storms in 2018. Democrat Tony Evers edged Walker as the divisive Republican sought a third term. Democrats swept all the statewide offices in Wisconsin, but Republicans still dominate the Legislature and approved bills to curtail Evers' powers in a lame-duck session. In Barron, 13-year-old Jayme Closs disappeared after her parents were fatally shot. And storms caused flooding in southern Wisconsin.
Democrat Tony Evers narrowly beat Walker in November as the divisive Republican and onetime presidential candidate sought a third term in Wisconsin's highest office. Thanks to a strong blue turnout, Democrats swept all the statewide offices, with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin easily winning re-election over GOP challenger Leah Vukmir. Photo by: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Authorities in western Wisconsin continue to grapple with a mysterious disappearance that occurred in mid-October. Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs went missing from her Barron home after her parents, James and Denise Closs, were fatally shot. Authorities quickly ruled out Jayme as a suspect and said they believed she was kidnapped, but she remains missing and authorities are baffled by the lack of clues.
A firefighter was killed, 11 other people injured and a city block leveled by a natural gas explosion in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10. Firefighter Cory Barr was off duty when he rushed into the restaurant he owned to help evacuate people. The blast occurred as he was leaving Barr House, killing him. Five other firefighters and a police officer were among the injured.
Saying he needed to spend more time with his family, House Speaker Paul Ryan decided against seeking re-election to his congressional seat from southern Wisconsin. The Janesville Republican was first elected in 1998. Ryan pushed through a massive GOP tax cut bill in 2017, and called Washington's failure to control growing federal entitlement programs "our greatest unfinished business" in his farewell address .Photo by: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
This summer, it rained and rained and rained in Wisconsin. The barrage of severe storms caused widespread flooding across southern Wisconsin and forced evacuations around Madison. In the capital city, surging waters swept a 70-year-old man away from his rescuers and to his death in August. Storms also spawned more than a dozen tornadoes in late August.
The Brewers had an up year, while the Packers were way down. The Brewers made it deep into the playoffs before the Los Angeles Dodgers beat them in Game 7 of the NLCS. For the first time since the 2008 season, the Packers are not playoff bound.
Police used a stun gun when they arrested Bucks guard Sterling Brown. He was waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot when officers arrested him outside of a Walgreens after he didn't immediately remove his hands from his pockets. Brown later sued the city of Milwaukee and its police department, alleging officers used excessive force and targeted him because he is black.
An April explosion at a Husky Energy refinery in Superior injured three dozen people, sent up billowing clouds of black smoke into the air and forced the evacuation of a large part of the northwestern Wisconsin city. The plant is not expected to resume operations until 2020.