Editor's note: This story is part of a series looking back at some of the biggest stories of 2018. Find the rest of the series here: Top Ten 2018.

A bitter battle between state Legislature veterans ended in DFLer Karla Bigham besting Denny McNamara, R-Hastings.

The Feb 12. special election was called after allegations of sexual misconduct against DFLer Dan Schoen, also a Cottage Grove police officer, led him to resign in November 2017.

Bigham also served on the Washington County Board of Commissioners. In November midterm elections, former Cottage Grove City Council member Wayne Johnson won the District 4 seat on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

Anne Claflin, DFL-South St. Paul, unseated rep. Keith Frankie, R-St. Paul Park, for House District 54A,which includes the western half of Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport, Grey Cloud Island Township and part of South St. Paul.