Heitkamp's Senate win tops ND stories for 2012 - Article Photos 1/6

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2012, file photo, Democratic candidate for North Dakota's U.S. Senate seat, Heidi Heitkamp, holds up the Oct. 20, 2012, Fargo Forum in Bismarck, N.D., showing the newspaper had Heitkamp's challenger Republican Rick Berg leading Heitkamp in the state by ten points. The grueling political showdown between Heitkamp and Berg in the hotly contested race for U.S. Senate ranked as North Dakota's top news story of 2012, according to a vote by Associated Press newspaper and broadcast members. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid, File)