A pair of Cedar Rapids elementary schools closed their doors. Two local cultural institutions reopened after extensive post-flood renovations — the Paramount Theater and the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library. Iowa hosted a seemingly never-ending parade of presidential and vice-presidential candidates, leading to a record-setting general election turnout. And the search for two girls reported missing in Evansdale in July came to a tragic end in December with the discovery of the girls’ bodies in a wildlife area.
To be sure, it’s been another dynamic year on the local news scene. But are the stories mentioned above among the top 10 news stories of 2012?
We’ve surveyed our staff members and readers for their opinions, and the results are in. Between now and Jan. 1, we’ll be unveiling readers’ choices for the top 10 news stories of the year — one story per day. Then on Jan. 1, we’ll publish the entire list of staffers’ top 10 stories, along with the readers’ pick as the top story of the year.
Check back every day to see what’s new on the list. Here’s to the year that was — an eventful 2012!