The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 30, 2012

Our View: 2012 — a year of serious, bizarre and upbeat news


Other top stories were of statewide and local importance: The surprising election results that gave control of all branches of government to the DFL and the defeat of constitutional amendments that would have banned gay marriage and brought new restrictions to voting.

Top 10 lists always leave out a host of other important, interesting and compelling stories that help shape our communities. The area has seen solid economic growth in the past year, saw students excel in academics and extra curriculars, witnessed people giving generously and saw residents enjoying a high quality life in a safe environment.

All-in-all, a year to be proud of.

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