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You decide: Vote for the top local news stories of 2012

Published 12:56pm Friday, December 21, 2012

We want your picks, Austin.

The Austin Daily Herald is letting you, the reader, pick the top stories of 2012.

What had a major impact on Austin?? What were the biggest crimes? What were your favorite events? What were the most heart-warming or entertaining stories of the year?

Choose up to 10 stories, and look for the recap Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1 in the print and online versions of the Herald. Voting closes at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

What are the top local news stories of 2012? (Choose up to 10)

  • Lansing Corners shooting leaves 5 injured, 2 critically; suspects still at large (45%, 112 Votes)
  • Cost of justice: Operating expenses for new jail have increased, but officials stick to guns (27%, 68 Votes)
  • Hormel celebrates 75 years of Spam (24%, 61 Votes)
  • Families honor, remember Jake Moe’s and Luke Unverzagt’s memories after they die in car crash south of Austin (24%, 60 Votes)
  • Dayton signs child abuse bill following Dexter child-chaining case (23%, 57 Votes)
  • Austin loses three giants in one week: Omega-3 scientist Ralph Holman, Trimble’s Cycle Center founder Dick Trimble, and Wagner Construction president John Wagner (22%, 56 Votes)
  • Drought hits hard for local farmers, businesses all year (19%, 48 Votes)
  • Grandstand deemed unsafe, county commissioners prepare to burn it (18%, 44 Votes)
  • Turmoil ends in Lyle, superintendent Jim Dusso leaves district (16%, 40 Votes)
  • Austin landmark restaurants Tolly’s Time Out and Jerry’s Other Place both re-opening (14%, 36 Votes)
  • Hormel divvies a record $17 million in bonuses (14%, 34 Votes)
  • Locals react as Minnesota says ‘no’ to gay marriage ban, voter ID amendment (13%, 32 Votes)
  • Business owners feeling pinch from property value increases (12%, 31 Votes)
  • Firefighters rescue dog from burning home, perform CPR on it (11%, 28 Votes)
  • Family reflects on millionaire Amanda Hocking’s fame (11%, 27 Votes)
  • Alleged neo-Nazi Sam Johnson sentenced to 15 years in prison (10%, 26 Votes)
  • Ex-Moose admin Bud Johnson charged with stealing $22K (10%, 25 Votes)
  • Motorcycle crash victim Dana Legried remembered as standout athlete (9%, 22 Votes)
  • Argument allegedly leads to assault with burrito (9%, 22 Votes)
  • Pit bull attacks increase in Austin (8%, 21 Votes)
  • Time running out for P-9’er union (8%, 19 Votes)
  • Thomas Herrera takes burger throne, eats 10 Tendermaids in 23 minutes (7%, 18 Votes)
  • December shooting in Austin ends with three charges (7%, 18 Votes)
  • Color shows in school suspensions: Black, Hispanic students more likely to face harsh punishments (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Lawsuit filed against city, officers in Taser incident (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Mall continues to add one store after another (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Superstorm Sandy hits home for former Austinites (5%, 13 Votes)
  • A match made on ice: Austin man proposes at Bruins hockey game (5%, 12 Votes)
  • Ole Barn BBQ, J&K Restaurant close on same day (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Couple says ‘I do’ over family graves (2%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 250

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