In a short while, 2012 will be in the record books. That makes today an especially good time to reflect on the year that is about to end.
By any measure, 2012 has been a year with extraordinary events - nationally, in the Hawkeye State and in Fort Dodge. This issue of The Messenger includes a 2012 Year in Review section. Our writers have revisited 10 of 2012's top Messengerland stories as determined by a vote of the reporters. Regular readers of this newspaper will recognize that the newsroom team covered these stories thoroughly as they developed. Now, however, it is possible - with the perspective time affords - to see how each fits into the mosaic of a news-filled year.
Politics was front and center for much of 2012. Of particular note was the key role of the Hawkeye State in the presidential race.
The war in Afghanistan remained a concern throughout America. The service of our fellow Iowans in this conflict was an ongoing news focus this year.
There were, however, other events that have especially large ramifications for life in north central Iowa. Positive developments in 2012 included a series of announcements regarding corporate investment in Fort Dodge and Webster County with the potential to create many new jobs.
There were also some major distressing occurrences in 2012.
You can read about these key developments and much more, including the year's sports highlights, in the special retrospective section.
The events of most interest and significance to individual readers will vary. Our mission as a daily newspaper is to bring news and information about an eclectic mix of topics to those who make The Messenger part of their lives daily. As 2013 unfolds, our commitment to being the region's most-trusted source of news will remain the top priority for our news team.