Vote on 2012's top news stories of the year

Evansdale search, election, drought among year's nominees

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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? Here's your chance to tell us.

Click the link at the bottom of this story, and you'll be taken to a ballot where you can vote on what you think are the top news stories of the year. You'll be able to vote for 10 stories overall -- one story as #1, one as #2, and so on -- to create your own Top 10 list.

Then we'd like you to tell us why your #1 story topped your list. Just a few words will do -- and we may use some of your comments on our Web site or our Facebook page as well.

Voting starts today and ends Wednesday, Dec. 19. And here's the exciting part -- starting Dec. 23, we'll begin unveiling your choices online! We'll start with the #10 story, as picked by our readers, and unveil a new story each day, ending with the #1 story being posted on Jan. 1, along with the full list of top 10 stories chosen by Gazette staffers.

So -- start voting! It's time for you to tell us what you think were the top 10 news stories of 2012!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE AND SUBMIT YOUR BALLOT! (link will open in a new browser window)

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