An Iranian rug repairer's shop. The state Capitol's steps and its figurative shadow. The littered streets of Whiteclay. The living room of a family who lost two children. A football clinic with Garth Brooks.
Our work took Journal Star reporters many places in 2017.
And the result is more than just 10 major news events or most-buzzworthy headlines. It's a story of this community — intimate, enlightening, ever-evolving and told by people who care about the place they call home.
Here's a look back at some of the individual stories we're most proud of from the past year: