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:

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