Readers are in for a treat today as The Mining Journal publishes its special year in review sections. And this year, the sections are greatly expanded.
In previous years, the newspaper produced a combined news and sports section that reviewed the top 10 stories from both areas and ran at 12 pages. This year, thanks to significant reader and advertiser interest, we increased the number of pages to 20, greatly expanding sports coverage.
Our top news story is one we followed from the beginning: The purchase of Marquette General Hospital by Duke LifePoint. A key employer in the area, MGH is among just a handful of economic entities that everyone watches. So, when rumors flew relatively early in the year that an out-of-the-area purchaser was considering MGH, we broke the story first to the area who and what Duke LifePoint was.
The purchase unfolded over much of 2012, including public pronouncements by MGH executives, community visits by Duke LifePoint and review by state authorities.
Other top 10 news stories include, in no particular order, the death of Shawn Dollar, production issues and employment challenges on the Marquette Iron Range, the Eric Dompierre saga in Ishpeming, developments related to Marquette County Road 595 and the hiring of David Haynes as president of Northern Michigan University.
Not surprisingly, the top sports story was the Ishpeming Hematites winning the state football championship in a game played at Ford Field in Detroit.
We filed stories from behind the scenes and kept local readers informed about developments between editions through our website.
Some other sports stories include the loss at the U.S. Olympic Education Cebter of speed skating and freestyle wrestling, a new athletic director on the NMU campus and the Gwinn football program returning to life.
So we invite readers to review the top local news and sporets events and stories from 2012 in the special sections in today's Mining Journal. Our staff produced them with pride.
We trust they will meet with your approval.