MOST RIPONITES SEEM to agree with our assessment: Progress downtown was the top news of 2018.    submitted photo
MOST RIPONITES SEEM to agree with our assessment: Progress downtown was the top news of 2018. submitted photo

     EVERY YEAR, FOR OUR final issue of the year, the Commonwealth pauses to look back at the year that’s passed with a single question in mind: What were the top stories of the year?

     Some years, the answer is obvious. Not this year. Even within our office, spirited discussions occurred about which stories should be at the top, and in which order.

     While we’re comfortable with the top 10 we selected this year, I wanted to hear what others in the community see as their top stories of the year.

     Here’s what they had to say:

     HALEY JULIAN

     No. 1: Ripon’s own Tom Rogers managed to dig us out of the Boca hole. And did it with dignity and pride for a small town that deserved to be beautiful once again. The downtown is bustling and will continue to move forward in an energetic way ...

    Ald. AL SCHRAEDER
    No. 1: The work that the Rogers family has done to revitalize and renew Ripon’s downtown. Ripon is so blessed that they and many others worked so hard to create a new energy in our downtown that benefits the entire community. ...

     DEENA KRUEGER parent
     * No. 1: Boca buildings finally being sold: I feel this has impacted the residents of Ripon the most this year 2018 because of the loss of money. Now with the sale of the buildings, this will bring money back into the community and businesses downtown to keep the city alive. ...

     CHRIS POLLACK, farmer
     * No. 1: The messed up weather: From the snowstorm in April to the wet spring that delayed planting to the wet fall that made harvest a challenge. This has been a year I would like to soon forget.

     CHRISSY DAMM, educator
     * No. 1: Ripon schools “Exceed Expectations”: The Ripon Area School District takes great pride in the quality education that we provide our students ... We are especially proud of our Murray Park students and staff who have excelled to join Quest in the “Significantly Exceed” category [on state rankings]. The overall results reflected on the district and school report cards reflect the high quality instruction and commitment to continuous improvement that RASD provides for all students. ...

     REV. CLAY SALMELA
‰ No. 1: International — The continuing discussion/debate over climate change and rising global temperatures. The negative impacts from climate change won’t just affect people living in coastal areas, but billions of people in many areas of the world, to include Ripon and surrounding communities ...

     To read the entire column, including observers’ second and third choices, see the Dec. 27, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.