Help us choose the top stories of 2011

It's a little hard to believe that 2011 is nearly over. In just over a week we'll ring in the new year and that means it's time for The Explorer's tradition of selecting the top stories of the year.

Each year we revisit the top five stories but before we make the selection we'd like to hear from you, the community. Which stories mattered most to you? How will you remember 2011 in De Soto?

Next week's poll will have a list of the front runners as we see them for you to vote. You can also leave us a comment on this post or on our Facebook page or, as always, send us an email at editor@desotoexplorer.com or give us a call at (913) 585-1616.

For now, here are a few of the headlines we're kicking around, in no particular order:

  • De Soto High School adds bowling to the high school sports lineup
  • Dollar General breaks ground on a new location
  • City lifts the bicycle ban from 83rd Street
  • Starside Elementary pilots summer food program for the De Soto school district
  • The Barn at Kill Creek Farm Association builds a new barn frame
  • Three new representatives elected to the De Soto City Council
  • USD 232 moves forward with Phase II of DHS construction
  • Rachel Perez is sentenced to eight years for locking her son in her attic
  • 2010 census indicates De Soto has grown 20 percent

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