Readers rank top 10 stories of 2012

December 31, 2012
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Beer association picks Grands Rapids for national convention
HopCat in downtown Grand Rapids has 48 craft beers on tap and is a key player in Beer City, U.S.A. Photo by Adam Bird

News travels fast online, and if you don't stop to look around sometimes, you might miss it.

Since its launch this fall, the new has featured a diverse and real-time stream of daily news.

Looking at the numbers, readers' tastes reveal some clear patterns, affirm assumptions and flat-out surprise.

Beer is big. Mackinac Island is beloved. Downtown retailers make an entrance. Education reform doesn't go unnoticed. And it all starts with jobs.

Here's the breakdown.

Top 10 stories at the new 

1.   Beer association taps Grand Rapids for national convention

2.   The perfect use has been found for old downtown structure

3.   GR Brewing Co. to begin pouring this week

4.   Mackinac Island sees first new hotel in more than a decade

5.   For craft brewers, there is Hope

6.   Bagger Dave's burger tavern moving into downtown Grand Rapids

7.   Production delayed indefinitely at LG Chem's Holland plant

8.   Gov. Snyder education reform act: 'Parents should be able to choose'

9.   Grandville Cabela's puts out call for 200 employees

10. Haworth wins government contract estimated at $40M a year

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