It was a story that happened 75 years ago. But it is a story for the ages. It's a story uniquely "Waterloo" and one that has national resonance. And Courier readers voted it the top news story of 2017.

The national and local observances of the 75th anniversary of the deaths of Waterloo's five Sullivan brothers during World War II was voted the top local story of the year by a solid margin.

A concurrent story related to the Sullivans was the announced sale to a private developer of the downtown Waterloo convention center named for the brothers, and twin controversies over renaming the center and some city officials' questioning the transaction itself. That story came in No. 3 in our readers' voting.

Sandwiched between those, perhaps ironically, was a still-evolving story over local communities' response to the Iowa Legislature legaliznig fireworks for the first time in more than 80 years.

Municipal elections and a significant turnover of seats on the Waterloo City Council, came in fourth, close behind the convention center.

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