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Editorial: Big things ahead in the new year

We spend a lot of time in this week's issue of the Town Pages looking back on the year that just reached its end.

There are reasons for that. Reviewing the year gone by is a nice way to remember some of the things that have gotten us to this point. And sharing our favorite stories with you is, we think, a way to let you into the thought process that goes on behind the scenes here. It lets you know a little bit more about what is important to the people who put this whole thing together every week.

2012 was a busy year packed with important events, and we don't expect the new year to be any different. As we move full-speed into 2013, there is a lot to look forward to.

Consider, for example, the story on this week's front page about the projects included in the city of Rosemount's capital improvement plan for the new year. New athletic fields, a new splash pad recreation area and a new senior center planned as part of a soon-to-be-built senior housing complex are all on the schedule.

Companies interested in mining gravel on land owned by the University of Minnesota have gotten the city's official approval. Construction on processing facilities will begin later this year.

There is plenty more to look forward to. Some of it we can predict. Some if it will take us by surprise. Whatever it is, we will continue to be here to bring the stories to you.

We look forward to it.