As 2017 winds down and a new year begins, it's time to look back at the biggest stories of the year.  

According to hits on, these are the top five articles:

5. Most dangerous places in Canada
Fort Saskatchewan came in at 62nd on a list you really don't want to be a part of. A Canadian magazine claimed the Fort has various issues including impaired driving and assaults. The local RCMP detachment have responded to the claims. Morinville came in at 87th.
4. Summer wind and rain storms
From trees and branches scattered around the city, to home and vehicle damage, the Fort faced a couple big storms in the summer. 
3. Super spaceman
Let's face it, there's nothing cooler than being Canada's next astronaut. After a long selection process that included extensive testing and training, Fort Saskatchewan's Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey of Calgary beat out 3,772  of the country's applicants. Kutryk is now doing training in Houston, Texas. 
2. Bridge twinning
The province responded to concerns over a local bridge. In March, the NDP Goverment announced Highway 15 and the collision-prone Highway 15 bridge will be twinned from Fort Saskatchewan to Manning Drive. Construction will begin in 2019. The bridge will be completed by 2023 costing nearly $300-million to the province.
1. Electon results
Fort Saskatchewan wanted change and they got it. Gale Katchur returned as mayor, as did councillor Ed Sperling. Five new faces in council include Brian Kelley, Jibs Abitoye, Deanna Lennox, Lisa Makin and Gordon Harris. Sturgeon and Strathcona County both welcomed new mayors. 

Honourable mentions: Mystery golf balls hit into a local neighbourhood, a mutilated cat found by the river valley, the Habitat for Humanty build in Fort Sask and a $3.5-billion project in Sturgeon County. 
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