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Year In Review 2017: Milwaukee news that will matter beyond an unusual year

The features presented here were published as original works created in 2017 by the Milwaukee Independent, with a focus on social topics that affected the city.

Issues like racism, community development, and religious persecution have been ongoing topics over the course of 2017, as Milwaukee continues its decades-long struggle in coming to terms with its segregated foundations. The complex causes, some subtle and others overt, continues to divide the city in spite of its bursts of progress. The news reports in this collection are a cross section of moments that reflect the community’s journey over this year.

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This is a general byline. The news we report is our focus, not getting credit. This generic attribution is used when our staff wants to make sure the attention goes where it belongs, on the story. Our mission is to inspire and transform the Milwaukee community. Publishing requires an author, so this account is used to keep the spotlight is on our coverage.