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Top 10 feature stories on UtahValley360 in 2016

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As 2016 comes to a close, we are glancing back one last time at 2016. Utah Valley saw a lot of growth in 2016, including the Provo City Center Temple in downtown Provo, which is No. 10 on our list. We had tear jerker stories and stories that made us smile. Here are the top 10 feature stories on UtahValley360 in 2016.

10. de Azevedo’s 10 months of tears: Lex didn’t start the Provo Tabernacle fire

The Provo Tabernacle fire began around 2:43 a.m. on a snowy December evening in 2010. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

The Provo Tabernacle fire began around 2:43 a.m. on a snowy December evening in 2010. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

Musical legend Lex de Azevedo shed tears 10 months apart — both about the Provo Tabernacle. de Azevedo believed his film was the cause of the fire. In 2016, the Provo Tabernacle was reconstructed and dedicated as the Provo City Center Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read the story here.

9. 29 things BYU students can do on their one-day Spring Break

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BYU students have never taken a break during their Winter semester, but BYU announced a one-day reprieve from classes for the 2017 school year. We brainstormed 29 ridiculous ways to use that one-day Spring Break. Read the story here.

8. 40 under 40: The hue’s who of Utah Valley

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In the summer issue of Utah Valley BusinessQ, we highlighted 40 youngsters who are just hue impressive. We color coded some of these leaders and found out what made them so bright. Read the story here.

7. It takes a village: Spanish Fork rallied around Naula family as daughter fights for her life

When local residents heard the Naulu’s story, they gave donations, words of comfort, food and even art to express their support. An anonymous artist drew this portrait of Auni Naulu and left it on their doorstep. Caitlin and Dallin’s 21-month-old daughter passed away from complications due to spinal muscular atrophy. (Photo by Alisha Gallagher)

When local residents heard the Naulu’s story, they gave donations, words of comfort, food and even art to express their support. An anonymous artist drew this portrait of Auni Naulu and left it on their doorstep. Caitlin and Dallin’s 21-month-old daughter passed away from complications due to spinal muscular atrophy. (Photo by Alisha Gallagher)

One of our most touching stories of 2016, this story explored the love of the Spanish Fork community. When Auni was six months old, her family discovered she had spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disorder that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord. Auni didn’t make it, but the community helped her parents stand tall after the loss. Read the story here.

6. 30 Fastest-growing companies in Utah Valley

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Each year, we let the numbers talk in our Fall issue of Utah Valley BusinessQ. At our annual UV50 gala, we named the 30 Fastest-Growing Companies, 10 Economic Engines and 10 Startups to Watch. For the first time in 2016, we named a recipient for the BusinessQ Lifetime Achievement Award. Read the cover story here.

5. Q Awards: Younique named Philanthropist of the Year

Shelaine Maxfield, Derek Maxfield and Chris Yadon started the Younique Foundation to empower the 25 percent of the population affected by childhood sexual abuse.

Shelaine Maxfield, Derek Maxfield and Chris Yadon started the Younique Foundation to empower the 25 percent of the population affected by childhood sexual abuse.

Younique Products, a multi-million dollar cosmetics company in Lehi, was founded for the primary purpose of funding the Younique Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering women who were sexually abused as children. Younique was also featured in our UV50 awards as a Fastest-Growing Company with 192,737 percent growth over the past three years. Read the story here.

4. Lone Peak graduate, Lehi resident injured in Brussels bombing during missionary service

Elder Mason Wells, a Lone Peak High grad, is reunited with his parents Kymberly and Chad Wells at a hospital in Brussels. Elder Wells was one of four LDS missionaries injured in the Brussels airport bombing. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

Elder Mason Wells, a Lone Peak High grad, is reunited with his parents Kymberly and Chad Wells at a hospital in Brussels. Elder Wells was one of four LDS missionaries injured in the Brussels airport bombing. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

When a bomb went off at the Brussels Airport in March, we found out that two Utah County members were injured at the airport. Mason Wells and Richard Norby, who were serving as missionaries for the LDS Church, were hospitalized along with two other missionaries. Read the story here.

3. Couple finds happily ever after following near-death accident

After being bucked off a horse a week before his wedding, Jared Workman spent two months in a coma while his fiancée clung to hope and faith. A year later, the two wed. (Photo by Jocelyn Horne Photography)

After being bucked off a horse a week before his wedding, Jared Workman spent two months in a coma while his fiancée clung to hope and faith. A year later, the two wed. (Photo by Jocelyn Horne Photography)

This moving story caught up with a couple who finally got married after waiting for more than a year. With a week until their wedding, Jared Workman was bucked off a horse and spent two months in a coma. His fiancée refused to give up hope. Read the story here.

2. Person of the Year: Gardner Quad Squad

Ashley Gardner lost 20 pounds in the first trimester of carrying her quadruplets. By the girls’ birthday at 29 weeks and four days, she had only gained 37 pounds. “I thought the babies were trying to kill me,” she says. “I had vertigo. I couldn’t sit up. Tyson would force me to drink protein shakes. I craved the idea of having a craving! Sometimes all I could tolerate was cranberry juice.” Now her miracles have turned 1 and are about to capture the eyes of the nation in a new TLC series. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Ashley Gardner lost 20 pounds in the first trimester of carrying her quadruplets. By the girls’ birthday at 29 weeks and four days, she had only gained 37 pounds. “I thought the babies were trying to kill me,” she says. “I had vertigo. I couldn’t sit up. Tyson would force me to drink protein shakes. I craved the idea of having a craving! Sometimes all I could tolerate was cranberry juice.” Now her miracles have turned 1 and are about to capture the eyes of the nation in a new TLC series. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Probably the cutest photo shoot we’ve ever held, Utah Valley Magazine had the Gardner Quad Squad in a few weeks before they turned a year old. The Gardner Quad Squad — a family with quadruplet then 1-year-old girls — shared their infertility struggles, new TV show and let us see what a day in their life was like. Read the story here.

1. Here’s Donny!

Debbie and Donny Osmond at the Sundance Tree Room at top in 1976 and on the bottom in 2016. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Debbie and Donny Osmond at the Sundance Tree Room at top in 1976 and on the bottom in 2016. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Utah Valley residents (and fans beyond our county) love Donny Osmond. Besides the Utah Valley Magazine cover story that talked about his career and new furniture business, we also featured “Mrs. Donny Osmond” and helped the couple recreate their first kiss at Sundance 40 years later. Read the story here.

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