A Spring of Storms & Alpaugh by Sue Orsen. “When Paul and Susan Storms are heading to their tax office on the second floor of the Clocktower in downtown Victoria this time of year, they leave the hatches open because hordes of people arrive at their doors for shelter and safekeeping.”  Click on Front Page.

Two Talkers:  One from Victoria, One from Poland  by Janie Jasin and Chez Raginiak.  “The adventure is a blessing.  The surprises of life, the fun, the story, and the journey continues …”

They Love Golf in Ireland by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf.  “How strange it is to be writing my column on an iPad in the Dublin airport.  This is not the land of people walking down the street texting or talking on their cell phones while having lunch with other people …”

Hoping to Streamline County Transportation Projects by Jeff Spartz, AMC.  “The bill, waiting to be heard in House and Senate committees, would exempt State Aid from the formal state rulemaking process, remove the sunset of overweight permit fees from timber and raw agricultural product haulers, and require state wetland permitting agencies to confer with local road authorities to streamline the permitting process …”

An Epic of Survival by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “Many of you good fans and fannies are aware that not only does the cowboy write, he also reads.  With this comes the opportunity to share the occasional book review …”

Sisters in China by Kim Heenie, Victoria, MN.  “I was in China in the beginning of March, visiting my sister Mary and her family who were transferred there last September for Mary’s work.  I had an amazing time …”

We Hated Spring in Victoria by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Imagine an entire village of children locked inside homes with kids peering out windows just hoping for a chance to play in April showers.  But rain showers created puddles with muddied water that could come into contact with shoes or pants …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured David and Susan Keiski in “Meet David and Susan,” a musical duo that performs at The Pirate’s Cove in Victoria.

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Nushie and Mae Schmid of Victoria in “The Call of Water, Sun, and Sand” as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured reports from a public hearing in “The Storm Passes By,” in which residents spoke for and against construction of the Victoria Field House.”

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Representing the Lollypop Guild by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “My grandson Owen is a Lollypop Guild Guy and Grandpa is designing and painting stage sets.  Then we’re going up north to the cabin …”

Why Must Victoria Grow by Mayor Mary Thun.  “Smart growth increases the total tax base, encourages businesses to locate in Victoria, offers a variety of housing options, attracts companies, influences expansion of services, spreads the cost of infrastructure.”

Harken Back to College Days by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man.  “In 1958 I was a sophomore at Villanova  University located outside Philadelphia.  My friend Ron was dating a gal from Colorado Women’s College near Denver, and they really wanted to see each other …”

Making Weather History by Lucas Graunke.  “The extremely warm March 2012 was our warmest on record, holding up the trend which has been one of our warmest years ever …”

Swedish Heritage in Carver County by Sharon Eklund, Victoria, MN.  “I am interested in promoting our Swedish heritage in Carver County.  Conversational Swedish Language classes will be offered at the Victoria Recreation Center …”

Indoctrinating Students by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “America has dropped God from our education and it is showing.  I believe that is why America is losing its great standing in the world.”

Encourage by Kathe Matthews.  “Encouragement is ours to give/Each day of our life that we live/Comfort and peace, God will provide/When in His love we trust and abide …”

Ode to a Best Friend by Kim Roden, Victoria, MN.  “I miss your dog tags clanging when you would shake after I put your collar on in the morning.  There are no barks anymore and no more carrot games.  Your dog dish has been washed and put away …”

Remember When from the editor’s shoebox. “Remember when  Marvin and Mary Gregory had sheep and other critters on their hobby farm next to the Victoria Dairy Queen?”

Remember When these fellows hung out at the Victoria Ice Fishing Contest? In this 1993 photo you’ll see Tony Kerber, Marvin Storms, Vic Schneider, Donny Kerber, and Marvin Hartman.  Only one of them is still alive and kicking.

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “I’ve  been doing the Gazette for over 33 years and I still am excited and, in a way, frightened by the responsibility I carry for every single word on every single page.  It’s sort of like butterflies in my stomach and I think the word for it is ‘frisson.’”



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