A Breath of Fresh (Seasons) Air for Victoria by Sue Orsen.  Fresh Seasons Market is impressive inside and out and reminded me of a Kowalski’s but with more emphasis on groceries and less on crown molding.  It’s very pleasing to the yes and kinder on the Via …”

The Next Generation by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “It’s great that some kids enjoy golf and have a nice head start on a lifelong game, through junior golf programs, but for many kids golf is too slow, hard, boring, expensive …”

Victoria Lions Weekend by Victoria Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “Here are a few moments captured during our Victoria Lions 40th Annual Softball Tournament …”

Victoria Lions Weekend by Victoria Lion Al Orsen.  “It was July of 1968 when the Victoria Lions held their first annual Softball Tournament.  At that time there was only one ballfield and one set of bleachers …”

Working Collaboratively on Highway 5 by Victoria Councilmember Kim Roden, Mayor Mary Thun, and State Representative Paul Kohls.  “During a meeting in mid July, the three of us took the opportunity to bring each other up to speed on all of our individual efforts related to Highway 5 …”

At the Gonvick Rodeo by Sue Orsen.  “After watching bull riding, cattle roping, and barrel racing, the kid found something more their own size — ponies!  Addie also participated in Mutton Busting …”

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, age 12, Budding Climatologist.  “August is usually the second hottest month of the year, but because of this cooler July, August could be the warmest month of 2008.  The average high for the metro is 80 degrees in August and average low is 61 …”

Free Wheelchair Mission by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “A movement in our country that hasn’t received adequate publicity is breaking down cultural and political barriers.  It was a $5.4 million nonprofit charity based in Irvine, California, called Free Wheel Chair Mission …”

More Summer 2008 Concerts in the Park in Victoria by Sue Orsen featured the Minnesota Valley Community Band (local musicians under direction of Barry Fox) and the Sounds of Hope (kids from several countries around the world) …”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Jack Barckhoff in “I Love My Ancestry.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Jerome “Chub” Tschimperle in “Wasn’t It Only Yesterday?”

Remember When?  by Sue Orsen.  Remember the Victoria Concert Band?  It performed from 1926 to 1942.  Remember Victoria’s big wooden bleachers at the ballpark?  It came down in 1981.

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To Bee or Not to Bee by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “Few of God’s creatures instill more sudden fear in the hearts of the people everywhere than do members of the Bee family.  The Lowly Garter Snake fits into that category; of course, he comes by it naturally, having had such a prominent role in our fall from grace all those many years ago …”

Rah! Rah! Recipe! “Some readers emailed the Gazette in July with articles and updates on the progress of Nipa Bhatt, a resident of Victoria who had the bravery, courage, and confidence to compete in cooking challenges on a path that almost propelled her into the limelight as the star of her own show on the Television Food Network …”

Victoria Public Square features Scott Manion of Victoria, Nipa Bhatt of Victoria, and Ronald Holtmeier of Victoria.

More Charity Rides and then Sturgis!  by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “Along with charity rides in August comes Sturgis.  And what is a Christian Motorcyclist doing in Sturgis anyway?  I will briefly list some of the activities we are involved in while still maintaining our Christian demeanor and principles …”

Victoria Student Notes features Patrick Hidding, Michael Stovern, David Hunter, Melody  Follweiler, Erik Haugen, Matthew Monarski, Zachary Vadnais, Callin Ryan, Jenelle Hadda, Molly McInerny, Dana Spensley, Krista Griffith, Brady Griffity, Kate Schaefer, Valerie Mosley, Katelyn Olson, Benjamin Harvey.

Kara Ann Galuska, 20, of Victoria, died July 17th, in Billings, Montana, due to complications from an automobile accident.

An Extra Plate at the Table by Pastor Frank Jones, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  “There are old sayings like ‘An army travels on its stomach’ and ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,’ which tells us that food and meals are central to people’s lives …”

Required by August 1st by Tom Gray, Victoria Building Official.  “During the 2006 session, Minnesota’s legislature passed a carbon monoxide law requiring carbon monoxide (CO) detector-alarms in all residences …”

Stieger Lake Since 1898 by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissiner.  “State law says that if a lake has used a name for over 40 years, the name cannot be changed.  Maps dating back to 18981 refer to the lake as Stieger …”

Bouncing Around Victoria with Lions and Friends by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “I have history with the Lions Softball Tournament due to the fact that I was the first and longtime official scorekeeper for the thousands of softball games at said tournament …”

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