Nordic Adventure:  A Feast of Family & Fjords by Sue Orsen. “It was an adventure that transported us to four old countries of Scandinavia and painted for us, over 16 days, a landscape of memories and experiences that will last a lifetime and perhaps supersede all past and future travels on this magnificent planet.”  Click on Front Page.

Victoria:  Crawling with Golf Carts by Vicki Bont, Victoria, MN.  “The 7th Annual Deer Run Garden Crawl featured four gardens, a fabulous progressive dinner, special events, and 98 neighbors to enjoy all of it.”

Victoria:  Crawling with Heavy Equipment by Sue Orsen, Victoria Gazette.  “Hwy 5 in Victoria has been crawling with heavy equipment since right after Memorial Day.  The crawl will continue until Labor Day.”

City Council:  The Best Job in the World by Councilmember Kim Roden, City of Victoria.  “I have loved serving on the Victoria City Council these past eight years.  Do what you love and you will never work another day in your life.”

In the Neighborhood:  The Arb Yard by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum.  “Cocoa Camp featured the delights of chocolate such as chocolate BBQ sauce, a chocolate bar made from a bean plant, and cocoa butter.”

Good Things Still Coming by Mike Poppitz, Victoria Vics Manager.  “The regular season is almost over.  A very good year so far.  Our Section 8 playoffs will resume on Sunday, August 5th.” 

Partnering with Victoria by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “In 2013 a paved biking trail be constructed from Kirke Lachen Park through the downtown business area.  The project is a partnership between Victoria, Three Rivers Park District, Hennepin County Regional Rail, and Carver County.”

Zebra Mussels at Big Island by Sue Orsen.  “One of our  favorite places to anchor with the grandchildren is at the sandy bottom shore and shallow waters on the north side of Big Island.”

Good Catch on Board by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “I baited Pam’s pole and asked if she remembered how to use the open-faced casting reel.  She replied, ‘Of course.’  I observed her holding it upside down, using the wrong hand ….”

A Feast of Family, Fjords, and FOOD by Sue Orsen.  “One evening in Copenhagen we strolled Nyhaven Street and picked a restaurant serving bowls of steamed clams.”

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And CITIES by Sue Orsen.  “An amazing attraction for us in Stockholm was the Vasa Museum.”

Obituaries: Lois Cramer, 86, and Kenneth Moening, 80.



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Another Lions Tourna-ment Weekend in Victoria by Lion Kurt Zuppke. “Food and beverage sales were excellent this year, and the weather cooperated as well …”

Another Hot and Humid Weekend in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “For the first time in 35 years, Victoria Lion Al Orsen and his wife did not have to stand near a hot grill and flip burgers for four hours in drenching heat and humidity inside the Lions Shelter.”

Speaking of the Great American Pastime by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “These warm, long summer weekends take my mind back to the days of coaching Babe Ruth ball for the Victoria Athletic Association.”

Golf’s Majors by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Did you watch the British Open?  I love links-style golf and usually love the British Open, but this was not one of my favorites.”

In Victoria:  Classic Car Show by Sue Orsen.  “The VBOA continues to sponsor Classic Car Shows in downtown Victoria on Wednesday evenings.  It’s like stepping back in time.”

In Victoria:  Concerts in the Park by Sue Orsen.  “Temperature was in the 90’s on June 27th and we still hadn’t seen the Fourth of July, but the show must go on.”

The Coot Open by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “The mostly Victoria-born and bred golfers are posed to join the professional golf ranks or at least the rest of the Carver County golf event season.”

Moving with Confidence by Councilmember Tom Strigel, City of Victoria.  “When viewed in aggregate, residents of Victoria can be proud of our progress, reassurance in the financial forethought, and optimistic about the future.”

When Life Deals a Black Eye by Kathe Matthews, Carver County Poet for all Seasons.  “This poem was inspired by my own black eye when I took a wiffle ball to the eye while attempting to pitch to my family.  It was hit with a metal bat.”

Americans Never Surrender by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “Our people are independent Americans and are shocked and saddened by how far our beloved country has slid into socialism.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Catherine Vanderlinde and her family in  “Catherine and the Café.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured the Victoria Lions Weekend in  “A Picture is Worth a Thousand …”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured the celebration of Rural Life Sunday at Kelzer’s farm in “One Nation Under God.”