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In the Heat of This Centennial Year:  Double Downtown Demolition by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette

“A resplendent array of radiant waves emanated from the vacant building just prior to demolition on a bright Thursday morning, July 9th, 2015.  A mystical reason might be related to the final departure of spirits and living memories that hung around until the very last moment.”  Click on Front Page.

Great Tourney Weekend by Todd Triethart, President, Victoria Lions Club.  “We had a great turnout of men’s and women’s slow pitch teams.  We even had a women’s team from South Dakota.  We look forward to all teams returning next year along with the men’s modified teams.”

A Beautiful Dau (and Weekend) in the Neighborhood by Sue Orsen.  Victoria Lion Matt Bergmann, co-chair of the Victoria Lions Tournament Weekend along with Lion President Todd Triethart, reports that, “Weather-wise it was fair.  Food-wise it was excellent.  Crowd-wise it was just  average.”

County Commissioner’s Update by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “Carver County approved four additional child protection positions in the county.  The State passed a bill that appropriates $23.5 million to address child protection, and these funds must be used to address related staffing or expand related services.”

Summer Garden Goodies by Christie Schlueteer, Regular Victoria Visitor.  “Spinach is a great green to pick up now.  Fresh is best.  Try this chicken dish and you will be amazed how well spinach gives it a depth of flavor.”

When the Wind Rise, the Tree Falls by Sue Orsen.  “It wasn’t a tornado and it didn’t sound like a train, but the winds were wild in mid July and they brought down a few trees in Victoria.”

Victoria’s Library Log by Kathy Perschmann, Librarian, Carver County Library System.  “The Victoria Library Book Club will be meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month.  Toddlers and their caregivers are welcome to join us on Wednesdays for 20 minutes of action packed fun with stories, rhymes, finger plays, and musical movement.”

Third Annual Tonka Mud Run by Julie Kiefer, Resident of Victoria  “The third annual Tonka Muc run took place July 11th at the Lake Minnewashta Regional Park to benefit Kids Against Hunger-West Metro.  There was a spectacular turnout with 750 runners and 1,000 people in the park.”

Rig a Dig Dig with Former City Counciilmember Maurice Leuthner by Sue Orsen.  Story reprinted from the September 1984 Gazette, celebrating a Centennial Year.

Still a Small Town by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “This Independence Day there was a wonderful celebration at the Carver County Fairgrounds that the locals like to refer to as ‘The Taste of Waconia,’ although it is more formally billed as ‘The Taste of Minnesota.”

What is Real Golf? by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “There is a different between Tour golf and amateur recreational golf.  They are different animals.  Major League Baseball and recreational softball are different animals. 

Picking the Mayor’s Mind by Sue Orsen.  Replied Mayor Tom O’Connor,  “We agree with the residents who want the new store, Victoria’s Market, to success and we disagree with the current union tactic of trying to discourage shoppers from patronizing the store.”

Moving On by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “The work list of to-do items on our Victoria house would get shorter if the Gal would stop adding to it.  My architectural drawing tools are packed and ready to go up north.”

Chris Olson Performs as the King of Rock and Roll by Sue Orsen.  “Randy Miller, President of the VBA, promoter, worker, and also resident of Victoria, reported that he saw the biggest crowd of people (3,000) and the biggest number of Classic Cars (400) in downtown Victoria on Wednesday, July 22nd.”

Bruce Leo Schneider, 62, died July 21st in a bicycling accident.

Paul Radde, 59, died July 21st at his home, having four cancer for the last three years.

Alexis “Lexi” Kretsch, 16, died July 1th an automobile accident.

Heidi and Patrick Gongoll, 40 died July 1st in a motorcycle accident.

Wishing We Could Laugh Together Again by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Bruce Schneider was a man of many names, interests, and talents, all cut short by one of his passions as he was tragically killed in a bicycling accident riding home from another of his passions, his work.”

I Was a Lucky Kid by Steve Jesberg, Former Resident of Victoria.  “I consider myself to be lucky to have grown up in the small town of Victoria.  From 1947 to 1968 I lived there, until I left home to join the U.S. Navy.  My best memories were with the many hours spent with my grandparents, John and Helen Schneider.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Marvin & Caroline Hart-man in “Doing His Own Thing.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured the Lions Weekend in “Victoria Come Alive.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Darlene Wedin in “Darling Darlene.”

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August 2015