He Traveled Afar by Sue Orsen.  State Representative Paul Kohls of Victoria, one of nine sojourners from Minnesota, on an airliner to the Holy Land, traveled afar in mid November 2008, and, in a manner of speaking, followed the yonder star …”  Click on Front Page.

What We Know and Do by Pastor Bill Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “While everyone says they know Christmas is not about the gifts, the lights, the parties, the dinners, why do we still drive ourselves crazy pursuing all those things and driving ourselves further into debt as we do so?  It would appear …”

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, 13.  “You may be wondering when was the coldest Christmas on record in our area.  The answer is 1996.  The record low in the Twin Cities was minus 22 degrees that year …”

Let There Be Peace on Earth by Pastor Frank Jones, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  “As we approach Christmas and the Nativity of Christ, let us remember our goal — peace on earth and good will among people with whom God is pleased …
When Panic Sets In by Commissioner Randy Maluchnik, Carver County, Minnesota.  “Panic sets in as you realize that a loved one has wandered away.  ‘They were just here.  Where did they go?’  S.A.F.E.R. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist and locate people who have wandered and return them to their caregiver …”

Where’s Our Faith!  by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Obviously the country is going through a tough economic time, but it’s not the end of the world.  We’ll come out of it …”

Am I a Fireman Yet?  submitted by Steve Dahl, Victoria Firefighter.  “The 26-year old mother stared down at her 6-year old son who was dying of terminal leukemia …”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Jerome Zanger in “A Man by the Lake.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Kathy Kraemer in “A Star in the Sky.”

Remember When by Sue Orsen.  Remember when these Christmas elves wrote regular columns for the Victoria Gazette … Roger Stein, Al Folden, Tom Walsh, Louise Lehner, Steve Schmieg, Jeff Byrne, Doug Hines.

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Victoria As a Snow Town by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “The snows that blew through Victoria in December were of one kind, heavy and wet.  The litany of profanities by Victoria elders that followed such snowfalls may certainly not be printed in the Christmas edition of the Victoria Gazette …”

“We Depend on You” by Councilmember Tim Amundsen, City of Victoria.  “The downtown construction on Fresh Seasons Market is moving fast and other developers are coming forward with fantastic new plans …”

“A Little Peace On Earth” by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “It was the Sears and Roebuck Christmas catalog that always flipped the switch.  Back in the day it was a thinner, festively covered publication and the toy section was massive …”

Construction Continues in the Cold by Sue Orsen.  Fresh Seasons Market is rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the four single family homes that were standing on that site last year at this time.  Also rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the Acorn House, is the large addition to the Victoria Field House …”

Holding Sophia by Sue Orsen.  “Sophia was born to Nick and Jen Orsen on Thursday, October 30th, weighing 9 lbs. 3 oz. and measuring 22 inches …”

A Remarkable Day by Pastor Thomas Braun, Christ Victorious Lutheran Church.  “Vasco de Gama died on December 24th.  Kit Carson was born December 24th.  U.S. astronauts sent back a Christmas Eve prayer for peace on that day in 1968.  And Christmas Eve marks the day of the birth of Jesus Christ …”

The Editor’s Favorite 2008 Trick or Treaters by Sue Orsen.  “If you recognize all of these little ghouls and goblins, you win an all-expenses-paid weekend at your favorite Haunted House in Transylvania …”

Maude at Bethlehem by Father Elstan Coghill, OFM and RIP, former pastor at St. Victoria.  “I picture Maude, my toy dachshund, present at the events surrounding the most significant occurrence in the history of the universe …”

How Victoria Voted by Sue Orsen.  “There were 4,936 registered voters at the end of Election Day.   More than 83% of them turned out to vote on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 …”

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