And a Child Shall  Lead Them by Sue Orsen.  “When the natural parent-child setting of giving and receiving is broken, it is the child who suffers most.  That’s how it was with Ancsa, a young lady today who was placed in an orphanage right after she was born … “  Click on Front Page.

Maude at Bethlehem by Fr. Elstan Coghill, Former Priest at St. Victoria.  “I picture Maude, my toy dachshund, present at the events surrounding the most significant occurrence in the history of the universe — the birth of Christ …”

A Hunger Among Our Kids by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “A new military group is warning that poor education, poor physical fitness, and the problem with crime, especially among the young, is undermining the U.S. national security by limiting military recruitment …”

A Flurry of Emails Created Quite a Stir for the Store by Dale Riley, Your Local Grocer.  “I am very excited to have the opportunity to write this column each month and would like to thank Sue Orsen for giving me this opportunity …”

Holiday Mail for Heroes by LaVonne Kroells, Carver County Chapter.  “For the third yeaer in a row, the Red Cross is collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans, and their families …”

Do You Hear What I Hear?  by Councilmember Kim Roden, City of Victoria.  “These past several weeks I have been listening very carefully to what you are saying.  I hope that we can listen to our neighbors.  Are you listening, Victoria?”

Carver County is Strong by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Administrator.  “Carver County was recently assigned the highest bond credit rating possible and now qualifies for the l owest interest rates offered on bond sales the county is currently purchasing …”

Going Green in the Winter by Lucas Graunke, Victoria Student in District 112.  “District 112 set a goal of going paperless by the end of the year.  Everything will be sent electronically. alsoreport cards …”

Blessed  by Carver Park by Kurt Dahl, Nature’s Newsman.  “Carver Park is a unique treasure for the residents of Victoria.  I walk its trails several times each week all year long.  We are blessed by having such an amazing treasure in our backyard …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured the Christmas memories of Ben Diethelm.  In the early 1900’s, it was the Christ Child who brought gifts …”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Don and Alida Dyer in “Christmas Card Country.”  The 95-year old Dyer home is part of an original homestead.  The winding path to the Aster Circle area of Victoria is a frozen gravel road …”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Warren and Dorothy Kahnke, parents of the four Kahnke brothers who own Nature’s Bounty in Victoria …”

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A Christmas Tale [Wagger] by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “Our choir at St. Victoria has resurrected the Old English Christmas Carol, ‘The Friendly Beasts,’ for our annual Christmas concert.  With apologies to the long dead Brit who quilled this lovely song, there is now another verse …”

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Yes, I completely agree.  But, sadly, I can slip into a holiday funk.  I can get so caught up in the pressures of the season that I miss the point …”

For Everything a Season by Pastor Frank Jones, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  “This is my last Gazette column, my last Christmas Eve Candlelight Service to conduct, and my last month as pastor of the Moravian Church of Lake Auburn.  I am entering retirement …”

Purchasing Police Service by Chief Deputy Bob VanDenBroeke, Carver County, MN.  “Effective January 1st, 2010, communities that do not contract with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office will no longer receive the following services …”

Getting a Kick out of Tae Kwon Do by Lori Tuomala, Resident of Victoria.  “TKD is a martial art that originated in Korea.  Students also learn to have increased confidence, strength, endurance, flexibility, and focus.”

Home for the Holidays by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “We have been traveling again and it’s good to get home.  Our trip took us to the Holy Land for eight days, followed by seven days in Egypt.  I am feeling spiritually ready for the season …”

O Come Let Us Adore Him by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “This year, as the tasks of the season mount up, take some time to be alone with Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  Don’t miss out on the greatest gift to give yourself.

Christmas Makes Sense by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Census rhymes with senses and the five senses come to mind for my eyes, ears, skin, nose, and taste buds … May your Christmas senses be  on full alert as you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell your way through Christmas.”

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!”  by Lucas Graunke, 13, Budding Climatologist.  “December is the  first true winter month with the winter  solstice on the 21st.  Snow is frequent in December with 9 inches average for the Twin Cities.”

Remember When by Sue Orsen.  Remember when downtown Victoria swaged its Christmas decorations across the big Hwy intersection?  Remember when it was a four-way stop and not a lighted intersection?

Germaine Jesberg, 86, died Thursday, November 19th, 2009. 

Elizabeth “Betty” Sehm, 70, died November 19th, 2009.

Dear Germaine by Sue Orsen.  Many memories until we meet again …

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