A Christmas Scrapbook by Sue Orsen.  “I’m using this Christmas issue of the Gazette to put some scrapbooking pages together for our children, Jenny and Nick, now grown and living away from their childhood home in Victoria …”  Click on Front Page.

Remember the Holiday Wonderland by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “The Victoria Café, plain as pot roast on the outside, was a holiday wonderland inside.  I recall Victoria Lumber decorating each shovel or paint can with a bow …”

Thank You, Sheriff Bud Olson, for Your Time With Us.  “Bud did not run for re-election this fall because he is retiring from his position with Carver county.  He hopes to spend more time with his family and also at the Sodak Shack …”

The Business of the Season by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “This year we hosted Thanksgiving and tried to stay levelheaded so we could remember what it’s all about …”

From Our House to Yours by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum.  “An enchanting holiday season is celebrated each year at the Arboretum, both indoors and out …”

Our Godly Beginnings by Pastor Bill Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “Why are we all of a sudden ashamed of, or at least apologetic for, the Godly beginnings of our nation? …”

Boxes and Shelves that Need Filling by Julie Falkenstein, Bountiful Basket, which is the designated food shelf for Eastern Carver County.  We service about 400 families each month and that amounts to about 23,000 pounds of food …”

Not Since the Blizzard of ‘91 by Lucas Graunke, 14, Budding Climatologist.  “On Nov. 13th we had our first major snow of the season.  If you were one of the lucky ones, like me, you didn’t have power for 24 hours …”

Long Term Financial Plan by Commissioner Randy Maluchnik, Carver County, MN.  “The 2012 Plan explains how new capital projects are expected to be funded without increasing the tax levy impact on citizens …”

Vocabulary Word:  Splenetic.  The word comes from spleen.  A spleen makes white blood cells, which attack anything foreign, like viruses and bacteria.  A spleen attacks and a splenetic columnist attacks. 

Remember When Maude Visited Bethlehem?  by Father Elstan Coghill, Pastor at St. Victoria 1985-1996.  “If Maude had been in residence at the motel where Mary and Joseph wanted to stop for the night, she would have missed their majesty …”

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The Land of the Free by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.    “Americans are reacting to the loss of their freedom and dignity while trying to fly on an airplane.  Americans have been trading their freedom and dignity almost since the founding of this great nation.”

Alles Schlaft, Einsam Wacht by Cowboy Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “It has saddened me a little in recent years to hear how the hectic, almost frenetic pace of the season sometimes leads to a fair amount of tension for some people …”

Stock Up on the Basics by Ethek Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “Most of us are aware of the condition our nation is in at the present time, and all indications show that times will not improve in the near future …”

Learning Through Lego League by Kim Heenie, Victoria, MN.  “We competed in the 2010-2011 Minnesota First Lego League Regional Tournament.  Over 300 teams competed this year …”

Thank You for the Memories by Victoria City Councilmember Jim Paulsen.  “It has been a high honor to serve Victoria’s many fine citizens.  Only once in generations is one permitted the opportunity to shape the growth of a community such as this …”

Let Christmas Get Into Us by Pastor Brian R. Dixon, The Moravian Church of Lake Auburn.  “We all seem to be on the hunt for something more at Christmas.  Well, how about instead of trying to  get more out of Christmas, we let Christmas get a little more into us?”

Expect the Unexpected:  A Thanksgiving Story by Louise Lehner, Former Resident of Victoria.  “I tell you this story so that you, in your travels, will get up and walk the plane at least once every 90 minutes.  I had a blood clot in my leg that traveled …”

Here Comes the Holidays and a Lot of Great Food by Bill Stork, Fresh Seasons Market.  “Whatever tradition you and your family might have when it comes to holiday meals, the staff here at Fresh Seasons Market can help with any step of the process …”

Learning to Live with Two High Schools by Lucas Graunke, Victoria Student in District 112.  “Quite a few people believe that adding onto the Chaska High School would have been much easier instead of building a whole new Chanhassen High School that cost millions of dollars …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Hank and Agnes Williams in “A Two-Horse Open Sleigh.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Bill and Maddy Schalow in “A Match Made in Heaven.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured letters from Susan Thomas in “Letters from the Holy City.”

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