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That Which Is Unseen by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “If humans do not believe that life is more than it seems, their view of life has to be pretty superficial  The depth of life is what gives it meaning.”

A Hunting We Will Go by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “My brother in law’s pickup broke down in South Dakota so he left it in Sioux Falls for repairs, rented a car, and came home …”

‘Twas the Month Before Christmas from Carol Kelzer, Sioux City, Iowa.  “’Twas a month before Christmas when all through the land, not a Christian was praying nor taking a stand.”

Maude in Bethlehem by Father Elstan Coghill, St. Victoria 1985-1996.  “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.”

Joseph in Bethlehem by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “Joseph accepts his role as the Dad in the family, the male parent and role model.  He cares for his wife.  He takes her to the city of his birth.”

Window on the Watershed by Bill Olson, Victoria, MCWD.  “The lakes in Carver County that connect to the Six Mile Creek eventually end up in Minnehaha Creek.”

The Future Rides on Rail by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner/President of AMC.  “We have a rail industry that is not only thriving, but driving economic growth and job creation here at home and nationwide.  For Minnesotand the nation, our economic future is riding on rail.”

The Flaw of Impatience by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Water-brooke Fellowship.  “Impatience is a denial of God’s timing.  It is seizing God’s means and substituting my own.”

The Weather Vane Lucas Graunke, Budding Climatologist.  “Here in the Twin Cities, we have a 77% chance of having a White Christmas, which is defined a having at least one inch of snow on the ground Christmas Day morning.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Elizabeth Diethelm and her trip to Galgenen, Switzerland, in “For Auld Lang Syne.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Chuck and Pat Leonard in “On Golden Pond.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Ray and Frannie Schmieg in “Away in a Manger.”

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  The word:  “vermiculate.”  The sentence:  “No one is ruined by a school or a teacher, but by his own vermiculate will , acting on the promise of a fool’s reward.”

What’s Cooking for Christmas? by Sue Orsen. When Karel was nine years old, she was already cooking for Christmas, and not just with her Easy Bake Oven.”  Now she’s published a cookibook.  Click on Front Page.

Gospel Fest at Lake Auburn by Sue Orsen.  “”At times during the program, the music was swinging and swaying, often reflective, rather uplifting, always spiritual.”

The Advent Dinner by Sue Orsen.  Some might call this occasion the social event of the year at St. Victoria, which is the oldest establishment in Victoria, having formally congregated since 1857.”

Christmas Downtown by Sue Orsen.  When Santa arrived, courtesy of the Victoria Fire Department and County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik, it was a balmy 50 degrees that Saturday afternoon of Dec. 1st.”

Holidays for Remember-ing by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man.  “Holidays are a great time for remembering past holidays.  My older sister Nancy and I did just that this past Thanksgiving.”

Making Spirits Bright by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum.  “The Arboretum’s Poinsettia Tree is up and stunning.  It is the highlight in the Great Hall with its soaring timber beams.”

Mayor’s Last Gazette Column by Mayor Mary Thun.  “I have written 58 Gazette columns over the last ten years.  Those years also translate into 240 Council meetings, numerous workshops, and many Council-related meetings, community events, and resident conversations and emails.”

Ethel’s Last Gazette Column by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “I believe this is my most difficult and emotional column to write.  I have indeed enjoyed writing for the Gazette, but this is my formal farewell.  On November 27th I was 95 years old and I think it’s time.”

Marvin Reich, 86 died Sunday, November 4th, 2012.

Rose Mary Timmers, 96 died Friday, November 16th, 2012.

How Victoria Voted in 2012 by Sue Orsen.  “When the polls opened in Victoria on Tuesday, November 6th, there were 4,705 registered voters in Victoria.  When the polls closed, there were 575 new registered voters in Victoria.”

When Christmas Lights in Victoria were Multi-Coloral by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Since there was not a lot to do around Victoria except go to church every day, looking at lights was about all there was to do.”