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My Family’s Star«Recipes by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette“I asked my family to share some of their favorite recipes in this Christmas issue of the Gazette.  I’m giving each one of the recipes a star« and I’m thanking family members who contributed to these festive pages of my paper.”  Click on Front Page.

The Reason for the Season by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Biblical Counselor.  “In spite of what we think we should experience and desire for ourselves and family and friends, life is not always a wonderful celebratory Christmas season.”

Christmas at the Arboretrum by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum.  “Making seasons bright is a season of live music, visits from Santa, a 20-foot poinsettia tree, and other holiday trees decorated in natural ornaments.”

Eleven Swans a Swimming by Kurt Zuppke.  “We have had a group of 11 swans on Pierson Lake this fall.  The lake is stubbornly refusing tofreeze over completely.”

Introducing Doctor COG by Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik.  “I recently visited the Denver, CO, version of our Metropolitan Council titled the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).  Its members are primarily elected officials from every incorporated local unit of government in the five-county Denver metropolitan area.”

Make a Jorney of the Heart by Pastor Brian Dixon, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  “My challenge and encouragement to us between now and Christmas Eve is to make a journey of the heart with Mary and Joseph.  Advent is a time to get ready for Christmas.”

If Maude Had Visited Bethlehem by Father Elstan Coghill.  .  “Maude wakes up in the morning to find a new member in their community.  She checks him out.  He’s an object of curiosity and an occasional for an emotional binge — as any baby is.”

Webelo Scouts Visit Victoria Council by Sue Orsen.  “Scoutmaster Mark Solem brought four Webelo scouts to a council meeting.  They asked questions and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.”

Coaching Students and Going Full Cicle by Janie Jasin, Victoria, MN.  “I have been speaking in my career for over 35 years, been paid well, succeeded in writing, and now in these golden years I have speaking students.”

Shining City of Lakes and Parks by Bill Olson, MCWD.  “As a Victoria resident and someone involved in the world of managing lakes and streams, I’ve heard it time and again that Victoria is a shining example of a city diligent in protecting clean water amid a changing landscape.”

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December 2014

The Victoria GAZETTE

Dedicated to the sunshine of truth,

the moonshine of meeting deadlines,

and the starshine of Victoria.

Song Pickers at Christmas by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria“Feliz Na Vidah and Ra Pa Pa Pum used to really confuse the youth of Victoria as the festive Christmas season blew into Victoria on a Victoria Clipper.”

Growing Up a Nebraska Kid by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “Our tradition was always hunt the cornfields in the morning, eat lunch at the Arnold Café, then head out to road hunt and listen to the Nebraska football game on the radio.”

Picking the Mayors Mind by Sue Orsen.  Replies Mayor Tom O’Connor,  “It’s also time to reflect that while there are difficulties we experience, many beyond our control, there are hurting people everywhere that we can help either personally or through our churches and other organizations.”

Temptations of Technology by Joe Blake, Victoria Sophomore Student.  “I argue here that technology should be used for the enhancement, not replacement, of our own brains.  Technology should be a privilege and a gift bestowed upon humanity to bring true human progress, not stifle it.”

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 depths of life is what gives it meaning, what makes it make sense.  It is that which is unseen.”

Merry Christmas! by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “The Christmas season is a good place to start fresh, to be contem-plative of things that are bothering one’s soul, to take a good long look in the mirror, and weave some hope for the new year into the celebration of our Savior’s birth.”

Community Thanksgiving Service by Sue Orsen.  “Pastor Brian Dixon decided to convene an ecumenical Thanksgiving serve at the Lake Auburn Moravian Church in Victoria this year.  It’s a practice that sort of fell by the wayside in recent times.”

Students Voting at Victoria Elementary School by Jeff Jackelen, School District 112.  “Many students found the voting simulation fun.  The ballot included a picture of each candidate, helping guide a student to say he voted for the most serious looking one.”

Cooking Till Christmas by Christie Schlueter, Frequent Victoria Visitor.  “These are some of my go-to recipes that are made quickly and can be prepared a day or two in advance, giving you more time to enjoy the holiday events.”

4 Generations Celebrating Thanksgiving Together by Sue Orsen.  “That’s the editor’s Mom and Dad, her children, and her grandchildren.”

Thank you, Heidi and Shelley by Sue Orsen.  Getting keys out of a locked car.



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