Like the Klondike by Sue Orsen. “Having just returned from spending several days midst the Black Gold Rush in Tioga, I must write about how much alike these days in the western part of North Dakota seem to those days of the Yellow Gold Rush in the Klondike.”  Click on Front Page.

Responding to the Call by Nicole Schnell, Mount Olivet Church West Campus.  “Over 500 volunteers helped pack meals throughout the day on January 28th to feed 100,000 people as part of a cooperative effort with international Christian hunger relief program, Feed My Starving Children.”

The College Loan Racket by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “Universities and colleges claim a variety of factors, but the real reason schools charge more is because they can get away with it …”

The Chamber’s Channel by Deb McMillan, President, SW Metro Chamber.  “Members of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce, which includes members of the Victoria business community, gathered at Hazeltine National Golf Club …”

Catherine Aretz, 94.  Passed away on Sunday, January 8th.

Gnomes in Greenhouse Gardens by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum.  “Tiny treasures, fairies, and gnomes in a variety of dish gardens, terrariums, and other diminutive displays have been created by staff and volunteers at the arboretum …”

Pots and Plants in Photos by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum.  “A photography show and sale continues at the Arboretum through May …”

Origins Golf by Kyle Grauberger, Co-founder.  “Our new venture called Origins Golf consists of three 22-year old Victoria residents — Nelson Fox, Ben Aldritt, and myself.”

From the Lions Den by Kurt Zuppke, Victoria Lions Club.  “We thank the American Red Cross Carver County Chair LaVonne Kroells for helping coordinate our blood drive efforts January 23rd.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Math and Gladys Hartmann in “Hearts for the Hartmanns.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Willie and Jean Bongard in “Farm Mates for Life.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Scott and Steve Eischens, six year old sons of Mike and Karen Eischens, in “Twin Towers.”

The Fun and Facets of Golf by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Golf is a great game, but it’s really a vehicle for people to come and have fun.  I’m glad that the industry is finally facing that reality.”

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I Am Sure You Have Heard by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria.  “As I am sure you have heard, Victoria’s transportation lifeline, State Highway 5, will be under construction this upcoming 2012 summer …”

And Down the Road We Go by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “A coworker and mineself were wistfully looking back in our minds’ eyes at some of the nice cars we’ve had over the years …”

February Will be a Surprise by Lucas Graunke, Budding Climatologist.  “It could be record warmth or bone chilling cold.  We could have five blizzards or a rare mid winter tornado.  Does anybody know?”

My Friend Jeep Liberty by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “The Up North Cabin Guy has been too busy working this month to get around to his story so he asked if I would share my thoughts …”

Giddyup, Giddyup, Whoa!  by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man.  “At the risk of intruding on Cowboy Tom’s turf, I will relate some of my equine adventures.  Of course, all of this was long before the Harley Babe and motorcycles.”

Another View of Tioga, ND photos by Chris Norgaard, Tioga, ND.  “I like being part of the airport scene because there are some pretty fancy airplanes coming in and out carrying company decision makers …”

Punxsutawney Phil by Kayla Swenson, 5th grade.  “The nickname for the ground that pops out of the hole every year from a long winter’s hibernation is Punxsutawney Phil.  It comes from an Indian name of the location the Delaware Indians settled.”

Turn Away from the Darkness by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “We’ve somehow transitioned from a nation that asked, ‘Why not?’ into one that now says, ‘We can’t.’  Most of us are likely guilty of uttering a few defeatist statements.”

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen, The Victoria Gazette.  “What are called the early dialogues present a Socrates who examines his interlocutors and refutes their beliefs.”

Remember When the 3rd annual Ice Fishing Contest was held in Victoria?  It was February 11th and a balmy 50 degrees.

Another Physical Haunt from My Past in Victoria by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “The upcoming sale of my maternal grandparent house, that of Tony and Ida Diethelm and my Aunt Elizabeth Diethelm, is leaving me with one less Victoria memory and hanging out place from my youth …”

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