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LUV YA, IM YOURS, YUR MINE, IM READY by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “February was a very odd and unusual time for the faithful that called Victoria their domicile.  The holiday of St. Valentine really got the excitement juices of the lads and lassies at St. Victoria Catholic School, and others in Victoria.’

A Touch of Time in the Tundra at Tioga by Sue Orsen/TheVictoria Gazette  “It was in the midst of the Deep Freeze that hung in the Midwest for a time and has since returned.  It was warm in their fish house on Lake Sakakawea, which is close to their country home.”

A New Year’s Celebration by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  ”The Up North Cabin Gal and I have been celebrating New Year’s Eve together for 34 years now, this year Year end snuck up on us and we were at a loss as what to do.”

Weekend Getaways by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “For about a dozen or so years, our family found itself traipsing about the great state of hockey in the never ending (it seemed) pursuit of yet another game of puck, on yet another sheet of indoor ice.”

Weigh In On Clean Water by Bill Olson, MCWD Manager. “The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is turning to you, residents of the District, for guidance on its future activities.  On February 20th we will be at Victoria City Hall.”

Moving Dirt in the Dead of Winter by Sue Orsen.  “Looks like they’re building a road, maybe getting ready for another development, or maybe constructing an outdoor ice skating rink.  Actually, the dirt work is occurring in a wetland area to improve the quality of Stieger Lake.”

Financing Victoria’s Government by Mayor Tom O’Connor, City of Victoria.  “This article will attempt to present a high level picture of Victoria’s financial practices and the 2013 city budget to provide a basic understanding of how our city functions from a financial perspective.”

Peg O’Neill Yanisch by Father Bob White, St. Victoria Catholic Church.  “Peg’s son Steve, who was not at her funeral, honored his mother in a most unique way that day.  He was in Nepal climbing Mount Everest.  On top of the world, He’ll have the best view to heaven there is.”

Marguerite “Peggy” Oneill Yanisch 86, died December 30th, 2012.”Text  

Evangeline “Vangie” Schneider 83, died January 11th, 2013.

LaVerne Blanche Stans 88, died December 24th, 2012.

Scott Martin 55, died January 11th, 2013.

Gary F. Albright 65, died January 27th, 2013.

An Exciting Midwinter Moment by Sue Orsen.  “It all happened very fast, in only a moment.  Mark Jesbserg of Victoria had manned the hole on Stieger Lake for 45 minutes on Sunday, February 3rd, when he felt the tug, reeled in the fish, pried out the hook, and rushed to have it weighed.”  Click on Front Page.

It Gets the Fire Going by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Every January, I look forward to the PGA Show, not just because it’s in Florida but because I like all aspect of The Show.”

In the Business of Changing Hearts by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “I am especially fond of this time because I was married on Valentine’s Day a few years ago, and soon after that day I love to celebrate my husband’s birthday.”

New for Small Businesses by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “Open to Business is a program that provides consulting services for small businesses and can assist them with financing options.  It is available free of charge to all county residents and businesses.”

Emptying the Editor’s Camera by Sue Orsen. “Thank you, Nick, for driving over with the kids on such a cold January day.  We love seeing you.”

Scholarships for Generosity by Deb McMillan, SW Metro Chamber Foundation.  “We are now accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded to graduates of the Class of 2013.  They will be rewarded without regard to athletic or academic achievement.’

Feels Like a Real Winter by Lucas Graunke, Budding Climatologist.  “While the state is still in a snow drought, things have gotten better since last year.  Our snowfall is still below normal, but it looks like we can still make up for the deficit.”

A General Refresher by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man.  “Some of our favorite rides include Blue Ridge Parkway, Deals Gap Tennessee, Natchaze Trace, Road to the Sun, Hwy One between Seattle and San Francisco, and the Canadian North Shores of Lake Superior.”

A Farm Summit by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum.  “Sustainable Agriculture Summit is being presented at the Arboretum in February.  The Summit offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore ways to farm profitably, build a sustainable community, and advance mutual goals.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Ed and Mary Vanderlinde in  “Our Vanderlinde Valentines.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Wilbur and Elmer Krey in “Dear Old Golden Rule Days.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Mel and Sharon Hazel-wood in “Cruising for Romance.”

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