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February 2015

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Virginia Harris:  Victoria’s First City Administrator by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette“It came to pass that in the year 1972, the City of Victoria hired its very first city administrator.  Virginia Harris had that job for five years, until she was lured away by Carver County for a zoning and planning position in 1977.”  Click on Front Page.

Picking the Mayor’s Mind by Sue OrsenReplied Mayor Tom O’Connor, “I am by nature a very optimistic person, which makes it easy to smile, but you’re correct.  Lately things have been going so well that the smiles are probably broader.”

Ice Fishing and First Things First on February First by Sue Orsen“It was 16 degrees and sunny on Stieger Lake this past Sunday, February 1st, but there was a strong wind from the northeast that made visitors and fishermen stronger as they braved the Annual Ice Fishing Contest.”

Setting Limits of the Met Council by Susan Closmore, MN House Caucus“This unelected board has grown more powerful over the decades, and legislators want to ensure that the Met Council is listening to the needs of all its constituents.”

Packing up and Getting Ready to Leave the Old fire Hall by Sue Orsen“A peek inside the Old City Offices during the week of January 12th revealed an orderly and stacked arrangement of filled plastic and cardboard boxes that allowed a walking path from desks to copy machine to the water cooler.”

Using the Old Village Hall to Refresh Some Old Soldiers by Sue Orsen“The place was utilized to paint old city file cabinets so they would appear to be fine upstanding color coordinated soldiers in the neew home on Stieger Lake Lane.”

The New Victoria Library Has Taken Shape by Sue Orsen“The prominent view of Stieger Lake from the Library is evident and impressive.”

Betty Krauth, 67 died Tuesday, January 13th.

Eleanor Notermann, 84 died Wednesday, January 21st.

Strolling Through the New Public Works Facility by Sue Orsen“The place is huge, clean, and uncluttered.  Ann Mahnke hosted the occasion.”

Lentils are Lovely by Christie Schlueter, Regular Victoria Visitor“Two recipes for you, Sausage and Lentil Soup plus Lentils and Red Pepper Dip.”

A Record 12 Victoria Homes in Spring Parade by Wendy Danks, BATC“Over 400 new homes and over 60 remodeled homes are featured in the 2015 Spring Parade in its 67th year.”

Sounds of Making Breakfast by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy“The wonderful things about going to bed Up North is the glorious morning that awaits when you’re th first one up.  It’s just like the commercials for Maxwell Coffee.”

Nine Must-Read Golf Books by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro“Winter in Minnesota is a good time to catch up on your reading, especially golf books.  Because I’m gold and have lived through many winters, I’ve read a lot of golf books.”

Exploring New Victoria City Hall Before Moving In by Sue Orsen“It was Friday, January 16th, that I was invited to see the inside of the new City Hall.  It was amazing and exciting for me, a longtime Victoria resident and business person, to see this new space for city staff, the people who try to work diligently for the good of Victoria.”

Birds Eye Views from the Snowby Rooftops by Sue Orsen“A view of downtown Victoria from this high southwest perspective has not existed before today … only now from the flat rooftop of the newly constructed two-story Victoria City Hall.”

What’s In a Name? by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent“There is an interesting book on the nightstand these days entitled You Can’t Make This Up.  There really are occurrences out there like that.”

Let’s turn the Old that became the New into the New New by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria“So I suggest a new basketball court running from the old Fresh Seasons bread aisle and running straight north to the dairy aisle to where my childhood home’s back porch ran.”

Rolling Acres Road Built in 1957 by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner“Carver County has requested a federal grant to reconstruct the road between Hwy 5 and Hwy 7, having reached its useful life.”

Grand Opening of Victoria Library March 7th by Kathy Perschmann, Carver County Library System“Join us for that very special day with fun for all ages from 9:30 a.m. forward.”

Turning Back the clock by Bill Olson, MCWD“I am interested in the environment and spend a lot of time working on clean water issues as the Carver County representative on the MCWD Board of Managers.”

Celebrating a Centennial Year:  Weaving with Former Mayor Chub Arezt by Sue Orsen“He is a Victoria gentleman spun with political thread from the Depression era.”

At the Lions Den by Sue Orsen“No, I am not a member of the Victoria Lions, but I enjoy an occasional Spouse’s Night.