In Memory of Randy Miller

Randy Miller arrived in Victoria in November 2006.  Ten years later, in November 2016, Randy wasn’t feeling well.  He was diagnosed with cancer and died May 8th, 2017.  His death is a large loss to Victoria and most certainly to all who knew him and called him friend.  Over these past ten years, Randy and I were often at the same events in Victoria.  As usual, I’m always taking pictures. 

May 22nd, 2008.  Becoming informed at a City of Victoria Open House on a proposal for improving the Hwy 5 Corridor.

August 27th, 2011.  Volunteering to sit in the Dunk Tank at the Victoria Volksfest.

August 27th, 2011.  Yes, I hit the target and Randy got dunked.

September 24th, 2011.  Ensuring that vendors are in place at Discover Victoria Day.

October 28th, 2013.  Visiting with Lori Anderson, President of the Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce, at a Victoria City Council meeting.

December 7th, 2013.  Joining festivities with Santa Claus at Christmas in Downtown Victoria.

June 11th, 2014.  Selling hats at a Classic Car Nigh with Lion Laura O’Neill and Connie Beneke, citizen volunteer

July 22nd, 2014.  Serving at the going away party for Community Development Director Holly Kreft at the Victoria House.

July 22nd, 2014.  In the middle of things in the middle of this picture at the party for Holly.

September 4th, 2014.  Serving at KleinBank of Victoria’s Appreciation Day.

September 4th, 2014.  Laughing at the editor.

May 16th, 2015.  Promoting Victoria with Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik at Discover Victoria Day.

July 27th, 2015.  Unfolding Victoria’s Centennial Flag with Mayor Tom O’Connor.

July 27th, 2015.  Posing with city folks (l-r):  Councilmember Lani Basa, Mayor O’Connor, City Manager Laurie Hokkanen, Councilmember Jim Crowley, Councilmember Tom Strigel, Randy.

July27th, 2015.  Raising the Centennial Flag in front of the new Victoria City Hall & Library.

August 13th, 2015.  Preparing to raise a giant balloon with Rick Stucki for the Grand Opening of Victoria’s Market.

August 13th, 2015.  Anchoring the ropes so the balloon doesn’t escape.

August 13th, 2015.  Admiring their successful promotional project.

August 13th, 2015.  Preparing to grill for KleinBank’s Appreciation Day.

August 13th, 2015.  Feeding the folks.

August 15th, 2015.  Having arranged a successful fireworks on Stieger Lake to conclude Victoria’s Volksfest.

November 13th, 2015.  Said Randy at the time, “As president of the Victoria Business Association, it is my responsibility for a Christmas tree and lighting in Victoria.”  The tree and the installation were donated by Hartman Companies.

November 13th, 2015.  Confirming that the best spot was indeed chosen for Victoria’s first Living Christmas Tree.

November 13th, 2015.  Admiring the 22-foot Norway Spruce with the brothers Jeff Hartman and Jerry Hartman.

December 6th, 2015.  Celebrating the season near the bonfire and Victoria’s Official Christmas Tree.

April 27th, 2016.  Working with Jeff Hartman on the delivery of the Centennial Sculpture to Bayfront Park in Victoria.

April 27th, 2016.  Visiting with the audience from City Hall (l-r):  Tom Gray (Building Official), Jeff, Laurie Hokkanen (City Manager), Ben Landhauser (Community Development Director), Randy.

April 27th, 2016.  Waiting for arrival of the crane to lift and set the sculpture in place.

April 27th, 2016.  Randy was part of the sculpture project from its inception and design to its creation and installation.

May 18th, 2016.  Greeting Jeff Filipek, President of the SW Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Cindy Hagen, at the dedication of the Charlson Thun Community Bandstand on Stieger Lake in downtown Victoria.

July 20th, 2016. Working the crowd at a Concert in the Park at Stieger Lake.

July 22nd, 2016.  Working to promote Volksfest and arranging for banners at Lions Park in Victoria.

July22nd, 2016.  Accepting $5,000 from Lions President Laura O’Neill, to help pay for the Fireworks at Volksfest.

July 22nd, 2016.  Accepting $5,000 from Paul Carlson, owner of Vic’s Bar & Grill, to help pay for the Fireworks.

August 31st, 2016.  Scooting around town on a Segway at Classic Car Night in Victoria.

October 29th, 2016.  Serving young kids at the Victoria Halloween Party at the Recreation Center.

August 18th, 2016.  Responding to calls as he coordinated delivery of a barge for Victoria Fireworks at Volksfest.

August 18th, 2016.  Successful landing of the fireworks barge.

November 22nd, 2016.  Making sure that shovels get handed out to the right people at the Victoria Flats groundbreaking.  It is the last picture I took of Randy Miller.