A Year of Catting Around Town by Sue Orsen.  “In taking a moment to look back at 2008, it becomes evident that the year was a rather involved affair with big yellow Caterpillar equipment.  Those CATS seemed to be prowling in every Victoria backyard and alley …”  Click on Front Page.

Top Ten New Year Resolutions by Pastor Thomas Braun, Christ Victorious Lutheran Church.  “A recent poll ranked the following resolutions as the Top Ten that Americans have made the past three years …”

Focusing on the Future by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria.  “We have many things to be proud of in our city, including those that occurred in 2008.  What are we working on for2009?  Contrary to some rumors …”

Slight Increase in Taxes by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria.  “Thee overall budget increase in Victoria from 2008 to 2009 will be 5.41%, which translates into an approximate $8.93 per year tax increase on an average home …”

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, Budding Climatologist, 13.  “”About one-third of all Christmases in the Twin Cities are white.  That fact is no surprise as the Twin Cities is the coldest major metro area in the USA …”

Life and Taxes after Death by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporte.  “Unless we act now, the increased Death Tax will destroy hardworking Americans.  It has been called The Nightmare of the American Dream because all assets are taxed.  This tax is unfair.  It punishes Americans who work the hardest and rewards those who spend rather than save …”

Ten Golf Resolutions by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Usually every year I have one golf resolution.  The reality is that I never succeed with honoring the yearly resolution, so this year I’m coming up with a pile of them …”

Riding the Waves by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “My bucket list is pretty much complete so I don’t feel the urgency for any specific performance on New Year resolutions.  This has become more of a time of reflection an anticipation for me …”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured nearly two dozen photos of Victoria businesses and business people from the year 1957 when Bud Larson was president of the Victoria Commercial Club …”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured the year 1998 in “Suckers for the Camera,” using photos never before seen in the paper …”

Remember When Stieger Lake was not a catch and release lake?  When old Eskimos like John Notermann and Tony Kerber hung out at the Ice Fishing Contest?  When Euch Wartman walked around at the Fishing Contest eating burgers and enjoying the day?  When the Fishing Contest was run solely by the Victoria Chamber?  When you saw a priest in Franciscan garb on the lake?

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The Lifts Followed the Cats by Sue Orsen.  “When the CATS completed their demolition work in Victoria last year, they were replaced by giant lifts that seemed to reach for the sky, but in fact reached only to the top of the new buildings being constructed in the wake of the CATS …

What to do in January by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “With no real holidays on the horizon in January and February — well, maybe St. Blaise Day when we got our throats blessed for the year — Victoria kids needed stuff to do …”

Jammin’ on the Highway by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “This cannot be contained within any longer and, yes, it is literally asking for trouble but, as Popeye the Sailor was fond of saying, ‘I’ve stood all can stands.  I can’t stands no more!’”

Estate Sale in Your Future?  by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “Faced with downsizing home and possession, seniors often turn to estate and household sales …”

Click on Crime Alerts by Sheriff Bud Olson, Carver County, MN.  “The Sheriff’s Office web site has a new feature called Crime Alerts.  Those wishing to subscribe will receive alerts via email or fax as they are published.  The subscription is free …”

Upon Reflection submitted by John Flora, Fridley, MN.  “As I get older it is easier to be positive.  I care less about what other people think.  I don’t question myself so much anymore.  Being old has set me free …”

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “Flummer is meaningless language intended to deceive.  You wouldn’t call it an outright lie, but you also wouldn’t call it an inright lie since inright isn’t a word …”

Pushing Pancakes by Kurt Zuppke, Victoria Lion/Photographer.  “The Lions thank all of those who volunteered to work or attend this  great community event on Sunday, December 7th.  Happy New Year to everyone from the Victoria Lions …”

Fine Feathered Friends by Pastor Frank Jones, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  “Carol and I have tried helping one of our cts out of that Eat-Sleep Rut by introducing her to bird watching.  We installed a new feeder on a kitchen window, filled it with seed, and then sat back to watch …”

Hanging Out at the Hall by Sue Orsen.  “The Victoria Lions held their annual Christmas Party on December 5th.  Bill Bradley and Jim Strehlke provided music for the large crowd, playing German and Christmas tune through the evening …”

Silver Dollar City at Christmas Time by Sue Orsen.  “We spent some December days in Branson, Missouri, with friends John and Jan Flora.  One of the highlights was Silver Dollar City with its outstanding shows and light displays …”

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