Farewell to the “Old” Faces and Places by Sue Orsen.  “Farewell seems less cold and harsh than goodbye, and yet both words signal a stark departure from what has been …”  Click on Front Page.

Another Fresh Start by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “We know the usual New Year attempts to begin anew — the newest diet, the better aerobic DVD workout, the more effective anti-aging cream, the latest golf club …”

Sewing Hope by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “I have read recently about organizations and individuals who have found a great deal of satisfaction in helping families in various countries of Africa.  Tara Hawks ventured out to help African women …”

Opening Presence by Pastor Brian Dixon, Moravian Church of Lake Auburn.  “If faith is the substance of things hoped for, I wonder, then, if presence could be the substance of faith …”

Wance Upon a Time by Addie Sue Norgaard, age 7, Tioga, ND.  “Wance there was a doll and every night the doll came alive.  And there was a little girl named.  And Sue owned the doll.  And Sue became a doll every night and Sue and the doll were the same …”

New Year Golf Exercises by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Every year I plan on practicing and playing more golf.  Unfortunately, every year I practice and play less golf …”

Cold Outside, Warm Inside by Victoria Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “For the record,” said Lion David Thun, pancake batter mixer and husband of Victoria Mayor Mary Thun, “I don’t do this at the home for the mayor.”

Can You Prove that Music Isn’t Good for You?  by Sharon Burch, Music Education Teacher.  “Music has a huge impact on activity in the brain.  You can physically and visually see the growth and changes that happen inside the brain …”

Awards for Mounted Posse from Carver County Sheriff’s Office.  “In the Team Obstacle competition, the team of three from Carver County took second place …”

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, 14, Budding Climatologist.  “Minnesota (and Victoria) made the Top Ten list of 2010 USA weather events.  Also, Minnesota (and Victoria) had the fifth largest blizzard in 2010 ever to hit this area …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured a project spearheaded by Beatrice Mechtel and the Victoria Lions in “Let’s Brown Bag’ em This Year.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Dale and Marilyn Palmatier in “A World of Many Flavors.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured a recap of the year 2000 in  “Heads or Tales.”


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Victoria Strong Financially by Mayor Mary Thun.  “I am very pleased that Victoria’s final tax levy was reduced, that expenditures by City Government for 2011 will decrease, and that the Recreation Center is expected to increase program revenues …”

What Happened in Victoria after the Holidays?  by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “After  holiday sales were something that never really hit Victoria.  So with no sales or malls to attack, what did the youth of Victoria do to pass the time?”

Dear Customers by Bill Stork, Fresh Seasons Market.  “As we indicated in last month’s newspaper and again this month, our prices and value are competitive with other local grocery stores.  The response to that information was positive.”

Sing it Like it is!  by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “This year I have resolved to start listening to more cowboy music …”

Down Memory Lane by Virginia Stowe, Victoria, MN.  “I always felt lucky to go to a big brick school with lots of room.  I attended eight grades at the Victoria Public School.  Nobody took pictures during those days …”

Update on Victoria Interceptor Sewer Tunnels Project by Tom Buchal and Tim O’Donnell, Metropolitan Council.  “To date, 1,985 feet of new sewer pipe has been installed inside the 3,246-foot tunnel that runs from South Lake Virginia shores Park, under Hwy 7, along Rolling Acres Road …”

The Party’s Over by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “Leftovers are roasting on an open fire or, in our case, simmering on the stove …”

From the Lions Den by Lion Steve Fredrickson, Victoria Lions Club.  “Where can you learn more about the Victoria Lions?  The International Website is www.lionsclubs.org and the local site is www.victorialionsclub.com.”

County Tax Levy Decreases by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “When looking at the 87 counties in MN, five proposed lowering the amount of property tax levied.  Carver County was one of the five …”

Hanging Out in Hallowed Halls by Teresa and Tom Gregory, Victoria, MN.  “Our son Tim is doing an internship at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and finished up just before Christmas …”

Remember when all girls wore skirt and dresses to school?  Remember the Victoria Public School Picnic of 1946?  How about the 5th grade class of 1946 and the 6th graders of 1947?”

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reproting has been awarded to the City of Victoria and City Finance Director Jylan Johnson.

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