Funny, Famous, and Feathered by Sue Orsen. “It was a funny year, not one of great strides nor one at a standstill, also not one of baby steps, but perhaps of toddling …”  Click Front Page.

Unwanted Christmas Gifts by Kayla Swenson, 11, Victoria Elementary School.  “Everybody has gotten a gift that wasn’t their favorite but 75% of Americans kept a smile on their face and said thank you or wrote a thank you card …”

Waiting for Forever by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria. “It seemed like, as Victoria kids, an eternity or forever that we awaited the Christmas season and then, like the proverbial flash, it was gone in an instant …”

Lions End 2011 with Good Cheer by Sue Orsen, The Victoria Gazette.  “Beef Tartare, Prime Rib, Entertainment, Poinsettias, the Editor’s Camera,  and Good cheer are part of the tradition of the Victoria Lions Annual Christmas Party …”

Learn, Celebrate Focus by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria.  “I look forward to 2012 to celebrate new ideas and projects.  And I continue to Focus on the Future — both the immediate and the long term, so that our city will be the choice of many people looking for a thriving community.”

Way to Go in 2011, Victoria!  by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “I celebrate the statewide award that the Victoria Express Library recently received, thank Victoria for their work on the Hwy 5 project, and recognize the VBOA.”

Collaborating for Clean Water by Bill Olson, Manager,. MCWD.  “With tightening budgets and growing responsibilities, public agencies increasingly must work together to fulfill their missions.  Few collaborate like the MCWD.”

Support for Technology Economy by Peter Winiecki, Senate Republican Caucus, Communications Dept.  “Senator Julianne Ortman was recognized  by the Minnesota  High Tech Asso-ciation as recipient of the 2011 Tekne Award for Public Service.”

Commissioner Randy by Becky Pizinger, Association of Minnesota Cities.  “Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik was elected 2012 President of the AMC at their annual conference.”

Senator Julianne by Peter Winiecki, Senate Republican Caucus.  “Senator Julianne Ortman was recognized  as Legislator of the Year by the MN  Municipal Legislative Commission …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Celete Aretz in “It’s Been Celestial.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Ovid and Gen Northrop in “Back to the Snow Zone.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured the upcoming and soon to be constructed Victoria Field House in “A Decision to Build.”

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One for the Limit by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “We sojourned out west to a favorite lake in the wee hours of that Sunday morning for what promised to be a fairly nice day …”

Dear Quinn:  In the Year of Your Birth by Kim Roden, Resident and Victoria City Councilmember.  “This is my first letter to you and written shortly after your birth on Saturday, December 17th, 2011 …”

New Calves for the New Year by Sue Orsen, The Victoria Gazette.  “I met  Jerry Michel at the door of his barn, which is located on Kochia Lane, just a few blocks down the street from the Holy Family Catholic High School …”

The Danish Fat Tax by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “One of the government issues we as American citizens are concerned with is the desire to slap taxes on more commodities.  The Danish Fat Tax assumes citizen consumers are incapable of making choices …”

Reading About Golf by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “During the Christmas week, I read three golf books.  You think it’s silly that I’m reading golf books but I’m still learning about golf …”

Hoping for Uneventful 2012 by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “I was able to drive up to the cabin on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, with Lester, our Akita dog.  My main objective was to stack wood.”

Check the Mussels by Telly Mamayek, MCWD.  “Zebra mussels have become more prominent on the east side of Lake Minnetonka and are spreading to western areas of the lake …”

Check the Muscles by Lion Kurt Zuppke, Victoria Lions Club.  “This season’s first breakfast was once again a success, thanks in part to our two hardworking [muscular] co-chairs, Lion Brian Tjenstrom and Lion Tom Schwartz …”

Fun Fair for the Cure by Regan Anderson, 10, Victoria Elementary School.  “Breast cancer has a special meaning to me because three and a half years ago, my grandma fought hard and won her battle against it …”

Wrapping up an Extreme 2011 by Lucas Graunke, 16, Budding Climatologist.  “The National Weather Service makes an annual list of the top five weather events of the year to affect MN …”

One Resolution I Plan to Keep by Pastor Bill Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “This year I’m boldly going to double my goal to read 12 books for 2012, still meager by some standards but a challenge for me …”

Pig Slime and Lye Soap by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man.  “Our pigs had a wallow about twelve feet across the one foot deep, filled with mud and whatever else …”

Agatha Bastyr, 95, died Sunday, December 4th.

Marvin Heutmaker, 82, died Thursday, December 22nd.

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