Larger Than Life by Sue Orsen.  “After more than a 40-year absence, larger than life characters returned to downtown Victoria.  Meet Ernie the Keebler Elf, Count Chocula, and McGruff the Crime Dog …”  Click on Front Page.

U.S. Open Recap by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “The tournament never felt like it got going and then all of a sudden it was over …”

Fourth of July Memories by Pastor Frank Jones, The Moravian Church of Lake Auburn.  “The gathering was not for gourmet cuisine but for friends and family.  Dad’s job was to build the fire and make the meat …”

Off Into the Sunset by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “The Harley Babe and I are planning a summer ride and I am getting excited to hit the road.  We are starting off by heading west …”

From the Lions Den by Kurt Zuppke, Victoria Lions Club.  “I would like to thank Jeff Chapman for his year of dedicated service to our club and welcome our incoming President Steve Olson …”

The Weather Vane With Arizona Grandparents by Lucas Graunke, 13, Budding Climatologist.  “I am on summer vacation and staying with my grandparents in a nice town called Lakeside, Arizona …”

What did MN Legislature do for us?  by Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik.  “The result of the 2009 state legislative session was positive for veterans.  Also, a pilot program allows local governments to use design-build for transportation projects was passed …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured, on the first of its eight pages, an untitled reminiscing from Ben Diethelm, whose Grandfather Michael came with his Great Grandfather Carl and his brother Michael from Switzerland …”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Ethel Sauter in “Bloom Where You Are Planted.”  Ethel, 79, was  born and raised in Canada …

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Herb and Bonnie Strom in “Mormor and Papa.”  All of their grandparents were born in Sweden …

Robert Dahlin, 80, died Tuesday, June 9th, 2009.

Tony Kerber, 97, died  June 20th, 2009.

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Sir, Please Don’t Tase My Dog!   by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “This space is usually reserved for more lighthearted subjects, if not complete frivolity.  However, an incident occurred that has stuck in the cowboy’s craw and the editor has agreed to allow me to air out my feelings …”

Kids’ Summer Dreams by Lucas Graunke, 13, Victoria Student.  “Duluth is a very popular vacation spot for many summer travelers.  Most kids like to travel up north to see Lake Superior and play on the many beaches in the area …”

Victoria Sidewalks by Sue Orsen.  “You might be reminded of the Champs Elysees or the walkways of Orvieto or the canals of San Antonio …”

Unique Among the Nations by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “Do Americans want the United States to be like Europe?  Embracing the European model means discarding the Founders’ revolutionary re-invention of government and the relationship we have between the state and the citizen …”

Same Street, Same Day, Same Time by Sue Orsen.  “It was Thursday, June 18th, when Quamoclit Street, partly under construction in downtown Victoria, was bombarded with trucks in an unusual visual for this small hamlet …”

Mind Your Elders!  by Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun, City of Victoria.    “The Victoria Senior Commission invited all of the Victoria clergy and a representative of their congregations to participate in a focus group for the purpose of discussing the needs the churches see in the senior community …”

Remember When it was Leo’s Bar … when Lenny Koehnen had a business called Tri-State Wrecker Sales … when Darel Geske built a three-stall carwash … when it was called the Victoria State Bank … when Tuffy Kaufhold mowed the property … when Fred Berg opened a Fixit Shop and his wife Betty answered the door …

Summers of Old in Victoria by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Babysitting our little brothers and sisters and serving Mass were no substitutes for fun summer activities like garden raiding, skinny dipping, or trying to hit a curve ball …”

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