Frolicking with Florian by Sue Orsen. When did Victoria start changing?  “When the beer came in,” said Florian Diethelm, 92-year old bachelor gentleman whose roots go back to Galgenen, Switzerland.  Everybody used to make moonshine at home.”  Click Front  Page for the story.

The Sheriff’s Shingle by Sheriff Bud Olson, Carver County, MN.  “The Sheriff’s Office conducts two informal seat belt surveys twice each year, in May and June …”

We Need Memorials by Pastor Bill Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “Freedom is never free.  Its costs are inestimable in that it required the lives of our sons and daughters, our fathers, and brothers …”

Make Saving a Priority by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter. “All Americans should commit to a plan to provide for their own retirement and stick to it despite all the temptations to spend that money elsewhere …”

County will Contribute $240,000 by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “The County Board recently approved the dedication of the required matching funds for an emergency fire communications grant that the county’s fire departments are applying for …”

Quite the Choir!  by Sue Orsen, Choir Pianist.  “The 2010 Spring Choir Party meant more of the same — food, fun, and karaoke — which is why the annual gathering is always well attended …”

It’s Been a Great Year by Lucas Graunke, Victoria Student in District 112.  “More kids may be going to summer school this year because the schools has tightened their requirements …”

Busy as a Beaver by Sue Orsen.  “We visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and watched Patrick Dougherty weave his wonders like an above-ground beaver …”

Remember When these kids were confirmed at the Lake Auburn Moravian Church?  It was 1944.

Remember When  these kids graduated from the St. Victoria Catholic School in Victoria?  The year was 1938.

James R. Schrempp, 66, died March 13th.

Marjorie T. Ries, 87, died May 26th.

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Chevy, Meet Black Angus by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “Going almost 60 mph, I looked up to see a pair of glowing dots scramble up from the ditch and unto the road.  Boom!  At impact, I felt my weight strain on the lap belt as the 800 or so pound beast was bounced back into the ditch …”

Somebody’s Got to do it!  by Tim O’Connell, Met Council.  “Purpose of the project is to increase sanitary sewer capacity and improve reliability of the sewer system …”

Welcome, Mia Marie, Into Our Family by Grandma Sue.  “Amelia Marie was born to Nick and Jen Orsen on Sunday, May 9th, Mother’s Day …”

Passionate Pursuits by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “Just when a passion moves on to the level of obsession would be in the eye of the beholder, and at this time prudence, not to mention sound judgment, precludes delving into this question …”

Perfect Timing by Sue Orsen.  “The Ave Maria sculpture arrived at the St. Victoria Catholic Church on Thursday, May 20th.  Our brand new granddaughter, Mia Marie Orsen, also arrived home that day from the hospital, bearing a most similar name, and May 20th is the wedding anniversary of my parents …”

Whose Town is this Anyway?  by Kim Roden, Victoria City Council.  “Imagine you are a hardworking married couple who lived in a nice home on Lake Minnetonka which was situated along the channel that connects Lake Minnetonka and Lake Virginia …”

The Strange Month of May by Lucas Graunke, 14, Budding Climatologist  “This May has been very strange, even for Minnesota.  The month started out warm and windy.  Then about one week into May, we got snow …”

Finding the Idle Summer Path in Victoria by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “What do you wanna do? … I dunno.  What do you wanna do? … I’ll do what you wanna do …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Karl and Ida Thiede in “Hamburg to Hamburger.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured the STEP Group Home in “The Boys on Lake Auburn.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Ed Vanderlinde and his reminiscing in “Chewing the Rag.”

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