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Just Like Fine Wine by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Waconia.  “I’m sure nieces and nephews see me as Old Uncle Tom, whereas Mom will simply smile and say, ‘You?  You’re not old.’  Of course, being more knowledgeable in such subjects, and being mom, she is right.”

Discover Victoria Day by Sue Orsen.  “It was a well-packed parking lot at the Victoria Recreation Center on May 18th, but many of those patrons were in the exercise room or watching their kids play hockey.”

Make a Wish Come True by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “Our six-year old grandson Owen has had medical issues that put him in the hospital for extended stays, enough times to qualify him and his family for a Make a Wish Vacation in Florida.”

Holding the High Ground by Jim Paulsen, Real Estate Agent.  “The co-founders of ENKI Brewing in Victoria were gracious to take time from their schedules to visit with me.  The new brewers are not strangers to Victoria.”

June Baseball in Victoria by Mike Poppitz, Vics Manager.  “What a spring it’s been.  Can’t remember one like this in a long time.  Baseball for the Vics is underway at a slow pace because of the weather.”

Third Lightning Strike at Deer Run by John Hetzler, Resident of Victoria.  “Sunday morning, May 19th, about 6:15 a.m., a lightning bolt struck another house on Ridge Ponds Drive.”

The Impact of Truck Weights by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “In an era when we are dealing with budget deficits and having to choose carefully where to spend scarce resources, it makes no sense to authorize bigger trucks that increase infrastructure damage.’

Be a Superstar by Kathe Matthews, Carver County Poet.  “Every day that you are livin’, use the talents you’ve been given.  Go out and be God’s superstar, By His making that’s what you are.”

Thanks for Your Support by Paul Schullo, President, Victoria Lions.  “The Victoria Lions will be forming a foundation that some day could help fund a new dedicated Lions building in Victoria.”

Power Grid Just West of Waconia by Sue Orsen.  “We were driving out to see my parents for Mother’s day and came upon a field of huge steel pipes, wooden poles being replaced with huge pre-rusted steel, an electric campus.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Hilda Caspers in “It’s Time to Fly Our Flag.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Marvin and Mary Gregory in “The Waltons of Victoria.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Wilbert and Darlene Kelzer in “Coming of Age.”


Claire de lune by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette.  “John Scott of Victoria plays the classical piano piece from memory, having learned it long ago, one measure at a time until it became second nature to him.”  Click on Front Page.

Dear Mr. Downs by Jenny Orsen Norgaard.  “Congratulations, Mr. Downs, on being named teacher of the year.  There is no doubt that a teacher leaves an impression on the impressionable young minds of students.” 

With Bragging Rights and Love by Stan Hamerski, Victoria, MN.  “I am proud to give you a peek at my son in law Bill Piwnica, who is married to my daughter Beth, at also at my granddaughter, their daughter Christine.  The Piwnica’slives here in Victoria, as do my wife Jayne and I.”

Swing the Clubhead by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Club.  “That was the mantra of old-time golf instructor Edward Jones.  I just finished reading his book.  Jones wanted everyone to feel the golf swing.”

Conservation Through a Lens by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum. “Acclaimed nature photographer and oceanographer Chris Linder will share breathtaking images and true-life experiences from his travels.”

MCWD Grades Its Lakes by Telly Mamayek, MCWD.  “Some of the lakes receiving an A grade include Pierson, Stone, Weste Auburn, and Lake Zumbra.

Message from the Mayor by Mayor Tom O’Connor.  “The Stieger Lake wetland restoration began last May with a citywide community meeting.  Major construction activity was substantially completed this past February, funded by the MCWD.”

Turning Passion into Results by Bill Olson, MCWD Manager.  “To help defray some costs of installing raingardens and pervious pavement driveways, the MCWD offers grants to cover up half the cost of eligible projects.”

Musical Musing by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man.  “For my entire adult life, I have always been part of a church choir.  For the last 20 of those years, the Harley Babe and I have been part of the St. Victoria Choir.”

Fathers Leave Legacies and Memories by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Fathers always seemed to look the other way, never showed their disappointment, and left legacies and lots of memories.”

Sewer Repair Continues in Victoria by the MCES.  “The temporary wastewater conveyance system pumps the wastewater out of the section of pipe that needs to be cleaned and repaired.”

Jeanette Schu, 87, died May 9th at Auburn Manor.

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