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The Victoria GAZETTE

June 2016

Sue’s Album

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Evil Schoolteacher Plans by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Perhaps the most anticipated day of the year was the last day of school.  And it did not matter if it was kindergarten or college.”

Ahead of the Curve by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “As it turns out, this very author of this very monthly musing must have been way ahead of the times back in 1972.  I took a year of hiatus after graduating LeSueur High School.”

Filling Our Days by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “One of the first couples we met in Voyager Village was Sterling and Sandy.  The Cabin Gal bumped into Sandy somewhere in the clubhouse and they immediately became friends.”

New Rain Garden by Sue Orsen.  “It’s not so visible from the top of the hill, but down near the new Charlson Thun Bandstand is a large rain garden that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is proud of because its construction will help keep pollutants out of Stieger Lake.”

New Solar Energy Project Near Marshall by Colleen Mahoney, Xcel Energy.  “An affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources LLC started construction in May on a large scale solar project in Lyon county, near Marshall.  When complete, it will be the third largest solar installation in the state.”

Arrogance by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “This is a pretty good topic for a golf column.  It would be a good topic for any column.  Arrogance is the most shocking quality that I encounter.  I’m always shocked by it.”

From the Lions Den photos from Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “We had new Melvin Jones awards and the installation of new officers of the Victoria Lions Club.  We had a very good meal of barbecued ribs, pork ribs and sauerkraut, red boiled potatoes, corn, and salad.”

Sensational Summer Delights by Christie Schlueter, Regular Victoria Visitor.  “These new recipes are entitled Herbed Peas, Lemony Snow Pea Pods, Grilled Vegetable Salad, Grilled Pineapple with Nutella, Grilled Peaches with Fresh Cherry Sauce, and Pene with Asparagus.:

Garden Music at the Arb by Susie Eaton Harper.  “The MN Landscape Arboretum has a diverse, fun, musical lineup through the spring and summer season.  All dates are free with gate admission and always free for members.”

Rememer When this group of kids graduated from the 8th grade at the St. Victoria Catholic School?  It was in June of 1954.

Remember When this group of kids graduated from the 8th grade at the St. Victoria Catholic School?  It was in June of 1961.

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Dale and Nancy Sohns in “Like Father, Like Sohns.”  Dale’s grandparents hailed from Saxony, Germany, and homesteaded in what is today Carver Park.”

20 Years Ago by the Gazette featured Larry and Pam Bell in “Baptism by Fire.”  Pastor Larry Bell was commissioned to start Christ Victorious Lutheran Church.”

10 years Ago the Gazette featured  the editor’s trip to Fatima Portugal, and Lourdes, France, in “The Little Lady.”’

Bandstand Comes to Life by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette“A seed was planted in the mind of Mary Hershberger Thun to build a community bandstand in downtown Victoria where all the action is.  She subsequently embarked on a remarkable four-year quest that culminated in May 2016 when the Charlson Thun Community Bandstand came to life.”  Click on Front Page.

Picking the Mayor’s Mind by Sue Orsen.  Replied Mayor Tom O’Connor, “The future for Victoria looks bright.  We continue to see constant reinforcement of the attractiveness of our city as a special community for all demographic groups.  The quality of life features that we share, combined with a small town charm, have broad resident appeal.”

Discover Victoria Day by Sue Orsen.  “It turned into a pretty nice day compared to the earlier May days.  There were maybe 30 vendors lining the walls and center floor of the gym in the Victoria Recreation Center.  Many of them had free gifts if you stopped by to visit.”

A Tribute to Lexi by Sue Orsen.  “On May 4th a boulder and plaque in honor of Lexi Kretsch was installed near the playground area behind the Victoria Rec Center at Diethelm Park.  Lexi died July 10th, 2015, at age 16 as the result of a tragic car accident near Mankato.”

Victoria’s Library Log by Kathy Perschmann, Carver County Library System.  “The Tuxedo Band will be playing contemporary rock music in the Bandstand in June.  Many other events including Animal Talks, Juggle bll, Snapdragon Seeds, Life Sized Superheroes.”

Discover Classic Car Night by Randy Miller, VBA.  “Every other Wednesday evening during the summer months, downtown Victoria turns into a car lover’s paradise.  Car enthusiasts and guests have been coming to Victoria!”

Enthusiasm and Teamwork  by Jack Pavett, Student Reporter/Photographer.  “It was a great first game by the Victoria Lions Girls Fastpitch Softball team.  With only one practice prior to the game, the team showed enthusiasm and teamwork through the afternoon.”

Counties Own 45% of USA Roads by Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik.  “Counties play an essential role in developing transportation and infrastructure networks.  Counties own and maintain 45% of America’s road and 40% of bridges, in addition to investing more than $122 billion annually in infrastructure and public works.”

Generaous Victoria Lions by Lion Doug Dyer.  “The Victoria Lions wrote out several checks in May in support of community people, events, and organizations.  One of the checks was for $2,000 to Chaska Middle School East.”

Lloyd Bonkoski of Victoria is celebrating his 95th birthday at their home in Victoria on Saturday, June 11th, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Purple Paraphernalia by Sue Orsen. “It became a moment for a lot of Victoria people because anytime we traveled east on Hwy 5 we drove past this wall of purple paraphernalia on the fence in front of Prince’s Studio in Chanhassen.”