Hunters’ Paradise by Sue Orsen.  “The hunters’ paradise was formerly a dairymen’s paradise.  It all changed when a city fellow by the name of George J. Ruediger bought up three farms in the ‘60’s with no intention to milk cows …”  Click on Front Page.

Will I Recognize Victoria?  by John J. Kirsch, Former Resident of Victoria.  “I grew up in Victoria in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s, and every time I see an old building go down, it tugs away at my heart strings and brings back so many good memories, but then that’s progress.  If it weren’t for progress, Victoria would still have the old wooden sidewalks, hitching posts, and dirt streets …”

Instant Communication by Pastor Maureen Bonner.  “As astounding as our achievements may be, they are dwarfed by another superior and greater means of communication, which requires neither phone lines nor transistors.  We can enter into the realm of the supernatural and communicate with the Creator …”

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “The MN National Guard has developed this unique program to reintegrate soldiers and airmen back into the communities …”

Meet Me in St. Louis by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “Having just returned from a visit to Harley Babe’s daughter in St. Louis, I discovered the Great Exposition, or World’s Fair, occurred in 1904 …”

This Old House submitted by Christine Determan.  A residential home seen through the eyes of the homeowner, buyer, lender, appraiser, and tax assessor …”

A Dangerous Plan by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “Giving evil people what they want simply encourages them to demand more.  The terrorists will not stop until they have reached their goal of placing the entire world under the control of Muslim law …”

Celebrating Arts & Academics during Catholic Schools Week by Lisa Whitaker, St. Joe’s, Waconia.  “The students brought in 241 slippers and socks, 248 books, 206 stuffied toys, 10,246 nickels, 3 care packages, and 139 food shelf items for the Waconia United Food Shelf, St. Stephen’s Free Store, Sharing and Caring Hands, and Mary’s Place Homeless Shelter …”

How Long is Your Day?  by Pastor Frank Jones, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  “How often have you heard comments about how long the winter has been?  We also hear of time flying by and of being short …”

Finding Romance Up North by Kirsty Markus, Inver Grove Heights, MN.  “We are newlyweds and new homeowners reeling in a recession, paying off a wedding while taking a mortgage.  For our honeymoon we passed on Pennsacola and Ixtapa …”

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, 13, Budding Climatologist.  “Now we are entering the month known for its wind, wild temperature swings, and heavy wet snow.  Beware!”

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Meant to be BOLD! by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “People now believe that if anything goes wrong with their life, that someone else is responsible for the problem and they are entitled to compensation.  Is there any boldness in this way of living?  Are we a bunch of weanies?

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “When the word ’pecuniary’ popped onto a page of my periodical, I plucked it up promptly since I have a peculiar propensity for ’p’ words …”

Timmmmberrrr!  by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent. “On a warm February afternoon, there stood the local cowboy correspondent and fairly experienced lumberjack, chainsaw in hand, eyeing the ‘drop zone’ apprehensively …”

The 2015 Vision for Victoria from the City of Victoria.  “Participants were asked to imagine Victoria in the year 2015 as if it had become the most desirable city that could be reasonably created …”

The Art of Strategy by Victoria City Councilmember Kim Roden.  “We completed vision descriptions for seven major areas of the City of Victoria, including planning and land use, infrastructure, amenities, facilities, trails, and finances.  A new area included building linkages to the MN Landscape Arboretum  …”

A Life of Indentured Servants by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “We swept hardwood floors, pounded carpets on the clothesline pole, fed our hunting dogs, returned our returnable bottles, checked on our grandparents, did dishes …”

To Be a Teacher:  the Highest Ambition and Aspiration by Jamie Holtmeier, Moravian College.  “My family heavily influenced my professional goals through their own experiences.  I cannot imagine myself in a different occupation.  I am excited and nervous …”

A Few Grains of Wisdom by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria.  “Our speaker reminded the audience that in the western culture we are taught to look for the ‘right’ solution as opposed to the ‘elegant’ solution.  She talked about resilience, the ability to pick yourself up and keep moving …”

Still Holding Sophie by Jenny Norgaard, Tioga, ND.  “Hi, Mom.  Here are some pictures from our recent trip home to Victoria.  The train works well for us.  There was another huge blizzard when we got back to Tioga …”

Letters of Contribution from Community Youth received through Maureen Farrell, Carver County Justice Center.  “I am apologizing for stealing political signs.  I now realize that it was more than a practical joke and people were highly impacted by it …”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Carver Park in “Rumblings of Life.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Charlie and Georgiana Johnson in “At the Johnson’s with Woody and the Rugs.”

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