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In this Centennial Year:  The Mayors of Victoria by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette“Prior to this May 2015 issue of the Victoria Gazette, there existed nowhere a list of the mayors of the City of Victoria, much less the years that they served, and most certainly not photographs of them en masse.”  Click on Front Page.

From the Lions Den Tom Schwartz, President, Victoria  Lions.  “Our last meeting in the old City Hall will take place on May 27th.  On June 3rd they will be demolishing the building.  Our goal is to build a Victoria Community Event Center.”

Those Nasty Little Beetles by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “There is a war against a tiny pest known as the Emerald Ash Borer.  TSTREEGUY is none other than yours truly.”

A Moment with a WWII and Korean Veteran by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “This past month I got a call asking if I could take a World War II vet to the VA Hospital for a doctor appointment.  He started to tell stories about the war.”

Victoria’s Market Opens with a Splash by Sue Orsen .  “It seemed a scene from a Harry Potter movie, but it wasn’t Albus Dumbledore with the wand.  It was St. Victoria’s Father Bob White blessing the new store, staff, and large crowd at the ribbon cutting.”

Pickingthe Mayor’s Mind by Sue Orsen.  “This monthly column sort of takes the place of raising my hand and asking questions at a city council meeting, which is a place to conduct business and not chat with people.”

New Appointment to the Metropolitan Council by Sue Orsen.  “A couple weeks ago Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik stopped by my house with Deb Barber, the newly appointed member of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council.”

Granddaughter Says Goodbye to the Storms Home by Susan Storms Moy.  “It’s still kind of a shock.  I lived there with my grandma briefly, then for six years after she died.”

Island in the Sun by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “We took a first step in a complex process where the county will end up with Coney Island and $900,000 to clean up and make improvements.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Henry and Agnes Williams.

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Sister Rolaine Diethelm.

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured the editor’s 35-year remembrance of the old St. Victoria Catholic Church.

The Bling of Spring Brings the Fling Thing to Victoria  by Sue Orsen.  “It was a lovely May Day under the big top as the Victoria Lions held their second annual Spring Fling fundraiser.  Over 400 people attended.  There were 27 vendors.?

Knowing By Intuition by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Knowing by intuition what the customer wants is the key to prosperity.  If that isn’t at the heart of the business, you have no business.”

Deer Run Golf congratulates these fine young Victoria golfers:  Christine Piwnica, MIAC women’s golf athlete (Bethel) of the week , and Collin Seal, MIAC men’s golf athlete (Saint John’s) athlete of the week.

Where All Victoria Mayors Have a Home by Sue Orsen.  “If you read my front page story, you might guess that the photo is the building of the Minnesota Historical Museum on Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul.  I’m pictured with Charles Rodgers, in the Library and Archives Division.”

Ravishing Radishes by Christie Schlueter, Regular Visitor to Victoria.  “They grow fast and when they come, you have an abundance.  Here are some different ways to serve them, Glazed, Avocado Salad, and Salmon Radish Dip.”

Choosing Mom over Rods and Reels on Mother’s Day by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Think of all the life essential skills your mom taught you, skills like dusting, vacuuming, darning socks, sweeping, cleaning out the garage.”

Evelyn “Sis” Shneider,  96,  died Friday, April 10th.

Lifetime Committee:  Victoria Needs New Housing by Linda McNulty and Stan Hamerski.  “Our mission is to mobilize people to prepare for the needs and contributions of residents as they age.”

A Curious Case of Landscape by Bill Olson, Manager MCWD.  “When the Watershed District began offering grants to help people pay for water friendly landscaping in 2011, we weren’t sure if there would be much interest.”

Easter Egg Hunt by Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “The Easter Bunny welcomes scores of eager youngsters and their parents to enjoy a brisk, beautiful, and sunny morning at Lions’ Park.”

Former Victoria City Clerk and Councilmember Whitey Wellens died Sunday, April 12th, at his home in Winter Haven, Florida.  He was longtime Victoria City Clerk, Victoria City Councilmember, Charter Member and Secretary of the Victoria Lions.

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The Victoria GAZETTE

May 2015