The Hat Lady by Sue Orsen.  “She’s been walking up and down Park Drive since she was a little girl, when the road didn’t have gravel much less curb and asphalt, and it didn’t even have a name …” Click on Front Page.

At the Victoria Lions Halloween Magic Show by Victoria  Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “This year we gave the attendees a special treat with magician Jim Kostick’s Jammimi Magical Productions along with our own standard helping of goodies …”

Karl Marx Didn’t Get It by Pastor Bill Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “How one reads Karl Marx’s famous quote, ‘Religion is the opiate of the people,’ depends on one’s definition of religion …”

Still Hooked on Hockey by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “You can’t legislate fighting out of hockey, any more than you can take away people’s competitive spirit.  So let ‘em go, sit back, and cheer.  To the winner goes the bruised knuckles.”

Sophie is a Star by Grandma Sue.  “Son Nick turned into a camera aficionado upon the birth of his daughter Sophia on October 30th, 2008.  His wife Jen submitted one of Nick’s pictures of Sophie playing in the leaves to WCCO-TV and it was chosen to be featured as part of their ‘On the Spot’ …”

An Oxtail Soup Story by Jo-Anne Young, Resident of Victoria.  “Now that it is colder weather again, it’s time to make soup.  I publicly thank Fresh Seasons in Victoria for carrying oxtails ever since I requested them …”

A Whole Other Story by Lucas Graunke, 13, Ninth Grade Victoria Student.  “You may have been wondering what the high schools are like now that we have added a 2nd one in District 112 …”

End of an Era … Almost by Virginia Hedtke Stowe, Victoria, MN.  “There are a few of us around yet who remember old Victoria before the new Highway 5 and the park, when there were dairy farmers bringing eggs into Notermann’s …”

Reflections of a Sister on Her Brother by Virginia Hedtke Stowe, Victoria, MN.    “What can you say about Robert  Hedtke, a guy who could do most anything well.  He was an excellent engineer.  He was electrical, mechanical, and musical …”

To Veterans, Thank You by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “It is insufficient to simply say that we support the troops, but not follow up on that commitment with deeds.  We need to ensure the benefits that our veterans have earned are awarded to them …”

So What’s Going On in Downtown Victoria?  by Sue Orsen.  “The south side of the Clocktower Building is being expanded to make office and retail space for businesses that will get Highway 5 exposure.  It’s too bad our elected city fathers and mothers didn’t have a hand in it.”

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The Fear Factor by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Recklessness is not a virtue.  Courage is a virtue.  Courage is doing the right thing when it’s scary.  People who are never scared are either crazy or really stupid …”

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “Yes, salient is the state of being prominent, standing out relative to other items, thrusting itself into the center of the arena, worthy of note, conspicuous …”

Our Family at Home in Victoria by Dale Riley, Fresh Seasons Market.  “When we committed to build here in Victoria, we committed to creating a grocery store that would reflect what we heard you wanted:  broad and deep selections …”

Watching the World Go By by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “Standing on the corner watching all the girls go buy.  For the writer of this song, girls were the main focus.  Betcha can’t think of a nicer occupation …”

Count Your Blessings Today by Mayor Mary Thun.  “Happy Thanksgiving.  Count your blessings today.  Stop ‘getting ready’ and enjoy the upcoming holiday season to its fullest …”

Remembering My Old Skis, and Dad, Too by Pastor Frank Jones, Moravian Church of Lake Auburn.  “In getting ready for retirement now, and ready to leave Lake Auburn here in Victoria, I began cleaning the basement …”

On the World Stage by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “The record of the United Nations has been abysmal.  We read about genocide in Darfur, China’s brutal repression of Tibet, Russia’s war of aggression against Georgia, Hama’s relentless rocket attacks ,,,”

Train Tripping to Tioga Again by Sue Orsen.  “With the men hunting ducks, it was just the Girls and Gunnar who did the exploring near Tioga.  There’s great fishing on Lake Sakakawe and golfing nearby.  People in North Dakota call it a resort …”

The Sheriff’s Shingle by Sheriff Bud Olson, Carver County, MN.  “We will be conducting a Snowmobile Safety Education class for youth that includes nine hours of classroom instruction followed by one hour of hands-on operation.”

Thank You, Mary Neubarth by Sue Orsen.  “Mary Neubarth has been working for KleinBank for 35 years.  KleinBank held a special Open House …”

The Wettest and Snowiest by Sue Orsen.  “It was the morning of Saturday, October 10th, that Victoria woke up to its  first snow of the season …”

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, 13, Budding Climatologist.  “We just kinda went from summer to winter, didn’t we?”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured memories of Marjorie Ries and Vi Kerber in “Good Old Days.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Jim Fink in “This is My Father’s World.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Brian Wynn, 32, in “Brian’s Story.”

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