Geske Gravitas by Sue Orsen“They don’t take life lightly yet fine joy at every turn.  They do not suffer fools gladly yet have abundant friendships and loyalties.  They are gregarious in conversation yet don’t speak just to fill empty space.  There is a gravitas to Kieth and Joan Geske.”  Click on Front Page.

Thanksgiving Trimmings by Bill Stork, Store Manager, Fresh Seasons Market.  “Our deli offers whole uncooked turkeys that are oven ready.  And, if you choose, it can be one of our  free-range, antibiotic free turkeys from the family owned Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls.  We also offer whole turkeys that are already roasted …”

The Victoria Business Bannister, Courtesy of the Victoria Gazette.  “This section of the Gazette is offered free of charge and exclusively to individual Victoria businesses who purchase a quarter page ad or larger in the Gazette.  Photo and text (50 words or less) must be submitted in time to meet the newspaper deadline which is approximately the 22nd of each month …”

Bridge Closings by Senator Julianne Ortman and Senator Claire Robling.  “Between September 22nd and 24th, a widespread heavy rain event caused flooding in the southern third of Minnesota.  The rainfall was unprecedented for this area.  Over 10 inches fell in some Minnesota communities.  It was a record or near record event …”

A Cross Country Crowd by Victoria Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “This year we had 23 teams and 1,900 kids who thundered onto the golf course.  The Victoria Lions supplied bottled water, energy drinks, apples, hats, and plenty of volunteering Lions members …”

Trick or Treat at the Editor’s Door by Sue Orsen.  This is a page of  photos of some neighborhood kids who knocked on  the door the night of Halloween.”

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  The word:  “jejune.”  It’s pronounced sort of like the word from that old ‘50’s song that has a refrain that goes Shi-boom!  Shi-boom!  Shi-boom!  Shi-boom! And it means …”

Been to the Black Hills?  by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “With conflicting and disparaging news reports of late, it is difficult not to write about political issues.  However, I choose to write at this time about an issue that is fairly close to home for those who live in Minnesota …”

The Kirsch Warehouse by Sue Orsen.  “Shortly after demolition of the Kirsch Beer Distributorship Warehouse in downtown Victoria, on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010, I received this set of photos from Steve Kirsch of Maple Grove …”

Family Philanthriopy by the Ridgeview Foundation.  “The Geskes are a shining example of giving their time and talent …”

Mary Neubarth Retires after 36 years with KleinBank …”

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That’s Just Quackers by Sue Orsen  “Many of you good and loyal fanciers of the Cowboy have  been filling his mailbox in the basement office of the Gazette with request for the annual hunting story.  It is, after all, ‘the seaon,’  Where doe the time go?”

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, 14, Budding Climatologist.  “Our Indian Summer lasted for almost three weeks, but did finally come to an end.  Another oddity about this October was how exceptionally dry it was.  And did you notice the wind storm?”

Hanging Around Town for Halloween by Victoria Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “I was too busy to count people but judging from the number of hotdogs (over 300) and gallons of cider and hot chocolate given away, it was probably 200 to 300.  Lions saved the day by manning the games and booths …”

Rabbit Rouser by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “One of my memories of tradition includes the annual Thanksgiving Day Hunt.  We hunted mostly rabbits.  My job was to spot the rabbit and, if it did not get up and run, go kick it out.”

What is a Lion?  by Victoria Lion Steve Frederickson.  “Is it an individual who wants to serve their community in a meaningful way or a large furry animal from the cat family?  You guessed it.  It’s both.  If you want to find out more, call us for information …”

Living the Dream by Pastor Brian Dixon, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  “I suppose to be ‘living the dream,’ one has to be awake, no longer asleep, not dreaming.  Because, you know, you’re living the dream.  Right?”

The Game Plan by Father Paul Jarvis, Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska, Minnesota.  “What should the branch offices of the overall Mission of Jesus Christ be doing anyway?  Not  competing and comparing, but cooperating and collaborating.  It is the 2,000-year game plan of  Jesus Christ.  It’s the greatest movement that humanity has ever seen.  Or ever will see.”

Government Gatekeepers for Victoria.  A page of columns from City Councilmember Tim Amundsen, Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik, State House Candidate Ernie Leidiger, Carver County Attorney Jim Keeler …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured the Victoria Concert Bank in “The Music Man Stopped Here.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Dick and Lois Vosejpka in “A House of Space, Not of Rooms.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured the dedication of Holy Family Catholic High School in “When You Teach the Young.”

Ben Wartman Wins Elite $18,000 Scholarship “University of St. Thomas running back Ben Wartman is among 16 college seniors announced October 28th as recipients of the National Football Foundation’s 2010 National Scholar-Athlete Awards.”

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