Munchkins in Masquerade by Sue Orsen. “Main Street in Downtown Victoria was moving with many Munchkins in masquerade, and their attire left no doubt that it was the Halloween Season.”  Click on Front Page.

Managing the Game by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “I’ve been reading Sid Hartman’s column in the Sports Section of the Mpls Strib ever since I was a little kid.  Sid always had a nose for news and his little items were always of interest …”

The Art of Asking Questions by Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun.  “When I am on the receiving end of questions, where the asker seems to expect a certain answer, I become suspicious of why the question was asked to begin with.  I also feel disrespected …”

“Deer!  Bear!  Stroke!”  by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “Following my roofing weekend up north at the cabin, I came home from work, sat down for dinner, looked down at my plate, and then, by all accounts, suffered a small stroke …”

The Weathervane by Lucas Graunke, 16, Budding Climatologist.  “This fall has been dry and warm across the entire state.  Anytime you get a 60 or 70-degree spell past the end of September is a big deal in Minnesota …”

The Editor’s Favorite New Word:  Taciturn.  “For the most part we are taciturn about our private worlds, our personal reflections not recorded for scholarly examination.  It means, in one word, silent …”

Loss of Homestead Credit by Randy Maluchnik, Chair, Carver County Board of Commissioners.  “To help ease the State’s budget problems, legislators had voted to eliminate the Market Value Homestead Credit.  The MVHC subsidized the County’s property tax levy.  Thus, the County Board needed a new plan.”

Are You Fruit Stapling?  by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured a new enterprise on Stieger Lake Lane” called “A Dinner Theater in Victoria.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Vic and Father Conran Schneider in “The Brothers of Lake Bavaria.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Steve Sarvi, Victoria City Administrator, in “Our Military Man.”

Kieth Geske, 77, died Thursday, October 13th, 2011.

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Quackers with that Soup? by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.   “My father exposed me to hunting at a pretty early age.  He was a pheasant hunter, and as a hardworking supporter of the family, he scarcely had enough time for that, much less any other form of game procurement …”

A Biker’s Heart Attack by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man.  “After the Harley and I attended several gourmet festivities with their tasty but not healthy foods, I had some down days.  It was probably coming on for some time, but I had a heart attack …”

All Wrapped Up in Halloween by Victoria Lion Kurt Zuppke, “It was a Boo! tiful afternoon and another successful Halloween Party …”

A Bewitching Time of the Year by Victoria Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “Thank you to the large crowd of residents who attended and thank you to the many Victoria Lions who helped make it enjoyable …”

Stop Nurturing Self Esteem by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “High self esteem in children does not produce good character and, in fact, is likely to produce a less moral individual.  Teach self control, not self esteem …”

My Sister Returns Home for the Last Time by Virginia Hedtke Stowe, Resident of Victoria.  “Most of my life has been highlighted by my big sister’s comings and goings. My sister and I were eleven years apart …”

Be on the Lookout for AIS by Bill Olson, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.  “At a cost of $25,000 per boat access each year, the current method of staffing individual lakes with inspectors for Aquatic Invasive Species is cost prohibitive for managing the entire state …”

Going All Out in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “Some residents of Victoria go all out when fall arrives, much to the delight and enjoyment of other residents and passersby.  Maybe you’ve met some of these creatures …”

Falling All Out in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “Some creatures fall out of homes and storage containers and appear, overnight it seems, in yards all around Victoria …”

Remember When residents were invited to an Open House to view the new Fire Station and Public Works Garage?  It was Saturday, November 18th, 1982?

Remember When the old fire hall was remodeled into Victoria City Offices?  Construction began in 1983, complete with new restrooms …”

James Remes, 81, died Thursday, October 6th, 2011.

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