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Fire Department Feeds and InForms by Sue Orsen  “The annual Open House at the Victoria Fire Station was held this year on a cold and windy Saturday, but it was well attended, the food was warm and tasty, the hot chocolate was hot, and there were exhibits and people ready to answer questions and pass on information.”

Orange Marmalade by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “My father knows I like orange marmalade so over the past few months, whenever he’d gone out for breakfast, he took some of the small orange marmalade packages, wrapped them up, and gave them to me as my birthday present.”

This ’n That by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “It appears this present rooster hunting season will again be a little short on the bird side and long on the exercise end of the endeavor.”

Transparent & Accessible by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “Carver County is providing more information on the county’s website, scheduling meetings that are more convenient for residents to attend, and changing how financial information is presented.”

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, Budding Climatologist.  “This year the National Weather Service is predicting a drier than normal winter, with around average temperatures.”

Our Pioneer Government by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “From Jamestown in 1607 to Yorktown in 1781, there was no federal government.  Yet generations of colonists built forts, cleared lands, created farms, established workshops.  Americans fed, clothed, and housed them-selves, creating one of the highest standards of living on earth.”

Girl Scouts Work to Improve MCWD by RaeAnn Vandeputte.  “Over 200 girls collected 800 bags of leaves from the Baycliffe neighborhood in Victoria.”


Gardens of Goblins by Barb DeGroot. “A family friendly Halloween event was held at the MN Landscape Arboretum …”


30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Sherm Perhrson in “Painting is Everything.”


20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Frank Jones, new pastor at the Lake Auburn Moravian Church.


10 Years Ago the Gazette featured three pages of letters to the editor supporting various candidates in “The Table is Set.”

At His Front Door: The Other Mayoral Candidate by Sue Orsen. The Gazette is pleased to introduce this brave young man who stepped forward in Victoria.”  Click on Front Page.

Of the People …  by Sue Orsen.  “The evening occurred because of the people — Victoria resident Jim Paulsen, in particular, who initiated and spearheaded the candidates’ election forum at City Hall on October 17th.”

Yes!  For Optional Plan B by Mayor Mary Thun.  “I strongly support Victoria moving to a Council-Manager (Optional Plan B) form of city government.  The City of Victoria deserves the best.”

The Carver County Senior Expo with Don Shelby by Sue Orsen.  “Why do Senior Citizens cross the road?  Because they perceive there is something worth their while on the other side.”

Hello, Halloween by Victoria Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “The 2012 Halloween Party in downtown Victoria was another grand success with a super turnout of folks.  All of the food, displays, games, and tricks or treats were nestled onto Powers Boulevard.”

What Were They Thinking! by Thom Derr.  “Recently one of our basketball stars, who makes several million, broke three fingers doing knuckle pushups.  What was he thinking!”

Victoria Lions and Their Premier XCountry Meet by Victoria Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “Perfect would be an understate-ment for the weather conditions on October 2nd.  This year 1,600 runners were attending.”

Hand in Hand by Kathe Matthews, Carver County Poet.  “This poem was inspired when my young son would slip his hand into mine as we walked.”

Raspberry Bocce Tourney Champions by Tommy Hutton, Victoria, MN.  “This tourney has been held annually since 1979.  In Victoria it has moved from a summer to a fall event.”


K.J. McDonald, 81 died at his home on October 4th, 2012.


Sharon Hazelwood, 70 died at the Marie Steiner Kelting

Hospice on October 17th, 2012.


Reuben Kirsch, 83 died at home on September 2th, 2012.


It Was Bewitching Time in Beautiful Downtown Victoria by Sue Orsen. “It was a beautiful blue sky sunny afternoon, nearing 50 degrees, when trick or treaters and their families celebrated an early Halloween.”