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Memories from Hunts Past by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “One I’ll always remember is the weekend we ran into four hunters from upstate New York.  They stopped us to ask where they might some pheasants.”

Thank You, Lord by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “A friend and customer of mine came to this land as an exchange student from Panama years ago.  He stayed here because, in his words, all you have to do in America to get ahead is work.”

From the Lions Den by Kurt Zuppke, Victoria Lions Club.  “The Lions sponsored their 25th Annual Chaska Cross Country Invitation meet.  What a day with 1,300 runners descending onto the field!”

From the Laketown Neighborhood by Jim Crowley, Victoria, MN.  “We held the sixth competition at Deer Run in Victoria for what has become the hotly contested and coveted Laketown Cup.”

The Spirit of the Game by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Without the spirit of th game, golf just doesn’t work.  It’s too easy to cheat.  You have to be your own referee.”

A Veteran’s Thank You to the Nation’s Warriors by Robert Ayotte, Chanhassen, MN.  “In 1967 I entered the U.S. Army knowing full well I would be on my way to Vietnam sooner or later.  I served 33 years in the military.”

Five Winsted Brothers All Eagle Scouts by Starrla Cray, Winsted, MN.  “With four Eagle Scout brothers, Jared Schmieg can safely say the desire to achieve the highest rank in Boy Scouts runs in the family.”

Car Fire Simulator by Chief Andrew Heger, VFD.  “We had a wonderful turnout for our Open House on October 5th.  The weather also cooperated.”

Our Gift to the Community by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Water-brooke Fellowship.  “I invite you to email me with any problem you might be dealing with and I will give a biblical response to them here in the Gazette, keeping your name confidential, of course.”

Paying for Roads and Bridges by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “Can or should we raise federal gas taxes to fix roads and bridges?”

Night Visitors at the Editor’s Door by Sue Orsen.  Featuring several photos of trick or treaters on the night of Halloween.

Bits and Pieces by Brandon Wilson, Victoria, MN.  “I am a sophomore at Hamline University, in a journalism class, and have been asked to go out into the community and write articles.”

Obituaries: Gordon Diethelm, 97; Dorothy Bongard, 86; Caver-ance Ohnsorg, 82: Duane Hazelton, 69; and Geraldine Sime, 82.

A Spirited Time in Down-town Victoria by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette.  “Spirits were high, winds were low, and temperatures moderate in downtown Victoria.  The Halloween event brought swarms of parents and children out of the woodwork and into the streets.”

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Mayor Tom O’Connor at the Victoria Elementary School by Sue Orsen.  “The Gazette was happy to receive information from Kelli Brenny, a third grade teacher at Victoria Elementary School about Mayor Tom O’Connor visiting her Social Studies Class in October.”

Big Bullying in Victoria by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “I am sure that some legitimate bullies existed in Victoria but we just called them hoods or punks and we stayed on the other side of the street when they bullied on by.”

Waiting to Get Hit by a  Pitch? by Jim Paulsen, Real Real Estate Rapper.  “Home price increases are exceeding income growth which, when coupled to rising mortgage rates, have caused affordability to a five-year low.”

Fall Classic:  The 2013 Raspberry Bocce Tourna-ment by Tommy Hutton, Victoria, MN.  “Spanning five decades, this tourney has been held annually since 1979 and hosted by my wife Marilee and I in our Victoria neighborhood.”

Picking the Mayor’s Mind by Sue Orsen.  “Hi, Mr. Mayor.  Some residents have been on my case for not asking you tough enough questions.  Well, I’ve never been considered a jelly fish or a gummy bear!’

Boo! Or Boo Hoo! by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man.  “One of the things that bothered me this year was the preponderance of really graphic television movies.  Casper the Friendly Ghost has been superceded by the headless horse-man and zombies taking over the world.”

More Thrills and Chills by Kurt Zuppke, Victoria Lion.  “It was a fun and festive afternoon with creative costumes, games, food and refreshments and a larger party than last year.”

Improving Stieger Lake by Bill Olson, Victoria, MCWD.  “Next time you’re driving down Hwy 5 in Victoria, you’ll see a beautiful eight-acre patch of natural land known as a wetland, full of shrubs, trees, and native plants.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Tony and Catherine Aretz in “Among the Little People.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Margery Hanson in “In the Afterglow.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured nine school board candidates in “Schools R Us.”

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November 2013