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Changing of the Guard by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “This past weekend was the beloved Duck Opener, third most festive time of the year, behind Christmas and Easter.”

VictoriaCentric Tavelogue by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Victoria Gazette travel correspondent and reporter checks in with a few of his trips and travels to report on Victoria folks while on sabbatical from the rigors and toils of his teaching position at Normandale Community College.”

The Closing of Summer Boating on Lake Minne-tonka by Sue Orsen, The Victoria Gazette.  “And so  we said goodbye to the waves, to the seagulls, to the paddle boat, tour boats, sailboats, goodbye to the outstanding sunsets, goodbye to the breeze upon the waters.”

The Closing of Classic Car Nights in Victoria by Sue Orsen, The Victoria Gazette.  “As usual the streets were lined with classic cars and the sidewalks were lined with classic people, all of it better than reality TV, although Wednesday evenings also feature Duck Dynasty.”

Don’t Be Silly, Toto.  Scarecrows Don’t Talk by Sue Orsen, The Victoria Gazette.  “The Editor’s Country Grandkids along with Country Daughter Jenny constructed a scarecrow on their farmsite just outside Tioga, ND.”

The Editor’s City Grandkids by Sue Orsen, The Victoria Gazette.  “Sophie and Mia Orsen, ages 4 and 3, enjoyed a summer trip to Ely, Minnesota.”

The Largest Public Garden in the Upper Midwest by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum.  “The season’s serene beauty, with its golden sunlight, brisk air, crackling leaves, and flaming palette, are evident at the Arboretum.”

Harvesting Pumpkins and Squash in the Early Part of the 20th Century by Becky Pollack, Executive Director of the Ney Nature Center.  “The festival includes tours, cider press demonstrations, hay rides, pumpkin painting, snacks, soybean challenges, scarecrow activities.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Walter and Genevieve Ebert in “A Season for Stewardship” by Sue Orsen.

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured the annual “A Touch of Bavaria” by Sue Orsen.

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured the second week of the editor’s trip to Alaska in “South to Vancouver” by Sue Orsen.

The Strongest Thread by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette.  Said Bill Beddor, “I think Billy has been the thread that has kept everything together for us.  Billy was our ninth child.  He is our Down Syndrome child.”  Click on Front Page.

Good People, Bad Golf by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Trying to scoop the ball is by far the main reason most people play bad golf.  That flipping of the wrists to scoop the ball leads to inconsistency and poor contact.”

Time is Money or Madness by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man.  “Have you ever made an appointment — doctor, dentist, iPad store — only to arrive ten minutes early and then stand or sit or wait for 15 to 30 minutes after you check in with them?”

Banana Bread, a Bottle of Wine, and a Free Boat by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “Our daughter and her husband were offered a free boat by a man up north around our cabin.  Having two young sons who would think owning their own speed boat would be great, they took the owner up on his offer.”

Picking the Mayor’s Mind by Sue Orsen, The Victoria Gazette.  Replied Mayor Tom O’Connor, “Both Cathi and I are avid readers and I can see both of us relying on the new library as an extensive source of both traditional and electronic books.”

Green Acres is the Place to Be ! by Sue Orsen, The Victoria Gazette.  “Jerry and Jane Michel live on one of the few agricultural pieces of land left in the city limits of Victoria.”

A Public Library is a Com-munity Asset by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “Public libraries promote literacy and learning, contribute to the economic vitality of a community, and serve as a community gathering place.”

A Piece of My Heart Remains in Yankton, SD by Kathe Matthews, Carver County Poet.  “Going to Yankton proved to be an amazing but sometimes difficult experience.  I am still processing the whole mission trip.”

The U.S. Navy’s Newest Fast-Attack Submarine by Laura Larson, Legislative Assistant.  “The ship USS Minnesota was commissioned into use at Naval Station Norfolk.  The ship and those who operate it will become and extension of our state.”

Behind the Tools and Tactics by Manager Bill Olson, MCWD.  “There are a lot of tools for improving and protecting clean water, like treatment ponds, rain gardens, dams, and weirs.”

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October 2013