A Vabulous Volksfest by Sue Orsen.  “It was a day and a destination that were made for each other.  Delightful.  Entertaining.  Interesting.  Fabulous, in fact.  The Victoria Volksfest has come of age …”  Click on Front Page.

School Shopping Time by Lucas Graunke, 13, District 112 Student.  “Backpacks and notebooks are everywhere to be seen at Targets and Walmarts across the nation.  Kids are asking their parents for the nicest things to show off to their school friends and to their not-so-friendly classmates …”

Coming Together for Victoria by Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun, City of Victoria.  “I want to pass along the many thanks I received at Volksfest for not only the festival, but comments about how Victoria has changed for the positive and how proud people are to live in this city …”

Clean Water Bill Smells Fishy by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “A bill proposed in the United States Senate could result in a flood of new regulations and unfunded mandates for state and local governments.  It could have dramatic implications …”

Sheriff Bud Olson and Chief Deputy Bob VanDenBroeke Retire.  “We decided to announce our retirement together because we have been together for most of our lifetime.  We went to high school together, attended college together, and started our law enforcement careers in the same year …”

God’s Handprint by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Waterbrook Fellowship.  “It never ceases to amaze me how God is so interested in the details of our lives and how it gives Him great joy in providing for us …”

From Vietnam to Victoria by Steve Leighton, Victoria, MN.  “After 40 years of wondering whatever happened to my Vietnamese counterparts, I decided to make the trip back to a place I thought I would never see again …”

Jerome Kirsch, 80, died August 17th, 2009, at home in Victoria.

Bud Hiivala, 77, died August 14th in Rochester from a stroke.

Herbert Schmieg, 81, died August 24th at his home in Texas.

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, 13, Budding Climatologist.  “It’s been a very strange August this year.  The temperature never did make it into the hundreds …”

Striking Accord by Sue Orsen.  “A lover of guitars and tiny guitars (fiddles), Owen Hawley, age 2 1/2, got up close and personal with Café Accordion …”

Garden Grace by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum featuring photos of a splash party, honeycrisp apples, food, flowers, and apple bags …”

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Beckoned to Buck in Victoria by Mike Wartman, former resident of Victoria.  “Like in an ancient Chinese village, the simple bicycle was the youth of Victoria’s transportation choice.  And a buddy system was a Victoria norm with our bikes.  This unique collaboration was called The Buck.

The Swamp Ox Story by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “Long, long ago there was a guy who found a beveled stone by the river, and he used it to hack firewood into little pieces and cut the hind quarters from the swamp oxen he found at the bottom of the cliff …”

So How Was Sturgis?  by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “Last month the Harley Babe and I had just returned from our trip to the Canadian Rockies.  Probably the best news for me is that she decided she was not done with trips by motorcycle …”

Feed the Birds by Sue Orsen.  “Each week on Lake Minnetonka/The sleek white Orsen boat comes/In its special way to the people she calls/Come empty my bags full of crumbs …”

Youth Workers at Carver Park Reserve in Victoria by Jessica Schneider, Tree Trust Conservation Corps.  “At Carver Park Reserve in Victoria, local youth received Certificates of Recognition signed by Governor Tim Pawlenty in honor of their outstanding work …”

Pass the Sweet Potatoes by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “With all the information and pros and cons concerning the proposed Health Care and Medical Bill, senior citizens need to make a special effort to stay healthy …”

Summertime Social by Sue Orsen.  “The pie and ice cream social at the Moravian Church of Lake Auburn was just delicious …”

Mount Rushmore Welcomes Our Scouts by Mike Aaase, Assistant Scoutmaster.  “Members of Troop 589 participated in the lighting ceremony in the outdoor amphitheater, led a capacity crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Retired the Colors …”

Out Under the Stars by Pastor Frank Jones, Moravian Church of Lake Auburn.  “I love camping with kids from church or scouts.  Over the years of being a pastor, I have not missed many years of camp …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Community Living.

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Carver Park Reserve and its 20-year history.

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Father Fred Schneider.

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