Perfect Timing by Sue Orsen. “People clapped and screamed as the grand finale burst brilliant over the lake.  Drops of rain began to slowly touché the evening and the show was over.  It was perfect timing.”  Click on Front Page.

From Russia With Love by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man. “The Harley Babe and I were on a trip to Russia in July.  This trip was on my Bucket List and proved to be very entertaining and educational.”

Should Auld Acquaintance by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent. “There was a rather significant reunion at Le Sueur Country Club.  The High School Class of 1972 took part in a remembrance of 40 years gone.  Yours truly attended.”

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park by Sue Orsen. “It was a perfectly beautiful 85-degree day when our kids and grandkids joined us, only 15 minutes from our home in beautiful Victoria.”

Southwest Christian High School by Sue Orsen. “Grand opening and ribbon cutting will occur on Saturday, September 29th.  Tours of the building will follow.”

Family Cabin Supreme by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy. “The 18 of us spent time as a family group, fishing, golfing, swimming, biking, boating, canoeing, eating, sitting around th campfire, painting rocks, playing cribbage and dominoes.”

At the Sunset Fest by Sue Orsen. “Meteorologists gave a 70% chance of rain, but it didn’t rain.  Some people called it a miracle.  The outdoor festivities at St. Victoria went off without a hitch.”

At the Ice Cream Social by Sue Orsen. “Meteorologists gave a 20% chance of rain, but it rained!  Not for long, however, and the sunset that evening was beautiful.”

For Veterans and Firefighters by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “Two initiatives illustrate Carver County’s commitment to those who protect us.  We are helping firefighters stay safe on the job and veterans find employment.”

St. Victora’s Got Talent by Sue Orsen. “There were 15 performances at the Live Talent Show.  Proceeds went to Sharing and Caring Hands.”

Lake Virginia Park by Sue Orsen. “It hasn’t been used by the public as a recreational park since September of 2007.  But new park construction should be completed by the summer of 2013.”

30Years Ago the Gazette featured the Oferosky family in “A Family Affair.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Bud and Irene Vogel in “A Journey of 50 Years.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured every member of the Victoria Fire Department in “When the Siren Sings.”

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The End Was Near! by Sue Orsen.  “The ceremonial Ribbon cutting meant the end of heat and Hwy 5 detours was near, and there was more celebration in the air than humidity.”

The End At Hand!  by Sue Orsen.  “After three months of construction, traffic was flowing smoothly through Victoria on Friday afternoon, August  3st.

The Sink Hole Rises by Sue Orsen. “In August the surcharge was replaced with 1,900 geofoam blocks which are essentially Styrofoam blocks with structural capacity to replace the material with a lighter load.  This will alleviate the sink hole.”

The Bridge is Built by Sue Orsen. “Approximately 90 pilings were driven, each 55 to 65 feet deep.  Seven I-beams were installed, each of them 135 feet long, each weighing 54 tons.”

A Place of Retreat in Victoria by Mayor Mary Thun. “The beautiful natural setting of Charlson Meadows exists to create and provide a place of retreat for not-for-profit groups to collaborate, connect, and explore new directions and possibilities.”

Blinders or Better Glasses by Ethel Ausink, Sr. Citizens Reporter. “What is in the future for national health care?  Socialism needs to be universal because it can’t survive if there’s competition.”

Footballers in Victoria by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria. “Few may recall that Victoria once sported three usable and natural grass football fields, all providing unlimited access to Victoria gridironers on any given day of the week.”

Just Go Outside by Kathe Matthew, Carver County Poet. “Our family recently built a screen-ed in porch and now I realize that I had been missing a precious blessing by being inside our house all the time.”

New Bloodmobile at 212  Med Center by Wendy Capetz, Memorial Blood Centers. “In Memorial Blood Centers announced the arrival and inauguration of its newest bloodmobile at TwoTwelve  Medical Center in Chaska.”

It’s Still Summer-ish by Lucas Graunke, Budding Climatologist.  “The summer of 2012 will go down in history as one of the hottest and driest across the nation.”

Caddyshack Comeback by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “The other night my wife and I were flipping through the channels and stumbled upon the movie Caddyshack.  Every scene is hilarious.”

Viola Jeurissen, 89, died Saturday, August 25th.

Verna Miller, 99, died Saturday, July 28th. 

Erwin Goethke, 88, died Sunday, August 26th.