Time Capsule Sealed

Happy New Year!

Nearly 30 people gathered at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 14th, in the entry of the new Victoria City Hall to commemorate the closing of the City of Victoria’s Centennial Year and to review items placed in the Centennial Time Capsule Safe.

Items placed in the Time Capsule.  Front:  a book by the first author to visit the Victoria Library after the Library opened this spring, pins and charter information from the Victoria Lions, a commemorative can of Lazy Loon beer, a shirt with the Centennial Logo, the Victoria City Flag, the December 14th issue of the Star Tribune, a 2015 annual book of Holy Family Catholic High School.

                 Back:  A binder of city papers and photos, the 12 issues of the Victoria Gazette published in Centennial Year 2015, a t-shirt from a team sponsored by Vic’s Bar and Grill, the official Victoria Centennial flag, and a DVD produced some time ago featuring a handful of oldtimers in casual conversation, along with a DVD player.

Madison Fox-Christensen told about the various items being placed in the Time Capsule, to be opened in 50 years, when some current residents should be around to remember.

Mayor Tom O’Connor gave an overview of the city’s largest accomplishments in the Centennial Year.  They included a new City Hall, new Public Works facility, and a Victoria Library.

The other four councilmembers attending the Time Capsule Event (l-r):  Lani Basa, Jim Crowley, Tom Strigel, and Tom Vogt.

Also in attendance (l-r):  Heidi Hoks (Carver County Library Director), Dave Baston (VBA member), Kelly Grinnell (Victoria Finance Manager), Ben Landhauser (Community Development Director), Linda  McNulty (Citizens for a Lifetime Committee).

(L-r): Kathy Bognanni (Victoria Librarian), Madison Fox-Christensen (City Office Staff), Chuck Almjheld (Deputy Victoria Public Works Director).

(L-r):  Marti Bartels (Library Technology Assistant at Victoria Library), Jodi Edstrom (Victoria Librarian and Youth Specialist at the Information Desk), Randy Miller (President of Victoria Business Association).

(L-r):  Ann Mahnke (Victoria Director of Parks and Public Works), Cara Geheren (Victoria City Engineer/Focus Engineering), Laurie Hokkanen (Victoria City Manager).

The Victoria City Council at the end of the Centennial Year:  Tom Vogt, Tom Strigel, Mayor Tom O’Connor, Jim Crowley, and Lani Basa.”