Amazing Lakes by Sue Orsen“Devils lake doesn’t wear a majestic or mountainous shoreline.  Its perimeter also doesn’t include palm trees or stately pines … Click on Front Page.

In the Queen’s Honor at Buckingham Palace by Girl Scout Troop #10555. “The most memorable moment was being led through the gates and entering Buckingham Palace courtyard for a personal inside viewing of the changing of the guards, an honor only bestowed upon Girl Scouts since Queen Elizabeth was a Girl Scout when she was a young girl.”

Leo Schultz, R.I.P.  by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Leo Shultz was a vital member of our Crew.  A beloved former teacher and coach at Minnetonka H.S., he wanted to lend his talents to the golf course and we were lucky he wanted to do so …”

Back to School Supplies by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “As my son Ben Wartman prepares for his senior year at the University of St. Thomas, I realize that this August will be the last time in over the 50 years that I will have to do some ‘back to school’ work …”

Of Current Significance by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “These items of current significance are Hwy 212, Hwy 5, the county’s budget document, the Vietnam War Memorial, and conserving energy.”

Come On In and Pile It On!   by Bill Stork, Local Grocer.  “Coming to Fresh Seasons the second week of August or so, Yogurt By Me will debut their cool tasty treats in our store and be located next to our deli and gift departments …”

Around Town with the Editor and her camera.  This spread includes several photos of families and events attended in Victoria …

Welcome to My Front Porch by Deb McMillan, SW Metro Chamber.  “Businesses in Victoria have purchased Adirondack chairs that were hand decorated by local artists and on display in front of participating businesses …”

Keep Ears Open This Fall by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “In June the House of Representatives passed the Disclose Act.  The name does not disclose or give us a clue what it is about.  Actually, it attempts to limit the 1st Amendment rights of all Americans …”

A Coal Day in Hell when Train Derails in Wayzata by Sue Orsen.  “It wasn’t a cold day.  It was a coal day.  The coal was black and dirty.  The day was hot and steamy.  The noise was loud and startling.  The mess was dusty and daunting.  It was like a day in hell when 17 cars loaded with coal went off the tracks in Wayzata …”

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Ominous Sky Over Victoria by Kurt Zuppke, Victoria Lion.  “Sirens went off at 4:30 p.m. and not only were the Lions tournament games called off, but everybody was told to leave and take shelter …”

Ansca Got Married by Pastore Bill Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “Many of you are aware of Waterbrooke’s involvement with a small Gypsy Orphanage in Hungary, where my wife Maureen met and began to love a very shy and withdrawn girl there named Ansca …”

The Bibles of Carver County by Neil Kennedy, Friends of the Friary, Chaska.  “If you or someone you know has a culturally, artistically, or historically significant Bible that you would be willing to lend the exhibition, contact us …”

One More Time On the Road by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “After trying to find a Will Moses print I Minnesota, unsuccessfully, we went to the internet and found his gallery in upstate New York …”

Meet Mountain Monsoon by Lucas Graunke, 14, Budding Climatologist.  “It’s found in the mountainous areas of northern Arizona and that’s the only place it’s found …”

A Little Cheese With That? by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “Said my mother to little Cowboy Tommy, ‘There’s a bunch of rhubarb out at Uncle Alfred’s farm going to waste.  Why don’t you try your hand at making us a little homemade wine?’”

The Season of Opportunity by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria, MN.  “I’ve even begun to see candidates’ signs along the road, which prompts me to ask, ‘Will there be enough real estate to hold all of the signs this fall?’”

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “The word:  penury.  It refers to the barrenness or insufficiency of something.  It’s a state of poverty or destitution …”

Riding the Heat Wave by Lucas Graunke, 14, Budding Climatologist.  “The heat across the USA and most of North America is almost unbearable …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Father Agnellus Sobolewski, OFM in “Let There Be Love.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Don and Germaine Jesberg in “Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured people “In Your Face” at the annual Victoria Lions Weekend.”

Remember When-the Victoria Chamber of Commerce sponsored Touch of Bavaria every fall?

Donna Schneider, 77, died Thursday, July 1st.

Mildred Gothmann, 82, died Wednesday, June 30th.

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