Every Day is Valentine’s Day by Sue Orsen.  “When Jayne was 14 she met the man who would carry out her wishes.  His name was Stan Hamerski and he was 16.  They were married six years later …”  Click on Front page.

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “Sometimes I come across a word in a sentence and I know what they’re saying but I can’t exactly put it into words, if you know what I mean …”

Ready for Pick-Me-Ups by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “January was very busy and I pretty much got focused on myself with illness happening to close friends, extended family issues, and trying to take on situations beyond my control …”

My Freshman Year Now Half Over by Lucas Graunke, 14, Victoria Student in District 112.  “Many fun things have happened in the first half of the school year.  The first half is most important because it is our first time being at the high school …”

Community Represented in Pro-Life Rally at State Capitol by Donna Woodward, President, St. Joseph Catholic School.  “The morning began with a prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Paul led by Most Reverend Archbishop John Nienstedt …”

Governments Must Work Together by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “The current government service delivery model is not sustainable.  How local governments and the state are currently doing business is not working for the people …”

You Are My Sunshine by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “Remember all the advice we’ve heard in the past about getting too much sun?  Now doctors are saying we have a new problem …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Braunworth Hardware in “Times Were Good.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Euch and Julianne Wartman in “Terms of Endearment.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured, in “Let’s Make Lemonade,” the dialogue and discussion at a gathering in Victoria.

On a Hillside to the South by Kurt Dahl, Nature’s Newsman.  “I’ve enjoyed observing birds all my life.  My mother was an avid birdwatcher and at an early age I remember her pointing out the various species …”

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Hard Month is Over by Lucas Graunke, 14, Budding Climatologist.  “We all know Minnesota’s Januaries are brutal with extreme cold, heavy snow, and  excessive wind.  This January was no exception …”

Our Handsome Butchers by Dale Riley, Our Local Grocer.  “There was a time — it sure seems like a simpler time — when people knew their local butcher quite well.  In turn, the butcher got to know his customer …”

Gotcha!  by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “The other day I played golf at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, South Carolina.  It is not a famous place, though it is the second oldest golf club in America. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it …”

Break Stride for Victoria by Councilmember Tim Amundsen.  “As w all work to keep in stride with ever changing daily lives, I’d like to ask the citizens of Victoria to break that stride and see if we can’t benefit the city and each other …”

Coldest Place on the Planet by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “You could always tell it was cold in Victoria when everyone on Main Street greeted you with ‘Cold enough for ya?’  Why they were walking around downtown Victoria in the cold I will never know …”

Schmeckt Gut by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “It has been said that our sense of smell is the strongest memory producer of the five.  This whole smell thing was driven home quite poignantly a couple of Saturdays ago …”

Clearing the Land by Sue Orsen.  “When Victoria was being settled in the 1850’s, one of the first things pioneer families did was clear the land of native brush, shrubs, and trees in order to build a house and till the soil.  Today people clear the land of buildings and sheds and septic systems in order to plant more brush, shrubs, and trees …”

Remember When the south half of the large parking lot at the St. Victoria Catholic Church was the site of a farm home and garden?

Remember When Victoria ballplayers in 1942 included all these “oldtimers”?

Remember When there were not strict fishing restrictions on the lakes of Victoria and Minnesota?

Remember When Ardes Schwalbe and Lenny Koehnen were married?

Remember When Hank Fossum was the Victoria Fire Chief and he drove the first motor driven fire truck owned by the Victoria Fire Department?

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