With Heart and Soul, Thanks for Thirty by Sue Orsen.  “In recognizing the 30-year anniversary of the Victoria Gazette this month, I recognize the people who have contributed significantly and substantially to the life of the paper in various times and important ways.  A newspaper is a living thing …”

Just Hanging Out, Bigger Than Life, Tony the Twin by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “As many of you ten or twelve regular readers probably will remember, the author of this tiny corner of literature is a very avid fancier of America’s pastime, the grand old sport of baseball …”

Victoria is NOT in the Mix by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria, MN.  “As you mayor I have been a little concerned with the general comments our governor has been making about mayors trying to balance cuts in state aid by decreasing vital city services …”

None of Your Business by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “There is one questions that I am frequently asked in surveys that I feel is nobody’s business, that question being our level of income …”

In Search of Excellence by Leo Stans, Former Resident of Victoria.  “I have heard it said that our talents are given to us for the benefit of others.  I have pursued this ideal since I became a professional artist in 1980 …”

Catch Me If You Can by Pastor Frank Jones, Moravian Church of Lake Auburn.  “There’s a gentleman in our congregation who indicates when he thinks that the sermon is getting a bit long by taking his watch off, tapping at it, and then holding it to his ear …”

Assisting Small Business by Deb McMillan, Pres., SouthWest Metro Chamber.  “Financial assistance is available to help small businesses see their way through the current economic downturn and be poised for recovery …”

Looking at Electives by Lucas Graunke, 13, Resident of Victoria.  “Chaska Middle School east gives its students all the chances in the world to learn and have fun.  There may be a couple of boring days or boring classes, but the electives at CMSE will assure that if you were a student here, you would always find a class to enjoy …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured the Victoria Housing and Redevelopment Authority for the Central Business District of Victoria …

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured the Victoria Gazette in “My Baby is Ten.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured groundbreaking ceremonies for Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria ...

8661 Deer Run Dr. * Victoria


1915 Arboretum Blvd * Victoria


On Stieger Lake * Victoria


33 West First Street * Waconia


Indeed, in Victoria!   by Mike Wartman.  “To date I have not directly ventured into writing about the inferior towns and villages nearby (Chaska, Chanhassen, Waconia, Cologne, and the municipality of Augusta), but they do enter an occasional column reflecting on Victoria’s athletic prowess over said towns, especially in youth baseball …”

Creative Golf by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Sometimes, watching a good sporting event is like watching a work of art.  The creative golfer needs to have enough control of his golf swing to allow his creativity to come through …”

Screening Kids Not Okay by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “Children do not need to be screened for mental, intellectual, or emotional difficulties.  If you screen all kids, the vast majority of whom are normal, a good percentage of them will be damaged simply by taking the test …”

Looking for Perfect Rest?  by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “We live in a day and age where time seems to be speeding up.  The Word of God tells us that rest is in God alone.  This kind of rest is better than physical relaxation or the absence of labor …”

Another Trip to Tioga by Sue Orsen.  “We decided at the last minute to ride Amtrak out to see our daughter and her family in Tioga, ND,  for the long Memorial Day Weekend.  Our children love the friendly family people of North Dakota …”

Looking for More Rain by Lucas Graunke, 13, Budding Climatologist.  “June when the weather really starts to change to the warm Minnesota summer.  Average highs climb into the 80’s and can often soar into the 90’s and maybe even a few 100’s …”

Two Seasons in Victoria:  Winter and Construction by Sue Orsen.  “They might not be building many new homes across the nation, nor in Victoria, MN, but construction is not at a standstill …”

Remember When these fathers were at the homes in Victoria for Father’s Day?  The editor took most of these  pictures at various times and places in the early to mid 1980’s …

Get Caught This Summer by Sheriff Bud Olson, Carver County, Minnesota.  “The ‘I Got Caught’ program is when deputies see a child wearing a safety helmet while riding their bike, scooter, or skateboard, or in-line skates, the deputy may give out a coupon to the child that they can redeem at participating Dairy Queen restaurants for a free child size cone …”

Mary [Vogel] Kast, My Sister, My Hero by Tony Vogel, Resident of Victoria.  “I feel like I am the luckiest and saddest person in the world.  Mary, we have to go on now without you in this world …”

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