Our Father in Iraq by Sue Orsen.  “Very few priests fill the role of father in such an all encompassing capacity as Father Larry Blake — in a biological family, a parish family, a student family, and a military family.”  Click on Front Page.

June is Severe Weather Month by Lucas Graunke, 14, Budding Climatologist.  “We go from snow showers to tornado outbreaks in the matter of just a few weeks.  Only in Minnesota …”

Commissioner’s Commentary by Randy Maluchnik, Chair, Carver County Board of Commissioners.  “I have received a number of questions and comments about the speed limit on County 11 near Victoria.  The speed limits on roads are set by MnDOT and not the County …”

The Smells of Spring by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “Riding season has officially arrived with the end of choir for the year and lilacs are in bloom.  When the lilacs are gone we will have new mown hay to anticipate …”

Our City of Lakes and Ponds by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria.  “I am once again reminded that the weather is not something we can control.  What we can do, however, is be good environmental stewards …”

Love that is Life Changing by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “We all struggle with life’s issues.  The very core foundations of life are being shaken from underneath our feet.  The Bible is the only book that can give us real hope, power, and motivation for change …”

From the Lions Den by Victoria Lion Kurt Zuppke.  “We showed our gratitude to outgoing President Brian Schmieg and his officers during his tenure, and then welcomed the new Lions officers.”

Click It or Ticket by Sheriff Jim Olson, Carver County Sheriff.  “Seat belt enforcement is important to stop preventable deaths or injuries.  A seat belt fine is $25 but can cost more than $100 with court and administrative fees …”

Happy First Communion, Addie Sue by Grandma Sue Orsen.  “Addie made her First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 8th, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Tioga, ND …”

Happy First Birthday, Mia Marie by Grandma Sue Orsen.  “Mia celebrated her first birthday with a big party of family and friends on Saturday, May 14th …”

Remember When this barn was a prominent item on the Victoria landscape?  Remember when it was purchased by Marv Hartman?  Remember when it was burned to the ground as part of an exercise by the Victoria Fire Department?  Remember when Marv Hartman Construction built an attractive townhome in place of the barn?

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Honor the Defenders by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “It is important that those of us in this good and wealthy land we call the United States of America must always remember our brothers and sisters and friends and neighbors who go out  from this place to help those who cannot do it for themselves …”

Borning Cry by Pastor Brian Dixon, The Moravian Church of Lake Auburn.  “After the Resurrection, Jesus explained to the disciples what would happen and what He expected of them:  Wait, receive the Spirit, and be my witnesses …”

Swimming Law in Victoria by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Our parents had spent their entire lives trying to get rid of us, or at least away from their presence, regardless of before and after meals.  But that law of waiting until one hour after a meal before swimming seemed to dominate parental philosophy …”

There is a Room For Us by Carol Kelzer, Friend of the Gazette.  “I have lived in Sioux City, Iowa, since 1975.  In the past few years I have been working with immigrants at a nonprofit organization.  We help people learn English and prepare to become U.S. citizens …”

Fishermen Netting Carp in Wasserman Lake by Telly Mamayek, MCWD.  “In an effort to control the burgeoning carp population in area lakes, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District implemented a new carp removal program this spring …”

Try the New Nash Products by Mike McNiel, Fresh Seasons Market.  “Quality, consistency, and affordability are key elements in the Nash Brothers Trading Company product line …”

From Stately to Sawdust by Sue Orsen.  “It was an elegant living thing that had provided us shade in the summer and gorgeous fall color,  But its roots were being compromised  by a stone retainin wall and eventually it would be hurt and then it could hurt us …”

Get Your Lake on the Honor Roll by Bill Olson, Manager, MCWD.  “Most lakes in the MWCD are of good quality for  fishing, swimming, and other activities.  Most had a Grade C or above …”

Ken Erickson, 62, died Wednesday, May 11th, 2011.

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “Everyone agrees that the auguries for the first days of the spring ritual are promising indeed.”  The word is pronounced aw-grrr-ease.

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured a summary of the Victoria Commercial Club in  “Our Centerfold is Revealing.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured 7 former members of the Victoria Vics in “Field of Dreams.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Administrator Steve Sarvi in “The Heart of a [City] Father.”

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