See the Spirit by Sue Orsen. “Sometimes you don’t need a lot of words to describe the spirit of a town.  You can see it when you’re passing through or stopping by.  You can feel it when you step into the businesses.”  Click on Front Page.

This Old House by Thom Derr, Motorcycle Man. “After 18 years I had to reluctantly admit the kitchen could use a redo.  For me that meant putting new stuff in, as long as it looked pretty much the same as the old stuff.”

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park by Sue Orsen. “When our daughter Jenny and her kids were here in Minnesota for a few days in May, we drove to this Park and spent a couple hours checking things out.  We can’t wait to return.”

Visit Victoria by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria. “In case you haven’t noticed, Victoria is in construction mode.  But remember that Victoria businesses are our neighbors and in times of difficulty we don’t desert our friends.”

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner. “Every  Memorial Day I remember a Gold Star mother whom I met several years ago.  It was just months after I left active duty.”

The Individualistic/Social Animal by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro. “Golf is a very individualistic game.  You hit it, you find it, you hit it until you get it in the hole.  You’re responsible for your shots and playing honestly.”

William ’Bill’ Gaskill 86, of Victoria, died April 26th.

Elizabeth ’Liz’ Diethel 87, of Victoria, died May 20th.

Prevent the Spread of AIS by Bill Olson, Victoria, MCWD. “With the early start to the boating season this year, there’s heightened urgency to protect our lakes from zebra mussels and other Aquatic Invasive Species.”

Grading Lake Quality by Telly Mamayek, MCWD. “The grades show how your lake measures up compared to other area lakes.  Three water quality parameters are combined to calculate each lake grade.”

Large Heat Waves Predicted by Lucas Graunke, Budding Climatologist.  “June is looking warm and drier than May.  The summer of 2012 has been predicted to be another hot one, and it could be on the drier side here in Minnesota.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured a history of the St. Victoria Catholic Church in “It Began in the Spring.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Father Landelin robling in “Home, Where the Heart Is.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured the wedding of Jennifer Lee Orsen to Christopher Thor Norgaard in “Curls and Crayons.”

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Discover Victoria Day: Take a Peek by Sue Orsen. “There were a lot of cars in the parking lot at the Victoria Rec Center but most of them belonged to the vendors.  The editor stopped by to take a peek and found many smiling faces.”

Can You Go Home Again?  by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent. “I’ve taken to driving down many of the streets in LeSueur on my way to or from visiting Mom.  Many things do indeed change.”

The Wonder of Live Theatre by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy. “People came up to me after the play, Wizard of Oz, asking if the little guy was my grandson.  Proud was the word written across my face.”

June Baseball in Victoria by Mike Poppitz, Victoria Vics Manager. “Besides all the normal things we do, we are also designating the weekend of June 8th, 9th, 10th for the purpose of raising money for cancer foundations.”

Fun at Floyd’s by Sue Orsen. “Celebrity bartenders have been working Wednesday nights at Floyd’s in Victoria to help fund marketing efforts during the summer construction of Hwy 5.  On May 23rd they were Father Bob White and Rick Stucki.

Construction Season in Victoria by Sue Orsen. A page of photos showing Bavaria Road closed, cement barriers being placed, trees being removed, logs being stacked, and equipment being hauled in Victoria.

Tribute to Liz Diethelm by Maria Fumagalli. “The day I was born, Liz was my first visitor, the first person to hold me besides my parents, and from the moment I was placed into her arms, we became inseparable.”

A Celebration for Aunt Elizabeth and Jello by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria. “And now at the funeral luncheon were bowls and bowls of jello surprises including different added items like marshmallows and nuts and pineapple and coconut and whipped cream and cream cheese.”

Too Much TV for Kids by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter. “Most parents know instinctively not to let their children watch too much television.  We try to teach the right habits starting at an early age.”

Remember When It was 100 years ago that some of Victoria’s still-existing home were being built in the midst of pristine lakes, big woods, rolling hills, and fine cropland.  These three featured homes were built a couple blocks or so south of the Yellowstone Trail.”

Victoria in the Public Square. “SouthWest Transit adds bus service to Waconia and Victoria May 30th through August 2012 to help alleviate traffic during construction on Hwy 5.”