How Do You Catch a  Polar Bear?  by Sue Orsen.  “First you drill a hole in the ice.  Then you sprinkle peas all around it.  Surely you know the rest of the story.  How do you catch a large crop of fishermen?  First you drill 1,200 holes in the ice ….”  Click on Front Page.

Widen Your Golf Swing by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “While we had that warming spell, I snuck out and hit a few golf balls.  As usual, I was monkeying with my golf swing …”

Lions Lights ON for Life by Steve Frederickson, Victoria Lions Club.  “During this season of difficult road and visibility conditions, driving safely is increased by using your full lights 24 hours a day, 7 days a week …”

Praying with Paul by Pastor Brian Dixon, The Moravian Church of Lake Auburn.  “Here is a prayer poem I wrote that I think would make a good Lenten devotion.  I call it Praying with Paul …”

A Surprise 40th Birthday Party with Photos by Tami Slater, Friend of the Gazette.  “The dining room at the Victoria House was the scene of a surprise birthday party for Michelle McNallan, thrown by her tall handsome husband Patrick on the evening of February 10th …”

The Staggering Opportunities of Lent at St. Victoria by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “March and April were the ultimates in providing altar boy opportunities and experiences for every Victoria lad privileged to wear those altar boy robes …”

From a Distance and Close-Up by Sue Orsen.  Photos of the Victoria Fishing Contest from the Dog Park across the lake and from directly above an ice hole.

Vocabulary in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “The word:  detritus.  There were problems of what to do with the snow and ice in areas such as Albany, NY, notorious for difficulty in cleaning up winter’s detritus.”

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars; let me know what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars …”

Remember When the DX Station moved from the main street of downtown Victoria to a new location on the other side of the highway?

Remember When the Victoria State Bank was located on Main Street Victoria? 

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The Mayor’s Column by Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun. “Thank you to Cabin Fever and Jeff Byrne for hosting my first ‘Conversation with the Mayor” in February.  Another opportunity for conversation will be at Victoria Rose Floral in March …”

Rallying Around!  by Bill Stork, Fresh Seasons Market.  “I continue to be thankful and grateful for the show of support from the community in rallying around Fresh Seasons Market …”

The Saint John’s Bible Finds a Home in Victoria by Sue Orsen.  “To consider that the small city of Victoria, Minnesota, will become home to one of only 299 Saint John’s Bibles in the entire world is pretty amazing …”

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, 14, Budding Climatologist.  “February is finally over, but not before bringing us record cold and heat and then record snow …”

Commissioner’s Column by Randy Maluchnik, Chair, Carver County Board of Commissioners.  “There have been multiple inquiries into the 55 mph speed limit on County Road 11 coming into Victoria from the south and the safety concerns related to the speed of traffic …”

The Squandering of Precious Educational Resources by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “Teachers and schools have ditched ‘drill and kill’ (otherwise known as the basics) for costly educational fads ranging from Mayan Math to Everyday Math that substitute self-esteem and multiculturalism for the fundamentals of computation.”

Trying to Corral Carp on Lake Wasserman by Sue Orsen.  Carp is removed in order to improve water quality and the fishery.  Carp were stocked in many lakes in the early 1900’s.  They were also used as bait fish …”

The Final Tour:  Recalling the Charm of It All by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “Listen up, all you puck-heads out there in Gazette Land.  It’s story time once again and you really don’t even have to be a hockey fanatic to enjoy this yarn …”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured the history of Victoria baseball in “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Jerry and Dee Schrempp in “After 10 Kids and 40 Years.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Gordon and Clara Diethelm in “All the World’s a Stage.”

Marcella Sally Kerber, 92, died Wednesday, February 23rd.

Lois Molnau, 83, died Saturday, February 5th.

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