More Than 100 Years Later by Sue Orsen.  “Victoria’s first grocery store was built in 1898.  Victoria’s second grocery store was built in 2009, more than one hundred years ago …”  Click on Front Page.

Austin’s Story by Pastor Bill Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “I suspect there is nothing harder in this life than to lose a child, regardless of the age or circumstance.  Our children are supposed to bury us, not vice versa …”

From the Sands of Iraq by Colonel James hay, Victoria Resident Serving in Iraq.  “As you have spring in Victoria, it is also spring in Iraq.  Today we had our first 100-degree day …”

Vocabulary in Victoria by Editor Sue.  “Notice how the letter ‘c’ sounds in comb and chrome and core and choir.  That’s how it sounds in machination …”

Scoping Co. Rd. 18 through Victoria by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “One of the major east/west transportation needs in Carver County is the completion of County Road 18 from Powers Boulevard in Chanhassen to County Road 10 in Victoria …”

Egg Foo Young by Allan Orsen, Victoria Lion.  “Here’s an overview of the 2009 Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Victoria Lions.  You might call it eggs for the young or maybe egg foo young …”

Johan Huibers Builds Noah’s Ark submitted by Marilyn Smolinski.  “The massive central door in the side of Noah’s Ark has now been opened to a crowd of curious townsfolk in Schagen, Netherlands.  It was built to the exact scale given in the Bible by Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible …”

Musical [Teacher] Chairs by Lucas Graunke, 13, Victoria Student in District 112.  “One big piece of news you may have heard about is that many teachers are being moved from school to another within the district.  All district schools are going to be affected by the teacher switch …”

Water Quality Grades by Julie Westerlund, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.  “Three water quality measurements are combined to create the grade for each lake.  Grades (A-F) are an indicator of the perceived condition of the open water …”

Obit.  Mary Ann Ahlness, 85, of Victoria died April 4th, 2009.

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Tony and Sally Kerber in “Making Hay While the Sun Shines.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Jeff Byrne and his new retail complex in “Victoria Has the Fever.”

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Breeeeathe It In!  by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.   “May can be such a wonderful time of year.  Life is rising again all around us at break-neck pace.  Every day it’s something new, be it lilacs, tulips, or plain old wild violets …”

Golf is Not For Robots by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “The most enjoyable and satisfying part of my job is giving golf lessons.  I feel like a doctor dealing with a sick patient and hopefully we can find a cure …”

Borrowed and Blue and Not Much New by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Everything in Victoria was borrowed or old and we were always blue because we never got anything new …”

Thirst for Knowledge by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “It’s that time of year when we reward education and continuing education efforts.  In the motorcycle world we have refresher training on riding skills and safety …”

The Weather Vane by Lucas Graunke, 14, Budding Climatologist.  “May is the warmest month in Minnesota and all across the Upper Midwest.  Average temps will soar up into the upper 60s and 70s …”

You Gotta Have Art by Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun, City of Victoria, MN.  “I think diversions to everyday life, such as the arts or sporting events, provide a great outlet to people and build bonds that are quite unique …”

What Are You Waiting For?  by Pastor Frank Jones, Moravian Church of Lake Auburn.  “I’m so ready for the world to be honest and fair.  I wait.  I’m so ready for the world to be healed and forgiving.  I wait …”

A Bittersweet Hockey Season by Kristi Jackson, Resident of Chaska.  “On February 18th tragedy struck.  Coach Bill Mork was killed in an automobile accident as his car veered off the road and hit a tree …”

Outstanding Rookie by Sheriff Bud Olson, Carver County, MN.  “Corporal Joshua Baker has been recognized by MADD of Minnesota as an Outstanding Rookie for the apprehension of 41 drivers that were driving under the influence of alcohol …”

Facts on “Global Warming” by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “Approximately 31,000 American scientists have signed a petition saying there is no scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing disruption of the earth’s climate …”

Remember When?  From the Editor’s Shoebox.  “Remember when these mothers were at their home in Victoria for Mother’s Day?  The editor took these pictures at various times in the early to mid 1980’s …”

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