The Eyes of a Soldier by Sue Orsen.  "The tall handsome boy with the bright eyes is in fact not a boy at all, but a young man, an adult still being shaped by the forces around him His dark blue eyes are clear and direct, unafraid yet modest.  If eyes are indeed windows unto the soul, Caleb Fisher is an honorable young man "  Click on Front Page.
A Warm Sunny Spot by Pastor Frank Jones, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  "I began to slowly make friends with the reluctant cat by first just talking to him, and later by lying on the floor and reaching into his hiding place just to gently touch him.  One morning he came out from the under the desk to purr and be briefly petted I believe we've made a place for each other in our hearts "
The Language of Flowers by Carol Vadnais, Resident of Victoria.  "Of course the red rose means love, and there are many different meanings of love:  Pink-glowing smile; orange-secret love; yellow-friendship; white-innocence, spiritual love.  Multiples of roses even have their special meanings "
Avoid Driving on Ice by Carver County Sheriff Bud Olson.  "There is no such thing as safe ice.  Many circumstances can make ice unpredictable.  There are only general rules -- four inches for travel on foot, five for snowmobiles and ATV's, eight to twelve inches for cars and small trucks "
The Best Gift by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  "A team from Waterbrooke has built relationships with orgphans in Miskolc, Hungary, over the past five years.  I spent 12 days living with them, experiencing their difficult life firsthand.  I realized that the best gift I could give them was myself "
Terror or Peace by Ethel Ausink.  Senior Citizens Reporter.  "Probably the main reason for not pulling out before Iraq is stabilized is that this war would not end.  It probably would become even more brutal and widespread, with the potential for dire consequences for the region and the world "
Catch the Chickens by Pastor Thomas Braun, Christ Victorious Lutheran Church.  "My twin brother and I were four years old.  My parents regularly received chickens, which they butchered.  This one afternoon the chickens were delivered in a gunnysack that was securely fastened "
Name Calling by Tom Gray, Victoria Building Official.  "It's always entertaining to get calls about Victoria, British Columbia, or Victoria, Texas, and it's good for a chuckle or two with the city staff "
Chamber's Channel by Jennifer Chapman, Victoria Chamber of Commerce.  "I encourage all local participants to become active participants in the Chamber this year "
20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Herb and Pauline Kocks.

A Harrowing Experience by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  "In the days of old we had teo use the old dull chisel to hack open an ice hole to fish.  No high speed spinning and whirring ice auger existed, and that chisel was always dull and had a tendency to fly out of our hands and into the lake "
Is Gold the Next Tennis?  by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  "In the '70 's and '80's, tennis was huge.  Not big, but HUGE.  Every new apartment building or park had tennis courts.  Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova were household name.  Who are the big stars now?  Yup, tennis is off the radar screen "
Let's Play Hockey, eh?  by Tom Stumpf, Victoria Cowboy Correspondent.  "Many of you faithful fans know that few things bring a smile to the cowboy's face quicker than stepping out of the cozy family room into the brisk night and hearing the unmistakable sounds of outdoor ice hockey being played earnestly nearby "
Here's to Victoria!  by Pastor William Monday, Faith Lutheran Church.  "I'm somewhat new to Victoria, and what a great town I'm finding her to be.  I'm proud to claim Victoria as my new home and a wonderful place to raise a young family.  I dedicate myself to helping you keep this community close and caring "
The Mayor's Letter by Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun.  "This year we will be reconstructing the roads in two Victoria neighborhoods.  On behalf of the entire City Council, I want to thank both the Woodstone and Smithtown Road residents for working with us and for their suggestions and deep interest in their neighborhoods "
Home Market in Victoria by Mary Leizinger, Victoria Realtor.  "It looks like the challenging real estate market of 2006 may be behind us and 2007 is off to a good start.  In Victoria, 126 home sales were reported to the Multiple Listing Service in 2006, representing $58,380,155 in home sales "
Grandma Harley Babe by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  "On thing the Harley Babe has discovered is that love of riding is not necesssarily hereditary.  For granddaughter Hanna's third birthday, Grandma Harley Babe got her a battery-operated toy bike.  It is very cool looking "
Minnesota Families by MN Senator Julianne Ortman.  "I believe government should operate its budget just as Minnesota families do, by saving what they can, spending only on priorities, and planning for the future "
Learning to Skate in Victoria by Kristy Mock, Victoria Parks and Rec Supervisor.  "This great program is held at the ice arena of the Victoria Field House "
10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Wes and Corinne Anderson.