Orsen's Oasis by Sue Orsen.  "Before we built out here, sheep and cows grazed this land, or so we're told.  Wasn't much good for a farmer's crops -- too many trees and too many hills.  So the maple trees grew large and high to the sky "  Click on Front Page.
Lenten Detention by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  "The biggest give-up was candy, of course.  Fighting with brothers and sisters was also high on the give-up vows.  An odd revelation, considering St. Victoria Catholic was a 1st through 8th grade school, was the occasional, "I will give up cigarettes for Lent "
A Sport of a Different Hue by Tom Stumpf, Victoria Cowboy Correspondent.  "As the self-ordained Sports Editor of this fine periodical, the cowboy feels obligated to report on an interesting spectcle which TLD and he had occasion to witness a couple of weeks ago "
A Taxing Time of Year by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  "Well, it's time to strap the snow shovel on the front of the car and drive south until someone asks what it is.  In theory then, you will be in an area where there are sandy beaches and palm trees "
From Aztecs to Adderall by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizen Writer.  "As I looked over articles and materials I have saved in the past for news of interest in this column, I came across some disturbing collections on education which should be of interest to parents and grandparents alike "
Dreaming of Spring by Kevin McKenna, Victoria Lions Girls Fastpitch.  "VLGA is open to girls at all skill levels from beginners to experienced and from current first graders through high school "
What Do You Expect?" by Pastor Frank Jones, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  "The days become longer and the sun stronger and we all know what that means, don't we?  Well, maybe not.  Everyone looks at things differently and has different expectations "
Senior Central by Linda McNulty, Victoria Senior Commission.  "Senior Central is my direct phone number where residents of all ages can call to give their thoughts and ideas on social activities, civic needs, and cultural interests involving senior residents "
Greening Up Victoria by Mary Leizinger, Victoria Realtor.  "Although Victoria may not be at risk for catastrophic global changes, most people want to contribute to lowering their carbon footprint "
20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Al and Grace Lundgren in "Learning with the Lundgrens."  married on May 1st, 1943, anmoved to Foxglove in 1960 "
10 Years Ago the Gazette featured the Victoria Ice Fishing Contest in "Hamburger Harbor" and Phabe Wartman whose nose was running wild that afternoon "

Victoria Warms to More Business by Sue Orsen.  "New business has been stepping into Victoria on a regular basis in the past few years, and the Gazette continues its traditions of welcoming each of them and introducing them to the community.  At least three more new businesses opened their doors in Victoria in recent times:  Joel's Original Barber Shop, Snap Fitness, and Superior Mortgage "
A Heartwarming Fundraiser at Victoria Elementary School by Julie Kiefer, Victoria Elementary Parent.  "Hundreds of extremely energetic kids voluntarily filed into school an hour early to put on their sneakers and start jumping rope in our second annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association "
From the Warmhearted Lions Den by Al Liestman, President of the Victoria Lions Club.  "Many years ago Helen Keller challenged Lions to be the leaders of the blind so we began working with the University of Minnesota Lions Eye Bank "
At Holy Family -- Warm Outdoors and Indoors by Barry Johnson, Head Ski Coach and Katie Burke, Director of Communications at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria.  A combination photo/story about students on the ski team, as well as students in "Voices of Fire" and "Voices, Too."
Give Man a New Heart by Pastor Bill Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  "When Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first open heart surgery 40 years ago in South Africa, it was literally headline news around the world "
Another Perspective by Pastor Thoma Braun, Christ Victorious Lutheran Church.  "A tough minded CEO was touring the company's shipping department when he came upon a young man leaning against a file cabinet, humming a song, and watching the action around him "
Greed and the Fair Deal by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  "I sell golf.  If someone wants to play golf at Deer Run, I ask them for money.  Sometimes over the years we've traded golf for services.  In other words, w made a deal -- golf for money or services "
Chamber's Channel by Jennifer Chapman, Director of Victoria Chamber of Commerce.  "The Business Expo was a success for the entire community.  We attracted approximately 1,000 attendees "
The Best is Yet to Come by Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun, City of Victoria.  "I believe that we should pursue conversation, partnerships, alliances, and relationships whenever possible.  It is fiscally responsible and healthy for our citizens "
Ode to a Commode by Tom Gray, Victoria Building Official.  "How do we flusheth thee?  Let us counteth the way:  We flushet by nights and we flusheth by days "