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Macklemore or storm?

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 07:13 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Weather at 7:13 PM

Pre-show (and pre-storm), Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Round-tripper

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 06:16 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 6:16 PM

Ride the Sky Glider

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Don’t miss the Kidway days

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 06:15 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 6:15 PM

Machinery Hill Kidway, MN State Fair

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Danielson vs. Ball Park Cafe

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 05:17 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:17 PM

Onion ring showdown was no contest – tradition wins

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Space Tower

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 03:58 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture at 3:58 PM

It’s been years since I went on that – wonder if it has AC?

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Grand Champion Cron

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 03:48 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:48 PM

Horticulture Building, Minnesota State Fair

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Dara was right

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 03:16 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:16 PM

The Mouth Trap cheese curds in the Food Building are better than the original…

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The Classics

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:27 PM

Fresh French Fries & Pronto Pups, Minnesota State Fair

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Fairchild!

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 01:12 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pop Culture at 1:12 PM

Kid two and Fairchild in a forced pose, Heritage Square, Minnesota State Fair

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm

End of an Era

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 01:09 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 1:09 PM

Minnesota Newspaper Museum

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Cliff “Ole” Olson

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 12:57 pm GMT -5 in Art,History at 12:57 PM

Long-time fair employee

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Only at the Fair

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 12:48 pm GMT -5 in Art,Nature at 12:48 PM

Holy shit…how awesome is that?

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 12:48 pm

More workers

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 12:40 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Work at 12:40 PM

Cheese Dog at the Kettle Corn stand, Heritage Square

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Gatsby

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 10:53 am GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 10:53 AM

I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life…

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

Off to work

Posted Saturday, August 31st, 2013 10:52 am GMT -5 in Family,Work at 10:52 AM

Kid one at her new job, Eagan Cold Stone

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2013 at 10:52 am

Below My Feet

Posted Friday, August 30th, 2013 03:54 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:54 PM

Just give me time, you know your desires and mine…

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Post-run Reward #2

Posted Friday, August 30th, 2013 11:02 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:02 AM

Twist and chocolate glaze donut, Mel-O-Glaze Bakery, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

Post-run Reward

Posted Friday, August 30th, 2013 10:35 am GMT -5 in Running at 10:35 AM

New baby blue Mizuno Wave Rider 16s from Marathon Sports

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

It’s fixed now, right?

Posted Friday, August 30th, 2013 08:41 am GMT -5 in Travel at 8:41 AM

Sabo Bridge, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2013 at 8:41 am

Flowers Over Isles

Posted Friday, August 30th, 2013 08:40 am GMT -5 in Nature at 8:40 AM

Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2013 at 8:40 am

Harriet Sunrise

Posted Friday, August 30th, 2013 08:39 am GMT -5 in Nature at 8:39 AM

Early morning long run

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2013 at 8:39 am

My Favorite CEO

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2013 10:03 pm GMT -5 in Business,Links,Technology at 10:03 PM

http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/hail-to-the-chief-yahoos-marissa-mayer/

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

What type of men, though?

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2013 02:04 pm GMT -5 in History at 2:04 PM

Level 27 buzzer, Soudan Mine

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Lunch in Tower

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2013 02:03 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 2:03 PM

Good Ol’ Days Bar and Grill

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

The most important machine

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2013 01:57 pm GMT -5 in History at 1:57 PM

The machine room at Soudan

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Level No. 27

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2013 01:55 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,History at 1:55 PM

Soudan Mine State Park

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm

The Cadillac of Mines

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2013 12:18 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,History at 12:18 PM

Soudan Mine Tour

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm

No gold in them thar’ hills

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2013 12:16 pm GMT -5 in History at 12:16 PM

Minnesota Gold Mining Co.

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Rock Hound

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2013 11:53 am GMT -5 in Nature at 11:53 AM

Red Quartz, Soudan Mine

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

Old School Pimpin’

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2013 11:51 am GMT -5 in History at 11:51 AM

Elisha J. Morcom, Jr. and Ted Wheeler

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

Sugar Bear

Posted Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 08:31 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 8:31 PM

I’ve been married two times, but the third time’s gonna be the charm…

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Surprised this is a thing

Posted Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 06:56 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 6:56 PM

IGT’s Footloose penny slot machine

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Dinner at the Tiki Bar

Posted Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 06:51 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 6:51 PM

Bay View Lodge, Lake Vermilion

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm

You ain’t got no ice cream

Posted Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 06:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 6:45 PM

Birch Point Marina, Lake Vermilion

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Hey dad, watch this!

Posted Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 03:04 pm GMT -5 in Family at 3:04 PM

Kid two makes the big leap, Lake Vermilion

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Rock Lobster

Posted Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 03:01 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 3:01 PM

Crayfish trap on Birch Point

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Birch Point Visit

Posted Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 02:49 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends at 2:49 PM

Kid two and friends floating in Lake Vermilion

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Ayn Rand

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 10:26 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Quotes,Reading at 10:26 PM

I took fifteen speed pills, and I got into a contest with Liza Minnelli over who could roar most like a jaguar. She simply sounded like a stupid lion.

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Paddling off the pizza

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 06:46 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Sports at 6:46 PM

Canoeing on Everett Bay, Lake Vermilion

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Bamboozled

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 05:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 5:45 PM

Vermilion Club

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Mosquito Golf

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 04:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Golf at 4:47 PM

Pier 77 mini-golf, Lake Vermilion

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Accountancy Shanty

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 03:38 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Music,Quotes at 3:38 PM

It’s fun to charter an accountant, and sail the wide accountancy…

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Robert Cray Band at MN Zoo

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 02:00 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 2:00 PM

Don’t really have much to write regarding this show that I haven’t already written about the many other times we have seen Robert Cray: his blues guitar is amazing and I could listen to Jim Pugh play the Hammond organ all day. Les Falconer on drums and Richard Cousins on bass round out the group (and were very good too).

This was probably the hottest show I’ve seen at the zoo (and the first time I’ve really had any bug problems). The seats and rows seemed extra close together – probably because I didn’t want anyone near me as I sat sweating profusely. It was nice to run in to Shaun Irwin again at a show (he was at Alabama Shakes) and I was envious of his third row center seats.

Don’t have access to a set list (Chris Riemenschneider was off in Canada covering the Replacements), but it seemed like a nice mix of old and new songs, with the always excellent Time Makes Two closing out the encore with that hypnotizing drum hook.

Up next: Macklemore Saturday night at the State Fair Grandstand.

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Tower Tradition

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 12:11 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 12:11 PM

Lunch at the Tower Cafe with kid two and friends

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Taxidermy with kid two

Posted Monday, August 26th, 2013 05:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 5:54 PM

Dinner at Sawmill Saloon, Virginia, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm

New high-denom Konami

Posted Monday, August 26th, 2013 05:52 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 5:52 PM

Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Milk Run 2013

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 05:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Running at 5:00 PM

It was a warm 80F degrees when I woke up for the 2013 edition of the Minnesota State Fair Milk Run 5K today, with sunny skies and a bit of humidity. This was the sixth year in a row I’ve made kid one run (much to her chagrin) and the third where the kids wanted to run at their own pace.

I wasn’t expected a PR opportunity in this weather, but was hoping to beat last year’s time of 23:53. According to the Garmin, my splits were 6:54, 7:32 (damn those hills) and 7:08, for a final watch time of 22:27 (7:14 pace). It also said there was 102 feet of elevation gain, but it felt like more. That time was good enough for 67th overall and 5th in my age group.

For the first time, we stuck around for part of the awards ceremony, where I learned the top three people in each age group get ribbons. I’ll switch from M40 to M45 next year, which actually might make it harder to get a ribbon: third place needed a 21:05 this year for M40, 20:13 for M45 and 20:29 for M50. Lots of fast old guys!

Kid one kicked it in and beat kid two this year, 41:49 vs. 43:55. Congrats to both of them – so proud (even if they hate doing it).

Today was going to be new food day for me, as we are also going next Saturday for the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert at the Grandstand and I figured I’d save the favorites for then. Turned out I started with Sweet Martha’s Cookies, a Pronto Pup and the Corn Roast, so that didn’t exactly pan out.

I did end up hitting French Meadow for the dough-sant, Cinnie Smiths mini cinnamon rolls, Gizmo sandwich, honey lemonade and honey sticks at the Horticulture Building and Comet Corn from Blue Moon Dine-In Theater. All were OK, but nothing really to add to the classics list. I also had a frozen cider pop from Minnesota Apples and my free vanilla malt at the Dairy Building, both of which felt great in the 96F afternoon sunshine.

On the agenda for next time: another Pronto Pup, Fresh French Fries, Danielson Onion Rings, Ball Park Cafe onion rings, Izzy’s mini donut ice cream, Duke’s Poutine and mac and cheese on a stick from Axel’s Bonfire.

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Goose

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 03:45 pm GMT -5 in Food,Quotes,Television at 3:45 PM

Go to the fair, Templeton, you will find that it will surpass your wildest dreams…

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

The 2013 Button

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 03:07 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture at 3:07 PM

Minnesota State Fair (free) annual button

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Comet Corn fizzle

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 01:44 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:44 PM

Starts off good…

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm

View from the top

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 01:43 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 1:43 PM

MN State Fair fire tower panorama

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

No line for the tower

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 01:41 pm GMT -5 in Family at 1:41 PM

DNR fire tower, MN State Fair

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Chillin’

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 01:19 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 1:19 PM

New fish tanks, DNR Building

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Dara’s honey sticks

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 12:41 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:41 PM

The Bee Hive, Horticulture Building

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Fair Fine Art

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 12:19 pm GMT -5 in Art at 12:19 PM

Marathon, Duluth

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Retro 1960 Deere

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 12:18 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture at 12:18 PM

Machinery Hill, MN State Fair

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Best new fair thing

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 12:07 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 12:07 PM

Free cell phone charging station, HealthFair11

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

AZ’s favorite

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 11:26 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:26 AM

The Gizmo on Machinery Hill

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

Tastefully cinnful

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 11:05 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:05 AM

Cinnie Smiths in the heat

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

Perks of the Corn Roast

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 10:22 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 10:22 AM

Free corn, courtesy of the Corn Queen

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

Look, a $4 donut

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 09:57 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:57 AM

The French Meadow dough-sant was good, but not great

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 9:57 am

Still my favorite

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 09:25 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:25 AM

Wiener Dun in a Bun

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

Breakfast cookies

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 09:24 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 9:24 AM

Kid one at Sweet Martha’s Cookies, MN State Fair

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 9:24 am

The tradition continues

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2013 07:19 am GMT -5 in Family,Running at 7:19 AM

Kid one and two at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair Milk Run 5K

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2013 at 7:19 am

Mystic Comedy Club

Posted Saturday, August 24th, 2013 06:55 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts at 6:55 PM

Mike Wilmot at Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on August 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Bar Grand Opening

Posted Saturday, August 24th, 2013 06:07 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 6:07 PM

The Lobby Lounge Jamison special, Mystic Lake Casino

Originally published by DK on August 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Corn Roast Girl

Posted Saturday, August 24th, 2013 03:51 pm GMT -5 in Family,Work at 3:51 PM

Kid one going to work at the fair

Originally published by DK on August 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Angel on 14

Posted Saturday, August 24th, 2013 01:39 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 1:39 PM

14th hole, Willingers Golf Club, Northfield

Originally published by DK on August 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

John’s Excellent Ragnar Video

Posted Friday, August 23rd, 2013 08:58 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Running,Video at 8:58 PM

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Cool clouds tonight

Posted Friday, August 23rd, 2013 08:29 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 8:29 PM

Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm
 

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