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Homer J

Posted Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 05:26 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 5:26 PM

In Minnesota, I’d be a supermodel…

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Fuzzy

Posted Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 05:24 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 5:24 PM

Pondside, near the clubhouse

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Fall in the Northland

Posted Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 05:23 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 5:23 PM

Nice yellow along number six

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Moon Over 14

Posted Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Photography at 5:22 PM

Fourteenth Hole @ The Wilderness

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Seriously, this lake

Posted Monday, September 29th, 2014 07:40 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Running at 7:40 PM

Sunset over Vermilion from Echo Point

Originally published by DK on September 29, 2014 at 7:40 pm

I’m only at 125

Posted Monday, September 29th, 2014 01:40 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Links,News at 1:40 PM

http://www.twincities.com/Sports/ci_26607136/Art-Hennington-has-played-every-golf-course-in-Minnesota

Originally published by DK on September 29, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Road trip prophecy

Posted Sunday, September 28th, 2014 01:18 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 1:18 PM

Diamond Jo trip to get the $6700 slot jackpot I dreamt about, Northwood, Iowa

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

That’s my kid

Posted Sunday, September 28th, 2014 01:16 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 1:16 PM

SK @ First Avenue for Lizzo and Caroline Smith

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Caroline Smith @ First Avenue

Posted Sunday, September 28th, 2014 01:15 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 1:15 PM

With Lizzo, Laserbeak, Grrrl Party and Tickle Torture

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Ski-U-Mah!

Posted Saturday, September 27th, 2014 05:55 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Sports at 5:55 PM

The Little Brown Jug finally returns to Minnesota

Originally published by DK on September 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Post-walk Pie

Posted Saturday, September 27th, 2014 02:40 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:40 PM

Baker’s Square, Highland Park

Originally published by DK on September 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Great turnout

Posted Saturday, September 27th, 2014 12:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 12:48 PM

NAMI Walk 2014, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on September 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm

NAMI Walk 2014

Posted Saturday, September 27th, 2014 12:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 12:45 PM

Everybody walks on SK’s day

Originally published by DK on September 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

An orchid surprise

Posted Friday, September 26th, 2014 03:15 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 3:15 PM

One of my favorites – hope I don’t kill it

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm

No filter window view

Posted Friday, September 26th, 2014 03:14 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 3:14 PM

The tree outside the window, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Almost October

Posted Friday, September 26th, 2014 02:21 pm GMT -5 in Holidays at 2:21 PM

Halloween @ Ortho office

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm

King of Rock

Posted Friday, September 26th, 2014 02:00 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 2:00 PM

D’s for never dirty, MC for mostly clean…

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Look quick before they’re gone

Posted Thursday, September 25th, 2014 08:54 am GMT -5 in Nature at 8:54 AM

Nice color on Birch Point

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2014 at 8:54 am

With or Without You

Posted Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 08:02 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:02 PM

See the stone set in your eyes. See the thorn twist in your side. I wait for you…

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Catty

Posted Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 06:16 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Pop Culture,Television at 6:16 PM

New Batman slots from Aristocrat

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Wise words from Alisha

Posted Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 01:38 pm GMT -5 in Links,Personal at 1:38 PM

http://blog.redcurrent.com/2014/09/22/you-are-not-alone-starting-a-conversation-about-mental-illness/

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Made to Order

Posted Monday, September 22nd, 2014 06:56 pm GMT -5 in Food,Golf at 6:56 PM

Custom Bleu cheese burger, Wilderness Grill

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Fall comes to Vermilion

Posted Monday, September 22nd, 2014 09:56 am GMT -5 in Nature at 9:56 AM

Pike River Dam, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

Me too

Posted Monday, September 22nd, 2014 08:00 am GMT -5 in Food at 8:00 AM

Thanks, Gordy

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

Hello Leeann

Posted Sunday, September 21st, 2014 05:50 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:50 PM

Missed eating out

Originally published by DK on September 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

She’s singin’ in the rain

Posted Saturday, September 20th, 2014 06:03 pm GMT -5 in Family,Weather at 6:03 PM

Not sick enough to skip rain forts

Originally published by DK on September 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Unsatisfied

Posted Monday, September 15th, 2014 10:46 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 10:46 AM

Look me in the eye and tell me that I’m satisfied…

Originally published by DK on September 15, 2014 at 10:46 am

A Farewell to Midway

Posted Sunday, September 14th, 2014 11:33 am GMT -5 in Concerts,History,Music at 11:33 AM

The Hold Steady and The Replacements @ Midway Stadium

Originally published by DK on September 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

Wedding Adventurer

Posted Saturday, September 13th, 2014 05:12 pm GMT -5 in Family at 5:12 PM

MK @ Kimber’s weddin’ party, Jensen Lake, Lebanon Hills

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Perfect weather, ugly score

Posted Saturday, September 13th, 2014 05:03 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 5:03 PM

Brad teeing off on seven @ Cannon Golf Club

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Delayed

Posted Saturday, September 13th, 2014 08:05 am GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 8:05 AM

Frost @ Cannon Golf Club

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2014 at 8:05 am

Have a good winter break

Posted Thursday, September 11th, 2014 05:34 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:34 PM

Last dinner at Gordy’s Hi-Hat for 2014

Originally published by DK on September 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

James Bond

Posted Thursday, September 11th, 2014 09:15 am GMT -5 in Movies,Pop Culture,Quotes at 9:15 AM

His name’s Jaws. He kills people…

Originally published by DK on September 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

Lifesavers

Posted Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 01:04 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:04 PM

So happy to find these in my desk drawer

Originally published by DK on September 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Hardly knew any of this

Posted Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 08:29 am GMT -5 in Business,Concerts,Links,Music at 8:29 AM

http://www.vita.mn/music/274349211.html

Originally published by DK on September 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

Time to Move On

Posted Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 12:04 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 12:04 AM

What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing. But under my feet, baby, grass is growing…

Originally published by DK on September 10, 2014 at 12:04 am

Never thought I’d see that again

Posted Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 01:47 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 1:47 PM

One more thing…with Tim Cook @ AppleWatch launch

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Switched from Murray’s to turkey

Posted Sunday, September 7th, 2014 02:04 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:04 PM

Turkey To Go @ Target Field

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Birthday Baseball

Posted Sunday, September 7th, 2014 12:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 12:56 PM

Dad’s 68th birthday, Section 317, row 5, seats 1 & 2 @ Target Field

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Will it be good?

Posted Saturday, September 6th, 2014 11:35 pm GMT -5 in Links,Technology at 11:35 PM

http://www.apple.com/live/

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Another strong myVegas promo

Posted Saturday, September 6th, 2014 11:32 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Technology at 11:32 PM

Royal Caribbean cruise raffle bonus game

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2014 at 11:32 pm

2014 Minnesota State Fair

Posted Saturday, September 6th, 2014 07:53 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Food,Friends,Music at 7:53 PM

Well, it’s been exactly a week since the most crowded single day in the history of the Minnesota State Fair. We were four of the 252,092 people who made it out to Falcon Heights that day, as we had Grandstand tickets for the MN Music On-A-Stick concert that started at 4pm with The Cactus Blossoms. They were followed by Har Mar Superstar, Cloud Cult, Bob Mould, Doomtree and Brother Ali, who finished up just before 11pm (and the fireworks). The Current reported that this was the longest show in Grandstand history – too bad attendance was only around 7,500.

It was a fun, full day of quality music and the weather was just about perfect for the unofficial end of summer in Minnesota. We actually ran into Har Mar before the show and got a picture of him with MK, which was super cool. His set was just as energetic as ever and featured Lizzo on backing vocals. Cloud Cult is growing on me (also saw them at Rock the Garden), but they aren’t quite my cup of tea. I do really like pianist Sarah Elhardt Perbix, though, who also plays with Jeremy Messersmith.

Bob Mould’s set was amazing. As I tweeted, I just can’t believe all that noise can come from three musicians (bassist Jason Narducy, drummer Jon Wurster and “Moldy Bob”). Closing with The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song was just perfect (can’t believe Joan Jett didn’t also play it on Monday). Doomtree’s set was beset with muddy vocals at the start, but got better later on. I know Get Down is really a P.O.S. song, but personally I think Doomtree should end every show with it (which they didn’t do Saturday, making the other last song seem anticlimactic).

Brother Ali said in a radio interview earlier in the day he didn’t get any sleep the night before and it really showed – this set wasn’t as good as the one we saw at Summerfest in Milwaukee. This was unfortunate, as he was the headliner this time around. Maybe I was just anxious at the end – we’d been there seven hours and I really thought the fair still had a 10:30 curfew. Colleen and I sat in our reserved seats the whole day (right behind DGS), but the girls stood front and center against the barricade and were included in most of the press photos I saw in the online reviews.

Food-wise, I tried the pretzel curds at the O’Gara’s booth, which were better than I was expecting. I also ordered a burger from them called the O’Bleu, which had blue cheese, bacon and an onion ring. I try not to order things like that at the fair, but I needed some protein after my 20 mile run the day before. The porch outside the police station next door is an awesome “secret” spot to nab an open bench on a crowded day. Don’t remember all the other food that day (99% sure there were Pronto Pups in the picture), but ask me in person sometime about the midnight adventure at Spaghetti Eddie’s…

We returned on Monday for my third visit of the year (and another Grandstand show – Joan Jett and Journey). We did a lot more walking that day, as crowds in the buildings were much better than Saturday. I remember going up and down Machinery Hill and visiting the 4-H, Education, Fine Art and Pet Center buildings. We rode the SkyGlider, walked through the Grandstand (which had a booth selling used slot machines), saw a rooster crow in the Poultry building, bought two more scratch-offs from the Minnesota Lottery and stopped in again at the Dairy building for another malt.

We met most of the Miller clan in the new West End Market, which I’ve decided I mostly like. It was a bummer having part of my previous State Fair experience destroyed with the demolition of the previous Heritage Square, but it seems like they tried to make the best of the situation. I liked the new history center and the two big food vendor structures are very nice (even if some of the food was hit and miss). Lulu’s will probably have to change their name for 2015, but maybe there will be a settlement before then. The new stage is an improvement, but capacity seems smaller and I can’t believe they built it on a raised hill instead of in a sunken natural bowl. I’d also like to see more green and less cement next year in the common areas – that may impact traffic flow, but it seems too sterile now. Oh, and one last thing – please bring back the previous kettle corn vendor!

While in the West End, I ordered mac and cheese on a stick and a cold Mountain Dew from Lulu’s, carrying on the old Axel’s tradition perfectly (they also have “Cajun Bites,” which I assume are the same Bull Bites of old – didn’t try them). On the way out, I stopped at the Blue Barn to pick up a lemonade and the blue cheese and corn fritz, which many of the food critics were raving about online. Didn’t care for either one and ended up tossing half of the (somewhat expensive) fritters. Live and learn.

Other food items I had this year on various days: Fresh French Fries (x2), Danielson’s onion rings, Sweet Martha’s chocolate chip cookies, Chicago mix popcorn from Candyland, Lingonberry snow cone, apple freezes, Wino Wings, a beer flight from the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and an ear of corn from the Corn Roast (which loses SK in 2015, but gains MK).

We met Mike, Cindy, Jake and Rebecca before the Journey show outside the Horticulture building, which was really fun (too bad I forgot to get any photos). Our seats were next to the Millers on the main floor, about 25 rows back. Joan Jett’s opening set was a blast, but seemed very short. We have taken to calling the current version of the headliner “Fake Journey,” as it just doesn’t seem right calling it Journey without Steve Perry. Neal Schon is an incredible guitar player, though, and Arnel Pineda is like a magician – if you close your eyes, you’d swear it was the Steve Perry of old up on stage singing all those classic tunes.

Up next: The Replacements @ Midway Stadium, 9/13

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Indiana Jones

Posted Saturday, September 6th, 2014 05:33 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 5:33 PM

Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm

September Sun Dogs?

Posted Saturday, September 6th, 2014 05:31 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 5:31 PM

Don’t know if those can happen outside winter

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2014 at 5:31 pm

We have a winner

Posted Saturday, September 6th, 2014 05:30 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:30 PM

Mac and cheese sandwich from O’Cheese @ Eagan Food on 4 Wheels Festival

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Great having others at Leb

Posted Saturday, September 6th, 2014 03:51 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family at 3:51 PM

MK and CK drove over too

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Happy birthday, Mom & Dad!

Posted Friday, September 5th, 2014 06:03 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:03 PM

70 and 68, Carbone’s on Randolph

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Miss you, Grandpa

Posted Friday, September 5th, 2014 06:01 pm GMT -5 in Family at 6:01 PM

Public House bulletin board

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Mystic Steakhouse with KL

Posted Friday, September 5th, 2014 12:19 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Friends at 12:19 PM

Filet with blue cheese crust and au gratin

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Fanciest hot dog ever

Posted Friday, September 5th, 2014 12:18 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:18 PM

TBF pork sausage with hand-cut chips

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Such a pretty property

Posted Thursday, September 4th, 2014 03:17 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 3:17 PM

Minnehaha Cafe @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on September 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Plinko!

Posted Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 03:28 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 3:28 PM

Won two free tickets to the Price is Right live @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

We’re Going to Be Friends

Posted Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 10:28 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes,Schools at 10:28 PM

Fall is here, hear the yell. Back to school, ring the bell…

Originally published by DK on September 2, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Ten Best Hidden Places

Posted Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 08:24 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links,Travel at 8:24 PM

http://blogs.citypages.com/dressingroom/2014/07/the_10_best_hidden_places_around_minnesota_for_road-trippin.php

Originally published by DK on September 2, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Hidden secret pizza rules

Posted Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 06:02 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:02 PM

Pizza on the Farm, Stockholm, Wisconsin

Originally published by DK on September 2, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Slightly disappointed

Posted Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 12:16 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:16 PM

Bogart’s Doughnut Co., Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on September 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Miss it already

Posted Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 07:16 am GMT -5 in Cars at 7:16 AM

Parking lot ticket from the Como lot, 2014 Minnesota State Fair

Originally published by DK on September 2, 2014 at 7:16 am

First Day 2014

Posted Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 07:15 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 7:15 AM

MK and SK off to school

Originally published by DK on September 2, 2014 at 7:15 am

Joan looks pretty good for 55

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 07:25 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 7:25 PM

Joan Jett @ MN State Fair Grandstand

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 06:53 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 6:53 PM

Someday love will find you. Break those chains that bind you…

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Crop Art Frida

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 06:49 pm GMT -5 in Art,Food at 6:49 PM

2014 Minnesota State Fair Horticulture Building

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Her (supposed) last Corn Roast

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 06:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:48 PM

SK backstage @ MN State Fair Corn Roast

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Peer pressure from Mike & Jake

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 06:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 6:47 PM

Minnesota Craft beers: Finnegans, Summit, Excelsior & Lucid

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Crazy dangerous horse races

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 03:23 pm GMT -5 in Sports at 3:23 PM

Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Not golfing!

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 02:26 pm GMT -5 in Friends at 2:26 PM

Me and the Miller boys @ the new West End

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Mac and Cheese lives on

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 01:41 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:41 PM

Mac and Cheese on a Stick, Lulu’s Public House

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm

What a steal

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Shopping at 1:28 PM

Good prices on used slot machines

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Still a favorite

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 10:56 am GMT -5 in Food at 10:56 AM

Fresh French Fries @ MN State Fair

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

State Fair Farm Babies

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 10:28 am GMT -5 in Nature at 10:28 AM

Miracle of Birth building

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

Nightmares are made of these

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 10:28 am GMT -5 in Nature at 10:28 AM

Gigantic spider in the parking lot

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2014 at 10:28 am
 

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