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Monkey Man has arrived

Posted Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 04:08 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Television at 4:08 PM

Four new Sons of Anarchy slots @ Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on June 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Pea-sized hail

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2015 08:49 pm GMT -5 in Weather at 8:49 PM

Quite the storm in Eagan

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Mini reunion at Lucky’s 13

Posted Sunday, June 28th, 2015 09:24 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 9:24 PM

Fun visit with BCH and the Shusters in Bloomington

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Dr. John

Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2015 04:55 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Quotes at 4:55 PM

Sometimes I want to drink, sometimes I want to gamble…

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

First!

Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2015 02:52 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 2:52 PM

Dr. John @ CHS Field, St. Paul

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Swim meet reflections

Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2015 10:28 am GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 10:28 AM

MK during the 100 freestyle 

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

Prince of Pork

Posted Friday, June 26th, 2015 07:10 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:10 PM

Congrats to Corner Table for bringing home the bacon 

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Someone still does tickets right

Posted Friday, June 26th, 2015 02:16 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 2:16 PM

TBF (and Marvel Bar) celebrate Kräftskiva 2015 on August 1

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Just missed it

Posted Thursday, June 25th, 2015 03:31 pm GMT -5 in Cars at 3:31 PM

Little Red hits 100K

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Carbonara at the Moose

Posted Thursday, June 25th, 2015 12:33 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:33 PM

The Chocolate Moose, Ely

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm

They Might Be Giants

Posted Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 04:38 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 4:38 PM

The streets are paved with diamonds and there’s just so much to see, but the best thing about New York City is you and me…

Originally published by DK on June 24, 2015 at 4:38 pm

A+ Recruitment Tool

Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 04:24 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Work at 4:24 PM

Mr. Lehti on the signature hole

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Lifetime Membership?

Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 08:10 am GMT -5 in Links,Marathons,Running at 8:10 AM

http://www.runnersworld.com/races/grandmas-marathon-tradition

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2015 at 8:10 am

Best Concerts Ever

Posted Monday, June 22nd, 2015 08:46 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 8:46 PM

Colleen asked me the other day what are my top ten favorite concerts and I decided that was a very good question. After considerable thought, here’s my current list (in no particular order):

  • Tom Petty with Joe Cocker @ Red Rocks
  • Rolling Stones @ The Bank
  • Police Synchronicity Tour @ Met Center
  • Beastie Boys and Tenancious D @ The Roy
  • Arctic Monkeys @ First Ave
  • Cake @ Brooklyn Bowl Vegas
  • Richard Thompson @ Papa Charlies
  • Living Colour @ First Ave
  • Bruce Springsteen Seeger Sessions Tour @ Xcel
  • Robert Cray @ State Fair Bandshell

Honorable Mention: Bjork @ First Ave, U2 Joshua Tree Tour @ St. Paul Civic Center, Offspring @ First Ave, Freedy Johnston @ Aster Cafe, Kid Rock @ State Fair Grandstand, Macklemore @ State Fair Grandstand, Tracy Chapman @ First Ave, AmericanaramA (Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson) @ Midway Stadium, David Byrne @ The Fitz. Also need to pick one of the many Pearl Jam and Neil Young shows…

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Kwik Trip cookie sale

Posted Monday, June 22nd, 2015 09:32 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:32 AM

Four for a dollar seems like a good deal

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

It was a happy Father’s Day

Posted Monday, June 22nd, 2015 06:12 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 6:12 AM

SK at work

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2015 at 6:12 am

American Woman

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2015 07:41 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 7:41 PM

Don’t come a-hangin’ around my door, I don’t wanna see your face no more. I got more important things to do, than spend my time growin’ old with you…

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm

Rare CK sighting

Posted Saturday, June 20th, 2015 12:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 12:52 PM

Colleen at the Twins-Cubs game, Target Field

Originally published by DK on June 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Couldn’t resist

Posted Friday, June 19th, 2015 08:23 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Fashion,Music at 8:23 PM

The Guess Who @ Fortune Bay Resort Casino

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Guess Who?

Posted Friday, June 19th, 2015 06:51 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 6:51 PM

Super nice guys

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Christopher Lee was amazing

Posted Thursday, June 18th, 2015 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Movies at 6:04 PM

RIP Count Dooku & Saruman the White

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Don’t Jump Off

Posted Thursday, June 18th, 2015 01:04 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video at 1:04 PM

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm

New glasses at the VC

Posted Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 06:33 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:33 PM

Love that they are sponsored…

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Garry Bjorklund

Posted Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 11:24 am GMT -5 in Marathons,Quotes,Running at 11:24 AM

My wife and I both think that the half-marathon should be called Grandpa’s Marathon because she tells me every day that men do half the work that women do….

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

Wilderness Reflections

Posted Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 08:33 am GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 8:33 AM

A beautiful morning on the 18th hole

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2015 at 8:33 am

Hurray for the Tot Boss

Posted Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 11:40 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:40 AM

http://blog.redcurrent.com/2015/06/16/tot-boss-owner-dan-docken-feeds-twin-cities-and-beyond-with-a-local-favorite/

Originally published by DK on June 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

Lord Stanley loves Chicago

Posted Monday, June 15th, 2015 11:09 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 11:09 PM

It’s a dynasty (so says the commish)

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2015 at 11:09 pm

Gopher Flowers

Posted Monday, June 15th, 2015 11:08 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Nature at 11:08 PM

No filter, Dwan tee boxes

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm

Dwan was fun

Posted Monday, June 15th, 2015 11:07 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 11:07 PM

Thanks Tom!

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Danger! Danger!

Posted Sunday, June 14th, 2015 08:18 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:18 PM

CK at Betty Danger’s Country Club, NE Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Carl Spackler

Posted Sunday, June 14th, 2015 03:52 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Movies,Quotes at 3:52 PM

He’s on his final hole. He’s about 455 yards away, he’s gonna hit about a 2 iron I think…

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Donny at the turn

Posted Sunday, June 14th, 2015 02:53 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 2:53 PM

Don Berry on the first tee

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Hot and sweaty

Posted Sunday, June 14th, 2015 02:52 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 2:52 PM

A warm Sunday at the Tapemark – ninth green

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Warm in the Tapemark tent

Posted Sunday, June 14th, 2015 01:55 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 1:55 PM

Cody Central @ Southview CC

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Phil is the man

Posted Sunday, June 14th, 2015 07:01 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 7:01 AM

Management staff at Southview Country Club

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2015 at 7:01 am

Congrats graduates!

Posted Saturday, June 13th, 2015 07:11 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Schools at 7:11 PM

SM on his way to Iowa

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Food trucks @ the Tapemark

Posted Saturday, June 13th, 2015 12:27 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:27 PM

The plain mac and cheese was good

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2015 at 12:27 pm

A Granny Dozen

Posted Saturday, June 13th, 2015 06:36 am GMT -5 in Food,Golf at 6:36 AM

Loving this new Tapemark tradition 

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2015 at 6:36 am

Tapemark volunteers at work

Posted Friday, June 12th, 2015 06:33 am GMT -5 in Charities,Family,Friends,Golf at 6:33 AM

MK and friends at the 2015 Tapemark

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2015 at 6:33 am

Breakfast with Timmy Ho

Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2015 07:52 am GMT -5 in Food at 7:52 AM

First breakfast visit – the bacon English muffin 

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

Rolling Stones at the Bank

Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2015 12:01 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 12:01 AM

One week ago I was part of the sell-out crowd of 42,500 fans watching rock history unfold as the Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour visited the Gopher football stadium at the University of Minnesota. With a large chunk of the tickets topping out around $400, this was one expensive show. I decided to bite the bullet on a mid-range ticket in the lower level corner (around $150), but Colleen opted out. DGS picked up two pretty cool tickets at the side of the stage the day before and I was a bit jealous as Mick took several walks down that side of the huge setup, stopping about 20 feet away from his seats. The trade-off was his semi-obstructed view of the center stage and the three giant video screens that really made this a stellar concert experience.

That overall production quality goes to show that you get what you pay for. I don’t know all the logistics behind this tour, but I imagine it takes hundreds of people to put on this show with multiple semis full of equipment, costumes, lighting and pyro. The tour is only stopping in 15 cities and there appears to be a minimum of three days between shows. Mick (71), Keith (71), Charlie (74) and youngster Ronnie (68) had lots of other musician support, including the wonderful VocalEssence choir during the first song of the encore (You Can’t Always Get What You Want). That was a highlight of the night for me, along with Miss You, Sympathy for the Devil and the closer, Satisfaction.

“The world’s greatest rock and roll band” really lived up to the moniker all night. Jagger looked great, sounded awesome and still has all the trademark moves. Ronnie Wood is simply a rock and roll badass who often played guitar holding a cigarette between his middle and ring fingers while holding a pick with his thumb and index finger. Charlie Woods looked happy to be there all night, pounding the skins like someone half his age. And what can you say about Keith Richards? It’s a miracle the guy has survived this long – he really did remind me of the White Walker king from Game of Thrones. Too bad the long walkway that jutted out into the main floor didn’t get closer to my end of the stadium.

This tour has different opening acts in each city and I’ll admit I was a little disappointed that Minnesota got Grace Potter when other cities had the Avett Brothers, Gary Clark, Jr., Kid Rock and AWOLNATION. Still wanted to see her set, though, but traffic had other plans. On the sage advice of DGS, I pre-purchased parking in the same ramp he did (my old haunt, the Washington Avenue ramp behind the Radisson). I hadn’t been there since the light-rail went in, however, and found getting to that part of campus from I-94 to be extremely trying. I’m sure the rain didn’t help either, but I finally made it to the sixth floor of the reservation-only ramp and hiked over just in time to catch Grace’s last song. At least the rain stopped by that point (and never returned the rest of the night).

The concourses were wall-to-wall people both before and after the show. There were multiple merch booths inside and outside the stadium, but none had the special Minnesota-themed T-shirt that I wanted. The outside stands did have the $100 football jerseys and hoodies, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much (even though I really liked them). I ended up ordering the T-shirt online after the show while I waited an hour to get out of the parking ramp. I keep hoping they will discount those other items, but so far they are still full price.

Here are links to the main reviews: Jon Bream at the Star Tribune, Riemenschneider’s set list story, Ross Raihala at the Pioneer Press and City Pages. My social media feeds were full of friends and family that were also there. Seems like everyone acknowledged the significance of this show – so, so glad I went. I really regretted not seeing McCartney last year at Target Field and decided this was too important to also pass up…

Set List:

  • Jumping Jack Flash
  • It’s Only Rock N Roll
  • All Down the Line
  • Tumbling Dice
  • Doom and Gloom
  • Bitch (by Twitter request – choices were Bitch, Live With Me, Get Off My Cloud & Like a Rolling Stone)
  • Moonlight Mile
  • Out of Control
  • Honky Tonk Woman
  • Before They Make Me Run (Keith Richards)
  • Happy (Keith Richards)
  • Midnight Rambler
  • Miss You
  • Gimme Shelter (with Grace Potter)
  • Start Me Up (with pyro)
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • Brown Sugar
  • ENCORE
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with VocalEssence Choir)
  • Satisfaction (pyro finale)
Originally published by DK on June 11, 2015 at 12:01 am

No Diggity

Posted Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 06:17 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 6:17 PM

Rollin’ with the fatness, you don’t even know what the half is. You gotta pay to play, just for shorty bang bang to look your way…

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Trolling with Shuey

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 08:49 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Nature at 8:49 PM

Big Bay @ Lake Vermilion

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Depression is Real

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 06:15 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Links at 6:15 PM

http://www.faceitfoundation.org/depression-is-real/

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Stuart

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2015 11:24 am GMT -5 in Movies,Pop Culture,Shopping at 11:24 AM

Best Amazon box ever

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

Thompson by Tweedy

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2015 09:04 am GMT -5 in Links,Music at 9:04 AM

http://www.npr.org/2015/06/07/412042921/first-listen-richard-thompson-still

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2015 at 9:04 am

Best Grand Old Day secret

Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2015 11:37 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:37 AM

Lunch at Tavern on Grand

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2015 at 11:37 am

Alabama Shakes @ Hall’s Island

Posted Saturday, June 6th, 2015 04:22 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 4:22 PM

As a fan of history (and Minneapolis), I was excited when First Avenue announced that Father John Misty and Alabama Shakes would be playing a show at Historic Hall’s Island on May 30th. Then I was like – where the hell is Historic Hall’s Island? And why I have I never heard of it before now? Seems like everyone in town had pretty much the same reaction. But hey, I’m always up to try something new…

Turns out Hall’s Island isn’t really an island any longer – the east channel dried out and was filled in a while ago, but the the area has a really interesting back story. Named after Dr. Pearl M. Hall, the area that’s now between the Broadway and Plymouth bridges on the east side of the Mississippi was once home to public bathhouses and was slated to host a garbage incinerator at one point. Boom Island is just south of this area (also no longer an island), then comes Nicollet Island (which really is an island) and finally St. Anthony Falls. I also loved the story about the dead fly contest – way to be creative, Strib!

Initially, we thought it would be difficult to get there and find parking. Colleen pre-purchased parking in “lot four,” which was located two blocks over from the park, next to the Graco building on Marshall. We basically took I-94 to the Broadway exit, crossed the river, turned on Marshall and were right there. It was easy to get out too, but we took Hennepin back into downtown to grab some late food afterwards at Eli’s Food and Cocktails (first time there – it’s been on the list for a while due to their “best late night dining” awards).

The concert setup really only used half of the park – the area closest to the river was fenced off and the part being used was long and narrow. The stage was up front by Plymouth, with beer stands and food trucks on the sides and porta-potties in the back. The Minneapolis skyline made for a nice backdrop behind the stage and the sun was at our backs all afternoon. Doors were at 4:30 and I can’t remember now what the actual set times were for both acts, but Father John Misty played for just over an hour and the Alabama Shakes set was about 90 minutes (which included songs from both albums, but no Hold On – they didn’t even play that song at Paisley Park two nights later). The Riemenschneider review can be found here and the set list (also per Chris) can be found after the jump (along with a few photos).

We enjoyed the music, but everyone in our group wanted to leave before the encore due to the number of drunks near us. It didn’t bother me much (working in a casino does that to you), but the stands were obviously over-serving people that should’ve been cut off. Josh Tillman was a big hit with the girls, who thought he looked like Jesus with a great voice. Brittany Howard still brings it big time, but she didn’t even try to do that primal yell at the beginning of Don’t Wanna Fight that I was looking forward to all day. Bummer.

Overall, I thought it was nice outdoor venue, but Colleen didn’t care for it much. The Anchor food truck was awesome as usual and Travail even had a tent set up in back with a limited menu. The visit to the merch tent was quick and easy and I thought it was great that you could bring in one bottle of water (and a blanket to sit on if you found room for that). Oh, almost forgot – the sound system was really great for an outdoor venue (even on the sides). Nicely done, First Ave team, I’d come back here again…

FATHER JOHN MISTY

  • I Love You, Honeybear
  • Strange Encounter
  • True Affection
  • Only Son of the Ladiesman
  • When You’re Smiling and Astride Me
  • The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.
  • I’m Writing a Novel
  • Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
  • Bored in the USA
  • Funtimes in Babylon
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
  • The Ideal Husband

ALABAMA SHAKES

  • Future People
  • Rise to the Sun
  • Always Alright
  • Ain’t No Fun to Be Alone
  • Hang Loose
  • Miss You
  • Heartbreaker
  • Guess Who
  • I Found You
  • Gimme All Your Love
  • Be Mine
  • I Ain’t the Same
  • On Your Way
  • Dunes
  • Gemini
  • Don’t Wanna Fight
  • ENCORE
  • Over My Head
  • The Greatest
  • You Ain’t Alone

Next up: Charlie Parr, Erik Koskinen and Dead Man Winter tomorrow at Grand Old Day.

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Somebody has a card now

Posted Saturday, June 6th, 2015 10:29 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 10:29 AM

First purchase at Perkins

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2015 at 10:29 am

This is so me

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2015 01:51 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Personal at 1:51 PM

…according to the rest of the family, anyway.

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm

The clearance rack

Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 10:53 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Running at 10:53 PM

Mizuno Wave Rider 17s

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Sympathy for the Devil

Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 08:38 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:38 PM

I stuck around St. Petersburg, when I saw it was a time for a change…

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Rock and Roll Finish

Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 03:16 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 3:16 PM

Pyro to close out the Rolling Stones show

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Hey, I know those guys

Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 03:15 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Sports,Work at 3:15 PM

Bois Forte sign outside TCF Bank Stadium, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Always claim your free play

Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 02:46 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 2:46 PM

Another good, quick stop @ Grand Casino Hinckley

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2015 at 2:46 pm

2015 Stillwater Half Marathon

Posted Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 12:28 am GMT -5 in Friends,Running at 12:28 AM

One week after running John Storkamp’s wonderful Superior Spring 50K in Lutsen, a friend and colleague talked me into doing his race, the Stillwater Half Marathon. Starting at 8AM on May 23rd, this was a very different experience from the last time I ran a half in Stillwater. Ryan bought the race two years ago and has tweaked the course both years. It turns out that was a popular choice – the number of participants nearly doubled this year to around 1100 people (5K and half combined).

Full disclosure: Ryan provided me with a complimentary entry in exchange for feedback on the race. Thankfully, I don’t have to make up nice things to say – this was a fun, well-organized race that a vast improvement on my 2009 experience. The new course runs along the Gateway Trail for the first nine miles or so, which was nice and flat (with no real road traffic to deal with). There are some short, nasty hills at miles 10 and 11, but the finish is all downhill (including a steep drop at the actual finish line just in front of Pioneer Park).

Race day morning was low stress and easier than I expected. Race headquarters was located at the Water Street Inn in downtown Stillwater and runners were instructed to park nearby. I found a spot in a city ramp a few blocks over (on Second between Mulberry and Myrtle) and walked over to registration to get my shirt, bib and timing chip. The room had many helpful staffers, race numbers were posted on the wall if you didn’t know yours and there were lots of extra large safety pins to attach your bib. That whole process took me about 45 seconds, so I walked back to my car and dropped off the extra stuff.

The start to the half marathon was located just off highway 36, almost all the way back to I-694. There were two rows of busses parked on north Water Street – one side for 5K participants and the other side for the half marathon. I boarded the first bus to leave for the start and our driver got a little lost. There were people that knew where we should be going, though, so he turned the school bus around and got us to the start with plenty of time to spare.

The starting line was near the Gateway Trail bridge under highway 36, which quickly filled up with busload after busload of runners. There were about eight portable toilets set up to the side of the trail, but they were on the wrong side of the starting line. This basically meant that everyone who was still in line when the gun went off needed to backtrack to trigger the timing chip. Not a big deal, but it’s something I’d change in the future. I also wasn’t wild about having a prayer said before the race (and no national anthem). It was cool to have Minnesota race legend Gaylen Morse announce the start and finish of the race, however – he is such a big part of the Get in Gear and Twin Cities Marathon experience.

If you sign up early enough, you get a personalized race bib (like many other races are doing now) and the gender specific tech shirts were very nice (with a cool design). I’m not big on finisher medals for shorter races, but Ryan was very proud of the interlocking design of his medals. If you run the half along with the two other races he produces (the Lift Bridge 10 Mile on July 25th and the Log Run 10 Mile on September 19th), you will have three medals that all snap together.

Water stops were fairly spaced, well-staffed and didn’t run out of liquids (unlike some other smaller races I’ve done). I found out these stops are staffed by volunteers, but each person is also paid an hourly wage that goes to whatever charity they are supporting. Not sure if that is common at other races, but I thought it was a cool idea. At the end, Pioneer Park had a number of tables and tents set up for finishers, including a food tent that had water, bananas and pretzels. I missed the usual Minnesota race staples of salted nut rolls, Old Dutch potato chips and Great Harvest Bread, but this is a smaller race than some of the others I run (and it doesn’t cost as much either).

Overall, this is a nice race that I’d recommend for those interesting in the half marathon distance. Ryan reports they may tweak the course again next year to deal with the late hills, but I’m not sure how much of that can be done within the confines of Stillwater proper. I do like the Pioneer Park finish area and the walk back down the hill to the parking ramp wasn’t nearly as bad as I remembered. I think they also offered a free beer back at the Water Street Inn, but I’m just never going to be a beer drinker – especially after running a race. Many others will love this little touch, though.

As for my actual race performance, I knew I wasn’t going to break any records this time around. My “A” goal was simply to break two hours and my chip time was 1:56:26. Didn’t think to get my splits off the Garmin, but that averaged out to an 8:54 pace. Most of the early splits were decent – the only bad ones were during the hills. I was 181st out of 521 finishers and placed about in the middle of the pack for my age group. Fine by me.

Up next: State Fair Milk Run 5K (unless I pick up a summer race)

UPDATE: My Garmin still had the splits in memory – 9:03, 8:47, 8:46, 8:55, 8:41, 8:43, 8:51, 8:49, 8:50, 8:55, 9:01, 9:23 & 8:44

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2015 at 12:28 am

Minnesota IT Jobs Report

Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Links,Technology,Video,Work at 8:21 PM

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Storms on the Horizon

Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 03:56 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 3:56 PM

Fortune Bay Marina, Lake Vermilion

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Birch Point Visitor

Posted Monday, June 1st, 2015 09:47 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 9:47 PM

Another one came around this year

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Bob Lefsetz

Posted Monday, June 1st, 2015 01:38 pm GMT -5 in Business,Music,Quotes at 1:38 PM

AAA got a good chance in major markets, but ratings were bad and the stations flipped format…

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2015 at 1:38 pm

No filter fly-by

Posted Monday, June 1st, 2015 05:46 am GMT -5 in Nature,Travel,Weather at 5:46 AM

Plane taking off from MSP

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2015 at 5:46 am
 

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  • Leon Bridges - 9/20, Palace
  • Avett Brothers - 10/11, Mystic Lake
  • Ed Sheeran - 10/20, USBS
  • Hippo Campus - 11/23, Palace
  • Elton John - 2/21, Target Center
  • P!nk - 5/5, Xcel