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All it takes to get me there

Posted Sunday, January 31st, 2016 08:59 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Holidays at 8:59 PM

Free birthday buffet @ Treasure Island Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Lights on at the Turf Club

Posted Sunday, January 31st, 2016 07:46 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 7:46 PM

Reserved seating for Charlie Parr

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2016 at 7:46 pm

A self-portrait

Posted Sunday, January 31st, 2016 09:55 am GMT -5 in Art,Family at 9:55 AM

So beautiful

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2016 at 9:55 am

Another weekend, another meet

Posted Saturday, January 30th, 2016 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 1:28 PM

MK during the 100 back event @ Riptide

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Bulldog Tots

Posted Thursday, January 28th, 2016 09:44 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 9:44 PM

Thanks for the tip, Matt

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2016 at 9:44 pm

The Pines Aerial Ocean

Posted Thursday, January 28th, 2016 04:29 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 4:29 PM

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2016 at 4:29 pm

An unexpected JM meet and greet

Posted Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 11:35 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 11:35 PM

Another great concert – this time in Hopkins

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2016 at 11:35 pm

Not in Edina

Posted Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 02:11 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:11 PM

This Roseville OPH is like a totally different restaurant 

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm

Iron Man

Posted Monday, January 25th, 2016 11:58 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:58 PM

Vengeance from the grave, kills the people he once saved…

Originally published by DK on January 25, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Nice web upgrade at Piccolo

Posted Monday, January 25th, 2016 03:13 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links at 3:13 PM

http://www.piccolompls.com/

Originally published by DK on January 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm

OmniFest really packs them in

Posted Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,Movies,Museums,Science at 8:21 PM

Science Museum of Minnesota was crowded again on a Saturday night

Originally published by DK on January 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

First NCAA pool?

Posted Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 12:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 12:00 PM

Wildcat Swimming & Diving, St. Catherine University 

Originally published by DK on January 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm

DIY Egg McMuffin

Posted Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 08:47 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 8:47 AM

Thanks for the idea, Cathy

Originally published by DK on January 23, 2016 at 8:47 am

Homer

Posted Friday, January 22nd, 2016 08:15 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 8:15 PM

Siri, tell Amazon to drone me a beer…

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Kim Loves Choo Choos

Posted Thursday, January 21st, 2016 04:48 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 4:48 PM

Marshall Avenue Rocks

Originally published by DK on January 21, 2016 at 4:48 pm

Inglewood for $3 Billion

Posted Thursday, January 21st, 2016 08:25 am GMT -5 in Business,Football,Links,Sports at 8:25 AM

http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2016/01/19/los-angeles-rams-nfl-ownership-meeting

Originally published by DK on January 21, 2016 at 8:25 am

Birthday Collage 2

Posted Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 09:27 am GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 9:27 AM

Thank you, SK ❤️

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2016 at 9:27 am

Birthday Collage 1

Posted Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 09:25 am GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 9:25 AM

Thank you, MK ❤️

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

Just like Beetlejuice

Posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 07:53 pm GMT -5 in Business,Cars at 7:53 PM

Hennepin County Service Center for driver’s license renewal 

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

Hospitality done right

Posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 07:51 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:51 PM

Super impressed with ie – Italian Eatery, Minneapolis 

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2016 at 7:51 pm

The Cafe is now open

Posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:31 PM

TBF Cafe, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Glenn Frey

Posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 08:27 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:27 AM

Some people like to stay out late, some folks can’t hold out that long. But nobody wants to go home now – there’s too much goin’ on…

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2016 at 8:27 am

When’s the game start?

Posted Monday, January 18th, 2016 11:17 am GMT -5 in Family,Football,Sports at 11:17 AM

MLK Day Tour for kid one and two

Originally published by DK on January 18, 2016 at 11:17 am

Hozier at The Roy

Posted Sunday, January 17th, 2016 10:32 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 10:32 PM

All of the female members of our family seem to be in love with Mr. Andrew Hozier-Byrne from Ireland, so when the 25-year-old visited Minnesota twice in 2015, it was a given we’d be on the hunt for tickets. When he played First Avenue on February 20, we were only able to get two tickets, so Colleen took MK as a birthday present. When he announced a return visit to The Roy on September 10, we were able to get tickets for all four of us to go (despite some annoying Ticketmaster glitches).

Minnesota favorite Caroline Smith was a late addition to the bill as a solo acoustic opener, which I liked a lot. It wasn’t the greatest environment for her, but the crowd was mostly appreciative by the end of the set. After a relatively quick intermission, Hozier took the stage and did a 13-song set before a short encore. Since he only has one full album and a couple EPs, this was about what I expected. The Beatles cover was very nice, but I thought the version of Take Me to Church was a little too quick and routine (especially compared to this excellent French club video).

Overall, though, we had a fun time. None of the pictures really turned out very good, but there are more after the jump (along with a setlist from setlist.fm). I’ll blame Ticketmaster for the bad pictures, since my first row balcony seats were mysteriously “claimed by other fans” by the time I clicked through the choose from map feature. When this happens three times in a row, you end up with really bad seats at the end (if you get any at all). I guess I should know this by now, but wouldn’t it be more helpful for everyone if they just turned off the map option when tickets first go on sale?

  • Like Real People Do
  • Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene
  • From Eden
  • Jackie and Wilson
  • To Be Alone
  • Someone New
  • It Will Come Back
  • In a Week
  • Arsonist’s Lullabye
  • Sedated
  • Blackbird (Beatles)
  • Take Me to Church
  • Cherry Wine
  • — Encore —
  • Problem (Ariana Grande)
  • Work Song
Originally published by DK on January 17, 2016 at 10:32 pm

Birthday Brunch @ The Wilds

Posted Sunday, January 17th, 2016 10:40 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 10:40 AM

All the snow on the course is sad, but the food is great

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2016 at 10:40 am

Cendrillon

Posted Sunday, January 17th, 2016 12:04 am GMT -5 in Disney,Movies,Quotes at 12:04 AM

Le rêve d’une vie, c’est l’amour…

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2016 at 12:04 am

Our cruise director tonight

Posted Saturday, January 16th, 2016 08:26 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Pop Culture,Television at 8:26 PM

Lauren Tewes (aka Julie McCoy from The Love Boat) @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm

Birthday Bowling

Posted Saturday, January 16th, 2016 05:30 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Holidays,Sports at 5:30 PM

MK’s bowling party @ Drkula’s, Inver Grove Heighte

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Kids and their phones

Posted Saturday, January 16th, 2016 03:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping,Technology at 3:25 PM

Kid one is just a bit happy @ Apple Store Southdale

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm

You are no Aunt Annie’s

Posted Saturday, January 16th, 2016 03:24 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:24 PM

…Mr. Pretzelmaker

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Hockey in America

Posted Friday, January 15th, 2016 10:42 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 10:42 PM

Winnipeg fans need better kids

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2016 at 10:42 pm

Pack those boxes, stat

Posted Friday, January 15th, 2016 10:40 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends,Work at 10:40 PM

Team volunteer day @ Second Harvest Heartland 

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm

How low can you go?

Posted Friday, January 15th, 2016 10:38 pm GMT -5 in Business,Cars at 10:38 PM

$1.66 a gallon at an SA in Golden Valley, Minnesota 

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2016 at 10:38 pm

Embrace the North

Posted Friday, January 15th, 2016 09:31 am GMT -5 in Links,Running,Weather at 9:31 AM

http://www.startribune.com/why-i-love-running-outside-in-the-winter/365183881/

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2016 at 9:31 am

Choo-choo!

Posted Thursday, January 14th, 2016 09:04 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 9:04 PM

I love the choo-choo

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2016 at 9:04 pm

Modern Love

Posted Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 11:28 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:28 PM

There’s no sign of life, it’s just the power to charm. I’m lying in the rain, but I never wave bye-bye…

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2016 at 11:28 pm

Sushi, Sushi, Sushi

Posted Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 10:59 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 10:59 PM

SK in Apple Valley

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2016 at 10:59 pm

Quite a birthday dinner

Posted Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 10:57 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 10:57 PM

MK and her mask, Osaka Apple Valley

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2016 at 10:57 pm

A Future Piper?

Posted Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 06:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 6:32 PM

Admissions Night @ Hamline with SK

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2016 at 6:32 pm

MK Birthday Montage

Posted Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 03:07 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 3:07 PM

Happy birthday MK – love you!

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Happy Birthday Risiroo!!!

Posted Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 06:50 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 6:50 AM

Pre-school Caribou and a year of Valleyfair

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2016 at 6:50 am

EV Freshman Wind Ensemble

Posted Monday, January 11th, 2016 09:38 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 9:38 PM

Great concert by MK and her crew

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2016 at 9:38 pm

Enter through the alley

Posted Monday, January 11th, 2016 11:31 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:31 AM

Third Bird Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2016 at 11:31 am

Thin White Duke Forever

Posted Monday, January 11th, 2016 11:30 am GMT -5 in Music at 11:30 AM

RIP Mr. Bowie

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2016 at 11:30 am

Let’s Dance

Posted Monday, January 11th, 2016 08:12 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:12 AM

If you say run, I’ll run with you. And if you say hide, we’ll hide…

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2016 at 8:12 am

WeRunMPLS January Poster Boy

Posted Saturday, January 9th, 2016 07:36 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Running at 7:36 PM

Meet David | January WeRunMPLSer

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2016 at 7:36 pm

One Fast Fish

Posted Saturday, January 9th, 2016 06:07 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 6:07 PM

Makes it tough to photograph with the iPhone 

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2016 at 6:07 pm

Haven’t been here in a while

Posted Saturday, January 9th, 2016 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:24 PM

The Boysenberry takes me back – wonder if Knott’s gets a cut

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Le Sueur Country Club

Posted Friday, January 8th, 2016 11:25 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 11:25 PM

As the temps are just about to plunge toward zero this weekend, it’s nice to think back to last September 19th and my second new course in 2015. The Miller brothers have played here a number of times, but this was my first visit to Le Sueur Country Club. Located about an hour from home, it’s a straight shot down highway 169 towards Mankato (although we took the back roads).

LSCC is a semi-private course and the normal non-member green fees are $50 all the time. Brad had purchased certificates somewhere, so it cost us less than that. Carts were not available that day, but we planned to walk the hilly course either way (see pics after the jump). The par 70/72 course has four sets of tees and we played the par 72 blue tees at 6117 yards (the tips were 6365 yards, while the whites were only 5329).

Don’t really have much of a review or many opinions to share on this layout. Pace of play was very slow – I’m sure a lot of those walkers were used to having carts, which didn’t help. The elevation changes were cool, but also lead to a lot of missing local knowledge that I wish I’d had before playing those holes. Had a decent sandwich at the turn while we waited for the backup to clear on the par three tenth hole, but that’s about it.

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2016 at 11:25 pm

Welcome to the Rabbit Hole

Posted Friday, January 8th, 2016 05:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Work at 5:47 PM

SK is a natural in this hipster setting – so proud!

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2016 at 5:47 pm

Patch cable sighting

Posted Friday, January 8th, 2016 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 4:34 PM

Cables in the house! 

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Trampled by Lazerbeak

Posted Friday, January 8th, 2016 04:15 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 4:15 PM

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Wells Fargo

Posted Friday, January 8th, 2016 03:40 pm GMT -5 in Business,Quotes at 3:40 PM

A sign is made to be seen…

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Curdburger + tots

Posted Thursday, January 7th, 2016 05:30 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:30 PM

I really need to visit the gym tonight

Originally published by DK on January 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm

The 21st Century Colosseum

Posted Thursday, January 7th, 2016 10:07 am GMT -5 in Links,Technology at 10:07 AM

https://thecauldron.si.com/how-the-sacramento-kings-are-creating-the-21st-century-colosseum-665dbaa14efb#.r3y9qyi6k

Originally published by DK on January 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

Making a Hamburglar

Posted Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 08:33 am GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Television at 8:33 AM

Couldn’t resist…

Originally published by DK on January 6, 2016 at 8:33 am

A beautiful sight

Posted Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 07:01 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 7:01 PM

Decent switch, eh? Cool power indicators, too…

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

King of Hollywood

Posted Monday, January 4th, 2016 11:53 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:53 PM

He’s just another power junky. Just another silk-scarf monkey…

Originally published by DK on January 4, 2016 at 11:53 pm

It’s about Badgers

Posted Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 08:28 pm GMT -5 in Reading,Running,Sports at 8:28 PM

Sad story of undiagnosed mental illness among my people

Originally published by DK on January 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm

All-time favorite sammich

Posted Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 08:25 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:25 PM

Thank you, Cecil’s

Originally published by DK on January 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm

Riverview Style

Posted Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 04:20 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Movies at 4:20 PM

Coming Soon…Katniss

Originally published by DK on January 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Cooking with Betty

Posted Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 06:56 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:56 PM

Childhood staple, but not as good as I remembered

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm

Matilda

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 08:48 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Music,Quotes at 8:48 PM

Put the grenade pin in your hand, so you understand who’s boss…

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 8:48 pm

alt-J at The Roy

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 08:44 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 8:44 PM

I’ve wanted to see English band alt-J every time they’ve visited the Twin Cities, but somehow always missed out on tickets. When their September 17th show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium was announced, I made sure to hit the ticket sites right when they went on sale. Both kids wanted to go, so I ended up with three excellent seats straight across from the stage in the upper reserved section (albeit not side-by-side). Brooklyn-based San Fermin was also on the bill.

To be honest, I don’t really know the names of many alt-J songs, but I really like their sound. Joe and Gus have such unique voices, plus how can you not like a song about Matilda? I also didn’t know the delta sign story about how the ∆ symbol can be typed on a Mac with the key sequence Alt+J (thanks, Wikipedia). The entire evening was enjoyable, but the light show got to be a little much by the end. It was impressive (see the pics after the jump), but they were treading very close to seizure territory…

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Golf at The Jewel

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 07:48 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 7:48 PM

While still far below my peak year, 2015 wasn’t too bad for number of rounds played (28). In fact, it was the most golf I played in one season since 2012. I also crossed two courses off the rather long list of new courses I’ve wanted to visit. Mr. Miller and I hit the first one, The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minnesota, on September 4th.

This Hale Irwin design normally costs $70 to walk during the summer, but our visit was about a week into the off season. This brought the walking price down to $40, which seemed like a great deal for a course of this quality. They weren’t very busy on this beautiful fall Friday, but the lot was full of collegiate golf vans when we finished the round.

The 800 acre layout had a good variety of holes ranging from wide open, flat prairie holes to tight, tree-lined holes with rolling elevation changes. The conditioning was perfect and there were five tees to choose from, including the 6014-yard white tees we selected (the tips stretch to 7050 yards). The only negative we experienced all day was an inattentive maintenance crew on the back nine that had no desire to stop working to let us play through.

The clubhouse was very nice and the staff in the pro shop were friendly and helpful. I’m not sure I would make the drive down from the Twin Cities to pay the normal rate, but $40 is a steal. More pics after the jump.

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 7:48 pm

Captain SK

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 03:14 pm GMT -5 in Family,Museums,Science at 3:14 PM

Piloting the Mississippi @ SMM

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm

A New Year @ SMM

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 02:18 pm GMT -5 in Museums,Science at 2:18 PM

A very crowded January 1 in downtown St. Paul

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Last run of 2015

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 02:16 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Running at 2:16 PM

We Run Mpls group run along the river

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm

NYE in St. Paul

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 02:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 2:15 PM

Late dinner @ St. Dinette 

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm
 

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