7 Minute Miles

For all that extra free time

Posted Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 10:43 pm GMT -5 in Games,History,Pop Culture,Technology at 10:43 PM

Donkey Kong Country sure seemed prettier back then

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2018 at 10:43 pm

Suit & Tie

Posted Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 10:41 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes,Work at 10:41 PM

Going out so hot, just like an oven. And I’ll burn myself, but just had to touch it…

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Tweet: Keeping stadium nerds happy since 2015

Posted Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 08:10 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 8:10 PM

Keeping stadium nerds happy since 2015

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Still the best

Posted Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 07:22 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 7:22 PM

Cecil's Deli

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2018 at 7:22 pm

Also not the three I wanted

Posted Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 12:07 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 12:07 AM

But still nice to have any @ Mystic

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2018 at 12:07 am

Tweet: Cool to meet Tod Leiweke and hear him speak. Bonus: free lunch from the a…

Posted Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 01:25 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 1:25 PM

Cool to meet Tod Leiweke and hear him speak. Bonus: free lunch from the always amazing @4waytest

Originally published by on January 30, 2018 at 1:25 pm

The castle is cool, but 🐉

Posted Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 01:17 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 1:17 PM

Rice Park

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Tweet: Nice chatting with Saints GM @DerekSharrer this morning – that organizat…

Posted Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 10:18 am GMT -5 in Tweets at 10:18 AM

Nice chatting with Saints GM @DerekSharrer this morning – that organization does it right

Originally published by on January 30, 2018 at 10:18 am

Tweet: The Chef Experience food was awesome, but my feet are still unthawing

Posted Monday, January 29th, 2018 08:52 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 8:52 PM

The Chef Experience food was awesome, but my feet are still unthawing

Originally published by on January 29, 2018 at 8:52 pm

Just your regular Monday night

Posted Monday, January 29th, 2018 08:44 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 8:44 PM

St Paul Farmers Market

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 29, 2018 at 8:44 pm

Tweet: Feel like I work for the CIA this week (and can’t share anything), but …

Posted Sunday, January 28th, 2018 08:03 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 8:03 PM

Feel like I work for the CIA this week (and can’t share anything), but I do have to say – how great is the green line? 🚈💚

Originally published by on January 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Tweet: Good luck to all the “perfectly sane” participants in the Arrowhead 1…

Posted Sunday, January 28th, 2018 04:12 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 4:12 PM

Good luck to all the “perfectly sane” participants in the Arrowhead 135 tomorrow ❄️

Originally published by on January 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Not the three I wanted

Posted Sunday, January 28th, 2018 03:09 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 3:09 PM

But better than the last few times at Mystic

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Very popular demand

Posted Sunday, January 28th, 2018 03:02 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 3:02 PM

Wonder how that was approved to begin with

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2018 at 3:02 pm

That top one is overdue

Posted Sunday, January 28th, 2018 02:35 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 2:35 PM

Grand Casino Hinckley

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2018 at 2:35 pm

One last day of freedom

Posted Sunday, January 28th, 2018 11:07 am GMT -5 in Photography at 11:07 AM

Tobies Restaurant

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2018 at 11:07 am

Tweet: The little exercise in narcissism has been updated for all you insomniacs…

Posted Sunday, January 28th, 2018 12:05 am GMT -5 in Tweets at 12:05 AM

The little exercise in narcissism has been updated for all you insomniacs and show hole peeps

Originally published by on January 28, 2018 at 12:05 am

Our smiling server rocks

Posted Saturday, January 27th, 2018 06:14 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 6:14 PM

Big River Pizza

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2018 at 6:14 pm

Tweet: Updated the about page on 7minutemiles – now on to the biography page (wh…

Posted Saturday, January 27th, 2018 04:43 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 4:43 PM

Updated the about page on 7minutemiles – now on to the biography page (which hasn’t changed since 2015)

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We really love Kyatchi

Posted Saturday, January 27th, 2018 04:22 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:22 PM

Hot dog, karaage, cheesecake

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm

Volunteering CPU cycles now

Posted Saturday, January 27th, 2018 02:32 pm GMT -5 in Links,Technology at 2:32 PM

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Tweet: Florida all-stars: NFL in Orlando, NHL in Tampa

Posted Saturday, January 27th, 2018 11:01 am GMT -5 in Tweets at 11:01 AM

Florida all-stars: NFL in Orlando, NHL in Tampa

Originally published by on January 27, 2018 at 11:01 am

Friday saké flights

Posted Friday, January 26th, 2018 07:25 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 7:25 PM

Kyatchi St. Paul

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

The dog had a new trick

Posted Thursday, January 25th, 2018 11:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Pets at 11:47 PM

Can I have your tots?

Originally published by DK on January 25, 2018 at 11:47 pm

RIP Warren Miller, 1924-2018

Posted Thursday, January 25th, 2018 11:43 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 11:43 PM

Movies like this helped shape my ski bum dreams

Originally published by DK on January 25, 2018 at 11:43 pm

Tweet: Really enjoyed the Robbie and Janney performances in I, Tonya

Posted Thursday, January 25th, 2018 10:40 am GMT -5 in Tweets at 10:40 AM

Really enjoyed the Robbie and Janney performances in I, Tonya

Originally published by on January 25, 2018 at 10:40 am

Exploring beyond the burger

Posted Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 06:43 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 6:43 PM

Saint Dinette

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 24, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Tweet: This is some solid engineering right here

Posted Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 08:35 am GMT -5 in Tweets at 8:35 AM

This is some solid engineering right here

Originally published by on January 23, 2018 at 8:35 am

Tweet: Come on, Minnesotans, it’s not *that* much snow

Posted Monday, January 22nd, 2018 07:02 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 7:02 PM

Come on, Minnesotans, it’s not *that* much snow

Originally published by on January 22, 2018 at 7:02 pm

Perfect night for hockey

Posted Monday, January 22nd, 2018 06:05 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 6:05 PM

Rice Park

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2018 at 6:05 pm

Trains rule, example #597

Posted Monday, January 22nd, 2018 04:20 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Weather at 4:20 PM

No driving today, thank you

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2018 at 4:20 pm

So. Much. Fun.

Posted Saturday, January 20th, 2018 08:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays at 8:58 PM

The Lowertown Speakeasy was a hit

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2018 at 8:58 pm

Tweet: Zach is wearing my hat

Posted Saturday, January 20th, 2018 08:53 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 8:53 PM

Zach is wearing my hat

Originally published by on January 20, 2018 at 8:53 pm

Paul Bocuse

Posted Saturday, January 20th, 2018 12:07 pm GMT -5 in Food,Quotes at 12:07 PM

God is already famous, but that doesn’t stop the preacher from ringing the church bells every morning…

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2018 at 12:07 pm

This was a big hit

Posted Saturday, January 20th, 2018 11:28 am GMT -5 in Photography at 11:28 AM

Rooster's BBQ

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2018 at 11:28 am

The service here is AMAZING

Posted Thursday, January 18th, 2018 06:51 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 6:51 PM

OCTO fishbar

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 18, 2018 at 6:51 pm

Thank you, Shelbyville!

Posted Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 09:28 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 9:28 PM

The Killers

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

Tweet: Heart rate during the “Minneapolis Miracle” was 133

Posted Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 01:08 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 1:08 PM

Heart rate during the “Minneapolis Miracle” was 133

Originally published by on January 17, 2018 at 1:08 pm

Tweet: The watch says my little jaunt on the catwalk yesterday took my heart rat…

Posted Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 01:05 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 1:05 PM

The watch says my little jaunt on the catwalk yesterday took my heart rate from 72 to 128

Originally published by on January 17, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Tweet: I was starting to think no one sold gum drops any more

Posted Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 08:34 am GMT -5 in Tweets at 8:34 AM

I was starting to think no one sold gum drops any more

Originally published by on January 17, 2018 at 8:34 am

Tweet: It was a pretty good day for concert announcements

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 10:24 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 10:24 PM

It was a pretty good day for concert announcements

Originally published by on January 16, 2018 at 10:24 pm

Tweet: All sites successfully updated to WordPress 4.9.2

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 05:43 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 5:43 PM

All sites successfully updated to WordPress 4.9.2

Originally published by on January 16, 2018 at 5:43 pm

Tweet: More people need to visit Sea Change for weekday lunch

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 04:17 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 4:17 PM

More people need to visit Sea Change for weekday lunch

Originally published by on January 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Where Vikings Roam

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 09:22 am GMT -5 in Food,Football at 9:22 AM

http://mspmag.com/eat-and-drink/where-vikings-roam-the-players-favorite-restaurants/

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2018 at 9:22 am

What a Wonderful World

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 08:19 am GMT -5 in Family,Music,Quotes at 8:19 AM

I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do? They’re really saying I love you…

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2018 at 8:19 am

Becoming too rare

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 12:47 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 12:47 AM

Are they tightening up or not?

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2018 at 12:47 am

We didn’t get that one

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 12:45 am GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 12:45 AM

Silly suburban liquor stores

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2018 at 12:45 am

Aftermath

Posted Monday, January 15th, 2018 08:02 am GMT -5 in Football at 8:02 AM

All of Minnesota, pretty much

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2018 at 8:02 am

A Historic Night

Posted Monday, January 15th, 2018 12:04 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 12:04 AM

Proud to be a part of this team

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2018 at 12:04 am

Tweet: So wait, did they flag Diggs for taking off his helmet – then pick it up?

Posted Sunday, January 14th, 2018 10:58 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 10:58 PM

So wait, did they flag Diggs for taking off his helmet – then pick it up?

Originally published by on January 14, 2018 at 10:58 pm

Tweet: Can’t wait for the post-game meeting on the field

Posted Sunday, January 14th, 2018 07:18 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 7:18 PM

Can’t wait for the post-game meeting on the field

Originally published by on January 14, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Bring It Home

Posted Sunday, January 14th, 2018 03:33 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 3:33 PM

New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm

Tweet: That time when T-Pain did your warm-up music

Posted Sunday, January 14th, 2018 03:15 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 3:15 PM

That time when T-Pain did your warm-up music

Originally published by on January 14, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Happy birthday, Herm

Posted Sunday, January 14th, 2018 12:08 am GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays at 12:08 AM

The perfect touch

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2018 at 12:08 am

These are kinda cute

Posted Sunday, January 14th, 2018 12:07 am GMT -5 in Football,Shopping,Work at 12:07 AM

Mini SB helmets in the office

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2018 at 12:07 am

Tweet: Another great G. Love show tonight @mysticlake

Posted Saturday, January 13th, 2018 12:53 am GMT -5 in Tweets at 12:53 AM

Another great G. Love show tonight @mysticlake

Originally published by on January 13, 2018 at 12:53 am

Blues Music

Posted Friday, January 12th, 2018 09:09 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 9:09 PM

Mystic Showroom

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2018 at 9:09 pm

Tweet: The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than a hundred were made…

Posted Thursday, January 11th, 2018 07:32 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 7:32 PM

The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than a hundred were made…

Originally published by on January 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm

Mina Moore

Posted Thursday, January 11th, 2018 07:22 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 7:22 PM

The Fitzgerald Theater

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2018 at 7:22 pm

Edge of Seventeen

Posted Thursday, January 11th, 2018 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 6:04 PM

It’s technically birthday week, so she gets presents

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2018 at 6:04 pm

Tweet: These iPads are liars

Posted Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 03:20 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 3:20 PM

These iPads are liars

Originally published by on January 10, 2018 at 3:20 pm

Quick lunch special

Posted Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 01:24 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 1:24 PM

Giordano's Pizza

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Glorious

Posted Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 09:44 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:44 AM

I heard you die twice, once when they bury you in the grave, and the second time is the last time that somebody mentions your name…

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2018 at 9:44 am

It’s really happening

Posted Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 09:40 am GMT -5 in Football,Work at 9:40 AM

The tents are going up

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2018 at 9:40 am

RIP Karen Kingsbury, 1944-2017

Posted Monday, January 8th, 2018 11:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 11:40 PM

It’s taken me a while to start writing this post, as I’ve been left rather speechless since my mother passed away on December 22. She had multiple health issues over the years, but this all happened too quickly and it seems I’m still stuck in the denial stage of grief. We were just talking a few weeks ago – I told her about the great Christmas tree we got from the farmers market and how I was sorry the Garrison Keillor show I was going to take her to at the Cedar had been cancelled. I read her the list of songs on the 2017 edition of the Kingsbury Christmas Sampler and was proud to show her the artwork that SK created for the cover (even though I don’t think she fully supported our move to Lowertown – “Are you sure you’re safe down there?”).

My mom loved to spoil us kids, much to the peril of her own financial stability. I remember her driving my brother and I out to LaBelle’s in Roseville when she knew they would get new shipments of Star Wars figures so both of us could fill our Darth Vader cases full of characters. Christmas was always way overdone, with huge piles of presents for each of us. We were an airline family and basically used those flight benefits to alternate between the two centers of the Disney universe – Florida and California – sometimes multiple times a year. And every summer included at least one week on the North Shore, usually in a cabin on Croftville Road.

When Colleen and I had kids, SK and MK were instantly showered with love and attention by the newly minted grandma. My mom played a huge part in the lives of my daughters and helped shape the wonderful people they have become. She happily served as babysitter and chauffeur for many years and attended countless band and choir concerts, swim meets and other school events. As they grew older and could drive themselves, both still liked getting together and having lunch with my mom on a regular basis at a number of their favorite spots around town.

It’s always tough to lose a family member, but it’s especially rough around the holidays. My mom’s dad also passed away in December four years ago, so this was really a double whammy. I’m glad that my mom didn’t have to suffer, though, and that most of our family was able to be with her at the end. I’d like to thank the ICU staff at Fairview Southdale hospital for their expert care and to Dr. Gary Knudsen, who was her primary care physician for as long as I can remember. Thanks also to everyone who has expressed their condolences and reached out to our family in this time of grief. But most of all, I want to thank my mom, one of the kindest, most caring people I’ve ever known.

Love you, mom. ❤️

Obituary from Mueller-Bies and photo gallery after the jump.

September 1, 1944 – December 22, 2017
Age 73 of St. Paul, died peacefully after heart failure December 22, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

Her soul was generous, overflowing with love and putting all others before herself. Beloved grandma, mom, wife, sister and aunt, Karen loved the North Shore of Lake Superior, reading, quilting, Disney, Hallmark cards and above all spending time with her family. She retained her sharp humor and wit, a progressive thinker.

Preceded in death by parents, Helen and Donald Smith.

Survived by husband, Michael; sons, David (Colleen) and Brian (Patti); daughter Lynn; brothers, Greg, and Jeff (Joyce); sisters, Stacey (Dick) Kohner, and Linda (David) Arcand; granddaughters, Sasha and Marisa; niece, Laura (Aaron) Moser (sons Wyatt and Ethan); and nephews, Thomas (Jean) Smith (children Arianna and Galen) and Peter Smith.

Karen attended St. Paul Central High School, Macalester College and Winona State University, studying geology. She retired from Northwest Airlines after a long career in reservations. Her family thanks Dr. Knudsen for many years of excellent care.

A visitation will held from 4 – 8 PM Thursday, December 28 at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME – ROSEVILLE, 2130 N. Dale St. @ County Rd B.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to American Heart Association.

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2018 at 11:40 pm

Tweet: No wonder Kendrick is wearing that coat – it’s currently 37F with 100% …

Posted Monday, January 8th, 2018 09:11 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 9:11 PM

No wonder Kendrick is wearing that coat – it’s currently 37F with 100% humidity in Hotlanta

Originally published by on January 8, 2018 at 9:11 pm

Close, but not quite

Posted Monday, January 8th, 2018 04:31 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 4:31 PM

About a $198 difference

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Tweet: All new Apple patches tested and successfully deployed at home (tomorrow …

Posted Monday, January 8th, 2018 03:56 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 3:56 PM

All new Apple patches tested and successfully deployed at home (tomorrow = 150+ more at work)

Originally published by on January 8, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Nice to have it back again

Posted Sunday, January 7th, 2018 07:42 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 7:42 PM

The Lexington

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on January 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Tweet: Rough treadmill five miler while watching this AFC “old-school battle o…

Posted Sunday, January 7th, 2018 02:52 pm GMT -5 in Tweets at 2:52 PM

Rough treadmill five miler while watching this AFC “old-school battle of field position”

Originally published by on January 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm
 

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