My grandfather sent this in to the Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm
Kennedy Space Center Postcard, Cape Canaveral, FloridaOriginally published by DK on April 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm
Hello, hello, hello, White America, assassinate my character…Originally published by DK on April 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm
Echo Point Road, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm
Old school Disneyland postcard (pre-California Adventure), Anaheim, CaliforniaOriginally published by DK on April 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm
http://www.elastic.tv/director/AngusWallOriginally published by DK on April 29, 2012 at 11:17 pm
A new collage of old school First Avenue tickets, Minneapolis, Minnesota (full-size image)Originally published by DK on April 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm
My first ever concert at First Avenue, Living Colour, April 25, 1993, Minneapolis, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm
The City Pages Best Of issue got me thinking about some of my favorite things to do around this wonderful part of the country. I’m sure I’m missing things (and may change my mind), but here’s an initial shot at a metro area list. Ideas for outstate Minnesota are floating around in my head too.
1. Minnesota State Fair (above)
I write about this every year, so I won’t rehash, other than to say there’s a reason I’ve been to this every year since I was born. Pure awesomeness in so many ways – food, entertainment, people watching and much, much more.
This also gets a lot of coverage on this site, as I’ve now run it 8 times. The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in AmericaÂ® earns that circle “R” with fall colors, loops of the Minneapolis lakes, a stretch along the Mississippi River and a great finish down Summit Avenue past the Cathedral and State Capitol. Plus you never forgot your first.
If you like mountain biking, this is my “don’t miss” track for the entire region. I’m relatively new to the sport, but I could ride this every day and not get bored.
A lot of locals say they hate the MOA, but sorry Burnsville Center, you just don’t cut when it comes to shopping on a grand scale. It can be overcrowded at times and I’m not a huge fan of the restaurants, but it’s still the place your visiting relatives and friends want to go when they come to town.
So many good restaurants in Minneapolis, but Kim Bartmann’s Barbette in Uptown continues to be my favorite because of one thing: flat iron steak frites. Mmmm…frites.
I’m not really a bar hopper, but Prohibition’s combination of Foshay architecture and atmosphere, great service, lovely views from the 27th floor and the wonderful ephiphany martini (Grey Goose La Poire, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Duvalleroy Champagne) could turn me into a regular.
Since I grew up in St. Paul, it’s much harder for me to pick one favorite restaurant in that fair city. Therefore I present three: Cecil’s Deli in Highland Park for the hot pastrami sandwich, the original Carbone’s Pizza on Randolph and Ristorante Luci for some of the best Italian food I’ve had anywhere. Rotating daily through these three for the rest of your life wouldn’t be a bad thing.
7. Hockey at the Xcel Energy Center
While this is the State of Hockey, our teams have had their ups and downs lately. One thing is certain, though, the overall hockey fan experience at the X ranks right up there with the best anywhere. Be it the NHL’s Wild, the hockey Gophers or the state high school tournament, I loves me some hockey in downtown St. Paul.
Heading back across the river, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes is really the crown jewel of the Twin Cities. That’s hard for someone raised in Saint Paul to admit, but it’s true. Whether you run, walk, bike, rollerblade, sail, kayak, swim, drive, ski or skate them, you’ll be hard-pressed to not feel good about it afterwards. All that plus great park facilities and food options too.
My first show at First Avenue was Living Colour in 1993. Somewhere I have a scan of all the tickets from early shows I attended, back when they had cool sparkly ink and you could usually score free tickets to another show each time you left the building. Can’t wait to get back to see the latest enhancements to the room…
Minnesota has a lot of great public golf courses, but there is nothing quite like these two private clubs. If you have the connections, make it happen. Both have history, conditioning, great staff, strong layouts and a day on the course you’ll remember for a long, long time.
Any favorites I missed?Originally published by DK on April 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm
Kid one, two and an extra one, Buffalo Wild Wings, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm
So you want it to trigger on the Doot’n Doo?Originally published by DK on April 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm
Today was the 35th running of Minnesota’s Annual Rite of Spring, the Get in Gear 10K (and 5K, 2K and half marathon). I’ve done the last eleven races and I’m starting to see a trend when it comes to the weather. Today was cold, windy, wet and even had a few ice pellets thrown in for good measure.
Before the race, I had the chance to meet a few local Twitter runners in person (@autopilotlegs and @lifeisfunner), which was very nice. Every year there are about 8,000 people at Minnehaha Park for this event, but I never seem to find any of the people I know are there running.
I couldn’t find my watch this week, so I was running without knowing pace. My 10K PR is 44:47 and the more I think about it, the more I wonder if that’s going to be it for me. Last year I stayed sub-50, but wasn’t even close at 48:23. The race organizers (who are awesome, by the way) had people yelling splits at every mile marker, which helped. I think I was roughly 7:25, 15-something, 22:30, 30:00 and 37:25.
During the race, the rain never picked up too much and I didn’t have any problems clothing wise (very glad I wore winter tights and a shell, though). I was a little sore the first two miles, but the pace (and runner spacing) was good throughout. It was a little disappointing not getting a 45-something, but overall I’m happy with the 46:03 (7:25 pace – official MTEC results page).
MPR’s Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 28, 2012 at 12:35 am
Let’s take a little trip, down where we used to go. It’s way beyond the strip, a place they call your soul…Originally published by DK on April 28, 2012 at 12:27 am
The old Science Museum of Minnesota Building, Saint Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 28, 2012 at 12:24 am
If this was the award for winning, I’d train much harder. Get in Gear check-in, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm
Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten. From the Battery to the top of Manhattan…Originally published by DK on April 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm
Kid two spring concert, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm
Start spreading the news…Originally published by DK on April 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm
Number 12 with Lake Vermilion in the background, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 25, 2012 at 10:46 am
http://westcoastlogic.com/slides/debug-mobile/#/Originally published by DK on April 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm
Sea creature remains, 13th fairway, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm
Lake Vermilion, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm
Every time I comb my hair, thoughts of U get in my eyes…Originally published by DK on April 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm
Now you’re out there in the big spotlight, but was there something you forgot to hide?Originally published by DK on April 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm
http://stephanhoglund.photoshelter.com/gallery/Aurora-Borealis-Over-Downtown-Grand-Marais-Minnesota/G0000mYT5ZiXXtv4/C0000woFEiiEFoSgOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm
The Wilderness club sandwich and waffle fries, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm
Eleven Green, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2012 at 11:51 am
It’s your professionalism that I respect.Originally published by DK on April 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm
http://livingthings.linkinpark.com/Originally published by DK on April 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm
Crank It!, Fortune Bay Resort Casino Arcade, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm
Bone-in pork chop with baked potato and corn on the cob, Tamarack Restaurant, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm
- Dinner at The Bachelor Farmer
- Pizza Ranch fried chicken
- Eat at Tilia in Linden Hills
- Lindey’s Prime Steak House
- Order the Depot’s Diamond Dog
- Breakfast at SAP’s Colossal Cafe
- Give Pizzeria Lola a second chance?
- Fries (no onion) from the Amsterdam Bar and Hall
- Happy Hour at La Belle Vie
- Golf Virginia, Eveleth and Wolfridge
- Tour the Root Beer Lady Museum
- Ride the Lake Vermilion Mailboat
- Gamble at White Oak, Palace and Northern Lights
- PR at least one race (any distance)
- Take Beaudry to Black Bear, Lutsen and Brainerd
Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune said the best ribs in the Twin Cities are at the 128 Cafe (128 Cleveland Avenue N, St. Paul, 651-645-4128). When I worked in St. Paul, I must have driven by that place across from the University of St. Thomas campus a million times, but never ate there. After emailing them a request for a Sunday night reservation, Colleen and I finally visited this past weekend.
I started with the ginger-soy sirloin skewers with purple cabbage slaw and spicy cashew sauce ($9), while Colleen tried the soup special (tomato basil, $4). We shared a really good Caesar salad ($7) before the main course, which I totally agree with Mr. Nelson – these were the best BBQ baby back ribs I’ve ever had (full rack with mashed potatoes, sautÃ©ed vegetables and sweet spicy bbq sauce, $30).
The meat literally fell off the bone and the sauce had just the right amount of kick. Our waiter recommended a red wine to go with the ribs (Zinfandel, Kazmet Valley, Graziano, CA 2009, $11), which to my novice wine nose was almost reminiscent of Scotch. Colleen had her favorite sparkling water (San Pellegrino) and we shared a bowl of Izzy’s vanilla ice cream with hand-made chocolate sauce ($7) for dessert.
The room was much smaller than I expected and the ambient noise level was very low (despite a full house). The service was very slow – it took almost 15 minutes before someone took our order – and we were there for nearly two hours. Maybe we caught them on a short-staffed evening, but the quality of the food more than made up for it. If you like ribs, call and make reservations now…Originally published by DK on April 23, 2012 at 9:23 am
The latest revision to the Keller Golf Course remodel, Maplewood, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm
Kid one watching Little Shop of Horrors with me, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm
War was easier than daughters.Originally published by DK on April 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm
Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm
Colleen and I went to the Walker Art Center’s Cinema series on Friday to catch the last film they were showing in a Lawrence Kasdan retrospective, The Accidental Tourist. Turned out this was also the last show in that theater before they close it down for two months to install new seats and an updated sound system (they already installed a new digital projector).
Even though I’d seen the movie before (and used to own it), I didn’t remember all of it. I guess that’s one benefit of getting older – everything old is new again…
Right before the movie started, we were told that it’s getting harder and harder for them to locate original film copies of older movies. This one was released in 1988, but the Walker couldn’t locate a print and were planning to show a Blu-ray version. Apparently Mr. Kasdan was here earlier in the week and offered to ship a personal 35mm copy from his vault in Los Angeles. So cool!
Here’s a list of some of the other films he wrote and/or directed:
- The Empire Strikes Back
- Return of the Jedi
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Body Heat
- The Big Chill
- Grand Canyon
- The Bodyguard
Not a bad rÃ©sumÃ©, eh?Originally published by DK on April 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm
Swedish meatballs & lingonberry juice, IKEA, Bloomington, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm
Kids (plus one) at IKEA for dinner, Bloomington, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm
Professor, what’s another word for pirate treasure?Originally published by DK on April 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm
American violets, front sidewalk, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 20, 2012 at 8:08 am
How many iPod nanos is friendship worth? I guess, one.Originally published by DK on April 20, 2012 at 7:01 am
The tree out front, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 20, 2012 at 7:00 am
I don’t know you, but I want you…Originally published by DK on April 19, 2012 at 10:40 pm
Beauty and the Beast tech crew, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 19, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Shopping with kid two, AÃ©ropostale, Mall of America, Bloomington, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm
The view from room 369 out over the golf course, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm
http://xkcd.com/1044/Originally published by DK on April 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Long as there’s a record deal we’ll always be friends, yeah…Originally published by DK on April 18, 2012 at 10:45 am
The ham and scrambled egg Wednesday special, Baystreet Grill, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 18, 2012 at 10:27 am
April snow mounds, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm
Outside Lands Music Festival, August 10-12, 2012, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaOriginally published by DK on April 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm
Fiesta guarding the Liquid Ice energy drinks and Dr. McGillicuddy’s cherry, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm
http://www.antiquiet.com/news/2012/04/stream-norah-jones-danger-mouse-producedco-written-album/Originally published by DK on April 17, 2012 at 9:38 am
The Hideaway, 4/15/2012 Snowstorm, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 17, 2012 at 12:51 am
Robins reconsidering their travel plans, patio at Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm
I used 2 cry 4 Tracy because he was my only friend. Those kind of cars don’t pass u every day…Originally published by DK on April 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm
You can’t win a marathon without putting some bandaids on your nipples.Originally published by DK on April 16, 2012 at 8:48 am
http://www.baa.org/Originally published by DK on April 16, 2012 at 8:47 am
Eleventh hole, 4/16/2012 snowstorm, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 16, 2012 at 8:45 am
Online gaming has been in the news a bit lately, as a U.S. Department of Justice memo issued last December has seemingly opened the floodgates to state legislators across the country (although strangely not yet in Minnesota). I haven’t written much about gaming on this site, but I have a few stories I’d like to write and you all know the standard “these views are mine and not my employer” drill.
The DOJ opinion was issued December 23, 2011, in response to the state lotteries of Illinois and New York, who wanted to sell lottery tickets online to people in-state, but potentially use out of state payment processors (Minnesota is actually a pioneer in selling lottery tickets online, seemingly proceeding without asking for federal permission).
The summaries of the opinion that I’ve seen basically interpret it as saying that online gaming that does not involve sports betting is not illegal under the Wire Act of 1961, which deals with gambling across state lines. Many view this as a key opinion to allow states to legalize online gaming in their respective jurisdictions. Various bills have been introduced in Nevada, New Jersey, California, Iowa and Hawaii, but nothing has become law so far.
Online gaming has been legal in other parts of the world for more than ten years. Europe has been a vibrant online gaming market for a long time, while the neighboring Canadian provincial lotteries offer a wide range of online gaming options. The “Black Friday” events of exactly one year ago today that shuttered the big three poker sites PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker still loom large, but many technically illegal offshore sites are still online and being played by U.S. citizens.
In Iowa, these offshore sites and overall consumer protection are two big drivers of legislation in that state to legalize online poker. The Iowa state senate president that I heard speak during an iGaming conference last month said the bill isn’t designed to add tax revenue to the state, but to protect Iowa residents from fraud and bring business back home that is being spent elsewhere. Only poker is being considered at this time – no video slots, bingo or other casino games.
Many experts think that online poker will be the first thing to be legalized – there is an obvious vacuum in the market after the Black Friday events and many of the initial bills focus on this game. European operators talk about the issue of “liquidity,” which means you need a large enough group of players to have people fill online tables 24 hours a day at different betting levels. Some say this means that states would have to band together (like they do with Powerball) in order to make online poker work financially.
Several slot machine vendors are preparing for online gaming by offering turn-key software that can be installed by bricks and mortar casinos with free play now and switch to real money betting if and when it becomes legal. Most slot vendors have purchased other companies or partnered with technology companies already offering real-money betting in other parts of the world. Social gaming companies like Zynga already provide free casino games on Facebook and have expressed an interest in entering the real money market if it becomes available. Companies like Cantor Gaming and Acres 4.0 are innovating in the mobile and tablet market and when you throw in the big Nevada gaming companies like Harrah’s, Wynn and Sands, the market outlook gets even murkier.
My personal take is that everyone thinks online gaming is inevitable and that it’s just a matter of time before it happens. States are broke and looking for new tax revenue, traditional gaming companies see growth and players want to play (particularly younger gamers). The trouble is that you have four different sectors that need to align and hash out the details: 1) the states, 2) the feds, 3) the tribes and 4) the vendors. I just don’t see that happening for a few years – the technology is there, but the legal and logistical hurdles are just so high.
There is also the little issue of a federal law called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. This law basically tries to prevent online gaming via the payment processing side of the industry, making it illegal for banks and credit card companies to process transactions from unlawful online gambling. Apparently Visa and MasterCard are reluctant to even process legal gaming transactions now, so this area needs to improve before widespread online gaming can occur.
So my guess is that online gaming is likely coming, but who will offer it, what games will be available, how the money will be processed and when you can start playing is still very much up in the air. Stay tuned…Originally published by DK on April 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm
Smile on her face, she does what she damn well please…Originally published by DK on April 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm
Sign on twelve tee, Keller Golf Course, Maplewood, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm
I was dancin’ in the dark with strangers, no love around me, when suddenly you found me…Originally published by DK on April 15, 2012 at 10:37 am
Sixteenth green, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 15, 2012 at 10:21 am