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Bike rack city

Posted Thursday, June 30th, 2016 08:05 pm GMT -6 in Biking,Work at 8:05 PM

Love the shadows

Originally published by DK on June 30, 2016 at 8:05 pm

Reflections over purple

Posted Thursday, June 30th, 2016 05:07 am GMT -6 in Weather,Work at 5:07 AM

Club Purple Patio Sunset

Originally published by DK on June 30, 2016 at 5:07 am

Open for business

Posted Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 05:57 pm GMT -6 in Work at 5:57 PM

Happy days are here

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2016 at 5:57 pm

About damn time

Posted Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 11:22 am GMT -6 in Food at 11:22 AM

Shake Shack @ Mall of America

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2016 at 11:22 am

Welcome – open the gates

Posted Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 10:28 am GMT -6 in Work at 10:28 AM

It’s an exciting week in Minneapolis 

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2016 at 10:28 am

Opus

Posted Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 08:25 am GMT -6 in Quotes at 8:25 AM

Carpe Damn Diem!

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2016 at 8:25 am

Some assembly required

Posted Monday, June 27th, 2016 10:11 pm GMT -6 in Technology,Work at 10:11 PM

Tiring, but probably good training for Afton

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Flippin’ good burgers

Posted Monday, June 27th, 2016 12:06 pm GMT -6 in Food at 12:06 PM

My Burger – U of MN

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Minor league summer fun

Posted Sunday, June 26th, 2016 06:43 pm GMT -6 in Sports at 6:43 PM

Way different than Midway Stadium (first time here for a Saints game)

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Happy Trails, SK

Posted Sunday, June 26th, 2016 06:39 pm GMT -6 in Family,Travel at 6:39 PM

Westward bound

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Treasure-free Island

Posted Sunday, June 26th, 2016 06:36 pm GMT -6 in Casinos at 6:36 PM

The one lone highlight of the visit – don’t need to go back for a while

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2016 at 6:36 pm

Birthday dinner at Piccolo

Posted Saturday, June 25th, 2016 08:47 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Holidays at 8:47 PM

It’s been almost three years since we visited Doug Flicker’s Piccolo in Minneapolis and Colleen decided that’s where she wanted to go for her birthday this year. Looking back at my post from 2013, just about everything still stands: great service and beautiful food combine for one of best special event restaurants around. The signed birthday card from the staff was a nice touch too – Amy’s idea?

I won’t go over all of the selections we picked for the seven courses, but take a look at the photos after the jump and read over the menu to see the amazing options that were presented Friday night. We had a table by the front window and the room was full by the time we finished, which is a good sign for the current health of the Minneapolis market.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Late lunch in St. Paul

Posted Saturday, June 25th, 2016 04:50 pm GMT -6 in Food at 4:50 PM

Cecil’s always hits the spot

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Birthday Mucci’s

Posted Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 09:54 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Holidays at 9:54 PM

Happy Birthday CK

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Wah wah wah

Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 08:03 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Family at 8:03 PM

Book of Treasures!!!!

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm

Sister Uber

Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 08:01 pm GMT -6 in Cars,Family at 8:01 PM

She got there eventually 

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm

Beignets in Mill Town

Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 08:00 pm GMT -6 in Food at 8:00 PM

Eastside on Washington 

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Summer in Minneapolis

Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 12:13 pm GMT -6 in Food,Weather at 12:13 PM

Lunch at Eastside

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Good Grand Marais Food Tips

Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 09:18 am GMT -6 in Food,Links,Travel at 9:18 AM

http://www.startribune.com/ask-the-restaurant-critic-where-to-go-in-grand-marais-summer-parties-and-more/383344441/

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2016 at 9:18 am

40th Annual Grandma’s Marathon

Posted Sunday, June 19th, 2016 03:41 pm GMT -6 in Marathons,Running,Travel at 3:41 PM

When the good people at Grandma’s Marathon announced plans for the 40th anniversary of the race, I perked up when they said runners who registered early would get a special jacket. When they published a picture of the medal, I signed up right away.

Guess I’m still a sucker for nice bling.

Lots of other people were apparently excited by this year too, with 9,100 runners selling out the race for the first time in quite a while. This was my eighth Grandma’s (and 26th marathon), but I hadn’t been up there to run since 2011. Love the race and how the city embraces the weekend, so I’m not sure why I waited so long to return again.

With my work schedule completely out of control right now, I was not nearly as prepared for this race as I would’ve liked to be. I did get in long runs of 17.5, 21.5 and 15 miles in the weeks leading up to the race, but there wasn’t much in the way of short weekday runs (or any cross-training or speed work). Add in my Garmin dying the week of the race and a forecast for hot and humid weather and my time expectations for this race went out the window.

My A, B, C and D goals were all very low-key: get an official finish under seven hours to get the damn medal, beat my worst Grandma’s time (5:26:54), keep it in the fours and, finally, try to beat my Des Moines time (4:37:23). Three out of four was pretty good on a day when the weather warning flags went from green to yellow to red to black as the day went on.

We stayed at my sister’s apartment again and I got dropped off downtown to catch the train to the start. I thought getting there at 4:50 was plenty of time, but the line to board was already down the street. Capacity must be way higher than it seems, though, as everyone in line before me only filled the front half of the train. Talked with three other runners on the way to Two Harbors, including a friendly woman from Colorado and a sixty-year-old gentleman who is a fan of the Galloway run-walk method.

We arrived at the starting line just before seven and I actually waited in line for a port-o-potty (which I think is a first for me). Maybe I missed it, but I don’t think they did the flyover before the start (which was always a highlight for me). Looked around a bit to see if I could find anybody I knew, but decided to head to the chute when it got crowded. No real announcement to start this year either – everyone just started moving slowly to the line and we were off.

Running without a Garmin was strangely liberating. I just wanted to take it slow and let my muscles take over instead of my brain. The only anxiety I had was due to the 4:15 pacer, who I traded places with twice. This race doesn’t have many clocks on course, so I knew I hit the halfway mark around 2:10. After that I had no idea until mile 25, but I knew I was going slower the second half because of walk breaks through each water stop to rehydrate, take on ice and sponges and pour water over my head (all tricks I learned the last time it was too hot).

As I’ve said before, this race takes on a whole new feel when you enter Duluth city limits after mile 18. The crowd support is amazing and they helped me run non-stop from the last water stop at mile 25 to the finish line, where I finished in 4:47:36 (10:59 Minute Miles). Full results can be found here, including my official splits (10K – 59:02, 13.1M – 2:10:22, 20M – 3:30:47 and 25M – 4:34:45).

Next up: Afton Trail Run 50K on July 2

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2016 at 3:41 pm

I knew it!

Posted Sunday, June 19th, 2016 03:15 pm GMT -6 in Family,Holidays at 3:15 PM

My excellent father’s day card from kid one and two

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Should’ve stopped here

Posted Sunday, June 19th, 2016 12:26 am GMT -6 in Casinos at 12:26 AM

Frog progressive on Black Orchid @ Grand Casino Hinckley 

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2016 at 12:26 am

Anniversary bling acquired

Posted Sunday, June 19th, 2016 12:24 am GMT -6 in Marathons,Running,Travel at 12:24 AM

Grandma’s Marathon 40th Anniversary Medal

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2016 at 12:24 am

Northland sunsets still rule

Posted Friday, June 17th, 2016 11:08 pm GMT -6 in Nature,Weather at 11:08 PM

On the way to Duluth

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2016 at 11:08 pm

Felt weird to be back

Posted Friday, June 17th, 2016 11:07 pm GMT -6 in Food,Shopping,Travel at 11:07 PM

Quick stop at the Y Store

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2016 at 11:07 pm

Farewell to my friend

Posted Friday, June 17th, 2016 11:05 pm GMT -6 in Family,Friends,Personal at 11:05 PM

Tears, memories and fellowship in Tower

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2016 at 11:05 pm

Another milestone met

Posted Friday, June 17th, 2016 01:21 pm GMT -6 in Work at 1:21 PM

U.S. Bank Stadium substantial completion – June 17, 2016

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Ready for their tryout

Posted Thursday, June 16th, 2016 08:58 pm GMT -6 in Football,Friends,Work at 8:58 PM

Really nice to see the Studio 4 crew again

Originally published by DK on June 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm

More like potunlucky

Posted Thursday, June 16th, 2016 08:54 pm GMT -6 in Food at 8:54 PM

Why, Andrew, why?

Originally published by DK on June 16, 2016 at 8:54 pm

Alan-A-Dale

Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 11:33 pm GMT -6 in Movies,Quotes at 11:33 PM

Robin Hood and Little John, walkin’ through the forest…

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2016 at 11:33 pm

Cheers to a special one

Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 07:25 pm GMT -6 in Friends at 7:25 PM

RIP Alex Batinich – thanks for everything ❤️

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2016 at 7:25 pm

Bandbox Blue Buffalo

Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 12:57 pm GMT -6 in Food at 12:57 PM

That flavor was pretty awesome

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm

The monitor shortage is over

Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 12:56 pm GMT -6 in Technology,Work at 12:56 PM

So much gear

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Adios Levi’s Stadium

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:17 am GMT -6 in Football,Technology,Travel at 1:17 AM

Great hosts with excellent insight

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2016 at 1:17 am

Goooooooooooooal

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:13 am GMT -6 in Football,Travel at 1:13 AM

There were actually three: Uruguay 3, Jamaica 0

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2016 at 1:13 am

Better than Candlestick

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:10 am GMT -6 in Football,Travel at 1:10 AM

In everything but location

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2016 at 1:10 am

A pair of Ninerds in the wild

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:08 am GMT -6 in Football,Technology,Travel,Work at 1:08 AM

I think they prefer Nidorks

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2016 at 1:08 am

Our exclusive little club

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:06 am GMT -6 in Personal,Travel at 1:06 AM

These are the Dave’s I know…

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2016 at 1:06 am

Cat Cora lobster mac

Posted Monday, June 13th, 2016 03:07 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 3:07 PM

Thanks for the tip, SF Eater – Gate 55

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm

This might be part of it

Posted Monday, June 13th, 2016 03:05 pm GMT -6 in Politics,Reading at 3:05 PM

The magazine rack at the Winona Shopko

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm

The Fermoyle Report

Posted Monday, June 13th, 2016 07:46 am GMT -6 in Charities,Golf,News at 7:46 AM

http://www.mngolf.org/m/News/Van_Rooyen_Cruises_to_Victory_at_Tapemark

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

Big check time

Posted Sunday, June 12th, 2016 09:03 pm GMT -6 in Charities,Friends,Golf at 9:03 PM

The South African Gopher takes it by five

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Sunday at the Tapemark

Posted Sunday, June 12th, 2016 07:09 am GMT -6 in Charities,Friends,Golf at 7:09 AM

Phil Anderson starts things off on number one at Southview

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2016 at 7:09 am

Blondie

Posted Sunday, June 12th, 2016 07:06 am GMT -6 in Concerts,Music,Quotes at 7:06 AM

One way or another, I’m gonna find ya, I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha…

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2016 at 7:06 am

Northland golf flashback

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 06:16 pm GMT -6 in Charities,Golf at 6:16 PM

Look what pulled up next to the Tapemark tent

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 6:16 pm

The new volunteer assignment

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 06:13 pm GMT -6 in Charities,Family,Friends,Golf at 6:13 PM

Kid two and friend out between hole four and hole eight @ SVCC

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 6:13 pm

Closer to the players

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 11:11 am GMT -6 in Football,Links at 11:11 AM

http://www.si.com/nfl/2016/06/10/vikings-new-stadium-minnesota-us-bank-stadium

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 11:11 am

SES Class of 2016

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 09:25 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 9:25 AM

It’s not everyday one of your kids graduates from high school. It’s even rarer that the commencement ceremony happens in a zoo (with bare feet). Then again the School of Environmental Studies isn’t your typical high school.

I’m happy to report that kid one officially made it on June 2, 2016. We held a party to celebrate the following night over at Trapp Farm Park in Eagan. So proud of my beautiful, creative, talented, artistic, outspoken, expressive and kind daughter.

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 9:25 am

This way to freshly mown grass

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 06:18 am GMT -6 in Charities,Golf at 6:18 AM

Tapemark #45 @ SVCC

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 6:18 am

Good morning Granny

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 06:17 am GMT -6 in Food at 6:17 AM

Best metro donut shop?

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 6:17 am

Mikey and the waterfalls

Posted Friday, June 10th, 2016 07:51 pm GMT -6 in Charities,Friends,Golf at 7:51 PM

Love the improvements at Southview CC

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm

Pash in the house

Posted Friday, June 10th, 2016 07:50 pm GMT -6 in Football,Friends,Photography,Technology at 7:50 PM

That new throwback app from Iconfactory brings a tear to my eye

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2016 at 7:50 pm

A suite upgrade

Posted Thursday, June 9th, 2016 08:19 pm GMT -6 in Food,Sports at 8:19 PM

Much easier to get these days

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Time to face the music

Posted Thursday, June 9th, 2016 06:51 am GMT -6 in Personal at 6:51 AM

AMC – Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2016 at 6:51 am

St. Paul’s Banksy

Posted Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 07:14 am GMT -6 in Art,Pop Culture at 7:14 AM

Bridge over 35E

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2016 at 7:14 am

CPR/AED Certified

Posted Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 03:29 pm GMT -6 in Work at 3:29 PM

Training is complete

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2016 at 3:29 pm

And the kick is up…

Posted Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 03:28 pm GMT -6 in Football,Work at 3:28 PM

Goalposts are up at our little project 

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Skol from Cho Oyu

Posted Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 09:34 am GMT -6 in Football,Links,Sports at 9:34 AM

http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/Vikings-Fan-Brings-Team-Flag-on-Climb-up-World%E2%80%99s-6th-Tallest-Mountain/280c5c1b-9282-4b1c-b6d3-5c7558c16295?campaign=sf28133126+sf28133126

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2016 at 9:34 am

Now that’s a National Anthem

Posted Monday, June 6th, 2016 07:21 pm GMT -6 in Hockey,Music at 7:21 PM

Metallica at the Shark Tank

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2016 at 7:21 pm

Roman Nagel

Posted Saturday, June 4th, 2016 08:58 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Movies,Quotes at 8:58 PM

You’re analog players in a digital world. You’re done…

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2016 at 8:58 pm

Before the rain in GV

Posted Saturday, June 4th, 2016 04:32 pm GMT -6 in Golf,Weather at 4:32 PM

Brookview Golf Course, Golden Valley, Minnesota 

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Chicken tikka

Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2016 12:36 pm GMT -6 in Food at 12:36 PM

Reminds me of Singapore – East Village Grill, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Nature likes purple & gold

Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2016 12:35 pm GMT -6 in Nature at 12:35 PM

Some of my favorites @ Minnesota Zoo

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Armory looks weird inside

Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2016 12:33 pm GMT -6 in Business,Design,History at 12:33 PM

Not what I expected…

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Sasharocks, indeed

Posted Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 11:49 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 11:49 PM

So proud of SK 😎💯 ❤️

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2016 at 11:49 pm

New on food truck row

Posted Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 12:48 pm GMT -6 in Food at 12:48 PM

From the Lyn 65 guys

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2016 at 12:48 pm

Freshman choir finale

Posted Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 06:21 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 6:21 PM

Freshman Select @ EVHS – Seasons of Love

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm
 

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