Really needed that burger todayOriginally published by DK on March 31, 2019 at 12:31 pm
Worst one since we moved to LowertownOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm
It’s that time of year again – the first 7minutemiles.com post appeared on this domain thirteen years ago today.
- 10,066 Posts
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- 383 Comments (which are now turned off)
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Still running WordPress (currently 5.1.1) with my custom theme and 17 plugins on the old Mac mini server colocated in Las Vegas. Favorite plugins: Wordfence Security, VaultPress, Intagrate and Really Simple SSL. Yes, I finally made the move this year to SSL using Let’s Encrypt, Certbot and that SSL plugin. I experimented with some form plugins for data entry on the golf, run and bike pages, but I didn’t like any of them. Planning to just write some custom code when I find the time. I’ve also given up on using a plugin to make the site more mobile-friendly, so at some point I’ll just have to learn the design and coding techniques to deal with that using my existing theme.
The old Tapemark Charity Pro-Am online leaderboards have a historical home now here. We had a new foodie join our team at the stadium, so I created a food page to summarize some of my favorite places in Minnesota. My upcoming races, concerts and sporting events are now displayed in the home page footer (and stored in a new database). The Biography and Résumé pages have some small updates. Video and photos still need a lot of love in the coming months and the mysterious SSL/emoji issue still needs resolution…
As always, thanks for visiting!Originally published by DK on March 30, 2019 at 1:15 pm
Best iOS game ever?Originally published by DK on March 29, 2019 at 10:50 pm
Didn’t realize @RandolphCarbone reused the old wood paneling – love itOriginally published by on March 29, 2019 at 7:53 pm
Favorite medical center everOriginally published by DK on March 29, 2019 at 7:52 pm
Love going to @efetusmpls and discovering new albums by groups I like that I didn’t know were outOriginally published by on March 29, 2019 at 1:18 pm
Squeezing in a few more…Originally published by DK on March 28, 2019 at 6:23 pm
Happy Baseball Opener everyone!Originally published by DK on March 28, 2019 at 1:36 pm
And all them politicians, they all lyin’ sacks of shit. They say better days upon us, but I’m sucking left hind tit…Originally published by DK on March 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm
Yes, doctor, I stayed away from the edge of the roof…Originally published by DK on March 28, 2019 at 8:37 am
We are all just a bunch of meat sacks…Originally published by DK on March 27, 2019 at 8:32 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on March 26, 2019 at 6:56 pm
Always great to visit with my friends at Atlanta’s AMB Sports + Entertainment (even if they did break our WiFi record)Originally published by on March 26, 2019 at 5:32 pm
Victoria best steak house
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on March 25, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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Comfortable clothes – don’t care what size anymoreOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 6:08 pm
Why would you make out of words a cage for your own bird? When it sings so sweet. The screaming, heaving, fuckery of the world?Originally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 6:02 pm
Surprise Keepin’ It Hot progressiveOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 3:57 pm
Two of my all-time favorites (Minnehaha Grill @ Mystic Lake)Originally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 12:26 pm
A comfortable player is a happy player, and a happy player is a productive player…Originally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 10:03 am
And just like that, we have entered another Fake SpringOriginally published by on March 23, 2019 at 5:51 pm
Not super high yet, but we will see…Originally published by DK on March 23, 2019 at 5:47 pm
Q Fanatic BBQ
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on March 22, 2019 at 7:05 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on March 22, 2019 at 1:22 pm
…can’t you smell that smell…Originally published by DK on March 21, 2019 at 8:34 pm
Alma: Cafe, Hotel and Restaurant
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on March 21, 2019 at 6:53 pm
Just realized I don’t think I’ve seen a concert at First Avenue since before my hospital stay (Liz Phair on 9/15/18?)Originally published by on March 21, 2019 at 8:50 am
Downtown Saint Paul streets are in rough shapeOriginally published by DK on March 21, 2019 at 7:35 am
After two years of avoidance, I now take this one to get to the trainOriginally published by DK on March 21, 2019 at 7:31 am
So glad it’s goneOriginally published by DK on March 20, 2019 at 8:06 am
Nice job @Timberwolves on Prince Night – loved all the deep tracksOriginally published by on March 20, 2019 at 12:53 am
Every Minnesota team should do that for every gameOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2019 at 7:26 pm
Timberwolves vs. Golden State @ Target CenterOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm
Either the Google API is down or my last-updated-in-six-years charting plugin is dead…
UPDATE: Looks like both the plugin and the API are dead.
UPDATE 2: The API seems to be back (on a new server).Originally published by DK on March 18, 2019 at 9:03 pm
Old scoreboards now available on the ProAm pageOriginally published by DK on March 18, 2019 at 7:27 pm
https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ent-beastie-boys-sxsw-0315-story.htmlOriginally published by DK on March 18, 2019 at 9:58 am
Keep your feet dryOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2019 at 11:32 pm
I finally own a green hat to wear once a yearOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm
Bet a nickel to win $400Originally published by DK on March 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on March 16, 2019 at 12:27 pm
PSA: Today is a 50% off day at the Saints storeOriginally published by on March 16, 2019 at 11:43 am
…and my damn Shirley TemplesOriginally published by DK on March 16, 2019 at 11:41 am
Need more winnersOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2019 at 12:14 pm
Wish I could take some turns on JROriginally published by DK on March 15, 2019 at 10:51 am
Love these warmer spring daysOriginally published by DK on March 14, 2019 at 7:56 pm
Fortune cookies always make me think of the SimpsonsOriginally published by DK on March 14, 2019 at 7:53 pm
Don’t think I knew that Sheldon Adelson’s family owns the main Las Vegas newspaperOriginally published by on March 14, 2019 at 1:08 pm
Downtowner Woodfire Grill
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on March 14, 2019 at 10:20 am
Parking really is freeOriginally published by DK on March 14, 2019 at 10:07 am
There’s nobody that’s trying to kick the crap out of Philly cream cheese…Originally published by DK on March 14, 2019 at 8:13 am
Spent an hour chopping ice on my dad’s front sidewalk and instantly remembered why I never want another houseOriginally published by on March 13, 2019 at 8:16 pm
WiFi networks my laptop currently sees: CastleGreySkull, Deez Internet Nutz, Menace2sobriety, Pretty Fly for a WiFiOriginally published by on March 13, 2019 at 11:38 am
When I was three years old, Bob Klas, Sr. and Pat Cody founded a charity golf tournament at Southview Country Club to raise money for Minnesota children and adults living with developmental disabilities. I started supporting the event after tournament president Phil Callen read about my CD-ROM guide to Minnesota golf in a Pioneer Press story written by Gregg Wong (who also wrote about the tournament). This started an 18 year run that included multiple versions of the tournament website, thousands of lines of code, hundreds of photographs and one very stressful long weekend every June. I even got to play in the event one year, shooting two embarrassingly high numbers and failing to make the cut.
Last year, the Klas family decided to find a new group to continue the tradition and the tournament has transitioned to the leadership of the Minnesota Section of the PGA. They have launched a new website and will take over all tournament operations this year. I plan to add a Tapemark section to this site, so that people can still view the old scoreboard pages and view some of my favorite photos from past tournaments.
Last Friday, Bob Senior died at the age of 91. My condolences go out to the entire Klas family, many of whom I have had the pleasure to spend considerable time with since joining the Tapemark family. That’s really what it was too, a family. It was always so great to see Bob Senior at the drawing banquet and driving his golf cart around on tournament weekend with wife Sandy by his side. His son Bob Junior is a wonderful person too, although I’m not 100% convinced he really likes golf all that much.
Pics and obituary after the jump. UPDATE: the 7MM Tapemark page is here.
Robert C. Klas Sr. Age 91 February 26, 1928 – March 8, 2019 Passed away at Lilydale Senior Living in Lilydale, MN, surrounded by family. Former President and CEO of the Tapemark Company in West St. Paul, Bob was a continuing member of the Board of Directors. Born and raised in Wabasha, MN, he was the second oldest of nine children. It was when he was in high school that Bob began his career in business when he purchased, along with his older brother Dan, a full-sized portable popcorn stand. It was through his paper route, home chores, the popcorn business, and his living away from home while working the rails as a teenager that he learned the importance of dedication and hard work. Upon graduating from Wabasha High School in 1946, Bob spent the following two years in the U.S. Navy before entering Hamline University in 1948. It was when he was a student at Hamline that Bob met and married the former Frances Alexandra “Sandra” Boardman. Together they raised six children. Upon graduating from Hamline, he soon was hired at the one-machine Tapemark Company. Bob eventually purchased Tapemark, building it into one of the premier tape- and adhesive- label printing companies in the Upper Midwest before transforming the business into a medical device and pharmaceutical contract manufac-turer with end-use customers located throughout the world. In 1967, Bob was named “Small Businessman of the Year” by the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce. Tapemark was twice voted Best Managed Company in its industry under his leadership. Later in his career, Bob led a turn-around of WTC Industries, serving as its Chairman until the company was sold to CUNO Industries. Parents of two special needs children, Bob and Sandy were deeply connected to the Saint Paul Association for Retarded Children. It was this association that inspired Bob to found and co-direct the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in 1972. Annually held over three days each June, the Pro-Am is recognized as part of the unofficial Grand Slam of golf for the MN PGA Section. Over its 47-year history, the Pro-Am has raised nearly $8 million for special needs children and adults. Included in his numerous business board memberships was his time as Director and Chair of WTC Industries. A very proud alumnus of Hamline University, Bob served two terms as a member of the Board of Trustees, and later was elected a Life Trustee of Hamline in recognition of his long support and dedication to the University. He is survived by his wife Sandra; his children Margaret (Phil) Johnson, Robert (Linda) Klas, Elizabeth (Reid) Polome, Thomas and Christine (Brian) Nelson; his grandchildren Katherine Johnson, Charles Johnson, Scott Klas, Lauren Klas, Annie Polome, Samuel Polome, Christopher Polome and Kate (Jonathan) Plett; his great-grandchildren Noah Johnson and Lily Plett; sisters Mary Peterson, Janet Roberts and Alice (Chuck) Harrison; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Klas, Louise Klas, and Evelyn Morse; as well as many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Preceded in death by his daughter Frances; parents Thomas and Gertrude; brothers Daniel, James and William; sisters Carol Carr and Harriet King. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 235 Wentworth Avenue West, West St. Paul from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 15 at the United Church of Christ, 317 2nd Street West, Wabasha, MN, at 1:00 PM. A visitation will also be held at the church one hour before the funeral service. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Wabasha. Memorials preferred to the United Church of Christ in Wabasha.
Tim Pros!Originally published by DK on March 12, 2019 at 8:55 pm
From the @kingsbury Instagram accountOriginally published by DK on March 12, 2019 at 8:04 pm
Catherine says he’s been holding out for a management position…Originally published by DK on March 12, 2019 at 9:08 am
If these don’t fit my ears, I don’t think AirPods are the right way to go eitherOriginally published by on March 11, 2019 at 11:36 pm
He will always be #8 to usOriginally published by DK on March 11, 2019 at 8:02 pm
Thought it was a sticker (and/or extra lucky), but that was not the caseOriginally published by DK on March 10, 2019 at 9:32 pm
I’m now the old man eating by himself in the casino coffee shopOriginally published by on March 10, 2019 at 7:43 pm
I kind of forget that City Pages is now owned by the Star Tribune, but it seems to have kept the same editorial vibe as before. I always have liked reading the annual Best of the Twin Cities issue, which you can vote for here (until March 26). Here are a few of my recommendations:
- Best Place to Buy Art Supplies – Wet Paint on Grand (at least according to my very artsy daughter).
- Best Movie Theater – Riverview Theater. All of the nominees are solid, but this one is still my favorite.
- Best Casino – Mystic Lake. It really is in a class by itself (for Minnesota).
- Best Festival – Minnesota State Fair (don’t really consider it a festival, but whatever). See also: Best Place to People-Watch
- Best Public Park – Minnehaha Park and Falls. I wish I was riding my bike there right now.
- Best BBQ – Q Fanatic. Need to get back to the one in Minneapolis soon.
- Best Breakfast – Keys Cafe & Bakery. Really just the one on Raymond, though.
- Best Brunch – Martina. I like others just as much (if not more), but this wins out of those five.
- Best Burger (Classic) – Parlour out of that list, but Saint Dinette’s burger blows all of them away.
- Best Chinese Restaurant – Rainbow Chinese. I need to go there more often.
- Best Cocktails – Marvel Bar. Still the best, in a town full of great places to drink.
- Best Diner – Hi-Lo Diner. Another strong category – we are blessed with many fine diners.
- Best Distillery – Tattersall Distilling. Those guys rock.
- Best Dive Bar – Bull’s Horn. Go Team Amy and Doug.
- Best Fried Chicken – Revival. This is a very, very tough category with many fine options.
- Best Fries – Barbette. Long time champ retains my title (for that type of fries, anyways).
- Best Ice Cream – Grand Ole Creamery. Sweet Cream Forever.
- Best Italian Restaurant – Mucci’s Italian. Chef Chris and Sarge rule.
- Best Lunch – Cecil’s Deli. Home of my all-time favorite sandwich.
- Best Mexican Restaurant – Pajarito. Need to go here more often too.
- Best New Restaurant – In Bloom. Lots of good options, but gotta stay true to my Saint Paul roots.
- Best Pizza – Punch Pizza (at least out of those five)
- Best Restaurant Minneapolis – Restaurant Alma. So much has changed, but Alma still holds strong.
- Best Restaurant St. Paul – Saint Dinette. The default was always Meritage, but the times are a-changin’
- Best State Fair Food – Pronto Pup. NEVER CORN DOGS.
- Best Steak – Murray’s Steakhouse. Although you can’t wrong at any of these.
Skipping all of the the music options, as I don’t know what to think of the local scene these days. Rock the vote, yo.Originally published by DK on March 10, 2019 at 3:42 pm
Scouting trip to Williams Arena for the Big 10 wrestling championshipsOriginally published by on March 10, 2019 at 1:48 pm
The snow can be pretty (even when it’s a pain in the ass)Originally published by DK on March 10, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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Nine ball is still my faveOriginally published by DK on March 9, 2019 at 3:22 pm
It’s baaaack (for one day only) – the infamous Dinette monkey breadOriginally published by on March 9, 2019 at 12:21 pm