Emotional day at the stadium ❤️Originally published by DK on October 18, 2021 at 7:25 pm
Last Vikings game @ U.S. Bank Stadium: Vikings 19, Lions 17Originally published by DK on October 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm
Today marks the three year anniversary of my train platform event in downtown Minneapolis. The first anniversary was amazing, I was ultra grateful for my second anniversary and now things are running on all cylinders for year three. Colleen made my favorite bars to celebrate and we will be having dinner tonight at Saint Dinette to toast another splendid year around the sun.
On the health front, everything is great. I’m on my second pair of permanent prism lenses and they work perfectly. Still don’t need them for reading screens, but I do prefer them now for watching TV and movies, riding my bike, golfing and driving (even bought a pair of prism sunglasses). The move streak on my watch is now up to 540 days, I’m at 530 miles on the bike log for 2021 and have even signed up to try another half marathon in 2022.
As the pandemic continues to roll on, some things have returned to (semi) normal. While we had an entire football season without fans, this year has seen a return to no restrictions and four games with thousands of people through the doors. We took our first airplane trips to and from Las Vegas over Labor Day and will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this December on Kauai. We’ve also been building a new house that should be ready when we get back (after an extended construction period).
Lastly, I want to again thank the healthcare professionals who helped get me to year three, along with all of my family and friends who have provided love and support. There is one other big change coming soon, but I’ll leave that for another day…Originally published by DK on October 8, 2021 at 11:13 am
Doing great things in Montgomery (and elsewhere)Originally published by DK on October 8, 2021 at 10:53 am
TC @ The DwanOriginally published by DK on September 18, 2021 at 3:05 pm
Great service and so nice to catch up with ShellyOriginally published by DK on September 13, 2021 at 4:24 pm
Herm’s hooptieOriginally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 4:37 pm
Such a great group to play golf with in MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on August 22, 2021 at 9:54 pm
It’s an honor to know those two gentlemenOriginally published by DK on August 13, 2021 at 9:16 pm
So nice to see Rich and his crew againOriginally published by DK on August 6, 2021 at 8:56 pm
Hopefully many more to comeOriginally published by DK on August 6, 2021 at 8:52 pm
Thanks to Mike and Courtney for hosting in the parkOriginally published by DK on August 6, 2021 at 8:51 pm
Brad, Craig and I hit the links in Cottage GroveOriginally published by DK on July 24, 2021 at 5:55 pm
Great to see that guy again – thanks, TB!Originally published by DK on July 21, 2021 at 10:12 pm
The barn isn’t too shabby eitherOriginally published by DK on July 9, 2021 at 2:31 pm
Seth took Jeff’s place this week in Golden ValleyOriginally published by DK on July 3, 2021 at 2:36 pm
Best. Usher. Ever.Originally published by DK on July 2, 2021 at 9:02 pm
Great to catch up with Rich (and Leo and Pete) @ Gross NationalOriginally published by DK on July 2, 2021 at 1:31 pm
So great to catch up with friendsOriginally published by DK on June 25, 2021 at 8:54 am
Nice to catch up with JS in CambridgeOriginally published by DK on June 22, 2021 at 9:19 pm
Mike: kindergarten friend; John: junior high friendOriginally published by DK on June 19, 2021 at 10:26 pm
Congrats to the Dresen Family 🎉Originally published by DK on June 13, 2021 at 12:49 pm
Fun night with Keri and Scott in LowertownOriginally published by DK on June 11, 2021 at 11:28 pm
Thanks, Mikey Boom-Boom for the 📷Originally published by DK on June 11, 2021 at 11:23 pm
Tough walk today in the heat (car said 99F on the way home)Originally published by DK on June 5, 2021 at 2:20 pm
Keller is such a great metro assetOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2021 at 5:42 pm
https://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000393109/?fullname=frances-alexandra-bride-sandy-(ne%C3%A9-boardman)-klasOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2021 at 3:28 pm
Good luck to Herm and the Golden Knights against a tough Colorado teamOriginally published by DK on May 29, 2021 at 9:11 am
Another lovely day visiting IndependenceOriginally published by DK on May 23, 2021 at 11:33 am
18 holes with the usual gangOriginally published by DK on May 15, 2021 at 2:48 pm
Great afternoon with Rich on the NationalOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2021 at 10:13 am
This place is specialOriginally published by DK on May 4, 2021 at 9:17 pm
Lunch at Smokey’s – thanks, Jesse!Originally published by DK on April 28, 2021 at 2:20 pm
…but it got nice by the end (Ops @ Gross National)Originally published by DK on April 2, 2021 at 3:41 pm
https://www.monitorsaintpaul.com/stories/tabitha-wheeler-named-social-worker-of-year,1741Originally published by DK on March 2, 2021 at 6:32 pm
The first of, I suspect, many changes comingOriginally published by DK on March 2, 2021 at 11:39 am
Thanks, Jamie!Originally published by DK on January 19, 2021 at 5:02 pm
No way Christy didn’t help with thisOriginally published by DK on January 17, 2021 at 7:06 pm
It will always be the Audrey, right Chef (and Nive Man)?Originally published by DK on December 3, 2020 at 8:53 pm
Round #65, Montgomery NationalOriginally published by DK on November 28, 2020 at 2:47 pm
Thanks, KeriOriginally published by DK on November 25, 2020 at 1:27 pm
So great to hang out in the Commons today with JV, RW, JK and the kiddoOriginally published by DK on October 10, 2020 at 5:45 pm
Love the subtle jab at NYOriginally published by DK on October 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm
So great to see Talia again!Originally published by DK on October 8, 2020 at 10:29 pm
Beautiful afternoon at Highland NationalOriginally published by DK on September 29, 2020 at 8:09 pm
So long, Dacha BatinichOriginally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:55 pm
Pope Family Ranch, Forest LakeOriginally published by DK on September 5, 2020 at 2:47 pm
Congratulations (again) to Leo @ HazeltineOriginally published by DK on September 2, 2020 at 10:04 pm
Good luck to Danielle in her future endeavors (Mississippi Pub, Inver Grove Heights)Originally published by DK on August 26, 2020 at 7:56 pm
Originally published by DK on August 26, 2020 at 11:03 am
I don’t really participate in politics or political discussions, either in real life, or online. Why? I have always believed that a true key to a peaceful life and a polite society is to not discuss politics or religion. Why? Because these are divisive topics. Likely over ninety percent of human conflicts have hinged on these topics, and by extension most of the death and destruction throughout human history. I have political and religious beliefs, but none of you know what they are because I keep them to myself. The world would be a better place if most folks lived this way. Sure, I vote, but nothing I see on Facebook is going to change how I vote, and I’m not so foolish as to believe I can influence how anyone else votes. So I don’t even participate in online political discussion.
…and Craig (Ridges at Sand Creek #2)Originally published by DK on August 22, 2020 at 2:08 pm
Another beautiful morning with Mr. Cody in BloomingtonOriginally published by DK on August 20, 2020 at 9:51 pm
Phalen with Curtis (plus Craig and Jeff)Originally published by DK on August 15, 2020 at 11:14 am
Wild Marsh was very niceOriginally published by DK on August 13, 2020 at 9:57 pm
This here rap’s about the true confession. If you listen close you about to learn a lesson. You must know failure before success…Originally published by DK on August 11, 2020 at 10:26 am
Blast from the pastOriginally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 7:46 pm
Curtis on 7 tee, Stonebrooke Golf ClubOriginally published by DK on July 17, 2020 at 1:46 pm
Applewood Hills with John and CathyOriginally published by DK on July 12, 2020 at 7:26 pm
I don’t think that’s the real reasonOriginally published by DK on July 7, 2020 at 6:23 pm
I’ve been fortunate to continue working through the pandemic, but it’s been tough to take time away (especially since I’m the only IT person left). Thanks to the support of my boss and one of our awesome game day staffers, I was able to take a week off without looking at work email once. We originally intended to spend the week on Isle Royale National Park, but the ferry and Rock Harbor Lodge decided to scrap the whole 2020 season and our reservations were cancelled.
Plan B was to stay the first half of the week at Lutsen Resort and the Fourth of July weekend on Lake Vermilion (at Fortune Bay). Those plans changed as the temperatures kept rising – it was even hot along the usually cool shoreline of Lake Superior and we discovered upon check-in that Lutsen Resort does not have air conditioning. They were accommodating by offering us a full refund, but there were really no other options in Lutsen or the surrounding spots (Grand Marais, Tofte, Grand Portage). Fortune Bay could get us in early, so we set off on highway 1 through Ely and decided to spend the whole week on Vermilion.
Fortune Bay has done a nice job with COVID safety and procedures. They had temperature checks set up on the entry road, mandatory face masks and lots of signage, plexiglass and hand sanitizer. The casino floor had basically every other machine turned off, but they kindly turned on my favorite game for the week (big thanks to EJ). I think I made it worth their hassle, though, while still getting a lot of quality playing time. They had Frozen-themed giveaways on Thursday and Friday for 100 points earned (an Olaf waffle maker on day one and an Olaf snow cone maker on day two), so I spread my playing time out accordingly. Marisa really, really wanted these, so I was happy for the solid play-through.
Food options during the week were a little limited, but what was open was solid. We stopped at the Ely Steakhouse on the way over from Lutsen and they were following all of the state orders for in-person dining. On the other end of the spectrum, the Vermilion Club was following just about none of the rules, which blew us away (maybe “VC” really stands for Virus Central). We still ate there twice in-person and had take-out a third day, because Poor Gary’s pizza and the bleu cheese and chicken wings are Northland classics (hopefully we were personally careful enough).
Back at Fortune Bay, I hit the Wilderness Grill four times, having great experiences each time. The new chef used to work at Alma in Minneapolis and I really liked all of the sandwiches I tried (pulled chicken, walleye, porchetta and cheeseburger). Their new fries are reminiscent of the state fair classics. In the casino proper, we had a wonderful dinner at the Sunset Steakhouse and stopped several times at the Gold Mine Grill, which is getting better with service and staffing (they’ve always had great coffeeshop-style food options). The Tamarack Buffet was closed for service, but was the room was being used for socially-distanced overflow seating.
Thought I would play a lot of golf during the week, but the temperatures were warm and I just didn’t feel like going every day. I did drive down to Coleraine to play Eagle Ridge with the Millers and got in a twilight round on The Wilderness with John, Cathy and Bonnie. The whole region needs rain badly, so there were some near-dead areas on both courses (especially in the roughs). The Wilderness also has a lot of behind the scenes changes: the contract with KemperSports was not renewed and former golf GM Tom Beaudry and superintendent Vince Dodge have both moved on to the state of cheese. Still love that course, though, and it continues to be the one I’ve played the most.
It was also great to hang out at Dacha Batinich on Birch Point again with Mary and the crew. Big thanks to John and Cathy for taking us out on the boat for a pizza picnic (and for taking Sasha and Marisa out again later in the week). Skip-Bo games and great conversations make that little cabin a very special place indeed.Originally published by DK on July 5, 2020 at 5:09 pm
Thanks John and CathyOriginally published by DK on July 2, 2020 at 9:20 am
Last visit with Armon before the adventure beginsOriginally published by DK on June 24, 2020 at 7:31 pm
An old Don Frantz favoriteOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 8:33 pm
Such a shame – it was a really nice course beforeOriginally published by DK on June 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm
Welcome back Steve (and crew)Originally published by DK on June 18, 2020 at 8:04 pm
I hope this one is for real – lunch plans for sureOriginally published by DK on June 16, 2020 at 10:09 pm
Post-round Angry OrchardOriginally published by DK on June 12, 2020 at 12:27 pm
Eric at James Irving Grooming, Uptown MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on June 2, 2020 at 6:04 pm
Troy Burne, Hudson, WisconsinOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2020 at 4:19 pm