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
Great to see the Schusters, thoughOriginally published by DK on May 3, 2020 at 8:31 pm
Well-earned retirementOriginally published by DK on May 1, 2020 at 9:48 am
I miss your collective laughter tooOriginally published by DK on April 20, 2020 at 9:08 pm
Mr. Oliver George Henry Michael StevensOriginally published by DK on April 16, 2020 at 4:52 pm
https://www.forbes.com/sites/eveturowpaul/2020/03/22/how-restaurants-innovating-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/Originally published by DK on March 24, 2020 at 9:31 pm
Live at five with Nive…Originally published by DK on March 15, 2020 at 1:50 pm
Lots of Vegas in the houseOriginally published by DK on December 23, 2019 at 7:50 pm
5.4K likes isn’t too shabbyOriginally published by DK on December 12, 2019 at 7:56 pm
The Bean still rocks, thoughOriginally published by DK on December 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm
Thanks, AFOriginally published by DK on November 13, 2019 at 10:04 am
Good luck with your big week!Originally published by DK on November 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm
See, they can appear in the same room at the same timeOriginally published by DK on November 8, 2019 at 8:31 am
He gets to live here all the timeOriginally published by DK on November 1, 2019 at 9:50 pm
Oktoberfest in MilwaukeeOriginally published by DK on October 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm
L.A. is lucky to get youOriginally published by DK on October 11, 2019 at 1:11 pm
It was a year ago today when a blood vessel in my head decided it had enough, resulting in a ruptured aneurysm and subarachnoid hemorrhaging on the train platform outside U.S. Bank Stadium. It was a humbling experience to see the outpouring of love and support from my family and friends throughout my recovery and I will be forever thankful to the good Samaritan in the pickup truck, the first responders that treated me on the platform and the entire staff at Hennepin Healthcare for extending my time on this little planet we call home.
Health-wise, things are almost back to normal. I’m still wearing glasses with a 3M Prism lens on the left side to correct the remaining double vision. The strength of the lens has dropped from +30 to +8 during the past 11 months and the hope is still that I eventually won’t need them at all. I can read most screens without glasses, but the “bilateral 6th nerve palsy” and resulting diplopia at further distances is really the only major remaining issue from October 8, 2018. I’ve been off all of the additional medications from my time in the ICU for a while now and have returned to most physical activities with no issues. In fact, my bike mileage in 2019 sits at 1,058 miles and I’ve played 21 rounds of golf (both of which are a little more challenging with glasses).
I won’t lie, walking past that spot nearly every day is unsettling. It can feel frustrating to not be 100% yet with my vision. And all that weight I lost in the hospital came back with a vengeance. But I am so thankful for having access to high-quality healthcare that didn’t bankrupt our family. This full year of bonus time had some amazing memories: an extra special Thanksgiving with family, the NCAA Final Four, MK’s graduation, Las Vegas with SK, lake visits to Vermilion and Superior, Rib Fest, Summer X Games, another epic State Fair, a quick day trip to Los Angeles, the Saints championship season, more Vikings football and lots of concerts and restaurants. Life at fifty has been good.
So where to from here? I’ll be seeing my eye doctor again soon and I need to get back to my “regular” doctor to start all of the normal old guy things that need to be tested and monitored. Colleen and I head to Maui later this month to check off the second milestone birthday trip that was postponed due to the incident. Hopefully we’ll get the third and final trip scheduled for January. This week I’ll find out about the 2020 London Marathon ballot, which would immediately kick-start a return to running. Quick trip next week to Milwaukee to visit the Buck’s new arena. After the Vikings-Eagles game this weekend, the football season will already be half over. And you know what Steve Miller said about flying eagles…Originally published by DK on October 8, 2019 at 8:20 am
Four bars, two cities, one nightOriginally published by DK on September 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm
Different, but great to see Phil and MikeyOriginally published by DK on September 21, 2019 at 2:05 pm
John Avenson bringing the heatOriginally published by DK on September 18, 2019 at 6:34 pm
The Erben Brothers; Jen of the NorthOriginally published by DK on September 8, 2019 at 2:57 pm
Thanks Rich (and team) for a great dayOriginally published by DK on August 30, 2019 at 11:19 pm
Come on, HootieOriginally published by DK on August 23, 2019 at 8:19 pm
As I pulled out my red concert shirt today, I realized I better post my pictures and grab the setlist from the fun Tenacious D show I saw with Mike and Jake at the Palace last month before I forget all the details. This really was about as perfect as a concert gets for me these days: early access pre-sale seats in the first row of the loge (three seats all by themselves, even), pre-show dinner at a nice restaurant (finally crossed Pazzaluna off the list), our own little bar with no line right behind our section, two great friends I don’t see nearly often enough and a band that changed people’s lives that night.
This was my second time seeing the D. The other time was, believe it or not, a get out the vote concert with the Beastie Boys and Ben Harper at Roy Wilkins. The first half of the show was the new Post Apocalypto album in its entirety, followed by a greatest hits set and a one song encore (set list and pics after the jump). Other than missing out on Wonder Boy, I was very happy with the song selection. JB and KG definitely gave it their all, with a talented group of musicians backing them up.
Softly. Gently. Sweetly. Discreetly.
Set List (July 30, 2019 – First Night of Two):
- Making Love
- Take Us Into Space
- Fuck Yo-Yo Ma
- Daddy Ding Dong
- JB Jr Rap
- Woman Time
- Save The World
- Post-Apocalypto Theme (Reprise)
- Rize of the Fenix
- Low Hangin’ Fruit
- Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)
- The Metal
- Dude (I Totally Miss You)
- Double Team
- Fuck Her Gently
That was quite a weekend, thoughOriginally published by DK on August 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm
But still very playableOriginally published by DK on August 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Nice round, Leo (Stonebrooke 17th)Originally published by DK on August 9, 2019 at 11:58 am
Go Squad (XGMN19)Originally published by DK on August 2, 2019 at 9:15 pm
Great to see our visitor from Indiana for X GamesOriginally published by DK on July 31, 2019 at 12:09 pm
Tenancious D @ Palace with Mikey & JakeOriginally published by DK on July 30, 2019 at 11:14 pm
Go to The Left Handed Cook, L.A. peopleOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 1:22 am
Just a pair of city dogeOriginally published by DK on July 19, 2019 at 7:41 am
MK + Gordy = true love ❤️Originally published by DK on July 3, 2019 at 10:58 am
Summer can be exhaustingOriginally published by DK on June 28, 2019 at 6:40 pm
She was truly one in a million – sincere condolences to Paul and the familyOriginally published by DK on June 27, 2019 at 7:19 am
It was so, so awfulOriginally published by DK on June 8, 2019 at 1:49 pm
Nice to see Mr. Berry tooOriginally published by DK on June 8, 2019 at 6:36 am
Number 16 @ Windsong FarmOriginally published by DK on June 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm
Good luck to Toyya in SoCalOriginally published by DK on June 5, 2019 at 9:58 am
Culture + colleaguesOriginally published by DK on June 1, 2019 at 11:45 am
Nice to catch up with Raiders NationOriginally published by DK on May 23, 2019 at 12:39 pm
…at Gross National (and I played poorly).Originally published by DK on May 14, 2019 at 4:02 pm
Congrats to Yagya and Atomic Data on some very smart workOriginally published by DK on May 10, 2019 at 1:53 pm
Always a smile, always helpful and kindOriginally published by DK on May 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm
Thanks, Yagya – great to catch upOriginally published by DK on May 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm
Shot 91 from the whites, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 19, 2019 at 2:45 pm
Thumbs up on the HoweOriginally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm
…ends here.Originally published by DK on April 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm
IT Command will be the place to be the next three daysOriginally published by DK on April 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm
We are all just a bunch of meat sacks…Originally published by DK on March 27, 2019 at 8:32 pm
Timberwolves vs. Golden State @ Target CenterOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm
…and my damn Shirley TemplesOriginally published by DK on March 16, 2019 at 11:41 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
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.
https://www.gofundme.com/6xi8fpcOriginally published by DK on March 1, 2019 at 1:39 pm
Now that Monster Jam is over, it’s full on Final FourOriginally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm
Thanks, Jim and Darla!Originally published by DK on January 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm
Very, very nice to see everyoneOriginally published by DK on January 13, 2019 at 5:27 pm
I’ve never been big on year-end lists or goal summaries here, but I’ve always done a fair amount of goal-setting privately. This past year has put a different spin on my perspective, so I thought it might be useful to share a few things as 2019 gets started. In hindsight, a lot of my previous health goals seem rather vain compared to plain old recovery. And how fortunate was I in the past to just want to run faster, bike farther or finish another marathon? Now, regaining my normal vision (without prism lenses) is goal #1, followed closely by getting cleared to resume driving and riding a bike. I’m very thankful that the outlook for all of these things is good – much of this might happen by the middle of March.
Since Dr. Tummala gave me the OK to resume treadmill running, I’ve felt good the past week, with three slowish runs totaling 7.1 miles. I also did one nine mile ride on a stationary bike and resumed doing light dumbbell repeats. Not really sure what workout goals to set for 2019 – the only race I’m registered for is the Get in Gear 10K in April and I’d really like to participate in the Bike to Work challenge again in May. Beyond that, I just want to stay consistent all year and not have any big gaps in my charts (which happened twice in 2018). It would be nice to return to regular weekly runs with WeRunMpls once the ice melts and I’d love to reschedule a ski trip for next season (Banff, Colorado or Schweitzer). Lots of golf outings to schedule with people too.
The doctors cleared a return to air travel already, but money and time will be limited. The original plan was to give each person in our family a trip for their respective milestone birthday in 2019, but all of those plans are on hold for the time being. Most likely options? A quick Las Vegas trip after the Final Four and maybe a work trip to the annual Cisco conference, which is in San Diego this year (June 9-13). And of course Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in both Florida and California this year, but that will likely fall in the Tokyo/Lanai/Switzerland dream trip category for the time being.
With the Vikings season over, my job shifts focus to the Final Four on April 6th and 8th. We have four large events before then (two trade shows and two dirt shows), but there is a lot to do before “the road ends” in Minneapolis. Then we get to break down that setup for Garth Brooks and his sold-out stadium tour before prepping for Summer X Games (version 3.0). Since X Games moves to early August, there won’t be a lot of time between that and football pre-season. With all that work to do, maybe I should start daydreaming again about building a tiny cabin on the North Shore to escape to with the family…
Wow, how lucky am I to be writing this post? Happy New Year to all of you – may 2019 be full of love, health and prosperity!Originally published by DK on January 1, 2019 at 6:04 pm
Oddly enough, this was delayed to my old work address, where Officer Kingsbury from MPD received itOriginally published by DK on December 17, 2018 at 2:44 pm
Great to see Mike and CourtneyOriginally published by DK on December 10, 2018 at 10:57 pm
Yesterday I had my appointment with the neurosurgeons who needed to approve my return to work. Happy to report that I’ve been cleared to return next week. I really didn’t think it would happen that soon, but I’m super excited to be back in time for the final two regular season Vikings home games (and hopefully at least one playoff game before diving into Final Four prep). Big thanks to everyone at work who stepped in to help while I’ve been out – I’m looking forward to getting back out there. And thanks again to everyone who has facilitated and supported my recovery.
SKOL!Originally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 2:10 pm
The place looked great – nicely doneOriginally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm