7 Minute Miles

One last go at press box popcorn

Posted Monday, October 18th, 2021 07:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Work at 7:25 PM

Emotional day at the stadium ❤️

Originally published by DK on October 18, 2021 at 7:25 pm

End of a purple era 💜🏈

Posted Sunday, October 10th, 2021 07:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Friends,Work at 7:47 PM

Last Vikings game @ U.S. Bank Stadium: Vikings 19, Lions 17

Originally published by DK on October 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm

Three Years of Bonus Time

Posted Friday, October 8th, 2021 11:13 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Longform,Personal,Travel at 11:13 AM

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

Paul Miller is on a roll

Posted Friday, October 8th, 2021 10:53 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 10:53 AM

Doing great things in Montgomery (and elsewhere)

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2021 at 10:53 am

A Cody in his natural habitat

Posted Saturday, September 18th, 2021 03:05 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 3:05 PM

TC @ The Dwan

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2021 at 3:05 pm

Sunny Shore Lunch with Keri

Posted Thursday, September 16th, 2021 01:52 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 1:52 PM

Farmers Kitchen + Bar

Originally published by DK on September 16, 2021 at 1:52 pm

Lunch at BK’s Capital Grille

Posted Monday, September 13th, 2021 04:24 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 4:24 PM

Great service and so nice to catch up with Shelly

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2021 at 4:24 pm

Viking lost in the desert

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 04:37 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 4:37 PM

Herm’s hooptie

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 4:37 pm

Sunday evening at Gross

Posted Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 09:54 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 9:54 PM

Such a great group to play golf with in Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on August 22, 2021 at 9:54 pm

Beautiful day at The View

Posted Friday, August 13th, 2021 09:16 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends,Golf at 9:16 PM

It’s an honor to know those two gentlemen

Originally published by DK on August 13, 2021 at 9:16 pm

I spy an Angeleno

Posted Friday, August 6th, 2021 08:56 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 8:56 PM

So nice to see Rich and his crew again

Originally published by DK on August 6, 2021 at 8:56 pm

Very first house party

Posted Friday, August 6th, 2021 08:52 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Housekeeping at 8:52 PM

Hopefully many more to come

Originally published by DK on August 6, 2021 at 8:52 pm

The Saint Anthony Park Crew

Posted Friday, August 6th, 2021 08:51 pm GMT -5 in Friends at 8:51 PM

Thanks to Mike and Courtney for hosting in the park

Originally published by DK on August 6, 2021 at 8:51 pm

Thirty years of River Oaks

Posted Saturday, July 24th, 2021 05:55 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 5:55 PM

Brad, Craig and I hit the links in Cottage Grove

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2021 at 5:55 pm

Tom’s new joint is pretty

Posted Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 10:12 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 10:12 PM

Great to see that guy again – thanks, TB!

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2021 at 10:12 pm

Leo is iconic

Posted Friday, July 9th, 2021 02:31 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 2:31 PM

The barn isn’t too shabby either

Originally published by DK on July 9, 2021 at 2:31 pm

Generational Millers @ Brookview

Posted Saturday, July 3rd, 2021 02:36 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 2:36 PM

Seth took Jeff’s place this week in Golden Valley

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2021 at 2:36 pm

Joe is alive and well

Posted Friday, July 2nd, 2021 09:02 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Family,Friends at 9:02 PM

Best. Usher. Ever.

Originally published by DK on July 2, 2021 at 9:02 pm

Look who’s back in town

Posted Friday, July 2nd, 2021 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 1:31 PM

Great to catch up with Rich (and Leo and Pete) @ Gross National

Originally published by DK on July 2, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Great night at The Wilderness

Posted Friday, June 25th, 2021 08:54 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Friends,Golf at 8:54 AM

So great to catch up with friends

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2021 at 8:54 am

Welcome to The Hawk

Posted Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 09:19 pm GMT -5 in Business,Friends,Golf,Travel at 9:19 PM

Nice to catch up with JS in Cambridge

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2021 at 9:19 pm

Super fun night at Keller

Posted Saturday, June 19th, 2021 10:26 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Nature at 10:26 PM

Mike: kindergarten friend; John: junior high friend

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2021 at 10:26 pm

2021 Grad Party #2

Posted Sunday, June 13th, 2021 12:49 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Schools at 12:49 PM

Congrats to the Dresen Family 🎉

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2021 at 12:49 pm

Burgers, baseball and fireworks

Posted Friday, June 11th, 2021 11:28 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food,Friends at 11:28 PM

Fun night with Keri and Scott in Lowertown

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2021 at 11:28 pm

The 50th Annual Tapemark

Posted Friday, June 11th, 2021 11:23 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends,Golf at 11:23 PM

Thanks, Mikey Boom-Boom for the 📷

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2021 at 11:23 pm

Hot one at Wirth

Posted Saturday, June 5th, 2021 02:20 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Wildlife at 2:20 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

‘32 and ‘54 PGA Championships

Posted Friday, June 4th, 2021 05:42 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 5:42 PM

Keller is such a great metro asset

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2021 at 5:42 pm

RIP Sandy Klas, 1930-2021 ❤️

Posted Friday, June 4th, 2021 03:28 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Links at 3:28 PM

https://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000393109/?fullname=frances-alexandra-bride-sandy-(ne%C3%A9-boardman)-klas

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2021 at 3:28 pm

Goalies are the best

Posted Saturday, May 29th, 2021 09:11 am GMT -5 in Friends,Hockey at 9:11 AM

Good luck to Herm and the Golden Knights against a tough Colorado team

Originally published by DK on May 29, 2021 at 9:11 am

Nachos on the Farm

Posted Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 11:33 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Golf at 11:33 AM

Another lovely day visiting Independence

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2021 at 11:33 am

A+ weather day in Faribault

Posted Saturday, May 15th, 2021 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Weather at 2:48 PM

18 holes with the usual gang

Originally published by DK on May 15, 2021 at 2:48 pm

Springtime in Highland

Posted Saturday, May 8th, 2021 10:13 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Weather at 10:13 AM

Great afternoon with Rich on the National

Originally published by DK on May 8, 2021 at 10:13 am

Work on the Farm

Posted Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 09:17 pm GMT -5 in Business,Friends,Golf at 9:17 PM

This place is special

Originally published by DK on May 4, 2021 at 9:17 pm

Totally worth the drive

Posted Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 02:20 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 2:20 PM

Lunch at Smokey’s – thanks, Jesse!

Originally published by DK on April 28, 2021 at 2:20 pm

A cold, blustery start

Posted Friday, April 2nd, 2021 03:41 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 3:41 PM

…but it got nice by the end (Ops @ Gross National)

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2021 at 3:41 pm

Well-deserved recognition

Posted Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 06:32 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Schools,Work at 6:32 PM

https://www.monitorsaintpaul.com/stories/tabitha-wheeler-named-social-worker-of-year,1741

Originally published by DK on March 2, 2021 at 6:32 pm

Katie, NO MOR 🥲

Posted Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 11:39 am GMT -5 in Friends,Work at 11:39 AM

The first of, I suspect, many changes coming

Originally published by DK on March 2, 2021 at 11:39 am

Golf on my birthday (kinda)

Posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 05:02 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 5:02 PM

Thanks, Jamie!

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2021 at 5:02 pm

Nive Man Sunday Dinner

Posted Sunday, January 17th, 2021 07:06 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 7:06 PM

No way Christy didn’t help with this

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2021 at 7:06 pm

Frozen Mooch

Posted Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 08:53 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 8:53 PM

It will always be the Audrey, right Chef (and Nive Man)?

Originally published by DK on December 3, 2020 at 8:53 pm

Squeezed in one more round

Posted Saturday, November 28th, 2020 02:47 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Weather at 2:47 PM

Round #65, Montgomery National

Originally published by DK on November 28, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Mmm…donut

Posted Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 1:27 PM

Thanks, Keri

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Pizza in the park

Posted Saturday, October 10th, 2020 05:45 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 5:45 PM

So great to hang out in the Commons today with JV, RW, JK and the kiddo

Originally published by DK on October 10, 2020 at 5:45 pm

The new sign at Gross 👌🏻

Posted Friday, October 9th, 2020 02:51 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 2:51 PM

Love the subtle jab at NY

Originally published by DK on October 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm

Celebration dinner @ Pittsburgh Blue

Posted Thursday, October 8th, 2020 10:29 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 10:29 PM

So great to see Talia again!

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2020 at 10:29 pm

Golfing with the Vikings

Posted Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 08:09 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 8:09 PM

Beautiful afternoon at Highland National

Originally published by DK on September 29, 2020 at 8:09 pm

End of an era

Posted Friday, September 25th, 2020 10:55 pm GMT -5 in Friends,History,Personal,Travel at 10:55 PM

So long, Dacha Batinich

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:55 pm

Visiting the coop

Posted Saturday, September 5th, 2020 02:47 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Nature at 2:47 PM

Pope Family Ranch, Forest Lake

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Celebrating 36 Years

Posted Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 10:04 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 10:04 PM

Congratulations (again) to Leo @ Hazeltine

Originally published by DK on September 2, 2020 at 10:04 pm

Fun afternoon on the river

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 07:56 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 7:56 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

Politics and Religion

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 11:03 am GMT -5 in Friends,Politics at 11:03 AM

Wise words from my friend Chuck:

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.

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2020 at 11:03 am

Saturday with the Millers

Posted Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 02:08 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 2:08 PM

…and Craig (Ridges at Sand Creek #2)

Originally published by DK on August 22, 2020 at 2:08 pm

A Very Dwan Summer

Posted Thursday, August 20th, 2020 09:51 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 9:51 PM

Another beautiful morning with Mr. Cody in Bloomington

Originally published by DK on August 20, 2020 at 9:51 pm

Perfect summer morning

Posted Saturday, August 15th, 2020 11:14 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Nature,Weather at 11:14 AM

Phalen with Curtis (plus Craig and Jeff)

Originally published by DK on August 15, 2020 at 11:14 am

Nine year return to Buffalo

Posted Thursday, August 13th, 2020 09:57 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 9:57 PM

Wild Marsh was very nice

Originally published by DK on August 13, 2020 at 9:57 pm

T.C.’s Rap

Posted Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 10:26 am GMT -5 in Friends,Music,Quotes at 10:26 AM

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

MK is cleaning her room

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 07:46 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Photography at 7:46 PM

Blast from the past

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 7:46 pm

My golfing idol

Posted Friday, July 17th, 2020 01:46 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 1:46 PM

Curtis on 7 tee, Stonebrooke Golf Club

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2020 at 1:46 pm

Summer in Minnesota

Posted Sunday, July 12th, 2020 07:26 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Weather at 7:26 PM

Applewood Hills with John and Cathy

Originally published by DK on July 12, 2020 at 7:26 pm

COVID bunkers

Posted Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 06:23 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 6:23 PM

I don’t think that’s the real reason

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2020 at 6:23 pm

Northland Vacation 2020

Posted Sunday, July 5th, 2020 05:09 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food,Friends,Golf,Longform,Travel at 5:09 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

Boat and a Bam

Posted Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 09:20 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 9:20 AM

Thanks John and Cathy

Originally published by DK on July 2, 2020 at 9:20 am

Good luck in HKG!

Posted Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 07:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 7:31 PM

Last visit with Armon before the adventure begins

Originally published by DK on June 24, 2020 at 7:31 pm

Russian Treasure

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 08:33 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Friends,Games at 8:33 PM

An old Don Frantz favorite

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 8:33 pm

The Summit is deteriorating

Posted Saturday, June 20th, 2020 03:33 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 3:33 PM

Such a shame – it was a really nice course before

Originally published by DK on June 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm

Hallelujah, chimney is repaired

Posted Thursday, June 18th, 2020 08:04 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Friends at 8:04 PM

Welcome back Steve (and crew)

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2020 at 8:04 pm

Big River tomorrow?!?

Posted Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 10:09 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Friends at 10:09 PM

I hope this one is for real – lunch plans for sure

Originally published by DK on June 16, 2020 at 10:09 pm

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

Posted Friday, June 12th, 2020 12:27 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Golf at 12:27 PM

Post-round Angry Orchard

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2020 at 12:27 pm

So this happened today

Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Business,Friends,Personal at 6:04 PM

Eric at James Irving Grooming, Uptown Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2020 at 6:04 pm

Forgot how good this is

Posted Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 04:19 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Work at 4:19 PM

Troy Burne, Hudson, Wisconsin

Originally published by DK on May 27, 2020 at 4:19 pm