7 Minute Miles

Almost 29 miles today

Posted Sunday, August 8th, 2021 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Food,History at 5:22 PM

Old neighborhood, Fort Snelling, Minnehaha Park

Originally published by DK on August 8, 2021 at 5:22 pm

The good old days of teletype

Posted Monday, July 19th, 2021 08:04 am GMT -5 in Games,History,Schools,Technology at 8:04 AM

https://www.vice.com/en/article/qkx8vw/the-forgotten-history-of-the-oregon-trail-as-told-by-its-creators

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2021 at 8:04 am

Find-A-Grave.com

Posted Monday, June 28th, 2021 10:38 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Longform,Personal at 10:38 PM

This week I stopped during a bike ride at Acacia Park Cemetery to say hi to the family and check on my parent’s headstone (we’ve been waiting for my dad’s numbers to be updated for quite a while). As you can see in the photo, it now correctly says 1946 – 2020 (and is actually a completely new headstone). This sent me down two rabbit holes:

  • Investigating headstone options for my plot
  • The wondrous site that is findagrave.com

While we wait for the pricing options on the first one, I was amazed at how much personal information was available on our family on the second. I had no idea there were several other relatives buried at Acacia and I learned a bunch of things about the Kingsbury side of things too (more details after the jump).

In addition to my mom and dad, my maternal grandmother and grandfather are in the Cypress section of Acacia, along with my uncle Greg and my great uncle Warren and his wife Evelyn. Also on the Smith side of the family, Acacia is the final resting place for my great-grandparents Walter and Edna Smith, along with my great-great-grandparents John and Margaret Blaylock (who knew?). Also learned about the ties back to England (I already knew grandma Helen was “a beautiful Swedish Lady”).

On the Kingsbury side, I learned most of the family is buried in southern Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio (with one set of great-great-grandparents in Missouri and a New York connection too). I also learned about “Baby Kingsbury,” who died in 1944 and that I have a Norwegian relative named Ole Larsrud (not married to Lena). Also forgot that my paternal grandmother died on my wife’s birthday (in 2000).

For posterity, here is the data they listed for various relatives (down to fifth generation):

Karen Leslie Smith Kingsbury, mother
BIRTH 1 Sep 1944
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
DEATH 22 Dec 2017 (aged 73)
Edina, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 12 HE

Michael Alvin Kingsbury, father
BIRTH 7 Sep 1946
Lanesboro, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA
DEATH 10 Feb 2020 (aged 73)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 12 FE

Helen Margaret Elmquist Smith, maternal grandmother
BIRTH 14 Jun 1920
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
DEATH 26 Dec 2007 (aged 87)
West Saint Paul, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 11 FE

Donald Leslie Smith, maternal grandfather
BIRTH 24 Nov 1919
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
DEATH 30 Dec 2013 (aged 94)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 11HE

Greg Alan Smith, uncle
BIRTH 27 Dec 1946
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
DEATH 25 Dec 2018 (aged 71)
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 9 HE

Warren Hewson Smith, great-uncle
BIRTH 16 Jan 1917
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
DEATH 14 May 1992 (aged 75)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 9

Evelyn Josephine Rigoni Smith, great-aunt
BIRTH 15 May 1918
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
DEATH 20 Nov 2011 (aged 93)
Eden Prairie, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 10
Daughter of Antonio Rigoni and Rose Cella

Walter Ellsworth Smith, great-grandfather
BIRTH 27 Aug 1890
Pennsylvania, USA
DEATH 22 Mar 1946 (aged 55)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 5

Edna L Blaylock Smith, great-grandmother
BIRTH 8 Apr 1892
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
DEATH 25 Aug 1958 (aged 66)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 6

John Hewson Blaylock, great-great-grandfather
BIRTH 17 Sep 1848
England
DEATH 8 Aug 1936 (aged 87)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 13

Margaret Ann Tweddle Blaylock, great-great-grandmother
BIRTH 17 Jul 1856
England
DEATH 2 May 1940 (aged 83)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Acacia Park Cemetery
Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
PLOT Cypress, Block 5, Lot 3, Grave 14

Evalyn C. Campbell Kingsbury, paternal grandmother
BIRTH 20 Oct 1914
Stuart, Adair County, Iowa, USA
DEATH 23 Jun 2000 (aged 85)
Rushford, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Henrytown Cemetery
Henrytown, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA

Alvin Clifford Kingsbury, paternal grandfather
BIRTH 28 Nov 1908
Harmony, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA
DEATH 29 Aug 1987 (aged 78)
Rushford Village, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Henrytown Cemetery
Henrytown, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA

Baby Kingsbury, aunt
BIRTH 1944
DEATH 13 Dec 1944 (aged less–than 1 year)
BURIAL
Henrytown Cemetery
Henrytown, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA

Frances Mabel Arnold Campbell, great-grandmother
BIRTH 29 Oct 1887
Dexter, Dallas County, Iowa, USA
DEATH 4 Dec 1978 (aged 91)
Coon Rapids, Carroll County, Iowa, USA
BURIAL
Dexter Cemetery
Dexter, Dallas County, Iowa, USA

Clyde Marion Campbell, great-grandfather
BIRTH 2 Oct 1888
Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa, USA
DEATH 5 Apr 1977 (aged 88)
Coon Rapids, Carroll County, Iowa, USA
BURIAL
Dexter Cemetery
Dexter, Dallas County, Iowa, USA

Caroline Larsrud Kingsbury, great-grandmother
BIRTH 1 May 1876
DEATH 6 Dec 1933 (aged 57)
BURIAL
Henrytown Cemetery
Henrytown, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA
Father’s Name: Ole Larsrud
Father’s Birthplace: Norway
Mother’s Name: Betsey Hilestad
Mother’s Birthplace: Norway

Charles Clarence Kingsbury, great-grandfather
BIRTH 8 Oct 1874
DEATH 14 Jan 1960 (aged 85)
BURIAL
Henrytown Cemetery
Henrytown, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA
Father’s Name: John
Father’s Birthplace: Norway
Mother’s Name: Cordelia
Mother’s Birthplace: Norway

Cordelia Ann West Kingsbury, great-great-grandmother
BIRTH 13 Mar 1835
Michigan, USA
DEATH 17 May 1922 (aged 87)
BURIAL
Crown Hill Cemetery
Preston, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA

John M. Kingsbury, great-great-grandfather
BIRTH 12 Jun 1828
Boonville, Oneida County, New York, USA
DEATH 8 Sep 1910 (aged 82)
Preston, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA
BURIAL
Crown Hill Cemetery
Preston, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA

Bertha “Betsy” Hilestad Larsrud, great-great-grandmother
BIRTH 16 Oct 1849
DEATH 12 Sep 1932 (aged 82)
BURIAL
Henrytown Cemetery
Henrytown, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA
Father’s Name: Knud Hileslad
Father’s Birthplace: Norway
Mother’s Name: Sonneva
Mother’s Birthplace: Norway

Ole A. Larsrud, great-great-grandfather
BIRTH 15 Feb 1829
DEATH 11 Jun 1907 (aged 78)
BURIAL
Henrytown Cemetery
Henrytown, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA

Nettie McCaffree Campbell, great-great-grandmother
BIRTH 3 Sep 1856
Illinois, USA
DEATH 18 Aug 1925 (aged 68)
Polk County, Missouri, USA
BURIAL
Humansville Cemetery
Humansville, Polk County, Missouri, USA

Harvey B Campbell, great-great-grandfather
BIRTH 8 Jul 1855
Fremont County, Iowa, USA
DEATH 23 Sep 1935 (aged 80)
Dexter, Dallas County, Iowa, USA
BURIAL
Humansville Cemetery
Humansville, Polk County, Missouri, USA

Elizabeth Row Arnold, great-great-grandmother
BIRTH 19 Dec 1844
Holmes County, Ohio, USA
DEATH 25 Dec 1929 (aged 85)
Dexter, Dallas County, Iowa, USA
BURIAL
Dexter Cemetery
Dexter, Dallas County, Iowa, USA

Jacob Arnold, great-great-grandfather
BIRTH 13 Mar 1850
Holmes County, Ohio, USA
DEATH 28 Jan 1930 (aged 79)
Dexter, Dallas County, Iowa, USA
BURIAL
Dexter Cemetery
Dexter, Dallas County, Iowa, USA

Margaret Van Slyke Kingsbury, great-great-great grandmother
BIRTH 1809
DEATH 1 Mar 1842 (aged 32–33)
Boonville, Oneida County, New York, USA
BURIAL
Boonville Cemetery
Boonville, Oneida County, New York, USA

Israel Kingsbury, great-great-great grandfather
BIRTH 8 Sep 1800
Boonville, Oneida County, New York, USA
DEATH 24 Jan 1889 (aged 88)
Boonville, Oneida County, New York, USA
BURIAL
Boonville Cemetery
Boonville, Oneida County, New York, USA

Anna West, great-great-great grandmother
BIRTH 13 Mar 1799
DEATH 13 Jan 1898 (aged 98)
BURIAL
Hesper Public Cemetery
Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA

Abram West, great-great-great grandfather
BIRTH 1787
DEATH 1864 (aged 76–77)
BURIAL
Hesper Public Cemetery
Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA

Sophia DeFreece Campbell, great-great-great-grandmother
BIRTH 7 Apr 1826
DEATH 28 Apr 1909 (aged 83)
BURIAL
Sidney Cemetery
Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa, USA
PLOT Sec 2 Row 17

Aaron Campbell, great-great-great-grandfather
BIRTH 25 Dec 1820
DEATH 5 Jul 1897 (aged 76)
BURIAL
Sidney Cemetery
Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa, USA
PLOT Sec 2 Row 17

Emily Jane Morgan McCaffree, great-great-great-grandmother
BIRTH 1 Apr 1830
Kentucky, USA
DEATH 14 Dec 1885 (aged 55)
Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa, USA
BURIAL
Sidney Cemetery
Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa, USA
PLOT Sec 4 Row 14

Simeon McCaffree, great-great-great-grandfather
BIRTH 13 Sep 1822
Kentucky, USA
DEATH 10 Jul 1890 (aged 67)
Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa, USA
BURIAL
Sidney Cemetery
Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa, USA

Mary Gardner Arnold, great-great-great grandmother
BIRTH 30 Mar 1817
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
DEATH 9 Feb 1905 (aged 87)
Holmes County, Ohio, USA
BURIAL
Arnold Cemetery
Mount Hope, Holmes County, Ohio, USA

John Arnold, great-great-great grandfather
BIRTH 1 Jun 1817
Holmes County, Ohio, USA
DEATH 4 Jan 1894 (aged 76)
Mount Hope, Holmes County, Ohio, USA
BURIAL
Arnold Cemetery
Mount Hope, Holmes County, Ohio, USA

Susannah Sheneman Row, great-great-great grandmother
BIRTH 22 Sep 1812
Tuscarawas County, Ohio, USA
DEATH 4 Feb 1884 (aged 71)
BURIAL
Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery
New Bedford, Coshocton County, Ohio, USA

Andrew Row, great-great-great grandfather
BIRTH 1815
Pennsylvania, USA
DEATH 25 Mar 1863 (aged 47–48)
Coshocton County, Ohio, USA
BURIAL
Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery
New Bedford, Coshocton County, Ohio, USA

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2021 at 10:38 pm

Memorial Day 2021 🇺🇸

Posted Monday, May 31st, 2021 06:07 pm GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,Personal,Science at 6:07 PM

Remembering those who perished in service to this country:

  • Civil War: 655,000
  • World War I: 116,516
  • World War II: 405,399
  • Korean War: 36,516
  • Vietnam War: 58,209

And as vaccines start to take hold, also thinking of these American lives lost:

  • Flu Pandemic of 1918: 675,000
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: 591,265

Rest in Peace 💜

Originally published by DK on May 31, 2021 at 6:07 pm

Where Champions Walk

Posted Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 10:07 pm GMT -5 in Golf,History at 10:07 PM

Nothing else like it in Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2021 at 10:07 pm

The Taboo Muppet Shows

Posted Friday, April 30th, 2021 11:38 pm GMT -5 in History,Politics,Pop Culture,Television at 11:38 PM

https://old.reddit.com/r/Muppets/comments/lnwse2/muppet_show_episodes_with_content_advisories/

Originally published by DK on April 30, 2021 at 11:38 pm

RIP, Mr. Vice President

Posted Monday, April 19th, 2021 09:18 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Politics at 9:18 PM

Originally published by DK on April 19, 2021 at 9:18 pm

Every hole at Augusta National

Posted Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 09:23 am GMT -5 in Golf,History,Links at 9:23 AM

https://golf.com/news/features/every-hole-augusta-national-explained-masters-champ/

Originally published by DK on April 6, 2021 at 9:23 am

The Mystery of the Cloud Bass

Posted Monday, March 22nd, 2021 07:42 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Music at 7:42 PM

Uncovering the True Origins of Prince’s Iconic Cloud Guitar

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2021 at 7:42 pm

Love this Frank Ski backstory

Posted Sunday, March 14th, 2021 11:26 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Music at 11:26 PM

https://www.vulture.com/2020/08/wap-whores-in-this-house-sample-explained.html

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2021 at 11:26 pm

Mississippi River Bridge No. 15

Posted Saturday, March 6th, 2021 06:51 pm GMT -5 in History at 6:51 PM

One hundred and six years young

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

RIP Fry’s Electronics

Posted Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 08:55 am GMT -5 in Business,History,Links,Shopping,Technology at 8:55 AM

Fry’s Electronics is officially going out of business after 36 years

Originally published by DK on February 24, 2021 at 8:55 am

Lombard Revisited

Posted Friday, February 19th, 2021 07:40 pm GMT -5 in History,Housekeeping,Personal at 7:40 PM

Today I needed to get from I-94 to Brake Bread on West 7th, so I exited at Snelling and headed over to the infamous Short Line. When I got to St. Clair, I thought, “why not swing by Lombard?” Lots of changes starting to appear at the two former family residences (more pics after the jump).

Originally published by DK on February 19, 2021 at 7:40 pm

Cheers to the staff in Tampa 🏈

Posted Sunday, February 7th, 2021 10:27 pm GMT -5 in Football,History,Work at 10:27 PM

Exhale. L.A., you’re on the clock

Originally published by DK on February 7, 2021 at 10:27 pm

The Kate Bush Story 🎶

Posted Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 02:12 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Music,Video at 2:12 PM

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2021 at 2:12 pm

Historic Carver

Posted Sunday, January 17th, 2021 07:11 pm GMT -5 in History at 7:11 PM

Founded 1857

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2021 at 7:11 pm

Minnesota History Rabbit Hole

Posted Sunday, January 17th, 2021 01:04 am GMT -5 in History,Links at 1:04 AM

https://substreet.org/

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2021 at 1:04 am

End of an era

Posted Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 11:14 am GMT -5 in History,Technology at 11:14 AM

Welcome to the first Flash-free day of the rest of your life

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2021 at 11:14 am

The Economist

Posted Thursday, January 7th, 2021 10:14 am GMT -5 in History,Politics,Quotes at 10:14 AM

When he entered office four years ago, Republicans controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress; when he leaves, Democrats will hold all three. The last time that happened was 1892…

Originally published by DK on January 7, 2021 at 10:14 am

My life in watches

Posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 11:56 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,History,Shopping at 11:56 PM

Abridged edition

Originally published by DK on December 30, 2020 at 11:56 pm

Spring cleaning in December

Posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 03:55 pm GMT -5 in History,Movies,Pop Culture at 3:55 PM

That Han Solo thing is made of soap – per CMK

Originally published by DK on December 30, 2020 at 3:55 pm

History of our Hood

Posted Monday, December 14th, 2020 12:01 am GMT -5 in History,Links,Video at 12:01 AM

https://video.tpt.org/video/tpt-documentaries-lowertown-rise-urban-village/

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2020 at 12:01 am

How durable is your tech?

Posted Thursday, December 10th, 2020 11:54 pm GMT -5 in History,Longform,Technology at 11:54 PM

The tweet I published earlier this week about old technology lead me down another rabbit hole the last few nights. All this started with a review of equipment at work, some of which have been running non-stop for more than four years without a reboot. We are in the process of reviewing maintenance contracts and it seems everyone needs to get creative these days when it comes to pandemic capital spending and the lifespan of various technologies.

This got me thinking about the many computers I’ve had over the years, long-departed applications and obsolete storage formats. I remember my dad having paper punchcards at his job when I was little and over the course of my career, I’ve managed tape drives, 5.25-inch floppies, 3.5-inch floppies, Zip and Jaz media, CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, external spinning disk drives, SSD drives, thumb drives and various forms of cloud storage. The storage capacity on my current home workstation is insanely large compared to those earlier days, in physical form factors that are smaller, lighter and less expensive by unit than ever.

I’ve always tried to have multiple backups of my personal data in different formats, but it’s amazing how many files have made it this far in my life. Even for the weird, obsolete file formats, many of today’s applications have good importers and translators to open ancient files created with long-gone programs. Old video game ROM files from original arcade games can usually be emulated on current hardware (although I’m having trouble getting MAME to work on Big Sur). I came across this article talking about the shelf life of old game console cartridges from Atari, Mattel, Nintendo and others that still start up and run like the day they were first sold.

That article also talks about NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity and the software used to run multi-year, remote missions. What an amazing engineering and technology challenge! I look back to the multimedia CD-ROM golf guide that I produced in 1999 using the authoring tool mTropolis and old versions of Photoshop and Illustrator. While I still have a few copies of the CD laying around, I don’t think I have any machines that can actually run the guide. My current version of Photoshop (22.1), however, can open all of the original media files. I was also able to open my 1995 résumé file with a current version of Word (16.43) and rediscovered what was very likely my first email address:

Speaking of email, this is probably the only tool I’ve used over the years that I don’t really archive. I would hazard a guess that most of the work emails I’ve written or received in previous jobs are long gone. Even the latest version of Outlook at my current job doesn’t tell me how many messages I have in my inbox any more – it’s just one long, infinite scroll. I’ve been using Google with my personal email domain for years (7.37GB out of a 15GB quota), but I rarely go back more than a month or two to look for things.

My daughter asked me about JPEG and PNG tonight and it’s really nice that these formats have been around for a while now, working on many different platforms and with many different applications. Keeping these files organized is a seemingly endless task, but at least there is little concern about losing access (as long as my backups remain solid). I do occasionally run across old music files that have strange DRM tied to them, but it’s easy enough to replace those. I won’t get into the vinyl > cassette > CD or Beta/VHS > DVD > Blu-ray conversation here, as it’s depressing how many times I’ve purchased and re-purchased the same content over the years.

I’ve been publishing this site for almost 15 years now and would love to have it available to future generations of my family. Web publishing isn’t free, though, and even with the recent switch to AWS, it’s still something that requires time and money to keep online. I should be mirroring the site on my workstation (which I used to do), so that if the public site eventually goes dark, at least the family could run it locally. WordPress, PHP and AWS upgrades (not to mention the issues around things like the RedHat/CentOS dustup this week) mean that online sites can’t really be “frozen” without active maintenance.

Website durability might be my hardest nut to crack…

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2020 at 11:54 pm

Top 7 Joel Goldstrand Courses

Posted Monday, November 30th, 2020 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Golf,History,Longform,Sports at 9:01 PM

My latest research rabbit hole started when my friend Brad told me the Montgomery National Golf Course website said MNGC was one of architect Joel Goldstrand’s best designs. We’ve played a lot of rounds on Goldstrand courses over the years and I was curious to 1) know what he was up to now and 2) come up with a list of my personal favorite Goldstrand courses. Jim Souhan helped me out with the first part by interviewing him last year before the 3M Open.

Now in his 80s, the Plymouth resident has designed or renovated more than 100 golf courses during his career in several states (the majority in Minnesota). He also had an impressive playing career, winning a Minnesota state high school title in 1957, two NCAA titles at the University of Houston, the Minnesota State Open in 1973 and 1985, a tie for 12th at the U.S. Open at Hazeltine and an appearance at the 1971 Masters (82-77-MC). He was a pro at Minneapolis Golf Club for 16 years and won the Minnesota Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year award in 1979.

I haven’t played all of his courses, but here are my favorites (in rough order):

  • Ridges at Sand Creek – also a part of my Minnesota 7, this gets the top slot mainly because I’ve played it the most.
  • Superior National (Canyon 9) – technically now a Brauer course, the Canyon 9 has some amazingly photogenic holes (above).
  • The Pines – Fred Boos (RIP) knew what he was doing when this grandfather of Brainerd courses opened in 1990.
  • Eagle Valley – the City of Woodbury has a very nice muni layout thanks to Joel.
  • Cannon Golf Club – not a lot of original Goldstrand left (second nine, but Garrett Gill re-did four holes in 2006).
  • Links at Northfork – haven’t played here a lot, but lots of people rave about it.
  • Fox Hollow – last time I played here, I got paired up with Pepe Willie. Love the green in the middle of the Crow River.

The Golf Advisor website has a comprehensive list of Goldstrand courses, while RJ Smiley at Tee Times Magazine has a fun story about Minnesota architects (Goldstrand ties with Don Herfort for biggest impact on Minnesota golf history). Explore Minnesota Golf also published a short video interview with Goldstrand back in 2010. I think Joe Bissen should head over to Plymouth with a note pad and tape recorder – a Goldstrand book would be awesome!

Originally published by DK on November 30, 2020 at 9:01 pm

The Excellence of Arete

Posted Sunday, November 29th, 2020 07:51 pm GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,Personal,Schools at 7:51 PM

Back in high school, I loved studying history. Richard Demers was my favorite teacher, leading such courses as Ancient Civilizations, Western Civilizations and American Experience as part of Central’s Quest program. As I mentioned on my biography page, I took eight semesters of history, along with one independent study about the history of classical music. His euphemism for tests, OTEs (“opportunities to excel”), is something most of my high school classmates will recall fondly. They were always very difficult, but I’m grateful that grading on a curve was a thing back then.

Another concept that Mr. Demers taught in “Ancient Civ” was the Greek notion “excellence of body, excellence of mind.” This resonated deeply with me, but Google has not located authoritative references for this saying that I clearly remember (perhaps the Mandela Effect is in play?). The closest I’ve found is the Greek term arete (not to be confused with mountaineering’s sharp ridge separating two cirques or glacial valleys in mountainous regions). This line in the arete Wikipedia page jumped out at me:

It was commonly believed that the mind, body, and soul each had to be developed and prepared for a man to live a life of arete.

While I don’t recall the word arete being used by Demers, I do remember him discussing the concepts of paideia and the education of the aristocracy. It seems there is much more to learn about these concepts from Aristotle and Plato – perhaps some light reading for the long Minnesota winter?

Originally published by DK on November 29, 2020 at 7:51 pm

Deteriorata

Posted Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 02:13 pm GMT -5 in History,Pop Culture at 2:13 PM

They be turkeys

Originally published by DK on November 24, 2020 at 2:13 pm

Historic 🇺🇸

Posted Saturday, November 7th, 2020 04:12 pm GMT -5 in History,News,Politics at 4:12 PM

Interesting times, indeed

Originally published by DK on November 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Xevious had great sounds

Posted Thursday, October 29th, 2020 11:36 pm GMT -5 in Games,History,Links,Video at 11:36 PM

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2020 at 11:36 pm

Jim Scott

Posted Monday, October 19th, 2020 11:04 am GMT -5 in History,Music,Quotes at 11:04 AM

We would have to have 6 oz. Coca-Cola in the studio. When they were working on the Traveling Wilburys’ first album, Roy told Tom that the sugar and the syrup put just a little smooth on your voice…

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2020 at 11:04 am

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

Notorious

Posted Sunday, September 20th, 2020 07:25 pm GMT -5 in History,Politics at 7:25 PM

“May her memory be a revolution”

Originally published by DK on September 20, 2020 at 7:25 pm

RBG

Posted Sunday, September 20th, 2020 04:56 pm GMT -5 in History,Politics,Quotes at 4:56 PM

What’s the difference between a bookkeeper in the garment district and a Supreme Court justice? One generation.

Originally published by DK on September 20, 2020 at 4:56 pm

Happy travels, you fascist

Posted Sunday, September 6th, 2020 11:45 am GMT -5 in History,Links,Television,Travel,Video at 11:45 AM

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2020 at 11:45 am

Bret Stephens

Posted Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 09:21 am GMT -5 in History,Politics,Quotes at 9:21 AM

Joe Biden is the Democratic equivalent of George H.W. Bush — another ambitious vice president who believed in loyalty and decency more than in any particular set of ideas…

Originally published by DK on August 18, 2020 at 9:21 am

Don’t Be A-Freight To Change

Posted Saturday, August 15th, 2020 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Business,History,Work at 8:47 PM

I forgot that was one of my first ever projects – NWA Newswire, February 11, 1992

Originally published by DK on August 15, 2020 at 8:47 pm

Forgot about PROFS/OfficeVision

Posted Saturday, August 15th, 2020 08:23 pm GMT -5 in Business,History,Links,Technology at 8:23 PM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_OfficeVision

Originally published by DK on August 15, 2020 at 8:23 pm

Started my writing career early

Posted Sunday, August 9th, 2020 08:16 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 8:16 PM

Sample from when I was eight – Hawaii trip recap

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2020 at 8:16 pm

The back said it was $156.00

Posted Sunday, August 9th, 2020 08:12 pm GMT -5 in Disney,History at 8:12 PM

The Magic Kingdom Club was quite a deal

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2020 at 8:12 pm

More piles of stuff

Posted Sunday, August 9th, 2020 04:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 4:08 PM

My dad’s 50th high school reunion

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2020 at 4:08 pm

The Unraveling of America

Posted Saturday, August 8th, 2020 09:27 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Politics at 9:27 PM

The Unraveling of America  

Originally published by DK on August 8, 2020 at 9:27 pm

I want my two dollars

Posted Saturday, August 1st, 2020 07:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 7:42 PM

Silver certificates are cool – 1928 one dollar note from the Smiths

Originally published by DK on August 1, 2020 at 7:42 pm

Columbus, NO MOR

Posted Friday, July 24th, 2020 10:23 am GMT -5 in History,Politics at 10:23 AM

Home of the Anishinaabe and Dakota

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2020 at 10:23 am

Saw an old friend today

Posted Friday, July 24th, 2020 12:43 am GMT -5 in Art,History,Science at 12:43 AM

Iggy from the block

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2020 at 12:43 am

Minnesota Lost Courses

Posted Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 08:02 pm GMT -5 in Golf,History,Mini Posts,Reading at 8:02 PM

As I started reading through Joe Bissen’s new book, More! Gone. Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses Part II, I realized that not only are there a lot of closed courses I actually played, there are also a large percentage of the courses I included in my Minnesota Golden Links CD-ROM back in 1999 that are no longer here (43 by my initial count). Joe was kind enough to include a chapter with a list of all the closed courses he knows about, so I thought it would be fun to go back to my original Photoshop files and post the screens for the ones that are no longer open for play (pics after the jump – please excuse the ancient Photoshop techniques and poor color corrections).

Joe says in the introduction to the new book that he isn’t as interested in the courses that have closed recently, but it’s amazing how many of the entries in my 1999 guide are gone (including a few that opened after my guide and are already closed). There are a number of inconsistencies between his list and my guide, as I only included public courses that were members of the Minnesota Golf Association (MGA). Make sure and check out his original book Fore! Gone: Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999, as well as his website. Fun stuff.

Albert Lea Golf Club, RIP 1912 – 2006

Birch Bay Golf Course, RIP 1965 – 2015

The Bridges of Mounds View, RIP 1995 – 2006

Brockway Golf Course, RIP 1935 – 2004

Carriage Hills Country Club, RIP 1967 – 2005

Elm Creek Golf Links, RIP 1960 – 2013

Fort Ridgely State Park Golf Course, RIP 1927 – 2017

French Lake Open Golf Club, RIP 1985 – 2015

The Greens at Howard Lake, RIP 1995 – 2013

Greenwood Golf Links, RIP 1985 – 2006

Hampton Hills Golf Course, RIP 1960 – 2003

Hayden Hills Golf Club, RIP 1972 – 2018

Hidden Creek Golf Club, RIP 1996 – 2009

Hollydale Golf Club, RIP 1965 – 2019

Irish Hills Golf Course, RIP 1985 – 2009

Ironman Golf Course, RIP 1960 – 2017

KateHaven Golf Course, RIP 1981 – 2014

Lakeview Golf, RIP 1956 – 2013

Links of Byron, RIP 1994 – 2013

Lone Pine Country Club, RIP 1967 – 2002

Maplebrook Executive Golf Club, RIP 1974 – ???

Meadow Lakes Golf Club, RIP 1998 – 2012

Meadowbrook Country Club, RIP 1984 – 2008

Meadowwoods Golf Course, RIP 1991 – 2004

Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, RIP 1995 – 2017

Orchard Gardens Golf Course, RIP 1967 – 2004

Parkview Golf Club, RIP 1969 – 2013

Pine Meadows Golf Course, RIP 1921 – 2004

Pine River Country Club, RIP 1981 – 2010

Prairie View Golf Links, RIP 1983 – 2013

Red Rock Golf Course, RIP 1932 – 2016

Rich Acres Golf Course, RIP 1980 – 1999

Ridgewood Country Club, RIP 1987 – 2016

Rolling Green Fairways Golf Course, RIP 1977 – 2003

Rolling Hills Golf Course, RIP 1970 – 2016

Root River Country Club, RIP 1962 – 2014

Sauk Centre Country Club, RIP 1921 – 2013

Silver Springs Golf Course, RIP 1974 – 2009

Thompson Oaks Golf Course, RIP 1997 – 2017

Valley View Golf Club, RIP 1992 – 2015

Wendigo Golf Club, RIP 1995 – 2011

Wilderness Hills Golf Course, RIP 1995 – ???

Woodland Creek Golf Course, RIP 1989 – 2010

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2020 at 8:02 pm

More from the Vault (1979)

Posted Thursday, July 16th, 2020 11:38 am GMT -5 in History,Links,Music at 11:38 AM

Originally published by DK on July 16, 2020 at 11:38 am

Gut punch: RIP Bloomington Fudds

Posted Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 06:59 pm GMT -5 in Food,History at 6:59 PM

Sooooooo sad

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2020 at 6:59 pm

A Big Shard of Ice

Posted Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 08:16 pm GMT -5 in Design,Football,History,Links at 8:16 PM

https://theathletic.com/1902636/2020/07/07/us-bank-stadium-rejected-designs-retractable-roof-big-shard-of-ice/

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2020 at 8:16 pm

Seven “Lost” Courses

Posted Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 09:46 am GMT -5 in Golf,History,Mini Posts at 9:46 AM

Golf courses I’ve played that are no longer open:

  • Valley View, Belle Plaine
  • Carriage Hills, Eagan
  • Rich Acres, Richfield
  • Hudson GC, Hudson
  • Wendigo, Grand Rapids
  • Brockway, Rosemount
  • Parkview, Eagan

Can’t remember the last new one that opened around here…

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2020 at 9:46 am

That explains a lot

Posted Monday, July 6th, 2020 05:03 pm GMT -5 in Disney,History,Television at 5:03 PM

Um, what the hell, Mickey?

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2020 at 5:03 pm

I miss Tom an awful lot ❤️

Posted Friday, June 26th, 2020 10:08 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Music,Video at 10:08 PM

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2020 at 10:08 pm

Adventure Day in Glenwood

Posted Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 07:26 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Travel at 7:26 PM

Lakeside Bar

Originally published by DK on June 24, 2020 at 7:26 pm

David with lefse – Harmony

Posted Sunday, June 14th, 2020 07:44 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 7:44 PM

February 1969

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2020 at 7:44 pm

Egypt at Highclere

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2020 02:36 pm GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,Reading at 2:36 PM

I read a lot of words, but not enough of them are in books. This one I took from my parent’s house on Lombard and brought up to Croftville Road for the weekend. Turns out my sister purchased it for my dad when she visited Highclere Castle as part of her Downton Abbey tour. I never knew that the real Downtown Abbey Lord was Howard Carter’s partner (George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon), but I’ve loved Egyptian history ever since the 1982 World’s Fair (and multiple Ancient Civilization courses from Mr. Demers at Central). This was a quick, light read, with a few pictures I know I’ve never seen before (hello, Tutankhamun mummy).

Now on to my pile of Economists…

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 2:36 pm

National Iron Co.

Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2020 01:24 pm GMT -5 in History,Travel at 1:24 PM

Inside harbor walk, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Regroup, attack & disperse again

Posted Thursday, May 28th, 2020 09:27 am GMT -5 in Design,Games,History,Links,Video at 9:27 AM

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2020 at 9:27 am

100 years of choo-choos

Posted Monday, May 25th, 2020 05:05 pm GMT -5 in History at 5:05 PM

Railroad bridge over the Mississippi

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2020 at 5:05 pm

Ah, Dave’s

Posted Friday, May 8th, 2020 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Travel at 12:15 PM

Dave’s Bar, San Francisco, California

Originally published by DK on May 8, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Dynamite Magazine

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2020 11:40 pm GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,Pop Culture,Reading at 11:40 PM

One of the highlights of grade school for me was Scholastic’s Dynamite magazine. It appears I started to subscribe to that in 1976, lasting until 1982. I found a box of these in the basement of my parent’s house on Lombard as we were getting it ready to sell, but they weren’t in great condition. I scanned and posted the entire issue from August 1979 here, if you want to get a feeling for what it was like.

Now that I have my ancient Canon scanner working again with my iMac, I thought I’d scan the front and back of the issues that survived the trip down to our loft. SK will now get the originals for her art projects and I get to keep the digital scans (which you can see after the jump).


Originally published by DK on April 30, 2020 at 11:40 pm

Back when I was ten

Posted Friday, April 10th, 2020 11:09 am GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,Movies,Reading at 11:09 AM

Dynamite Magazine, August 1979

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2020 at 11:09 am

So long, 1058

Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2020 06:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Personal at 6:21 PM

Thanks for the memories…

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2020 at 6:21 pm

It’s a resort. It’s an experience…

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 09:45 pm GMT -5 in Disney,History,Travel at 9:45 PM

Disneyland Hotel postcard, circa 1983

Originally published by DK on April 8, 2020 at 9:45 pm

Probably not the North Shore

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 04:18 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,History at 4:18 PM

But my mom really liked it

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm

The Poor Little Rich Boy

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 04:03 pm GMT -5 in History,Reading,Shopping at 4:03 PM

Richie Rich was my Leng’s Fountain go-to buy

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 4:03 pm

The eternal question

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 12:25 pm GMT -5 in History,Music,Reading at 12:25 PM

Dynamite magazine – ah, the memories

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 12:25 pm

Coffee is for closers

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 11:56 am GMT -5 in Business,History,Personal at 11:56 AM

Always hustlin’

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 11:56 am

Totally forgot about this one

Posted Friday, April 3rd, 2020 10:25 pm GMT -5 in History,Technology at 10:25 PM

PowerBook 5300cs

Originally published by DK on April 3, 2020 at 10:25 pm

Football, steak, stamps & Snoopy

Posted Sunday, March 29th, 2020 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,History,Personal at 2:48 PM

That’s still about right

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2020 at 2:48 pm

The Greatest Day

Posted Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 10:30 am GMT -5 in History,Hockey at 10:30 AM

Busy day in the neighborhood

Originally published by DK on February 22, 2020 at 10:30 am

It’s like a treasure hunt

Posted Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 08:20 am GMT -5 in History,Movies,Pop Culture at 8:20 AM

…that will take a really long time.

Originally published by DK on February 22, 2020 at 8:20 am

THE most powerful tool

Posted Friday, February 21st, 2020 03:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Personal,Technology at 3:40 PM

I wonder if that IIc in the corner will boot up

Originally published by DK on February 21, 2020 at 3:40 pm