Hell is empty and all the devils are here…Originally published by DK on December 21, 2020 at 10:59 pm
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/frog-and-toad-are-self-quarantined-friendsOriginally published by DK on September 22, 2020 at 10:37 pm
Published since September 1843 to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress…Originally published by DK on August 24, 2020 at 5:12 pm
I ❤️ The EconomistOriginally published by DK on August 18, 2020 at 10:09 am
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
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/17/879393187/now-about-the-bad-name-i-gave-my-bandOriginally published by DK on June 17, 2020 at 4:57 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
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).
Dynamite Magazine, August 1979
Richie Rich was my Leng’s Fountain go-to buyOriginally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 4:03 pm
Dynamite magazine – ah, the memoriesOriginally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 12:25 pm
How did I get on that list?Originally published by DK on February 13, 2020 at 1:04 pm
I wish I could. I actually have a fair amount of anxiety in claustrophobic spaces. Ever since my injury, I don’t do well with tight spots…Originally published by DK on January 17, 2020 at 8:49 pm
https://magazine.atavist.com/lost-in-summerland-lily-dale-psychics-mediums-spiritualismOriginally published by DK on January 14, 2020 at 5:53 pm
The woman at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais was very persuasiveOriginally published by DK on June 18, 2019 at 11:10 pm
https://psmag.com/ideas/creating-art-can-bring-neural-and-spiritual-benefitsOriginally published by DK on June 3, 2019 at 9:25 am
Thanks, ArmonOriginally published by DK on August 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm
Colleen’s Third KindleOriginally published by DK on March 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm
Life is far more interesting than it needs to be, because the forces that guide it are not merely practical…Originally published by DK on August 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm
Thank you, Mr. Skoglund – made my dayOriginally published by DK on January 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm
Why not?Originally published by DK on December 13, 2016 at 12:23 am
The magazine rack at the Winona ShopkoOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm
The definitive tome by Per NilsenOriginally published by DK on April 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm
Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast…Originally published by DK on April 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm
One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield…Originally published by DK on April 17, 2016 at 9:33 pm
Sad story of undiagnosed mental illness among my peopleOriginally published by DK on January 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm
Nice sci-fi story from the local kid made goodOriginally published by DK on December 23, 2015 at 10:00 am
Jacob Morgan, Futurist and Global Thought LeaderOriginally published by DK on December 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm
Buy the ticket, take the ride…Originally published by DK on October 3, 2015 at 12:37 am
The pool was much more diverse; there were young professionals of all races and backgrounds, and far fewer Green Bay Packers jerseys.Originally published by DK on September 9, 2015 at 9:21 am
If you thought FarmVille was bad, wait until you try I.T. City…Originally published by DK on January 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm
Magazine Room @ Saint Paul Central LibraryOriginally published by DK on January 10, 2015 at 5:36 pm
Nicholson Information CommonsOriginally published by DK on January 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm
Antique Mall bookOriginally published by DK on December 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm
As I sit in a cabin on the remote, frozen shores of Lake Vermilion in far northern Minnesota, I’m wirelessly connected to the whole world via magic (and some thin copper lines). Page after page of great writing awaits to be read, while music by talented songwriters floats by in the background (Sia’s Breathe Me, Kate Bush, The Beatles, Richard Thompson).
How funny that a stupid electric staircase – a modern marvel! – could come to quietly represent all of my anxieties and fears and failures in one humming, throbbing, metallic, snaggle-toothed loop.
Good writers are such a joy.Originally published by DK on December 4, 2014 at 12:57 am
Caddies at the Old Course are an interesting lotOriginally published by DK on November 10, 2014 at 1:47 am
Dewey is awesome (and apparently has nine lives)Originally published by DK on November 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm
Dillon’s awesome (little) apartment in QueensOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm
The Weinery libraryOriginally published by DK on August 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm
http://m.vita.mn/best-of/?id=270249541&c=yOriginally published by DK on August 6, 2014 at 11:21 pm
The Squirrel Book @ PatinaOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm
Concussed and allOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm
Just finished this week – highly recommended. Get it hereOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm
http://www.cybergolf.com/golf_news/fore_gone_minnesotas_lost_golf_courses_18971999Originally published by DK on January 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall…
I took fifteen speed pills, and I got into a contest with Liza Minnelli over who could roar most like a jaguar. She simply sounded like a stupid lion.Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…Originally published by DK on August 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm
There’s only one rule that I know of, babies – God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.Originally published by DK on July 18, 2013 at 11:43 am
19 percent of Americans do 79 percent of all our (non-required) book readin’Originally published by DK on April 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm
From Fields to Fairways, Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota by Rick Shefchik
Amen Corner by Rick Shefchik – very entertaining read for golfers
Used bookstore find of the monthOriginally published by DK on November 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm
If a man of pure heart were to fall in love with her, that would bring her back to life.Originally published by DK on October 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm
How Music Works Book Tour, David Byrne and Steve Seel, History Theater, St. Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm
A fair is a rat’s paradise.Originally published by DK on July 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm
You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.Originally published by DK on June 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm
Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only real cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas.Originally published by DK on March 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm
The “relationship” section at Sixth Chamber Books, Saint Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on January 3, 2012 at 9:14 am
My favorite small town newspaper had two great entries from the sheriff’s report in June:
1:17 p.m., Grand Marais: Report of a loose collie mix with no collar downtown, between Boulder Park and the harbor. A deputy determined it to be the same dog she’s been chasing all spring but can never catch. The dog ran away from the deputy when it saw the squad car, and was still on the loose, somewhere downtown.
But here is my all-time favorite:
7:55 a.m., Grand Marais: Complaint about neighbors who started partying outside on their deck at 7 a.m., being very loud, dropping the “F-Bomb,” and taking off their shirts and showing each other their muscles. A deputy spoke with them, and they quieted down.
Instant classic.Originally published by DK on July 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm
While browsing for kid books the other day at Barnes and Noble in Eagan, I came across this three-book series by Gordon Korman about Mount Everest. I pushed my oldest to read them quickly so Dad could have a turn. 🙂
Being a huge fan of the mountain, I enjoyed this fictional account of the “SummitQuest” expedition. As Scholastic describes it:
They come from all across America to be the youngest kid ever to climb Everest. But only one will reach the top first. The competition is fierce. The preparation is intense. When the final four reach the higher peaks, disaster strikes â€” and all that separates the living from the dead is chance, bravery, and action.
Fun for young and old.
From the February 1, 2008 Cook County News-Herald in Grand Marais:
James Lee Curtis, 63, Grand Marais, was convicted Oct. 26 of attempted murder with intent (not premeditated), and sentenced Jan. 15 to 153 months in the state prison at St. Cloud (minus 290 days credit for time served), and ordered to pay a $50 fine plus $87 in court costs and fees.
They must run a lean and mean court system in northern Minnesota…Originally published by DK on February 6, 2008 at 7:12 pm
While listening to MPR the other day, the commentators were discussing books for kids that are advanced readers. This book, Al Capone Does My Shirts, was one of the recommendations. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble for my oldest, although I really wanted to read it myself.
A fictional account of life on Alcatraz in the 1930s, the story revolves around Moose Flanagan, the son of a guard. Lots of great historically accurate descriptions of what life was like for the families of the workers who actually lived on the rock.
LOVED the ending too…Originally published by DK on December 31, 2007 at 2:53 pm
My parents have the Grand Marais newspaper sent to their home in St. Paul every week and pass it along to me after they read it. The Cook County News-Herald is a great small town paper and often has stories that make me smile. This week, though, they had a story that truly made me laugh out loud.
The November 30th issue had a story about the county website being upgraded to list property tax records online. There was some opposition to this, as the original proposal including the ability to search by property owner name. This was removed after reviewing other county policies in the state, but the final vote included two no votes:
“Commissioners Johnson and Fritz Sobanja voted against the proposal. Johnson said he couldn’t back the plan because of significant opposition he’s heard; Sobanja said he voted no as part of his ‘war against computers.'”
Where do I enlist?Originally published by DK on December 8, 2007 at 7:00 am
Finished yet another book this week – The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell’s Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears, by Nick Jans.
I first became aware of the Timothy Treadwell story via Richard Thompson’s soundtrack to the Werner Herzog film Grizzly Man. I thought the movie was interesting and was anxious to read another take on this strange guy from California.
The movie contains a lot of the footage shot by Treadwell himself, which is rather eerie. The book goes into more detail on the attack of Treadwell and Huguenard, including the gruesome audio tape that is talked about in the movie (but never heard). I also found the sections about bear behavior and how to survive attacks very interesting.
I love Alaska and want to go back some day, but count me out from getting anywhere near those huge creatures.Originally published by DK on December 7, 2007 at 11:20 pm
Wow, two full books in a week!
I’ve had a strong interest in Mt. Everest (Chomolungma to the Tibetans or Sagarmatha to the Nepali) for a long time. Some of this was no doubt in part due to the 1996 IMAX film and Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air.
My co-worker and I enjoy watching every television show we can find on Everest and followed the Rest of Everest podcast for some time. Needless to say, I love the new Everest ride at Walt Disney World and have “provide tech support at base camp for an Everest expedition” as one of my lifetime to do items.
Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of Everest is written by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of Tenzing Norgay (who with Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to reach the summit in 1953). It’s a quick read for 310 pages and provides a lot of background on the 1953 expedition, as well as the 1996 IMAX expedition (which Jamling accompanied). I also liked the Sherpa and Buddhist perspective that is absent in many Everest stories.
The internet provides additional insight into some of the places and organizations mentioned in the story:
- Hotel Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu
- Hotel Everest View
- American Himalayan Foundation, San Francisco
- Royal Geographical Society
Now I just need to find a place that will sell me a 3-D scale model of the mountain for a reasonable price…Originally published by DK on November 25, 2007 at 8:06 pm
I actually read an entire book in a day and a half this week. We were at the Eagan library, where they had set up a new section on Minnesota books and music. That’s where I found Juicing the Orange: How to Turn Creativity into a Powerful Business Advantage, by Pat Fallon and Fred Senn.
This book was an interesting read for me, as I almost went to work for Fallon about eight years ago. I’ve always been impressed with their work and the stories here give some insight into how they function.
My favorite anecdote was about Northwest Airlines. Fallon won that account in 1991, but dropped them four years later because they “fostered exactly the kind of toxic atmosphere we had set out to avoid.” I wonder who the top client contact was who “was creative and especially connected in the music world.” He is also described as “domineering and indecisive, a bad combination.” Could this be Chris Clouser?Originally published by DK on November 23, 2007 at 1:26 pm