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Running out of school conferences

Posted Thursday, October 4th, 2018 11:38 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 11:38 PM

Last year at SES

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2018 at 11:38 pm

Back with the fishes

Posted Thursday, September 27th, 2018 07:54 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools,Swimming at 7:54 PM

MK in lane five @ Falcon Ridge

Originally published by DK on September 27, 2018 at 7:54 pm

Senior Pix on the North Shore

Posted Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 04:31 pm GMT -6 in Family,Nature,Photography,Schools at 4:31 PM

Last weekend we did a very quick jaunt up to Grand Marais to shoot senior pictures for kid two. Sites included Jay Cooke State Park, Grand Portage National Monument, Naniboujou Lodge, Croftville Road, Grand Marais lighthouse and Gooseberry State Park. Not the greatest weather (and light), but we ended up with a bunch of good ones (full gallery after the jump).

Side note: a photographer friend of ours recommended West Photo in Minneapolis for gear rental. I priced out renting a Nikon D750 with a nice portrait lens for the weekend and found the $150 fee to be reasonable, but then they asked for a “first-time renter” deposit of $4200. Ah, nope.

So we ended up with my trusty old (like really old – 2004?) Nikon D70 and my iPhone X with portrait mode. Surprisingly, I was happiest with the majority of the iPhone shots and only a handful of the Nikon shots. Anxious to get my new silver iPhone Xs later this week, since Gruber wrote a ton about the upgraded camera features on that model. Still not taking the D850 off my wish list, but it’s surprising how the world of photography is changing.

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Made it all the way

Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 10:30 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 10:30 AM

Kid two, first day of senior year ❤️

Originally published by DK on September 4, 2018 at 10:30 am

A Student of History

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 12:09 am GMT -6 in History,Mini Posts,Schools,Television at 12:09 AM

Back in my high school days, I had the option to take more than your average amount of history classes: Ancient Civilizations, Western Civilizations, American Experience. St. Paul Central’s Quest program was an early precursor to AP and IB type coursework and Mr. Demers, the history teacher, was one of my all-time favorites. I also was a fan of geography, so when you mixed in the opportunity to travel that my mom’s work allowed, history literally came alive for me.

This past week I’ve been watching the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ten-part documentary on the Vietnam War. It amazes me how much I didn’t know about this historical event that played out during my lifetime – especially since my father participated in it directly (and it’s the reason I’m not a native Minnesotan). Now I’m looking forward to lunch with him and having an opportunity to ask questions about a topic we’ve never really discussed much (something I wish I’d done with my grandfather and World War II).

I found it interesting to see so many similarities between then and now politically. We like to think that our current environment is the most divisive ever, but this has really been America for a long time. As Thomas Polgar, the Saigon station chief for the C.I.A. wrote in his last cable from the embassy: “Those who fail to learn from history are forced to repeat it. Let us hope that we will not have another Vietnam experience and that we have learned our lesson.”

Note to self: research how so many Midwest politicians rose to play such prominent roles during this period of history (Humphrey and McCarthy in Minnesota, McGovern in South Dakota).

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2018 at 12:09 am

SES Prom 2018

Posted Monday, May 7th, 2018 02:10 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 2:10 PM

Last Friday was MK’s first School of Environmental Studies prom, which was held in the Wabasha Street Caves. We took a few pictures of the fancy couple at the top of Ramsey Hill before a pit stop at Big River Pizza and their dinner at Louis (pics after the jump).

Only one year left. ?


Originally published by DK on May 7, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Last 4:45am start this week

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 06:04 am GMT -6 in Schools,Sports,Work at 6:04 AM

MSHSL State Soccer Championship Day ⚽️

Originally published by DK on November 2, 2017 at 6:04 am

It’s lit

Posted Thursday, October 5th, 2017 10:42 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 10:42 PM

School conferences in Apple Valley for kid two

Originally published by DK on October 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm

The no-fun iPad 

Posted Thursday, September 7th, 2017 06:15 am GMT -6 in Schools,Technology at 6:15 AM

What’s the right line to walk?

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2017 at 6:15 am

First day at SES

Posted Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 07:04 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 7:04 AM

Only one of these left :-/

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2017 at 7:04 am

Last choir concert eva

Posted Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 07:02 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 7:02 PM

MK with the Abba to close out her high school choir career (and she lettered!)

Originally published by DK on May 31, 2017 at 7:02 pm

Last concert of the year

Posted Friday, May 26th, 2017 11:18 am GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 11:18 AM

MK playing baritone over on the right

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2017 at 11:18 am

Nerdfest

Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 08:28 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 8:28 PM

MK wins another academic letter award from EVHS

Originally published by DK on May 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Ray Lewis on the attack

Posted Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 04:26 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools,Sports at 4:26 PM

Finally got to see MK play lax (final game of the year), Shakopee South

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm

My lunch visitor

Posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 10:13 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 10:13 PM

SK took a study break at my office 

Originally published by DK on May 4, 2017 at 10:13 pm

Choo-choo bonus

Posted Monday, April 17th, 2017 02:01 pm GMT -6 in Food,Schools at 2:01 PM

Took the train for lunch @ Cane’s U of M location

Originally published by DK on April 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Fun stuff at Shattucks

Posted Saturday, April 15th, 2017 05:26 pm GMT -6 in History,Hockey,Schools at 5:26 PM

Crosby, Toews and a midget Zach Parise

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Almost time to dance

Posted Monday, April 3rd, 2017 05:28 pm GMT -6 in Schools,Sports,Work at 5:28 PM

Gonzaga vs. North Carolina @ 6pm local

Originally published by DK on April 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm

We are all from Spokane

Posted Saturday, April 1st, 2017 07:00 pm GMT -6 in Schools,Sports,Travel,Work at 7:00 PM

I do have a dog in this fight

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

End of the Road

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 10:31 pm GMT -6 in Schools,Sports at 10:31 PM

And we’re not talking WELY

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2017 at 10:31 pm

Ireland-bound

Posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 07:01 am GMT -6 in Family,Music,Schools,Travel at 7:01 AM

Spring break band trip to the old country for MK

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2017 at 7:01 am

Lunch with the scholar

Posted Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 04:14 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Schools at 4:14 PM

Kid one @ Sea Change

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm

The Spring ’17 Choir

Posted Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 06:56 am GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 6:56 AM

MK didn’t think so, but they sounded great

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2017 at 6:56 am

Another solid EVHS concert

Posted Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 04:00 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 4:00 PM

Go, baritones, go

Originally published by DK on March 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Back when I was smart

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:32 pm GMT -6 in History,Schools at 1:32 PM

Inaugural St. Paul Central High School Honor Society, 1986

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Kid crafts

Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2017 03:59 pm GMT -6 in Art,Schools at 3:59 PM

From ancient times – grade school at Linwood?

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2017 at 3:59 pm

The 2016 Winter Concert

Posted Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 09:01 am GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Holidays,Music,Schools at 9:01 AM

MK @ EVHS Choir

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2016 at 9:01 am

Wednesday at the Barn

Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 07:44 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Schools,Sports at 7:44 PM

Gophers vs. The Mount

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Super salty bowler

Posted Saturday, November 5th, 2016 03:48 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools,Sports at 3:48 PM

No phone makes MK something, something

Originally published by DK on November 5, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Another historic moment

Posted Monday, October 31st, 2016 07:57 am GMT -6 in Schools,Sports,Work at 7:57 AM

First MSHSL state championship game in the stadium (soccer semi between Andover & Stillwater)

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2016 at 7:57 am

The Fall Concert 2016

Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2016 08:41 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 8:41 PM

Eastview High School Symphonic Band

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm

Fall Choir @ EVHS

Posted Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 06:59 am GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 6:59 AM

Kid two all fancy-like

Originally published by DK on October 18, 2016 at 6:59 am

Is there a doctor in the house?

Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 03:43 pm GMT -6 in Football,Friends,Schools at 3:43 PM

Dr. Rossi and his crew from Rochester STEM Academy

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Homecoming 2016

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016 11:25 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 11:25 PM

Prince and Princess @ EVHS

Originally published by DK on September 24, 2016 at 11:25 pm

Eastview Royalty

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016 09:27 am GMT -6 in Family,Friends,Schools at 9:27 AM

MK and Abe

Originally published by DK on September 19, 2016 at 9:27 am

Bowler (thug) life

Posted Saturday, September 17th, 2016 01:19 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools,Sports at 1:19 PM

MK @ Mattie’s South St. Paul

Originally published by DK on September 17, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Only two more left

Posted Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 08:20 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 8:20 AM

First Day of School 2016

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2016 at 8:20 am

SES Class of 2016

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 09:25 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 9:25 AM

It’s not everyday one of your kids graduates from high school. It’s even rarer that the commencement ceremony happens in a zoo (with bare feet). Then again the School of Environmental Studies isn’t your typical high school.

I’m happy to report that kid one officially made it on June 2, 2016. We held a party to celebrate the following night over at Trapp Farm Park in Eagan. So proud of my beautiful, creative, talented, artistic, outspoken, expressive and kind daughter.

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2016 at 9:25 am

Sasharocks, indeed

Posted Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 11:49 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 11:49 PM

So proud of SK 😎💯 ❤️

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2016 at 11:49 pm

Freshman choir finale

Posted Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 06:21 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 6:21 PM

Freshman Select @ EVHS – Seasons of Love

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Grad party preview

Posted Monday, May 30th, 2016 08:51 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Photography,Schools at 8:51 PM

Sneak peek of the decorations 

Originally published by DK on May 30, 2016 at 8:51 pm

The Scholar

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016 10:07 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 10:07 AM

Eastview Academic Excellence Awards

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2016 at 10:07 am

Senior Forum @ SES

Posted Monday, May 16th, 2016 09:24 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 9:24 PM

SK rocked it – so proud of her ❤️

Originally published by DK on May 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm

Schools two and three

Posted Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 12:59 pm GMT -6 in History,Schools at 12:59 PM

Randolph Heights and Ramsey Junior High, St. Paul

Originally published by DK on April 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Klas University

Posted Saturday, April 16th, 2016 04:54 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Schools at 4:54 PM

They are everywhere

Originally published by DK on April 16, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Scoping out the Hamline art scene

Posted Saturday, April 16th, 2016 04:51 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Schools at 4:51 PM

SK in the art department, St. Paul

Originally published by DK on April 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Paging Dr. Dewey

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2016 08:46 pm GMT -6 in History,Schools at 8:46 PM

The very first Eastview principal (1997)

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Sing, sweet nightingale

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2016 08:45 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 8:45 PM

MK @ her beautiful choir concert

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:45 pm

A Future Piper?

Posted Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 06:32 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 6:32 PM

Admissions Night @ Hamline with SK

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Keep the Gatorade off the phones

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2015 05:00 pm GMT -6 in Football,Schools,Sports,Technology at 5:00 PM

Surface carts at TCF Bank Stadium

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Hey, I know those guys!

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2015 04:58 pm GMT -6 in Football,Friends,Schools,Sports at 4:58 PM

The Bob and Sandy Klas section of TCF Bank Stadium

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm

The view from campus

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2015 04:57 pm GMT -6 in Schools,Sports,Work at 4:57 PM

U.S. Bank Stadium from the U of M

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Looking good, Goldy

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2015 04:54 pm GMT -6 in Schools at 4:54 PM

Coffman Union, University of Minnesota 

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Look! It’s a Monday school concert

Posted Monday, November 2nd, 2015 07:11 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 7:11 PM

So happy to be back for MK

Originally published by DK on November 2, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Two big firsts

Posted Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 07:34 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 7:34 AM

First day of high school and first day of senior year

Originally published by DK on September 8, 2015 at 7:34 am

Senior pics have arrived

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 08:59 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 8:59 AM

SK senior pictures, Walker Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis – July 18, 2015

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2015 at 8:59 am

Poker the MIT Way

Posted Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 11:46 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Links,Schools at 11:46 AM

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/sloan-school-of-management/15-s50-poker-theory-and-analytics-january-iap-2015/index.htm

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2015 at 11:46 am

Congrats graduates!

Posted Saturday, June 13th, 2015 07:11 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Schools at 7:11 PM

SM on his way to Iowa

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Panther Pride

Posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 07:41 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 7:41 AM

So proud of MK – Presidential Academic Fitness Award, BHMS

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2015 at 7:41 am

Magical Moments 2015

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015 10:59 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 10:59 AM

SK and her speech team (photo courtesy of Tammy Lough)

Originally published by DK on April 17, 2015 at 10:59 am

Journal Moose

Posted Sunday, March 15th, 2015 09:19 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Schools at 9:19 PM

SK and her awesome school journal

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Broke to Finals

Posted Saturday, March 14th, 2015 02:44 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 2:44 PM

SK during her performance @ EHS

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm

School volunteer day

Posted Saturday, March 14th, 2015 01:32 pm GMT -6 in Schools at 1:32 PM

Wildcat Speech Tournament Info Desk, DHMS/EHS

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

It’s Meltin’ Time

Posted Friday, March 6th, 2015 02:13 pm GMT -6 in Schools,Weather at 2:13 PM

BHMS, Eagan

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Some Assembly Required

Posted Thursday, February 26th, 2015 01:26 pm GMT -6 in Schools,Technology at 1:26 PM

3D Printer @ Hibbing Community College

Originally published by DK on February 26, 2015 at 1:26 pm

I’ll take the chicken parm

Posted Thursday, February 26th, 2015 01:25 pm GMT -6 in Food,Schools at 1:25 PM

Free lunch at the college, Technology Advisory Council

Originally published by DK on February 26, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Badger van down by the river

Posted Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 09:23 pm GMT -6 in Links,Pop Culture,Schools,Video at 9:23 PM

Originally published by DK on February 24, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Our own little songbird

Posted Friday, February 6th, 2015 05:18 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 5:18 PM

Christine McVie’s got nothing on MK

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Ka-Chow!

Posted Friday, February 6th, 2015 05:17 pm GMT -6 in Schools at 5:17 PM

Future home of MK

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Boundaries of the State

Posted Friday, December 5th, 2014 04:15 pm GMT -6 in History,Schools at 4:15 PM

University of Wisconsin system map from 1951

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm
 

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