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Near-miss Orchid Greatness

Posted Sunday, March 14th, 2021 09:13 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 9:13 PM

One away from $15K (and an example of 40-cent vs. 99-cent) @ Grand Casino Hinckley

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2021 at 9:13 pm

Only 10 days to go

Posted Sunday, March 14th, 2021 09:05 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:05 PM

The Gordy’s Hi-Hat 2021 Season starts March 24th

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2021 at 9:05 pm

So. Much. Playthrough.

Posted Saturday, March 13th, 2021 10:25 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 10:25 PM

Mostly happy switching to Lightning Link (50-cent spins)

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2021 at 10:25 pm

Northland Greatest Hits

Posted Saturday, March 13th, 2021 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 10:22 PM

Walleye, Bay Muffin, VC Blue Cheese & Wings

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2021 at 10:22 pm

Best line hit so far

Posted Saturday, March 13th, 2021 12:53 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 12:53 PM

Lightning Link – Dragon’s Riches @ Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2021 at 12:53 pm

Sunset Steakhouse

Posted Thursday, March 11th, 2021 08:19 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 8:19 PM

That was not the original name…

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2021 at 8:19 pm

Survived day two

Posted Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 05:10 pm GMT -5 in Skiing,Travel at 5:10 PM

Finished just before the rain @ Lutsen

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2021 at 5:10 pm

Solid walleye sandwich

Posted Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 08:38 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 8:38 AM

Bluefin Grille, Toft, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2021 at 8:38 am

🥶 🦃 @ Northern Waters Smokehaus

Posted Monday, March 8th, 2021 06:28 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:28 PM

One off the Duluth list

Originally published by DK on March 8, 2021 at 6:28 pm

First new tickets in a long time

Posted Monday, March 1st, 2021 12:23 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Travel at 12:23 PM

10% capacity at Papa Charlie’s, high ceilings, masks

Originally published by DK on March 1, 2021 at 12:23 pm

BANZA! Got 3 out of 6

Posted Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 07:58 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 7:58 PM

…and had “spinnies” on the Black Orchid progressive (which would’ve been almost $15,000)

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2021 at 7:58 pm

Peak Duluth

Posted Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 07:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Music,Travel at 7:52 PM

Breakfast with my Bulldog at Duluth Grill with “Winners” on the speakers

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2021 at 7:52 pm

Finally, a Grand Story

Posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 11:20 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Mini Posts,Travel at 11:20 PM

The very clever series of commercials for Grand Casino (developed by the talented Chad Germann and his team at Red Circle Agency) has always made me feel like I should have one of those experiences at some point. Sadly, I’ve never had a large jackpot at Hinckley or Mille Lacs, but today my daughter and I at least had something happen that might qualify as a true Grand Story:

Hinckley has a ton of my favorite game, Black Orchid, often with unusually high progressives. The first machine I played today had a large frog progressive, so MK pulled out her lucky frog (a handmade clay pin) and set it on the machine. A few minutes later, boom, $78.43 frog jackpot. On our way out, we saw another Black Orchid that had a very large butterfly progressive that we tried to hit (unsuccessfully). Just before giving up, though, we hit a smaller $30.61 frog jackpot that put us back on the positive side of the ledger for the night…

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2021 at 11:20 pm

Prime rib, Grand-style

Posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 09:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 9:48 PM

Not usually a fan of prime rib, but this was delicious

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2021 at 9:48 pm

Fire Darth Vader

Posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 08:13 am GMT -5 in Television,Travel at 8:13 AM

Damn I love Duluth

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

Welcome to my nightmare

Posted Sunday, November 1st, 2020 02:09 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 2:09 PM

Old shot from the San Diego Zoo

Originally published by DK on November 1, 2020 at 2:09 pm

Miracle pizza

Posted Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 11:15 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:15 PM

Short-staffed, limited hours, two hour wait @ Sven and Ole’s

Originally published by DK on October 3, 2020 at 11:15 pm

Judge Magney’s park is 🔥

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2020 10:33 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 10:33 PM

Awe on today’s hike

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2020 at 10:33 pm

It’s the SHT

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2020 06:06 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 6:06 PM

Superior Hiking Trail @ Devil’s Kettle

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2020 at 6:06 pm

$40 on a 30-cent bet

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2020 06:03 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 6:03 PM

Thanks, Grand Portage (gave it all back)

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2020 at 6:03 pm

Happy Tastes Good

Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2020 11:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:19 PM

Mmm…buttered bread

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2020 at 11:19 pm

Hello, Foxy

Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2020 11:12 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Nature,Travel,Wildlife at 11:12 PM

Don’t see that every day

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2020 at 11:12 pm

Hungry Hippy

Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2020 11:07 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 11:07 PM

Mac and cheese taco?

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2020 at 11:07 pm

Pre-ordering rules

Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2020 11:04 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:04 PM

World’s Best + no lines

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2020 at 11:04 pm

Road trip to the Bulldoge

Posted Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 01:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Travel at 1:04 PM

Fall in Duluth 🍁

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2020 at 1:04 pm

New games at Mel’s old place

Posted Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 12:35 PM

I miss Mel

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2020 at 12:35 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

This view never gets old

Posted Friday, September 25th, 2020 10:53 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Golf,Nature,Travel at 10:53 PM

Approach to nine green, peak color, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay #nofilter

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:53 pm

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Posted Friday, September 25th, 2020 10:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 10:48 PM

Top notch food at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on September 25, 2020 at 10:48 pm

The Whistling Bird

Posted Thursday, September 24th, 2020 10:16 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 10:16 PM

Jamaica in Gilbert

Originally published by DK on September 24, 2020 at 10:16 pm

Fall in the Northland

Posted Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 09:25 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 9:25 PM

Gold Mine Trail 🍁

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2020 at 9:25 pm

Wings, blue cheese and pepperoni

Posted Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 09:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 9:21 PM

Masks now required at the VC

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2020 at 9:21 pm

Almost to the end

Posted Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 09:13 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:13 PM

Thanks for another great season, Gordy

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2020 at 9:13 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

The Brauer Triple Crown

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 10:24 am GMT -5 in Golf,Links,Travel at 10:24 AM

Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play 2020: Minnesota

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2020 at 10:24 am

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

Milaca GC, NO MOR

Posted Saturday, July 25th, 2020 02:44 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Travel at 2:44 PM

They added nine holes and changed the name to Stones Throw Golf Course

Originally published by DK on July 25, 2020 at 2:44 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

In other Dew news…

Posted Sunday, July 5th, 2020 01:44 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping,Travel at 1:44 PM

Super One Foods, Virginia, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 5, 2020 at 1:44 pm

The Casino Club

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2020 07:12 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 7:12 PM

Fortune Bay’s Gold Mine Grill

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

THAT was unbelievable

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2020 07:09 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 7:09 PM

Can’t believe this game added the $50 level to my prize

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2020 at 7:09 pm

Four for four

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2020 07:07 pm GMT -5 in Food,Golf,Travel at 7:07 PM

Wilderness Grill: chicken, walleye, cheeseburger and porchetta

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2020 at 7:07 pm

Happy kid two

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2020 08:17 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Movies,Travel at 8:17 PM

Casino promos (100 points each)

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Hot and unstable

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2020 06:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports,Travel at 6:41 PM

Free canoe for resort guests (still)

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 6:41 pm

My favorite breakfast?

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2020 06:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 6:05 PM

Bay muffin at the Gold Mine Grill

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 6:05 pm

Round #62

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2020 12:14 am GMT -5 in Golf,Travel at 12:14 AM

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 12:14 am

FINALLY

Posted Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 12:20 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 12:20 PM

And I’m still down (but got my waffle maker)

Originally published by DK on July 2, 2020 at 12:20 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

Sunset Steakhouse

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 09:49 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 9:49 AM

Totally worth the price

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2020 at 9:49 am

Our little friend Stompy

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 10:14 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 10:14 PM

Fortune Bay Resort Casino

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 10:14 pm

What does VC stand for?

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 10:08 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 10:08 PM

Interesting times in the Northland

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 10:08 pm

Ely surf and turf

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 12:31 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:31 AM

Walleye and steak, Ely Steakhouse

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 12:31 am

Porch pickup

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 12:26 am GMT -5 in Food,Shopping,Travel at 12:26 AM

Great! Lakes Candy Company

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 12:26 am

Lives have been lost here

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2020 12:21 am GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 12:21 AM

Cross River, Schroeder, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2020 at 12:21 am

Duluth Grill pit stop

Posted Sunday, June 28th, 2020 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 1:31 PM

Deluxe biscuits and gravy with eggs

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2020 at 1:31 pm

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

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

Thank you, Hinckley

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 08:35 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 8:35 PM

Quick, fun stop at Grand Casino

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2020 at 8:35 pm

So not healthy (but OMG)

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 08:27 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 8:27 PM

Duluth Grill biscuits and gravy with fried chicken and eggs

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

Another new hike

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2020 08:07 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 8:07 PM

Devil’s Track River, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 8:07 pm

Goat photobomb

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2020 08:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Golf,Pets,Travel at 8:00 PM

Grand Marais mini golf

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Wes Anderson’s Grand Marais

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2020 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Art,Movies,Travel at 1:53 PM

The Beaver House

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 1:53 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

North House Folk School

Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2020 01:20 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Travel at 1:20 PM

First time seeing this complex – looks cool

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2020 at 1:20 pm

The tombolo known as Artist Point

Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2020 01:17 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 1:17 PM

Just learned what “tombolo” means this trip too

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2020 at 1:17 pm

A North Shore Tradition

Posted Saturday, June 6th, 2020 07:23 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 7:23 PM

Sven and Ole’s, Grand Marais, Minnesota

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

Hinckley ❤️ the Orchid

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2020 10:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 10:05 PM

Well done, Grand Casino – more fun than Mystic right now

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 10:05 pm

North Shore Winery

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2020 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Food,Skiing,Travel at 9:59 PM

Pretty spot on the ski hill road

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 9:59 pm

Gordy’s Hi-Hat at 60

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2020 09:55 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:55 PM

As solid as ever

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm

The Welsh 3000s sound fun

Posted Sunday, May 24th, 2020 10:17 pm GMT -5 in Links,Running,Travel at 10:17 PM

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_3000s

Originally published by DK on May 24, 2020 at 10:17 pm
 

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