7 Minute Miles

How many calories, Perkins?

Posted Thursday, October 21st, 2021 12:45 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:45 PM

At least they had diet cherry Coke in Worthington

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2021 at 12:45 pm

We’re on a quest…

Posted Thursday, October 21st, 2021 12:21 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 12:21 PM

…a quest for Buffalo 🦬

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

Grand Marais Harbor Cam

Posted Thursday, October 14th, 2021 02:18 pm GMT -5 in Links,Travel,Video at 2:18 PM

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2021 at 2:18 pm

Three Years of Bonus Time

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

Today marks the three year anniversary of my train platform event in downtown Minneapolis. The first anniversary was amazing, I was ultra grateful for my second anniversary and now things are running on all cylinders for year three. Colleen made my favorite bars to celebrate and we will be having dinner tonight at Saint Dinette to toast another splendid year around the sun.

On the health front, everything is great. I’m on my second pair of permanent prism lenses and they work perfectly. Still don’t need them for reading screens, but I do prefer them now for watching TV and movies, riding my bike, golfing and driving (even bought a pair of prism sunglasses). The move streak on my watch is now up to 540 days, I’m at 530 miles on the bike log for 2021 and have even signed up to try another half marathon in 2022.

As the pandemic continues to roll on, some things have returned to (semi) normal. While we had an entire football season without fans, this year has seen a return to no restrictions and four games with thousands of people through the doors. We took our first airplane trips to and from Las Vegas over Labor Day and will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this December on Kauai. We’ve also been building a new house that should be ready when we get back (after an extended construction period).

Lastly, I want to again thank the healthcare professionals who helped get me to year three, along with all of my family and friends who have provided love and support. There is one other big change coming soon, but I’ll leave that for another day…

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2021 at 11:13 am

The Morrissey Cinnabon

Posted Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 06:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:19 PM

He wasn’t there this time

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:19 pm

Best win of the trip

Posted Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 06:11 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 6:11 PM

Really wanted the maxed out major, but it was not to be

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:11 pm

Snagged a Yardbird reservation

Posted Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 06:06 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 6:06 PM

Solid, but overall I thought Revival is better

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:06 pm

Best slot experience ever?

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Movies,Travel at 7:29 PM

Mad Max Fury Road @ Venetian

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 7:29 pm

Raiders Nation

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 04:39 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Travel at 4:39 PM

Quick first visit to M Resort

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Viking lost in the desert

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

Herm’s hooptie

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

Viva Moz Vegas!

Posted Monday, September 6th, 2021 01:52 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Music,Travel at 1:52 AM

Concert post coming soon

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 1:52 am

Resorts World Vegas is…

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 06:55 pm GMT -5 in Art,Casinos,Food,Travel at 6:55 PM

…not sure what to think yet

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 6:55 pm

The King of Sportbooks

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 06:43 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Football,Travel at 6:43 PM

Doing the hard research for work #LeaguePartners

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 6:43 pm

Paper BC sighting

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 03:32 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 3:32 PM

Not going to play for 100 points there, though

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 3:32 pm

Circa had some cool stuff 😎

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 03:26 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 3:26 PM

But $40 to go see the pool thing?

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 3:26 pm

Woodstock flies again

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 06:11 am GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Travel at 6:11 AM

…and so we @ MSP ✈️

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 6:11 am

Great numbers

Posted Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 10:19 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 10:19 PM

…but no wins @ Grand Hinckley

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2021 at 10:19 pm

Bulldoge Alternate Habitat

Posted Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 10:17 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 10:17 PM

The Portland Malt Shoppe, Duluth, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2021 at 10:17 pm

Native Bulldoge Habitat

Posted Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 10:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Schools,Travel at 10:15 PM

The University of Minnesota-Duluth Land Lab

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2021 at 10:15 pm

Tom’s new joint is pretty

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

Great to see that guy again – thanks, TB!

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

Bulldoge Family Visit

Posted Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 08:57 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 8:57 PM

Fun afternoon and evening with the MK and SK

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2021 at 8:57 pm

RIP, Gordy 1928 – 2021 ❤️❤️❤️

Posted Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 02:44 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Travel at 2:44 PM

A legend of the Northland

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Today’s other meet and greet

Posted Friday, June 25th, 2021 11:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Travel at 11:35 PM

The Bulldoge in her native habitat

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2021 at 11:35 pm

This new game was fun

Posted Friday, June 25th, 2021 02:06 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 2:06 PM

RIP Stompy, though

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2021 at 2:06 pm

Welcome to The Hawk

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

Nice to catch up with JS in Cambridge

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

All moved in

Posted Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 10:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Travel at 10:19 PM

New Bulldoge apartment ✅

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2021 at 10:19 pm

Superior Spring 12.5K

Posted Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 11:45 am GMT -5 in Food,Nature,Running,Travel at 11:45 AM

Trail race = Gordy and donuts

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2021 at 11:45 am

Angry fish sandwich

Posted Thursday, May 20th, 2021 11:35 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:35 PM

Worth the wait 🐠

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2021 at 11:35 pm

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