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Time to close Shepherd

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BBQ Friday

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New menu at an old favorite

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Oooo, that smell

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The Thursday Special

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Just realized I don’t think I’ve seen a concert at First Avenue since before my hospital stay (Liz Phair on 9/15/18?)

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, March 21st, 2019 08:50 am GMT -5

You could lose a car in there

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Rayette Stairwell A

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Respect the icicle

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Nice job @Timberwolves on Prince Night – loved all the deep tracks

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 12:53 am GMT -5

Prince sound bites rule

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Hey look, it’s Shelly!

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RIP Easy Chart Builder

story posted Monday, March 18th, 2019 09:03 pm GMT -5

Either the Google API is down or my last-updated-in-six-years charting plugin is dead…

UPDATE: Looks like both the plugin and the API are dead.

UPDATE 2: The API seems to be back (on a new server).

Tapemark Memories

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Hidden Huts

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Happy Shamrock Shake Day!

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Super cheap entertainment

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PSA: Today is a 50% off day at the Saints store

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 16th, 2019 11:43 am GMT -5

Rocket scientist

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Sadie’s a good dog

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Wish I could take some turns on JR

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, March 15th, 2019 10:51 am GMT -5

It’s melting, melting!

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Sounds good to me

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Don’t think I knew that Sheldon Adelson’s family owns the main Las Vegas newspaper

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, March 14th, 2019 01:08 pm GMT -5

Post-meeting breakfast

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A Downtowner breakfast with MK

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There’s nobody that’s trying to kick the crap out of Philly cream cheese…

- The Nive Man

quoted Thursday, March 14th, 2019 08:13 am GMT -5

Spent an hour chopping ice on my dad’s front sidewalk and instantly remembered why I never want another house

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 08:16 pm GMT -5

WiFi networks my laptop currently sees: CastleGreySkull, Deez Internet Nutz, Menace2sobriety, Pretty Fly for a WiFi

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 11:38 am GMT -5

RIP Bob Klas, Sr. 1928-2019

story posted Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 10:13 pm GMT -5

When I was three years old, Bob Klas, Sr. and Pat Cody founded a charity golf tournament at Southview Country Club to raise money for Minnesota children and adults living with developmental disabilities. I started supporting the event after tournament president Phil Callen read about my CD-ROM guide to Minnesota golf in a Pioneer Press story written by Gregg Wong (who also wrote about the tournament). This started an 18 year run that included multiple versions of the tournament website, thousands of lines of code, hundreds of photographs and one very stressful long weekend every June. I even got to play in the event one year, shooting two embarrassingly high numbers and failing to make the cut.

Last year, the Klas family decided to find a new group to continue the tradition and the tournament has transitioned to the leadership of the Minnesota Section of the PGA. They have launched a new website and will take over all tournament operations this year. I plan to add a Tapemark section to this site, so that people can still view the old scoreboard pages and view some of my favorite photos from past tournaments.

Last Friday, Bob Senior died at the age of 91. My condolences go out to the entire Klas family, many of whom I have had the pleasure to spend considerable time with since joining the Tapemark family. That’s really what it was too, a family. It was always so great to see Bob Senior at the drawing banquet and driving his golf cart around on tournament weekend with wife Sandy by his side. His son Bob Junior is a wonderful person too, although I’m not 100% convinced he really likes golf all that much.

Pics and obituary after the jump. UPDATE: the 7MM Tapemark page is here.

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Wanted these for two years

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This place was hoppin’

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Catherine says he’s been holding out for a management position…

- Ellen Griswold

quoted Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 09:08 am GMT -5

If these don’t fit my ears, I don’t think AirPods are the right way to go either

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, March 11th, 2019 11:36 pm GMT -5

I miss #88

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Never seen that before

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I’m now the old man eating by himself in the casino coffee shop

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, March 10th, 2019 07:43 pm GMT -5

2019 Best Of

story posted Sunday, March 10th, 2019 03:42 pm GMT -5

I kind of forget that City Pages is now owned by the Star Tribune, but it seems to have kept the same editorial vibe as before. I always have liked reading the annual Best of the Twin Cities issue, which you can vote for here (until March 26). Here are a few of my recommendations:

  • Best Place to Buy Art Supplies – Wet Paint on Grand (at least according to my very artsy daughter).
  • Best Movie Theater – Riverview Theater. All of the nominees are solid, but this one is still my favorite.
  • Best Casino – Mystic Lake. It really is in a class by itself (for Minnesota).
  • Best Festival – Minnesota State Fair (don’t really consider it a festival, but whatever). See also: Best Place to People-Watch
  • Best Public Park – Minnehaha Park and Falls. I wish I was riding my bike there right now.
  • Best BBQ – Q Fanatic. Need to get back to the one in Minneapolis soon.
  • Best Breakfast – Keys Cafe & Bakery. Really just the one on Raymond, though.
  • Best Brunch – Martina. I like others just as much (if not more), but this wins out of those five.
  • Best Burger (Classic) – Parlour out of that list, but Saint Dinette’s burger blows all of them away.
  • Best Chinese Restaurant – Rainbow Chinese. I need to go there more often.
  • Best Cocktails – Marvel Bar. Still the best, in a town full of great places to drink.
  • Best Diner – Hi-Lo Diner. Another strong category – we are blessed with many fine diners.
  • Best Distillery – Tattersall Distilling. Those guys rock.
  • Best Dive Bar – Bull’s Horn. Go Team Amy and Doug.
  • Best Fried Chicken – Revival. This is a very, very tough category with many fine options.
  • Best Fries – Barbette. Long time champ retains my title (for that type of fries, anyways).
  • Best Ice Cream – Grand Ole Creamery. Sweet Cream Forever.
  • Best Italian Restaurant – Mucci’s Italian. Chef Chris and Sarge rule.
  • Best Lunch – Cecil’s Deli. Home of my all-time favorite sandwich.
  • Best Mexican Restaurant – Pajarito. Need to go here more often too.
  • Best New Restaurant – In Bloom. Lots of good options, but gotta stay true to my Saint Paul roots.
  • Best Pizza – Punch Pizza (at least out of those five)
  • Best Restaurant Minneapolis – Restaurant Alma. So much has changed, but Alma still holds strong.
  • Best Restaurant St. Paul – Saint Dinette. The default was always Meritage, but the times are a-changin’
  • Best State Fair Food – Pronto Pup. NEVER CORN DOGS.
  • Best Steak – Murray’s Steakhouse. Although you can’t wrong at any of these.

Skipping all of the the music options, as I don’t know what to think of the local scene these days. Rock the vote, yo.

Scouting trip to Williams Arena for the Big 10 wrestling championships

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, March 10th, 2019 01:48 pm GMT -5

Springtime on campus

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First game in months

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It’s baaaack (for one day only) – the infamous Dinette monkey bread

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 9th, 2019 12:21 pm GMT -5

@tim_mckee has the meats

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Still slow and hard to do, but just crossed the 26.2 mile mark on the treadmill since my little stay in the ICU

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 9th, 2019 10:11 am GMT -5

I had the honor of sitting behind Dan in the media tent at the 2009 PGA @Hazeltine – so fun

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, March 8th, 2019 11:05 am GMT -5

My Twitter timeline is a little less funny today, RIP @danjenkinsgd

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, March 8th, 2019 10:55 am GMT -5

The end is near: just used my iPhone to pay at Target

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, March 7th, 2019 12:35 pm GMT -5

Post-dentist reward

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Wake up with the rising sun

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Up close and personal at a Minnesota classic

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 10:48 pm GMT -5

The banners are up

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I am *very* aware

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Best tourney in the land

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I’d be pretty OK with Mancini’s Pink Panther music being the soundtrack to my life

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 05:23 pm GMT -5

Let the flow begin! I’m calling it early for North Branch

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 11:32 am GMT -5

Ties > shoot-outs

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 10:54 pm GMT -5

Bar bingo with Cathy & John

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You can take the mask off the Lone Ranger and put it on someone else, but it ain’t the Lone Ranger…

- Peter Criss

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Lowertown Soigné

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Third vehicle since October

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New menu items

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March Madness

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Wow: Las Vegas Sands derives 90% of EBITDA from Asia

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, March 4th, 2019 07:39 am GMT -5

Wish this was still open

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  • Mile - 6:10
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  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2019 Run Mileage: 36.7
  • 2019 Bike Mileage: 30

Upcoming Races

  • Get in Gear 10K - 4/27/19

Upcoming Sporting Events

  • Twins vs. Houston - 5/1/19
  • Saints vs. Milwaukee - 5/16/19
  • Saints vs. Milwaukee - 5/19/19
  • Saints vs. Sioux City - 5/26/19
  • Saints vs. Milwaukee - 6/9/19
  • Saints vs. Gary - 6/23/19
  • Twins vs. Tampa Bay - 6/25/19
  • Saints vs. Lincoln - 7/2/19
  • Saints vs. Winnipeg - 7/14/19
  • Saints vs. KC - 7/17/19
  • Twins vs. Oakland - 7/21/19
  • Saints All Star Game - 7/23/19
  • Saints vs. Cleburne - 7/24/19
  • Saints vs. KC - 7/28/19
  • Twins vs. Braves - 8/7/19
  • Saints vs. Gary - 8/11/19
  • Saints vs. Winnipeg - 8/13/19
  • Vikings vs. Seattle - 8/18/19
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  • Vikings vs. Atlanta - 9/8/19
  • Twins vs. Washington - 9/11/19
  • Vikings vs. Raiders - 9/22/19
  • Vikings vs. Eagles - 10/13/19
  • Vikings vs. Washington - 10/24/19
  • Vikings vs. Denver - 11/17/19
  • Vikings vs. Lions - 12/8/19
  • Vikings vs. Packers - 12/23/19
  • Vikings vs. Bears - 12/29/19

Upcoming Concerts

  • Oak Ridge Boys - 4/18, Mystic Lake
  • Snoop Dogg - 4/26, Treasure Island
  • Garth Brooks - 5/3, USBS
  • Garth Brooks - 5/4, USBS
  • P!nk - 5/5, Xcel
  • Rock Bottom Remainders - 5/10, First Ave
  • The Minus 5 - 6/20, Turf Club
  • The Lonely Island - 6/29, Armory
  • Trampled By Turtles - 7/6, Bayfront
  • Jeff Lynne's ELO - 7/25, Xcel
  • Tenacious D - 7/30, Palace
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates - 8/28, Grandstand
  • Avett Brothers & TBT - 9/21, Treasure Island
  • The Black Keys - 9/28, Target Center