Archive for the ‘Recreation’ Category

The weather outside is frightful….

So if you’ve already forgotten to get that Halloween costume and you don’t feel like doing the last minute idea, grab a bike or some running shoes (and that last minute costume) and get outside. track or treat


Bike Jerks is putting on the Track or Treat (fixed gear only). Alley Cats are always fun, but doing it on Halloween night should be redonkulous.







And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, check out Team Orthos’ Monster Dash 1/2 marathon, 10 mile and 5k at Lake Harriet this Saturday. Afterwards, there will be a party (21+) at the convention center.

team ortho

The first rule of Fight Club

Don’t post video of Fight Club on Youtube

Wright County authorities are investigating an underground teenagers’ fight club in Monticello that sent at least one fighter to the hospital a week ago.

“We’ve heard of fights before, but nothing organized like this, where they put a video on YouTube,” said Lt. Todd Hoffman, a Wright County sheriff’s deputy. “We just want to put a stop to it before somebody is severely injured.”

A clip of the fight, subsequently taken down, was briefly posted online, he said.

I thought kids these days were raised to believe that everyone is a winner?


How Green Was My Garden: Master of your Domain, or at least your Garden

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program in Hennepin County is looking for a few good gardeners!  They are looking for Hennepin County residents with a variety of gardening experiences; previous volunteer experience; good communication skills, including public speaking and leadership skills.  More information can be found on their website —  

Terry Straub
Program Coordinator
University of Minnesota Extension
Hennepin County Master Gardener Program
479 Prairie Center Drive
Eden Prairie, MN   55344-5378
P:  612.596.2130
F:  952.828.7280
Preferred E-mail at:
Hennepin County Master Gardener Hotline:  612.596.2118

Become a Master Gardener!  Applications are now on-line at

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”  Marcus Tullius Cicero

Just Another Music Friday – 09-11-09

Need something to do this weekend?

Well come to St.Paul and enjoy Concrete and Glass a three day music festival that is my favorite price, FREE! It has a little of everything: classical, hip hop, rock, there’s even a cello and drum quartet.

If that doesn’t float your boat you can always check out Solid Gold at the Turf Club on Saturday, I hear they’ll be playing new material.

Just to get you in the mood for some Mn music, here’s the lovely Dessa and friends.

What’s in your shuffle?


Iconic Duluth Structure Needs Help

My beloved home town Duluth needs help restoring an icon, The Enger Tower.

Enger Tower is an 80-foot (24 m), five-story blue stone observation tower atop Enger Hill in Duluth, Minnesota.[1] The tower is at an elevation of 451 feet (137 m) above Lake Superior, providing panoramic views of the Twin Ports. Each of the tower’s levels has a lookout that is accessible by stairs. A green beacon mounted on top of the tower can be seen for many miles.

MPR reports

a close look reveals trouble. A stone bench on the first level is all but gone — reduced to a few rocky shards jutting from the tower’s side. City Architect Terry Groshon points to the hole in the tower roof, where rain and fog creep through on Duluth’s colder days and to a nearby steel rail that’s half-eaten by rust. Water gets into the cracking masonry, freezes, and pops the rock and concrete out. Some people pick at the loosening stones … He doesn’t have a price tag yet, but he thinks it would take a couple hundred thousand dollars to patch it up for another decade, and over a million dollars to do it right

As a child Enger Tower was one of my favorite places to picnic and I try and make it there at least once a year. The views really are spectacular and I hope the city finds a way to fix this amazing landmark.

If you’re heading to Duluth then Enger Tower is a must visit and not just for the views from the tower. The surrounding park is beautiful and the drive along Skyway Road is breathtaking.


Minnesota State Fair Opening Day in 20 Seconds

Thanks to MPR you can now watch thousands of fair goers eat millions of calories in less than a minute. Mmmmm, I’ll take 18,000 pronto pups.


Minnpost reports

A record-setting crowd visited the 2009 Minnesota State Fair’s opening day Thursday. Minnesota Public Radio captured a portion of those 114,439 people from a video camera setup near its stage at the Fair and sped up the time from opening to closing to make this 20-second video.

So you know, go get something on a stick.
(What is the dude at 1:27 up to?)

I hear Summit has beer on a stick this year. I’d like to see you drink a day’s worth of that in twenty seconds.

Seriously, do it, send me your video.


Is it all going to Hell?

When I was on my way back from the BWCA last week I saw an honest-to-goodness old fashioned motorcycle gang on Scenic Highway 61, which runs along the shore of Lake Superior.

When we arrived at our break point, my favorite North Shore coffee shop the Mocha Moose, I noticed the headline of a local paper read something like “Praying for Heaven, Preparing for Hell” and mentioned the Hell’s Angels arriving for a bike rally in August.

Little did I realize the amount of commotion this had been causing until we arrived in Duluth and every headline from the last week had been about the biker gang, with the biggest story being The City of Duluth had gone so far as to not issue permits for Spirit Valley Days or any festivals for a few week time frame as the city feared any disruption the Hell’s Angels may have caused.

Now the Strib reports Police brace for huge rally of Hells Angels near Cloquet

For nearly six months now, hundreds of law enforcement agents from Carlton, Pine and St. Louis counties — plus 30 State Patrol troopers and some federal agents — have been planning to be on hand to greet the Hells Angels.

“You don’t poke a hornets’ nest with a stick, but you sure do like to know where the hornets’ nest is at,” Pine County Chief Deputy Steve Ovick said.

A writer,Julian Sher,that specializes in pissing off the Hells Angels writes,

“public outings like the USA Ride “are largely public-relations dog-and-pony shows for the bikers.”

He said the media tend to cover the roaring motorcycles, and when the club members remain more or less law abiding, their image improves.

“Their PR machine is as well-oiled as their Harleys,” Sher said, noting their high-tech website that allows you to purchase gear ( “The mafia doesn’t have a website.”

He even goes as far as comparing the H.A. to the Taliban having a bake sale.

Though it seems when all the posturing is put aside, most of Northern Minnesota is happy for the tourist revenue.

What do you think?


Just Another Music Friday – 07/24/09

It’s a beautiful day in the land of lakes. I awoke to morning thunderstorms and then drove through massive amounts of marble sized hail on the way to work, we Minnesotans are a hardy breed.

I sometimes wonder what outsiders think of us Mn’ers. It’s easy to measure the state by the political media figures like Michelle Bachmann, Jesse Ventura, Al Franken and the likes, but I’m sure that unless they’ve spent some time here it may be hard to know just how much Minnesotans rock.

Take for example this couple with their Saint Paul dance party wedding.

Yeah, baby.

For those that are in this fine state, If you don’t have any plans for the weekend there’s still time to check out 10,000 Lakes Festival billed as music,nature, and euphoria there’s still a lot of great music remaining to be seen and if you’re not into great music you can still catch Dave Mathews. Whammy!

What’s in your shuffle?

You Can See A Camel At the MN Zoo, But You Can’t Smoke One

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports that effective this Saturday, June 20, the grounds of the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley will be 100% smokefree. Smoking will still be permitted at the zoo’s parking lot. The subject got me thinking of a famous anti-smoking ad campaign the Minnesota Department of Health launched in 1989. Remember the smoking animals?

Can I get a little support, peas?

After having new cedar raised beds built this year I decided to build some of my own pea and bean supports this weekend.  I made a trip to Menards to pick up a little 1/2 inch galvanized pipe with, some corner fittings, and pipe bracket supports and purchased the netting from Mother Earth Gardens and I now have some permanent supports to help utilize the ends of the raised beds for my broad beans and peas.

Bean & Pea Supports

And I did them all by myself, no small feat for someone who doesn’t consider herself very “handy” usually.  The best part is that you can build these supports yourself very easily as well, and the galvanized pipe comes in many sizes.  I don’t suggest PVC as it reacts to ultraviolet rays and can become brittle.

There are, of course, other easy solutions for peas and beans, with many favoring the teepee method or you can get creative and make something that looks like a spider web for your peas.  But I like my galvanized pipe supports. Simple and didn’t take much time to make, and will be a nice permanent addition to my raised beds.

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