Counting Down To KTD

Fifteen years ago, I spent a sizable portion of King Turkey Day sitting in the air-conditioned comfort of the Long Branch, consuming an unrecalled amount of alcohol.   It was a very hot September day, and former Twins great Tony Oliva was one of multiple featured speakers. After listening — and failing to understand most…
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The Passing Of A Favorite

It had to have been at least five or six years ago when the “What’s your Favorite?” game was in vogue at our dinner table. Perhaps as a way of avoiding comparatively mundane details about Mom or Dad’s days at work, Grace and Zach would start an informal survey about something. Many of the questions…
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See You At The Movies

“If you build it, they will come.”   That phrase is instantly recognizable to fans of the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” in which Kevin Costner’s character was convinced by a voice he heard in his head to turn part of an Iowa cornfield into a baseball diamond. A few, naturally, think he’s bonkers, but…
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Meeting The Mayor

It’s not every day that I get to sit across the table from a foreign government official, but I had just that chance during Tuesday’s Noon Kiwanis meeting at Hy-Vee.   Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle was our group’s guest for the meeting, and he brought Crailsheim, Germany Mayor Rudolf Michl with him. Michl, of course,…
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Kickoff Time

It’s Tuesday morning, and I’m in a relatively peppy and cheerful mood following a much-needed good-night sleep Monday night. If history is any indication, I’ll have needed it by the time tonight rolls around.   Grace is scheduled to go camping with a friend tonight, which means that Zachary won’t have his sister around for…
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