The Twins season has started…does anyone care?

This week the MLB season kicked off. Quite frankly I forgot basebHome openerall
season was upon us given March Madness and mixed spring weather.  For me the upcoming Twins season was met with a big yawn.  Their 0-4 start is not helping their cause to generate excitement as the April 11th
home opener approaches, as there is potential for another forgettable year where people are reminded what we have in the chosen one Joe Mauer, wonder
when our young talent will develop, and will we ever be back in the playoff hunt.  The allure of the newest craft beer or food item lasts for about 3 innings.  WCCO will make sure you stay on top of these important news developments. Continue reading “The Twins season has started…does anyone care?”

WCCO Chanel 4 News – Where’s the news?

Unless there’s a major snowstorm, I realize the need to tune in and watch the local news dwindles with each passing day, week, month and year.   I also understand as the internet has impacted newspapers and TV, that business models must change and new ways of generating a viewership are needed – you simply can get your news quicker and through more outlets than ever today.

As someone who grew up watching NBC national news and KARE 11 (they heyday of Paul Magers, Diana Pierce, and Pat Miles, with Randy Shaver on sports) – I found myself wondering do they even really report news anymore.  If so, is there less than 5 minutes of content each 10pm newscast?  Besides wanting to the be the cool, hip, fashionable, and social circle king and queens in the Twin Cities – do any of their personalities even report on news anymore (excluding field reporters)? Continue reading “WCCO Chanel 4 News – Where’s the news?”

Is it worth the money to live in Edina?

Over the past 10 years, the city of Edina has experienced a rapid tear-down and build craze – setting itself apart as an “ideal” place to live if you’re a white collar, trendy working professional.  Close proximity to Minneapolis and urban centers of gravity, proximity to neighboring second ring suburbs, a nationally ranked public school system, popular dining and shopping, and of course the “privilege” to say you live in Edina!  For a first ring suburb out of Minneapolis – a cut above most cities.  We all know the cakeater stereotype, and who can forget the Hennepin Theater Trust’s showing of The Realish Housewives of Edina.  The reality is some are completely turned off by this stigma and the city, while for others it’s the oxygen to fuel their country club soul. Continue reading “Is it worth the money to live in Edina?”

Who will save Glen Taylor from himself?

wolvesforsaleOn Friday afternoon the majority owner of the Timberwolves, Glen Taylor, went on local radio expressing his thoughts on the Timberwolves long-term view regarding its GM and Head Coach positions – both filled on an interim basis this year given the untimely and unfortunate passing of Flip Saunders.

From a basketball organization standpoint – this team is a disorganized mess.  Glen Taylor noted that he needs to give Milt Newton, the interim GM, more time to show what he can do – using the upcoming draft and free agency period as his final audition.  And from a coaching standpoint, he’d like to see how the last month of the season goes before making a decision on Sam Mitchell.

Who the heck is calling the shots here?  Is the owner putting the future of the Wolves into the hands of a GM he isn’t sure he wants to hire long-term?  Who decides Sam Mitchell’s fate?  If an interesting trade offer surfaces for Ricky Rubio near draft time, is that Milt’s call?  Most importantly, who will be owning this team three years from now?taylor Continue reading “Who will save Glen Taylor from himself?”

Valspar acquired – determining what “Synergies” mean for you

SHWvalsparLast Sunday, reports (such as at the Star Tribune article below) came out on Sherwin Williams’ acquisition of Minneapolis based Valspar.

http://www.startribune.com/sherwin-williams-buying-rival-valspar-for-11-3-billion/372847241/

If you’re a shareholder in any capacity of Valspar, you woke up Monday morning delighted to see such an announcement – offer at a 28% premium to all time high stock price, 41% premium to last 30 days trading level.  How does Sherwin Williams pay for that premium – through the financial impact realized by the publicly stated $280M of “synergies” they hope to realize. Continue reading “Valspar acquired – determining what “Synergies” mean for you”

Which Chain of Lake is best for you?

Those of us who live around or near the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes chainfind it to be one of the gems of Minneapolis – a unique connection of multiple lakes and paths so close to an urban downtown. From workouts, leisure outings, or places of residence, the area has so much to offer.

For those who frequent the lakes on a regular basis to workout, they can also be a source of annoyance yet entertainment. If you are visiting or new to the area, let this serve as a formal informal guide of which lake to choose for your respective workout (1 bad, 10 great). And yes technically there are four lakes, but for most novices it’s simply known by the three main lakes.

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Visual Appeal: 7 – More circular than Isles or Harriet, some nice houses to look at (but better on the other lakes), Minneapolis skyline, eclectic mix of people watching. Continue reading “Which Chain of Lake is best for you?”

Greg Gard vs. Richard Pitino

Coaches comparison

Tomorrow Greg Gard will be coaching his second NCAA tournament game as a head coach.  Not bad for a guy who started out as a high school assistant making $800.  As noted within the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel and Twin Cities Pioneer Press articles below, its pretty striking to see how differently both have come into their current positions and merits behind each. Continue reading “Greg Gard vs. Richard Pitino”

To be a Gopher fan this weekend

We all just witnessed a record number of double digit upset seeds in the round of 64, and the round of 32 is upon us.  Parody within college basketball has never been greater, up and coming coaches making their mark.  Six schools neighboring Minnesota have or are still participating, with UNI marking the highlight of the tournament with a half court buzzer beater last night.

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If you’re a Gopher fan watching this weekend, are you rooting for or against the neighboring schools?  Do you despise all things Wisconsin and Iowa?  Watching these games has to make any Gopher fan think… Continue reading “To be a Gopher fan this weekend”

Uptown apartment craze – who’s paying the rent?

After having lived around and seen the residential development in Uptown over the last eight years – it’s safe to say for a lot of trendy millennials Uptown has become a refreshed option for those looking to rent outside of the North Loop and Loring Park.  The attraction of the greenway and chain of lakes and of course those ridiculous Vegas style pools.  From Lime to Flux, the number of developments has been impressive.

Let’s say you’re a 25 year old with an above average salary of $60,000, fully independent adult on your own.  Below is a rough estimate of a monthly budget.

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Continue reading “Uptown apartment craze – who’s paying the rent?”