Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Dracula wishes you and yours a spooky, scary, sweet-filled day of trick or treating!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween ready!

This house stands prepared for "trick-or-treaters" to come.... 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Is it Sam?

Standing along Cliff Road, Sam Bear was greeting potential customers. Just $9.99 for a haircut - orange hair-coloring is extra!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Eagan firefighters demonstrated tools used to rescue persons trapped in a car. That Cadillac had a hard day!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Carve them?

Kowalski's Grocery Store displayed pumpkins out front. Make one into a Jack-o-lantern or bake it into a pumpkin pie!  What do you think?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Just one more...

We all love the beauty of autumn, so I thought you wouldn't mind another colorful photo! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hold my hand

When did you last hold the hand of your son, daughter, niece, nephew, granddaughter or grandson on a walk in the woods?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"We're this close..."

Several Eagan Rotarians and two visiting Rotary VIPs posed for a photo representing Rotary International's biggest goal: eradication of Polio!  Less than 1% of the world's population now has polio and only in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria!  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has also contributed over $300 million to the Rotary International Foundation to assist this fight! October 24th is World Polio Day.  (1,300th posting)
Guest Photographer: Michael Proebstle

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Leaf, not Leif

Red leaf. Oak leaf. Autumn leaf. Beachside leaf. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Football fanatics

These friendly Minnesota Vikings fans stopped for my camera during their Sunday afternoon walk with their Golden Retrievers, Carter and Cody. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gorgeous gourds

Autumn. October. Halloween. November. Thanksgiving

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Explosion of colors

Thomas Lake filled my eyes with yummy autumn-nes!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Guitar Man

Not only does Ahmad play guitar, love to paint and draw but he's also a strong athlete. The autumn colors at Holland Lake provided a wonderful backdrop.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A smart Iowegian

Rev. Melissa Ollendieck, an Iowa native and my wife's childhood friend, visited us in Eagan last week. She worked many years as a military chaplain and now helps people as a Christian Wellness Coach.  Currently, she's also pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry degree to add to her Masters of Divinity degree.  Her website is here

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Let's swim!

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools built a new pool in the Cedar Cliff Center strip-mall. Kids aged 6 months and up through adults can learn to swim there.  Their facility opened on Memorial Day, the first franchised Aqua-Tots in the Twin Cities. These 3 swim instructors posed after a Saturday morning class.  What a great birthday party idea! More info, click here

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Recruitment program

Fire Station 2 held another Open House on Saturday afternoon.  Shooting the fire-hose, extinguishing a stove fire, climbing in the fire trucks and other activities made fun times for all. But the most fun is  when your daughter and her friend try on firefighters' uniforms...

Monday, October 15, 2012

A 50s-style diner

Andrew Hybben, Minnesota native and businessman, joined with business partner, Ayman Samie, a native of Egypt, to open the new, family run Betty's Pies at 1981 Silver Bell Road. Their soft opening will be October 18 and Grand Opening on Saturday, October 20.  Stop by for breakfast menu items, burgers, classic fare and yummy pies. Rockin' tunes from the 50s will add to the fun!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Neighbors' nirvana

Really radiantly, ravishingly red! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Suburban Decay IX

Former DNR building. Abandoned, now burned down. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Out of this world!

Our youngest daughter had her birthday party recently at "The Blast" in the Eagan Community Center. These girls took a short break from playing to pose with an astronaut!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A royal encounter

On Saturday afternoon, our family attended a new building dedication at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. HRH King Carl XVI Gustaf and HRH Queen Silvia of Sweden attended the event.  The King gave his remarks in addition to speeches by the American Ambassador to Sweden and the Swedish Ambassador to America. That evening, my wife and I enjoyed the gala dinner honoring their majesties at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Autumn pose

Shawn, originally a Burnsville native, loves running. He completed the Twin Cities Marathon last Sunday with a great time: 3 hours and 38 minutes! Holz Farm proved again to be a great location for photos. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Strength & sass

Lady Catherine, owner and instructor of a newer pole fitness studio on Pilot Knob Road, held an open house on Friday evening. Give it a try, ladies, don't be shy! More information here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Yellow leaf road

The parking lot at Eagandale Business Center off Lone Oak Road was resplendent with autumn color! See other Mellow Yellow Monday meme participants here.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Burning down the house

On Saturday morning, 30 Eagan firefighters and 15 others from the state burn team gathered for a special "live burn" training. The old, abandoned DNR house provided the opportunity to practice real firefighting. That house was a pile of ashes by the end of the morning!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sidewalk glory

Autumn joy. Falling leaves. Splashes of color

Friday, October 5, 2012

Red with envy

I love this RED tree. Wish it were mine...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall clean out

Boots, clothes, books, household items and more filled the tables in the garage and along the driveway of this woman's house. Garage sales are a great way to unload your unwanted items and make a little cash!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Medieval Fair

Kids helped the Medieval blacksmith at Caponi Art Park during this past weekend's Medieval Fair. Battling knights and fair maidens, Medieval music, swords, lances, handicrafts and much more awaited interested visitors!
Guest photographer: April Ziyu Li

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Christmas card?

Our friends, Jason, Erica and their son Matthew, posed at Jensen Lake Park amongst the autumn brilliance. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Last lunch

Allison Butler worked with me at my HFN office for 6 years. We celebrated on our last day working together at the Lone Oak Grill on sunny Friday afternoon.  THANKS, Allison!