Tuesday, November 30, 2010

18th annual Grant Recipent Day

The Eagan Rotary Club presented 24 community grants totaling $23,500. These grant recipents gathered for a photo following Wednesday's weekly Rotary lunch meeting in the Eagan Community Center. They represent the local foodshelf, Inver Hills Community College Foundation, YMCA, Boy Scouts, 4-H Club, Caponi Art Park, Caring Bridge, DARTS, Angel Foundation and many others. Congratulations!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Family memories

We drove out to the Stillwater Tree Farm to cut down our own Christmas tree. Many people bring home a Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving. It was a great way to celebrate the first Sunday in Advent.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wine before dinner

Our friends, Steven and Allison, invited us over for a glass of wine before dinner out with some other friends. Cheers!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

"Black Friday" started at 3 AM

(Photograph removed upon request)

Many stores in Eagan and across the USA opened their doors early to jumpstart their Christmas shopping season. Kohls in Town Centre opened at 3 am with over 400 earlybird specials. (I slept in until 9 am)

This store security guy followed me out of their store and inquired about my photo. When I told him that I'm with the Eagan Daily Photo blog, he lightened up.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Dinner with the Lees

My wife's family came up from Iowa to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. We set up a buffet in the kitchen of turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberries, lingonberries, green beans, pumpkin bread, fruit salad and dinner rolls. Pies and coffee later topped off our Thanksgiving meal together.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pies and praise

Easter Lutheran Church members gathered on Wednesday evening for a Thanksgiving worship service. Afterwards, everyone made a quick dash for the tables filled with various types of pies. I was too slow and ended up in the back of the line!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The 3 nervous turkeys

These three wild turkeys were calmly feeding in a front yard in late October. With Thanksgiving soon here, they're likely now hiding deep in the woods!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving decoration

The car next to me at the stoplight decorated their car with a Thanksgiving turkey!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Annual pottery sale

Potter and pottery teacher, Siiri Silpala Doan, visited with pottery shoppers and other pottery teachers on Saturday. The Eagan Art House offers pottery classes for kids and adults.
Psst: Secret> many student pottery pieces were very affordably priced!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

ICE emergency!

All over Eagan and the Twin Cities, a layer of ICE has covered the roads, highways and sidewalks over night! There have been many car accidents and even a 40 car pile-up last night on Highway 94! Glad to see the City of Eagan truck spreading de-icing salt!

Big lake, little lake

On a pleasant Saturday afternoon over two weeks ago, I walked down to a nearby lake for a few photos, exercise and fresh air.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

One last Autumn look back

Just of Covington Lane, this Maple tree was a work of beauty in mid-October! Now you've been seeing snow in my photos...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Breaking news!

We've got some badddddd news in Eagan: Defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, is leaving town in 2013. That means the loss of 1,000 jobs, including 700 engineers in a company founded back in 1946. Zut alors!

A frosted view

The mighty oak out my 2nd story office balcony ...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Doggie Neon 5

These four women walk their dogs together every morning. Their 5th member was gone on vacation. When I asked them if their group had a name, they looked at each other and said "no." Fun women and cute dogs!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday morning's commute

Stopped at the traffic light on Cliff Road at Johnny Cake Road, I pulled out my camera to capture a view on my 3 mile winter drive to my office.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Feeling blue, Mr. Snowman?

This 7 foot tall, husky snowman stands in front of the Valvoline oil change store on Cliff Road. En route to my office this morning, I snapped the bottom photo of Frosty. After lunch at home, I noticed Frosty's color had changed to blue! He will likely slowly melt all week based on our current weather reports....

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pretty in pink

At 7 AM on Thursday morning, the sky was painted pink and hues of blue. After breakfast, the pink was gone and so was a magnificent sunrise!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ready for winter chill?

If you're not ready for the approaching chill of winter, head over to Old Navy to see their special deals and warm clothing options! Snow and cold arrived in Eagan on Saturday morning!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday's snow blizzard

When we woke up this morning, a snow blizzard had covered everything in fluffy white! My neighbor across the street cleaned out his driveway before I could. 

Muskrat alert!

Down along the neighborhood lake's edge, this muskrat was just hanging out. I took one step closer and he disappeared into the water!

Friday, November 12, 2010

A WWII relic

Vietnam War and Iraq War veteran and Lieutenent Colonel Joe Repya, was kind enough to pose with his 1942 WWII Army Jeep at Safety Officer Tribute & Memorial at the Eagan Community Center in Mid-October.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Recognizing two WWII veterans

At yesterday's Eagan Rotary Club lunch meeting, two World War II veterans were recognized for their service. They were surrounded by fellow veterans from the Rosemount VFW Chapter 9433 including the two WWII award recipients from last year's annual recognition.
Chuck Hedges, wearing a vest and no cap, served as a ship engineer on the USS Tennessee during the fierce "Battle of Leyte Gulf" during his service in the Pacific from 1943 to 1946. Will Hageman, next to Chuck, served as an Army Air Cadets bombardier in WWII from 1943 to 1945 and in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Will flew 12 tours in the B-24 plane.
Congratulations to Chuck and Will for their recognition awards and thank you to them and the others for their service to their country!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

From the '30s

With these wheels, our friends Gordon & Cory really got noticed this summer zooming around Eagan! This 1932 Ford Hiboy Roadster, originally from Florida, was repainted and rebuilt in Milwaukee by "Crash Customs" complete with a Chevy 383 V8 motor. Click here to see one of their other fancy cars!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Eagan to Monaco

Many years ago as a poor college student studying in Germany, I almost made it to Monaco. Nice was nice but I didn't have enough money to get to Monaco so my sister and I trained back directly to Germany. Recently at the nearby Mall of America, I spotted this store and thought of Jilly, the Monte Carlo Daily Photo blogger. That's again as close as I came to Monaco ...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dancing solo

Emalee provided dinner guests with bellydancing entertainment on Saturday evening at Ansari's Restaurant. Her 6 minute older twin sister, Mar, recently moved down to Atlanta. Click here to see them posing together last year! To book Em for a wedding, birthday party, fundraiser or other event, visit her website: www.shimmytwins.com

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shocking view

This electrical plant stands just off Pilot Knob, north of Cliff Road and next to a fire station. Look but don't touch!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sub sandwich shop

If you're looking for a reportedly yummy sandwich, try swinging by "Jimmy John's" for a bite to eat! Nope, I haven't had lunch there yet.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Delta Airlines overhead

Many planes fly over Eagan to land at the Minneapolis/St. Paul international airport. This Delta plane roared right over our office building.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Eagan dog series #24

Candyce Medici's West Highland terrier posed in her garden.

"Here's Ruby - the poster puppy for Addison's Disease - living a normal life with her disease in Eagan, MN" - said Candyce

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Post-election party

Three Eagan politicians celebrated with their constituents on Tuesday evening at Al Baker's Restaurant in Eagan as the votes were being counted. Today, we congratulate all three for winning their new political posts:
Diane Anderson for Minnesota House representing District 38A, Ted Daley for Minnesota State Senate and Doug Wardlow for Minnesota House representing District 38B!

A Halloween memory

On Halloween night, our big neighbors and little neighbors gathered for a pre-party before trick-or-treating fun!