Saturday, April 30, 2011

I was right behind them

This was our first spring bike ride; it was glorious outside!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Flying finances

Northwest Airlines headquartered previously in Eagan and this was their credit union. Delta Airlines merged with Northwest and now this institution has a newer name, "Wings Financial" Federal Credit Union. What architectural details do you notice?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Relaxin' in the sun

This friendly couple was hanging out with their Boxer dogs at Jensen Lake park.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thanks, Allison!

Today is Administrative Professionals Day in the USA. Thanks to Allison for all the work she does for me in my Hagen Financial Network office. It's been 5 years working together already!

Linda the bird watcher

While Eagan Television was interviewing me, suddenly up walked Linda, a retired elementary school teacher. She had just been hiking and bird-watching and she gracefully agreed to pose in front of this ol' barn along Highway 110 in Mendota Heights just north of Eagan.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rosy in Rosemount

This farm with a red barn stands just across the Eagan border in neighboring Rosemount. See other Barn Charm meme postings here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Local news story

Fred T. Miller interviewed me last week for Eagan television about my Eagan Daily Photo blog. He's an excellent photographer and maybe a new City Daily Photo blogger - stay tuned!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wishing you a Happy Easter!

We colored Easter eggs with our Brazilian guest, Mayra, on Saturday morning. She told us that they don't do that in Brazil.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Harvey the Easter Bunny

Our Brazilian Rotary guest, Mayra Pereira Chagas, posed with the Easter Bunny while Meagan and Judy joined her. We toured Thomson Reuters and the Eagan television studio on Friday morning for Mayra's Rotary vocational visit.
Happy Easter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dining with Brazilians

Six Brazilians were our special guests at Wednesday evening's potluck dinner along with 30 others through the Eagan Rotary Club. White sweater clad Robson is the Rotary youth exchange student at Eagan High School this year and the 5 others are visiting Minnesota from Parana state in south Brazil for one month through the Rotary International "Group Study Exchange" program. All the Minnesota hot-dishes and other foods came out after the photo session.
Left-to-right: Robson, Flavia, Mayra, Claudia, Joao and Nataniel.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Bob and his Harlequin Great Dane named "Brody" posed while out for a springtime walk.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bright orange & yellow

It seemed odd to find this guy and his horse riding through a residential neighborhood. When I asked him why he was wearing BRIGHT orange & yellow, he answered, "Cuz I don't want to get hit by a car!"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Feeling grey in Edgar

Heading home recently to Eagan from my parents' house in central Wisconsin, I spotted this grey barn in Edgar, Wisconsin. See other Barn Charm postings here.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Recognizing safety officers

Fire Chief Scott and Police Chief McDonald, both fellow Eagan Rotarians, present an award to an outstanding firefighter and police officer at the annual recognition event. Firefighter Chris joined the Eagan firefighters in 2009. Police Officer Brian started with his department in 1999.
(L-to-R: Chief Scott, FF Chris, PO Brian & Chief McDonald)
Congratulations, gentlemen!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Front door family

A sparrow built a nest in the Christmas wreath on our front door. One day, there were two eggs, the next day three eggs and finally now four eggs.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

"Henry" on a Harley

His name might not be "Henry" but I do know he has a handsome Harley!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Holy sandwiches

My office neighborhood boasts a Bruegger's Bagels shop just a short stroll away! Mmm, so good!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Leading achievers

Victoria, Jessica & Philip received the Eagan Rotary Club's March, April and May "Student of the Month" awards at a recent weekly Rotary lunch meeting. Their extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and academic achievement earned them this recognition. Congratulations!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dinner with the French

Our French friend, Isabelle, and her two daughters are visiting for 2 weeks in the Twin Cities from Paris after having moved back to France over a year ago. Carine & Vincent and their three kids are a new French family from Avignon who have moved to Eagan and they are friends with Isabelle. My wife's parents also joined us for dinner on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Barbershop design

Just south of Eagan on Highway 3 in Rosemount, this horse farm's barn with the painted silo caught my attention! See Tricia's other Barn Charm meme participants here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Eagan Rotarian series #20

Dr. Tom Wilson, retired Eagan High School principal, and his wife, Carol, made a big entrance at the Eagan Rotary Art Gala back in February just before Valentines Day! They recently returned from a trip to Monte Carlo and the Cote d'Azur!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rusty twins

These Highway 77 bridges cross the Minnesota River between Eagan and Bloomington. Luckily, a generous highway side apron gives emergency vehicles and bloggers the chance to safely pull over! See other BRIDGES at Louis la Vache's weekly Sunday Bridge meme here.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Late or early?

Either these people are late in taking down their Christmas decorations in early April or they're really, really early...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Suburban Decay II

The Marathon is over; gasoline is gone; windows are boarded.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Take a tour....

Toll Brothers, Inc. built a new neighborhood in Eagan called "Steeplechase." To see their website, go here. This huge "Parade of Homes" house of 5,800 square feet at 1430 Wellington Way has 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a 3 car garage and loads of executive amenities. It could be yours for just $1.4 million.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Monumental pride

This truck parked at the post office was like a lesson in American symbols: American flag, Jefferson Memorial, Liberty Bell, Bald Eagle, Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Soup for the hungry

Hundreds of people came to select a handmade pottery bowl donated by local artists and make a financial donation to the Eagan food shelf. Several local restaurants served soups and bread in Eagan's second annual "Empty Bowls" event, a food shelf fundraiser started several years ago and carried out in cities across the country.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Deliciousness & discussion

Jerry & Connie opened their beautiful home and provided a table of scrumptious treats and sweets on Wednesday evening. State Representative Doug Wardlow, a second generation Eagan politician, met 14 people from our neighborhood and gave us a legislative update and discussed several challenging political issues.