Monday, October 31, 2011


Our carved pumpkin sits on our front porch ready to welcome the kids who say, "trick or treat!" Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

On Golden Pond

The view over Lake Susan was magical and the reflections were wonderful! See other Scenic Sunday participants here.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween is near...

Raked leaves filled those Halloween garbage bags.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ravishing red road

It was a cloudy day but the red maple trees lining Central Parkway before the Eagan Community Center were divine!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Off into the clouds...

Mesaba Airlines will permanently close its Eagan headquarters December 26 as decided by owner Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines. Founded in 1944, Mesaba was the longest-flying regional airline in the United States. Delta Airlines sold it to Pinnacle Airlines last year for $62 million. So now 193 jobs will fly out of our city.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eagan Rotarian series #23

Rob Fagot, with a French family name pronounced "fah-go," grew up in Danville, Illinois. He played football for University of Kentucky at Lexington and has worked as a promotions account executive for Promotion Plus for 22 years. Rob and his wife live in Eagan with their four kids. A fellow Eagan Rotarian for 4 years, Rob is a good guy to know and an area football coach for 7th graders.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Off a dirt road

This barn hides just off the south side of Cliff Road, east of Highway 3. View other charming barns right here.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Always on call...

Station 5 of the Eagan Fire Department stands at the ready off Galaxie Road. See other Night Shot participants here.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Harvest blessings

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,
2 that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.
7 May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.
See other Psalm Challenge participants gathered in Greece; read other Psalm Sunday writings collected in San Francisco.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bulldozer & cart return

Please do remember to return your red Target shopping carts and bulldozers to the designated areas. They do like to keep the Target parking lot neat and tidy.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Haircut to help

Our middle daughter recently had 10.5 inches (27 cm) of her hair cut for "Locks of Love," an organization which makes wigs for cancer and other hair-lost patients. Stylist Kim Hart cut her blond hair at Cole's Salon. See her older sister's hair donation here.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Roller skiing thru town

Some members of the District 196 blended high school nordic ski team met for a Sunday morning workout. Sonja, their team captain, and Mr. Parr led the 2 hour ski through residential Eagan.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

An educated vote

On Tuesday, November 8, Steven Butler is asking for your vote to give him a 4 year seat on the Independent School District 196 Board. Seven members comprise the board of which four are seeking re-election. Married with four daughters who attend(ed) schools in 196, Steven hopes to represent our city in the Eagan, Rosemount, Apple Valley district.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fire prevention week

The Eagan Fire Safety Center (Station #2) hosted an open house on Saturday afternoon. Kids could pose with the fire dog and a fireman, spray the fire hose at a practice house and put out a stove fire with a fire extinguisher. Fire trucks and lots of equipment were displayed and firefighters demonstrated cutting open a car with the "Jaws of life" and other powerful tools.

Monday, October 17, 2011


King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway worshipped in Foss Chapel at Augsburg College in Minneapolis on Sunday morning. Women wearing Norwegian bunads welcomed guests and Norwegian exchange students before their majesties arrived. After worship, the king and queen attended a coffee and Norwegian pastries reception in a huge tent next to the church.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Golden glory

The golden maple leaves make me smile every morning en route to my office. The Cherokee Restaurant has an old wagon out front.... See other Scenic Sundays right here.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

30 yard line

The Eagan Wildcats played the Burnsville Blaze on Friday night at Eagan High School's last home game. Eagan 31 - Burnsville 0!

Friday, October 14, 2011


The Cherokee Restaurant suffered a Sunday morning fire attributed to smoldering cigarettes. Seven Service Master trucks arrived Monday morning to begin the clean-up!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bike it or hike it!

On October 5, Thomas Lake Elementary School students participated in the national "Walk to School day." Biking or walking to school promotes health and a more eco-friendly method of reaching school.
Photo credit: Mr. Hoekstra

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Romantic Comedy

The Eagan High School again brilliantly presents another play, this time: "The Rainmaker." Set in the West, this piece was written by Richard Nash and is directed by Nancy Owzarek. Shows happen this weekend only - order your tickets now at 651-683-6900!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Red tree, red tree

A row of autumn red trees leads up to this "Frank Lloyd Wright" style office building on Cliff Road. Click here to see other RED rubies.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Doors of Monday #5

Autumn is here. October is here.
Red chair, dear? See other Doors of Monday participants, here.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Shepherd of the flock

Pastor Kristen (Kris) Capel grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa and graduated from Wartburg College in 1995. She graduated from Wartburg Seminary in 2001 and was ordained in 2002. Pastor Capel, married with two daughters, was installed as "Lead Pastor" of Easter Lutheran Church on September 18, 2011. She replaces retired Pastor Jim Borgschatz who started the church, a two-site ministry with 4,785 baptized members, 6 worship services and multiple worship styles, by knocking on doors 38 years ago. See other Sacred Life Sunday contributors here.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Dude magnet

Lori is a beautiful woman with a magnetic smile. Her topless Dodge Viper car wasn't bad looking either!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Remotely speaking...

Four members of the "Blue Twilight Team 2220" robotics team from Eagan High School demonstrated their competition ready robot at a recent Eagan Rotary lunch meeting. The robot picked up the rubber ring off the floor and moved with it.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Precious cargo

Our buddy, Jason, was riding his new Kona "cargo bike" home from the grocery store, eggs in the blue cooler and groceries in the orange bag. But his best cargo is son Matthew!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday : Annie's pots

Other Wordless Wednesday participants here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


As my luck would have it, a world famous supermodel was walking down the tracks along Highway 3. She seemed happy to pose for me!
*** My 900th blog posting!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Rob's paparazzi

Over 15 photographers gathered in Chaska at 7 am on Saturday morning for the 4th annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. Site organizer & Life Touch photo guru, Craig Brubaker, gave us a portrait photography class before dividing us into two groups with two models. Six other camera dudes and I walked with model Robert J. Ware and photographed him in several alleys of Chaska. Did any other City Daily Photo bloggers participate?