Minnesota Fishing Opener Coming Up...




The Minnesota Fishing Opener is just about upon us. Now I'm not really a big fisherman - in fact this weekend is probably the only time all year that I'll be fishing. Yet I still look forward to the trip. The anticipation is building...

This year there will be two of us heading in a little earlier than normal. Jamie and I will be going in on Friday, with the rest of the crew (9) coming in on Sunday, and all of us departing Tuesday. The extra time will allow more time to relax, unwind, and relax. Having just the two of us there should make the couple of days very easy-going and laid back.

The only problem with the laid back approach is the arrival. We'll be departing Duluth during the wee hours of Friday morning, hoping to be in Ely buying bait by 6am. The earlier approach will hopefully give us a jump on getting a decent campsite. In recent years we've had very good luck getting a site - this year however we'll be going in on the Friday instead of the Sunday, so we'll be heading in at the same time as other groups, instead of heading in while other groups are heading out. The earlier we're on the water the better chance we have of a good site. And then we have all day to sit back, relax, and nap. ;)

Now just hope that the ice is gone by the time we get there - this week will be key...



SuperValu Offering $30 per $300 Gift Card Bought




SuperValu announced yesterday that it would be helping consumers stretch their tax rebate checks further. When a customer purchases a $300 gift card between May 2 through July 31, 2008, the store will load an extra $30 on the card (10%).

The SuperValu press release indicates that customers may bring their rebate checks to the store to take advantage of the program. Cards must be bought in $300 increments to take advantage of the program, up to $1200.

For those that receive direct deposit, you'll need to provide a copy of your bank statement showing that the stimulus check was deposited into your account, according to Haley Meyer of SuperValu (Corporate Communications):

"Customers who do not have a hard copy of their government-issued checks may still take advantage of this offer by showing proof that their economic stimulus or tax refund check was deposited into their bank account (e.g., a printout or copy of their bank statement)."

I'm not sure what advantage showing a bank statement to the store will be other than it would prevent a consumer from purchasing more than they received in the stimulus package. Is SuperValu really that concerned that people are going to spend more at their store than the government alloted, especially at the risk of turning potential customers off by making them show their bank statements?



KDNW 25th Anniversary Comedy Nite




Natalie and I went to the DECC Auditorium on Wednesday night to see three Christian comedians, Ken Davis, Bob Stromberg, and Daren Streblow. The show was funny, appeared unrehearsed (which can make comedy even better), and was a very enjoyable evening for a packed house at the auditorium.

If you have a chance to see any of these three guys I would recommend it - we were very pleased with the evening. To tell you more about each individual's act would, well, wreck the suspense. :)



Duluth's Woopie Wall




I got an email notification yesterday afternoon that a new cache popped up fairly close to work. As I was already heading out in a little bit to meet my wife and kids for supper at a nearby restaurant, I decided to leave a little early, taking a slightly longer-than-normal lunch, and try and nab the FTF rights on the new cache.

The cache, Woopie Wall was placed by Neoaddict. I arrived about 30 minutes (or perhaps less) and found ghost640 there with his son. He hadn't found it yet, so I figured there was still hope. Shortly afterwards, the most well-dressed cacher that I've seen in the wild yet arrived, Alevin. We looked for just a couple minutes more when Neoaddict arrived to put a new pencil in the cache. She sat on a rock and quickly confirmed that the coordinates were a little off (perhaps 30'). After telling us the approximate area that we needed to be looking in, ghost640 found the cache.

It was nice to have a chance to visit with a cacher I hadn't seen for a few months as well as meet a couple of cachers that I hadn't met before. Unfortunately I couldn't hang around to chat very long as I had to get to dinner, but hopefully we'll have a chance to meet again in the near future.



Parents Sue Grandparents For Wrongful Dealth of Grandson In Fire




The Star Tribune reports today that the parents of a boy killed in a fire are suing his grandparents for wrongful death in Washington County.

Apparently the grandparents were watching the 5-year-old when the fire started last April. The boy was killed in the fire and the grandfather was "severely burned" in the fire. The grandmother escaped without harm.

The parents are suing, saying that the grandparents failed to properly extinguish the fire and rescue the boy.

This just seems like it's adding insult to injury, so to speak, to me (assuming it's not a tactic to get money from insurance). I'm sure there's probably another side to the story, although for the life of me I don't see it at the moment.



A view from Enger




I had some extra time to kill Saturday morning after work before getting to my Uncle's house to help him on an all-day shingling project so I stopped by Enger Park and got a cache that's been on my list for the past month or so, A view from Enger.

I was surprised to see the gates to Enger Park still closed. I figured that they would have been opened up after April 1st. I parked at the gate shortly before sunrise (but after the park's 6am opening time) and found my way quickly to the cache. Earlier in the winter the cache had been reported as frozen in place (and thus impossible to open), so I hadn't gone looking for it before this point. In the past week or so it's been logged as found with no mention of being frozen in place so I was guessing that things had melted enough to be able to find it now (which they had).

After logging the cache I drove a little further down the road, poked around the Twin Ponds area a little (I had intended to place a cache in the area 'one of these days' but NeoAddict beat me to it). I then took the loop on Skyline Parkway around the backside of Enger Park. I did a little hiking around on the hillside inside Enger Park, was about to leave when I realized that I was moments away from sunrise.

Most of you probably see the sunrise all too often, so don't give a flip if you see it or not. I, however, do not. Working afternoons, I rarely see the sunrise unless I'm getting up early to do some special project. In this case, the sun lined up nicely with the Aerial Lift Bridge, so I got the camera out and sat down on a rock to enjoy the view and take some pictures.

The pictures didn't turn out the best as I didn't have the tripod with to steady the camera, although I was surprised at how well they did turn out.



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