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I'm just a regular Minnesota guy that grew up on the north-side of the Cities (Fridley), spent some quality time at the U of M, chill on the weekends at the family cabin near Duluth, bleed Vikings purple, and miss the North Stars. I have a short attention span; and enjoy Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Zac Brown, 80s hair bands, coffee, beer, scotch, and long sunset walks on the beach. (One of those isn't true.) I'm a two-time cancer survivor now (Colorectal 2002, Kidney 2014), and know that life is damn short -- so by all means we should be playing as hard and as often as we can. I think that's it. (Did I mention that I have a short attention span?) Hit me up below on Facebook & Twitter.
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Tips For Keeping Your Real Christmas Tree Green Longer

There's nothing like having a real Christmas tree in your home. I set up my artificial tree last week -- and today it's coming down, to be replaced by a real one. Artificial was convenient, but I have missed the smell, tradition, (and needles on the floor). Here's how to keep the real ones green longer.

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Flu Shot May Not Be As Effective As Hoped In Minnesota

Hey, wait a minute. I want my flu shot money back. (Ok, what? Oh, right I did't pay anything. Insurance covered it.) The news of the day is saying the our usual flu shot effectiveness (60%) may not be as effective this year (40%) as we had hoped. Turns out that one of the strains mutated leaving us all a bit unprotected.

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Thin Ice Still Possible On Minnesota Lakes

Take a look at my top-ten list of fears and you'll find 'falling through the ice' (somewhere between being buried in an avalanche and spending a Friday night at Chuck E Cheese). Yesterday I spoke with Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Chad Thesing, and he offered these tips for staying safe.

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What I Want For Christmas? All Of Us To Stop Drinking & Driving

I had the opportunity to chat with Sergeant Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota Highway Patrol yesterday, and he said there were more than 500 DWI arrests in Minnesota over the Thanksgiving weekend. WHAT? 500+? Not to get all preachy, but what the hell is wrong with us?

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Don’t Miss St. Cloud’s Winter Nights & Lights Parade

Join The Loon next Saturday, December 13th in downtown St. Cloud for the 2014 Winter Nights & Lights Parade – presented by Capital One Three-Sixty. Holiday floats, festive lights, timeless music…and children waiting for a glimpse of Santa. And I will be your official parade announcers.

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Today Is ‘Giving Tuesday’

On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we get our shopping done. On Giving Tuesday, we give a little something back. Today, people around the world are celebrating Giving Tuesday -- a day to support the communities and causes they care about. I love the idea, and will be making a donation to the American Cancer Society today.

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Shaving Away Movember (And What I Learned)

The Movember Foundation fights to raise awareness and money for research in the battle against Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, mental illness, as well as other men's health issues. As a two-time cancer survivor I opted in. A big thanks to my coworkers & listeners that joined me. Now it's over and here's what I learned.

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