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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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Nominate Your Favorite Tattoo Shop for Best in Central Minnesota

It's summertime in Minnesota and time to show some skin (and ink). Do you have a tattoo or a bunch of 'em? Do you have a favorite or 'go to' tattoo shop or artist here in Central Minnesota? We are looking to find the best tattoo shop in Central Minnesota. All you have to do is nominate your favorite.

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Support ‘Wreaths for The Fallen’ and Help Honor Our Heroes

Honoring our fallen heroes is a year-round commitment, and that's especially true when it comes to helping Wreaths For The Fallen meet their goal of placing wreaths on the graves of all fallen Minnesota servicemen & women at Minnesota State Veteran Cemeteries during December each year.

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Quarry Park Named Among ‘Top Swimming Holes in America’

In a recent article, the Travel Channel rolled off its list of the 'Top Swimming Holes in America' -- and look what made the list: Quarry Park, the only spot in Minnesota to make their Top-Ten list. Of course it's no secret to us here in Central Minnesota. Happy Summer! No go jump in a lake quarry.

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When It Comes to Road Trippin’, There’s No Place Like Home (Minnesota)

The bean-counters at the economics site WalletHub have looked at the data, and determined which states are the best for road trips this summer. The good news, you don't have to go far from home to get the best -- as Minnesota ranks near the top.

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Minnesota Now Among Most Pro Sports-Cursed Markets

Now that long-losing Cleveland has won a pro-sports title (their first since 1964), it's time to see what pro-sports markets are in the longest championship drought. Good news, Minnesota is in the Top-Five. (#Wild, #Twins, #Vikings, #Timberwolves)

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