Monday Miscellany — Volume 5
Posted by Brent Lee on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 12:00 AM By Brent Lee / May 7, 2018 Comment
Monday Miscellany is a weekly-ish column with no real focus or direction. A mix of news, politics, sports, culture, media, reviews, trivia, local events, puppy gifs, stuff I saw on Reddit/Wikipedia & some other items perhaps only tangentially related to Minnesota. If this column has a purpose, it would be to provide you, my dear reader, with (A) a brief escape from the monotony of your Monday morning chores and duties, and (B) some topics to talk about should you encounter an awkward silence during an upcoming first date. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back! Links to Monday Miscellany — Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3 & Volume 4.
the Cavs Lebron James and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
I got Lebron in 7.
Good Morning, Minnesota!It’s May 7th — the 127th day of the year & the 19th Monday of 2018. Here are some things…
Fishing Opener This Saturday (And Mother's Day On Sunday)On May 12th — in just 5 days! — the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' makes said lakes available to anglers for the 2018 fishing season. Things you should know:
- An individual resident angling license is a modest $25 and is good until February 2019. Licenses can be purchased online, by phone or in person (from official licensing agent locations — like Walmart, Holiday gas stations, etc.—all over the state).
- The Willmar Lakes Area will host the 71st Annual Governor’s Fishing Opener. The event spans four days (May 10th through the 13th) and offers a variety of activities — food, concerts, contests, fishing, etc. — in Willmar, Spicer & New London.
- The long-lasting winter and late spring means the ice is not out at some of the state's largest lakes. Lake Minnetonka wasn't clear until Saturday (it's latest ice out date in 161 years), and Mille Lacs and Gull Lake are still not listed as "ice out" on the DNR's website.
- There are some new Northern Pike regulations of which you need to be aware. The new rules vary based on which part of the state you are fishing, and were designed with the specific fish population challenges facing each region in mind.
- To avoid what would otherwise be a conflict between Minnesotans' love of fishing and Minnesotans' love of their moms, the good folks at the DNR have provided a win-win solution sure to make everyone (and their mothers) happy this weekend. In what has become an annual tradition, the Take-A-Mom Fishing program is on the DNR's schedule again this year, and allows Minnesota moms to fish without a license on May 12th and 13th.
The Groveland Tap In St. Paul Is Pretty, Pretty Good*My gal stopped being mad about the Wild's playoff loss long enough for us to go grab a bite to eat this weekend. She just closed on a house in the Highland Park/Macalaster-Groveland area of St. Paul, so we ventured out on foot to enjoy the weather and look for a new place in the neighborhood at which to enjoy a celebratory meal. After first attempting to get a table at busy Carmelo's on Snelling (fail), we were referred to nearby Groveland Tap by a fellow St. Paulite who swore it served the "best food in the area". After arriving at Groveland (which is part of the Blue Plate Restaurant Company), we opted to sit outside (it was perfect out!) at one of a handful of wrought-iron tables along the sidewalk, which appeared to be their only outdoor seating. [caption id="attachment_1315944" align="aligncenter" width="530"] Lots-o-beers on tap.[/caption] I had a 'Guacamole Burger' with fries and a skilleted-chocolate-chip cookie-with-ice-cream-on-top thing that my nieces and nephew would have loved. The meal hit the spot and was probably 800-1000 calories more than I needed to be satiated. Overall, the fare and setting was 100% typical for a small-ish, casual neighborhood sports bar. The menu is full of burgers (including Juicy Lucys) and fried stuff, and there are more beers on tap than I could list from memory. There's a pool table and some arcade games inside, along with more than enough flat screen TVs to adequately cover the evenings' sporting events. The crowd was warm & friendly and included a range of patrons from families, to college kids, to seniors arguing politics at the bar. I can't complain about sitting outside on a perfect spring evening with a beautiful woman and eating a burger with guacamole on it, but I don't know that I'd go out of my way to recommend Groveland Tap either. If you're looking for a relaxed little sports bar in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul, give it a try. It's pretty, pretty good. Not bad, not great. Just pretty, pretty good. Otherwise, find a place with a big patio — maybe a big patio near one of our 10,000 lakes? — because summer is way too short to be sitting inside a bar. (Apparently, Eva liked it more than I back in 2013.)
FREE Stuff Do To In The Twin Cities: Kid's Workshop at Home DepotOne Saturday each month, your local Home Depot hosts a fun (and free) event for you and your kids, and it's like the cutest thing ever. I stopped by the Burnsville location this past Saturday morning with my brother and his three little ones (6, 5 & 3) to check it out in person. I'd estimate there were 30 kids in attendance, each one with hammer in hand, all banging away LOUDLY in the general direction of nails/wood. The project for the day was a little wooden, windmill-shaped, flower planter that, while not holding the kids' attention quite as effectively as an iPad, did seem to have them pretty interested for like 6-7 minutes. Next month's workshop (Classic Car) is June 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Here is the description from Home Depot's website:
Share the nostalgic pastime of car modeling with your child in our classic car hands-on workshop. Together you can build a vintage General Motors-style wooden car to put on display or take for a ride “with no particular place to go. Once your vehicle is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. Recommended Ages: 5-12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.Check here for participating locations.