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October 2, 2017
Raining cats and dogs: Come on. Next. Same difference: Not so much an idiom as just a general expression, but I hate this one and need to talk about it. Hearing this phrase gets in my craw more than any other use of proper English.
Danecdotes: Sometimes, English is weird
October 2, 2017 - 8:00am
September 9, 2017
The Minnesota Timberwolves recently unveiled their new-fangled uniforms. They look fine - nothing special, but I think they are better than what they were wearing before. However, when seeing the photos of the new jerseys, my eyes were immediately drawn to two things: the Nike logo in the top right corner - which will be on every NBA uniform starting this year - and the Fitbit logo on the top left, which is Minnesota's new "corporate sponsor." Why? WHY, why? NBA / Minnesota Timberwolves Ilustration
Danecdotes: Corporate ads overused in pro sports
September 9, 2017 - 5:00am
September 6, 2017
Sunday morning, I was lying on the couch watching TV while Mork was batting a twist tie across the carpet. I thought nothing of it; she has been playing with twist ties her whole life. All of the sudden, I heard an unnatural crunching sound and the twist tie was nowhere in sight. Illustration
Danecdotes: Apparently, even free cats are expensive
September 6, 2017 - 6:00am
September 2, 2017
Karl Eckhardt's racing career has earned him a number of accolades, both in motocross and in his 1990 Ford Mustang. Dan Determan/Echo Journal
Eckhardt still has racing bug after 35-plus years
September 2, 2017 - 8:00am
August 13, 2017
Now that I have a garage, a workbench and a handful of tools, I decided that I am finally ready to give woodworking a try ... and it is harder than I thought it would be. The biggest struggle in my woodworking life at the moment, though, is simply keeping the darn wood from warping. Illustration
Danecdotes: A rookie woodworker's journal
August 13, 2017 - 8:00am
July 23, 2017
The Timberwolves have gone from a young team with no bench waiting to mature and hit their stride to a balanced team of veterans, hopeful stars, a little depth and one top-20 athlete in his prime. I don't know if they have ever had that combination in their nearly 30 years - maybe in the Kevin Garnett/Stephon Marbury era, but I would argue neither were in their prime yet at that point. Image / Screen grab from
Danecdotes: Wait, are the Timberwolves actually good?
July 23, 2017 - 8:00am
Studies have shown the benefits of being outdoors time and time again. It has been shown to increase brain function, decrease stress and improve short-term memory. There have even been reports that it can reduce the risk of nearsightedness in children and greatly strengthen your immune system. Illustration
Danecdotes: Go outside, dag nabbit
June 23, 2017 - 8:00am
June 11, 2017
Dan-ecdotes: Summer may not be so bad, Twins fans
June 11, 2017 - 6:30am
June 2, 2017
PR-B softball coach John Riewer became the Tigers' head coach in 2015, and the Tigers have won the Upper Mississippi Conference championship in every season since.
Dan-ecdotes: PR-B's Riewer earns 300th win
June 2, 2017 - 8:00am
May 28, 2017
I also had zero plans to live in the lakes area, or to take a major interest in hockey or to own two cats who are allotted more space on the bed than I am. Illustration
Dan-ecdotes: Life comes at you fast, unexpectedly
May 28, 2017 - 9:00am
May 13, 2017
Pine River-Backus boys golf coach will be inducted into the Minnesota High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a banquet on Monday, June 12. Dan Determan/Echo Journal
Dan-ecdotes: Heslop inducted to Coaches Association Hall of Fame
May 13, 2017 - 6:00am
April 29, 2017
Dan-ecdotes: Snow is gone; go check out the lakes area
April 29, 2017 - 5:10am
April 7, 2017
Dan Determan/Echo Journal
The Patriot long-distance runners run laps at track practice Monday, April 3.
Spring sports season now underway
April 7, 2017 - 6:20am
March 31, 2017
I'm usually wise to the prank attempts made by those around me, but I have been pranked a few noteworthy times. Illustration
Danecdotes: Be a kid again on April Fools' Day
March 31, 2017 - 6:00am
March 8, 2017
Just last week, we got plenty of rain, then it froze and my driveway can now double as a hockey rink. I imagine in a week or two, my driveway and front lawn will mainly consist of mud, and that is not something I care for either. Illustration
Dan-ecdotes: Spring: a season for the birds
March 8, 2017 - 7:40am