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March 1, 2018
We Minnesota sports fans are used to disappointment, from great teams like this past year's Vikings getting blown out when it matters most to poor teams like the 103-loss Twins of 2016 failing to live up to our already bottom-basement expectations.
Danecdotes: Timberwolves can't catch a break
March 1, 2018 - 7:00am
February 23, 2018
It also doesn't help that my wife, who is about six months pregnant, is always craving ice cream. I want ice cream.
Danecdotes: Lenten sacrifice should be tough
February 23, 2018 - 8:30am
January 28, 2018
I took one photography class in college (I got a B-plus in that too, if you were wondering) and took a few photos that ended up being published early in my career, but I would look at the photos taken by fully trained and experienced newspaper photographers and hope my photos would not be on the same page. Illustration
Danecdotes: The unexpected responsibilities of journalism
January 28, 2018 - 7:30am
January 20, 2018
Patriot assistant track coach Bud Bjornaraa, right, accepts his hall of fame plaque from Mike Peterson of the Minnesota State High School League. Submitted Photo
Danecdotes: Bjornaraa earns HoF induction, commendation
January 20, 2018 - 11:00am
January 13, 2018
So far, three of the four major pro teams in Minnesota have greatly exceeded my expectations. The fourth team, the Wild, weren't that bad to begin with, so 2017 was quite fun for the common Minnesota sports fan, and once again - perhaps, foolishly - I'm back to being hopeful for nearly every Minnesota team. Photos courtesy: Katlyn Gambill, Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images, Minnesota Vikings, Jason Miller/Getty Images
Danecdotes: Guess what? I'm optimistic again!
January 13, 2018 - 7:30am
December 29, 2017
xReid Pierzinski competes in the 110 hurdles at the state meet Saturday, June 10. Dan Determan/Echo Journal
Danecdotes: 2017 a success for Tigers, Patriots
December 29, 2017 - 9:00am
December 23, 2017
I started shopping at least a week before Thanksgiving, but after the easy gifts had been purchased I just kept putting off shopping more and more until I recently hit scrambling mode. Illustration
Danecdotes: Don't be like me. Shop early, shop local
December 23, 2017 - 8:00am
December 22, 2017
Prior to this season, Lightning goalie Maddie Wahoske had very little experience on ice skates, let alone in the crease. Dan Determan / Echo Journal
Danecdotes: Lightning goalie learning as she goes
December 22, 2017 - 9:00am
December 7, 2017
New Patriot head coach Katrina Moody provides direction for her team in a timeout against Pine River-Backus on Thursday, Nov 30. Ashley Smith / Echo Journal Correspondent
Danecdotes: Moody takes over as Patriot girls' coach
December 7, 2017 - 6:00am
December 1, 2017
Danecdotes: A fall to remember
December 1, 2017 - 4:30am
November 27, 2017
Danecdotes: Lightning girls expect success despite inexperience
November 27, 2017 - 3:30am
November 23, 2017
Tomorrow is special because it is the first day of the year where I don't mind Christmas things being shoved down my throat. My problem is the "Christmas season" starts a little earlier every year. Illustration
Danecdotes: Christmas season can, and should, start now
November 23, 2017 - 7:00am
November 2, 2017
"I would expect that we are going to see a similar increase this year," said Christine Reisz, area wildlife supervisor for the Brainerd DNR office. "All of those permit areas are more liberal than they were last year. Every one of those areas is hunter's choice, except for 242 where folks can harvest two deer. I expect our harvest to go up across the board in the Brainerd lakes area." Illustration
Danecdotes: DNR expects higher deer harvest in 2017
November 2, 2017 - 8:00am
October 29, 2017
I think Halloween is one of the most fun days of the year for a lot of people. Parents enjoy dressing their young children in cute and silly costumes, kids enjoy bringing home a pillowcase full of candy and the rest of us just enjoy the utter weirdness of the whole thing. Illustration
Danecdotes: Halloween: Absurd fun for everyone
October 29, 2017 - 6:00am
October 22, 2017
Dan Determan / Echo Journal
Jana Lueck will step down as the Patriot girls track coach after four years, but hopes to continue helping the team in a lighter capacity.
Danecdotes: Lueck resigns as girls track coach
October 22, 2017 - 6:30am