Category Archives: Minnesota

Notable stories from the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

We are Fallon

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Reposted from AdWeek: The legacy of Pat Fallon in Minneapolis cannot be overstated. The founder and longtime CEO of Fallon, who died last Friday at age 70, almost singlehandedly turned Minneapolis into a nationally respected creative hub. He personally helped to launch the careers of hundreds of advertising people. And his agency’s work helped to transform the industry.

Upon hearing of Fallon’s death, Doug deGrood, a former Fallon staffer and now partner at crosstown agency GdB, got to work on a tribute ad for his former boss. He wrote a few lines of copy thanking Pat—not just on behalf of himself or GdB, but from the entire ad community of Minneapolis.

Then, he and a few others worked the phones, contacting more than 40 Twin Cities agencies asking to use their logos in the ad. You can see the resulting ad below—a full page running today (the day of Pat’s funeral) in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

It’s a fitting tribute to man who gave a whole community the belief, and the example, that they could achieve great things from their home on the prairie.

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Buy Pat Fallon’s classic book on advertising “Juicing the Orange” here.

Ad for Pat Fallon

Rogers finding out that the Vikings are also 6-2. SKOL!

VIDEO: McDonald’s employee fights man at drive-thru window

Brutal fight at a Minneapolis McDonald's drive-thru window

ORIGINAL POSTER: “I was on my way home from Monday night curling league, I hadn’t eaten much since lunch time, and I was driving by a McDonald’s, so I thought I’d just swing in and pick up a BigMac while I listened to the end of MNF game on the radio. 

At first I was annoyed the guy in front of me was taking so long, he seemed pretty upset to begin with, but it looked like when the McDonald’s guy handed him his cash and change back he dropped some of the dude’s change. That’s when he got out of his car, spit on the drive through window and tried to punch the McDonald’s and that’s when I started recording.”

This took place yesterday in Northeast Minneapolis.

In the footage the worker is dragged half way out of the window by his uniform tie, by the driver dressed in shorts.

As the man pulls hard on the tie, the McDonald’s employee punches the man several times to the head.

The employee shouts back to another team member behind him and says: “Man, he got my m******-f****** tie.”

Kevin Garnett’s touching Facebook photo tribute to Flip Saunders

MN Timberwolves legend, Kevin Garnett, posted a simple and touching tribute to his former coach Flip Saunders on Facebook after his death. The photo shows Garnett sitting in front of Saunders’ parking space. 

Kevin Garnett's touching Facebook photo tribute to Flip Saunders

via Kevin Garnett’s Page

Flip Saunders has died

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Photo: StarTribune

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Flip Saunders has died at the age of 60, the team announced on Sunday. Saunders announced back in August he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was a huge part of Minnesota Timberwolves basketball and will be missed. 

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Wild player gets hockey stick caught in both skates

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy somehow gets his stick caught in both of Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker’s skates.

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Minnesota is using Dramatic Look Gopher to distract kickers

The Minnesota Gophers are using a popular meme to throw off field goal kickers. It might be working too.  TCU missed some field goals last night.

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PETA Calls For Minnesota Hunter to Be “Hanged”


Dr. Walter J. Palmer, the Bloomington, MN dentist who allegedly killed Cecil the Lion says he didn’t know he killed a protected animal with bow and arrow during his big game hunt in Zimbabwe.

Dr. Palmer went on to say that during his recent Zimbabwe hunting expedition, he “hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits.” As far as he knew, “everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.”

As for Cecil, a popular attraction at the Hwange National Park who was also being studied in an Oxford University program? In the letter obtained by Fox 9, Dr. Palmer insisted that he “had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt.” Instead, he “relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”

Wildlife officials have accused the Zimbabwe hunting guides “of taking $50,000 from Palmer in order to coax Cecil out of the Hwange National Park and onto private land, where he was beheaded and skinned,” per NBC News. If found guilty, the men could be fined $20,000 and each face a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, specifically, had some harsh words for Cecil, telling E! News in a statement: “Hunting is a coward’s pastime. If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.”

I wonder if Ingrid Newkirk has the same compassion for the thousands of people raped and murdered by Boko Haram and ISIS as they do for lions?

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The shades at Palmer’s dental practice, River Bluff Dental, were drawn on Tuesday. A dental staffer told Fox 9 it would likely be closed for the remainder of the week, and its website and Facebook presence has been removed. Meanwhile, people from all over the country have flooded his practice’s Yelp page and Google+ page to compose nasty reviews and various hate messages.

His dental practice on Rhode Island Avenue has a herd of stuffed animals on the doorstep, and a planned protest by local Animal Rights Coalition will ensue there this afternoon.

I don’t know what to make of this all yet. I am saddened that this lion was taken and typically am not in favor of big game exotic animal hunting; especially if the animal is protected or near extinction. My assumption is that the dentist was more aware of the situation than he is letting on and that luring the lion out of the sanctuary probably occurred with his knowledge.

If he is found to be guilty of a crime, I think he should pay the consequences, but I can’t get behind pitchfork nation on this by putting his personal information online and threatening his life. There are more more tragic things in this world happening right now for us to be outraged about.

What is your opinion to this story? All comments welcome.

‘Purple Rain’ house for sale in Minneapolis

Photo: StarTribune

Photo: StarTribune

The Purple Rain house then. Photo: StarTribune

The Purple Rain house then. Photo: StarTribune

From The Current – The Minneapolis house where “the Kid” lived in Prince’s iconic 1984 movie Purple Rain is now for sale. At an asking price of $110,000, it’s a relatively affordable piece of Minnesota music history. The 1,348-square-foot 3BR was built in 1913.