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Monday Morning Quarterback – 2/23/2015

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 24th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Let's Get Kids Moving:
I had the pleasure of working with a Cycle Health this past week.  They have a mission to empower kids both physically and emotionally by creating opportunities for kids to get active and give back.  One of those events is happening this Saturday for kids 7-17 years old, the first annual Kidarod, an outdoor winter adventure for kids.  Find out more and how you can get involved and get your kids active (here) 

Do You Believe in Miracles?:
Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the USA olympic hockey team beating  the Soviet Union in one of the biggest upsets in sports.  You can watch the final minute of the game (here)  And if you want some memorabilia from the event, Herb Brooks family is selling some of items (here).

Twins Spring Training Begins:
It might be -30 windchill in Minnesota, but Twins pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training over the weekend to kick off the 2015 baseball season.  I can feel it getting warmer.... If you are looking for a great event to meet Twins insiders and help thousands of kids check out the annual Tix for Tots Twins Season Kick-off on April 2nd.(details)

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The DFL Dance Team:
The Star Tribune's Steve Sak has a great cartoon poking fun at the feud between Gov. Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk.  (here)
Minnesota Nice Bills:
Former Majority Leader Matt Dean announced a series of "Minnesota Nice" bills on his Facebook page.  The first bill he drafted is a pretty good idea(read) Rubio Takes a Step Forward: Rudy Giuliani's questioning whether President Obama really loves America is the among the first big political gaffes of the 2016 Presidential race.  Sen. Marco Rubio's response to the gaffe was according the the Washington Post "just about perfect."  Do you agree? (read)

Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week:

The Minneapolis Miracle and The Great White Lie:
Those were two of the headlines in The Atlantic magazine in the last week.  The debate centers around the Twin Cities relative success compared to other cities in areas of education, housing and economic climate.  Both articles are worth a read and make some good points about where our community stands.  

Here is a brief snippet from both articles:  "The Minneapolis Miracle" points to out: "The Twin Cities’ housing and tax-sharing policies have resulted in lots of good neighborhoods with good schools that are affordable for young graduates and remain nice to live in even as their paychecks rise. This, in turn, has nurtured a deep bench of 30- and 40-something managers, who support the growth of large companies, and whose taxes flow to poorer neighborhoods, where families have relatively good odds of moving into the middle class."  (read)

While the "Great White Lie" counters with: ""Minnesota consistently earns top national rankings for its students’ reading, math, and college-entrance exam scores, but it is one of the worst states in the nation for non-white students. While the studies are fresh, the Twin Cities’ communities of color—where most of Minnesota’s non-white population resides—have known and lived with these disparities for much longer.

Today, the non-white population of the Twin Cities has grown to 20 percent. Affordable housing developments are concentrated in only a few pockets of Minneapolis and St. Paul, creating the ghettos that mid-20th century policies avoided so well. If growing racial inequalities are not addressed, Minneapolis could find itself as one of the nation’s poorest cities when it comes to racial politics and urban decline." (read)

By The Numbers:
A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers:

$167,000
The amount of the Oscar "swag bag" That's $17,000 more than the previous record of $150,000 set back in 2005. (read)

141
Rolling Stone recent published a ranking of all 141 Saturday Night Live cast members.  If you like the show, you have to read (this)

$75,000,000
The amount ABC pays the Motion Pictures Academy to broadcast the Oscars. ABC has televised every Oscars telecast since 1976. The network has a $75 million-a-year contract with the Motion Pictures Academy to air the awards show through 2020.

18,140.44
The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week. Up nearly 300 points from last week.

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Monday Morning Quarterback – 2/9/2015

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 24th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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The Most Romantic Restaurant?:
Readers have chosen Amore Victoria in Uptown as among the most romantic restaurant in the Twin Cities.  Chef Alex was a recent guest on KARE 11. Find out what he is cooking for Valentine's Day and how you can cook it at home this weekend. (watch) (client)

Serial Podcast:
If you haven't listened to the "Serial" Podcast you should start.    The  podcast has turned into a cultural phenomenon, even being parodied on“Saturday Night Live."  And, for those Serial fans, there was some big news in the case this week.(read)

Most Iconic Movies Filmed in Each State:
HotelsCombined.com collected data based on which states were home to the most number of movie sets and created a map showing the “most iconic” movie filmed in each state. Here’s a highlight of the most popular films in each state.  Although I think they gave North Dakota credit for a MN film based on the name. (list)

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Follow The Money:
The Star Tribune's Pat Condon has a good story on all of the money spent on the 2014 elections, now that the final campaign finance reports have been filed. (read)
Forced to Retire Justice Alan Page Plans the Next Chapter:
"Page, known as an NFL Hall of Famer with the Minnesota Vikings Purple People Eaters defensive line from the late 1960s into the late 70s, has spent 22 years as the first black justice on the state's highest court. That chapter will come to an end in August when he hits the mandatory retirement age of 70. " (read)

Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week:

The Loss of A Basketball Legend:
Legendary North Carolina Basketball coach Dean Smith passed away on Sunday.  Journalist and author Bill Nack explores the legacy of Dean Smith, who was known as the best teacher in basketball and a strong advocate for social justice.(watch)

Facebook Could Soon Identify ANY Photo of You:
Facebook's DeepFace system is now as accurate as a human being at a few constrained facial recognition tasks.  The technology is really cool, but the results can be creepy. (read)

By The Numbers:
A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers:

400,000,000
The number of photos uploaded to Facebook Everyday.

40 Million
The number of downloads for the Serial Podcast. That and more Serial by the numbers (here)

$972,000
The cost of the most expensive MN House race in 2014.

17,824.29
The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week. Up 700+ points from last week.

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Monday Morning Quarterback – 2/2/2015

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Is a Glass A Wine Better Than A Trip To the Gym?:
Well, Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are equivalent to those that we get from exercise.(read)

Best and Worse Ads of The Superbowl:
Do you have a favorite ad?  Did you miss the ad(s) everyone is talking about?  Check out each of the ads and how they ranked by viewers (here)

Out of the Rubble of Tornado St. Peter is Reborn.:
I traveled to St. Peter this weekend for the funeral of my college Tennis Coach Steve Wilkinson and was amazed at the transformation that has taken place both on and off campus.  Apparently I am not the only one. WCCO ran this story about St. Peter's growth on Thursday. (watch)


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The Best Political Reporters:
Who does the Washington Post think are the best political reporters in Minnesota?  Check out their list, including how to follow them all on Twitter.  If you like Minnesota politics this is a good start to your must-follow list. (read)
Transportation Debate Heats Up At the MN Capitol:
Republicans, the Governor and the Senate DFL are offering widely different plans to fix Minnesota's transportation system.  Star Tribune's Pat Condon does a good job of setting the stage for what will be the major issue of this legislative session. (read)

Minnesota's Political Insider Fantasy Football League Goes National:
If you hadn't heard of the Gridiron Ladies or their famous traveling trophy "The Heel" chances are you have now.  CBS Sunday morning featured the all female league that includes some of the biggest names in Minnesota politics. Watch the story and find out where you can find the trophy at the Capitol. (watch)

Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week:

Don't Trade My Hero:
This is a great story about kids, baseball and trades: " Sometimes it’s hard to explain how we choose our heroes...sometimes … well, sometimes, when you’re a kid, it takes only the single swing of a baseball bat on a spring night in an American suburb to seal the bargain forever."  (read)

The State Of Minnesota's Union is Strong:
Last week we told you about Minnesota being ranked the number 1 State by Politico.  Despite that people are leaving Minnesota in droves, and they are not being replaced. Why? (read)

By The Numbers:
A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers:

$4,500,000
The cost of a :30 sec ad during the Superbowl

12.5 Million
The estimated number of pizza boxes used on Superbowl Sunday.

113,000
The number of residents that leave Minnesota every year.  Only 101,000 arrived.

17,164.95
The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week. Down 500 points from last week.

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Monday Morning Quarterback – 1/26/2015

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Can 5 Minute Phone Calls Make You Rich?:
Well according to Business Insider the answer is yes.  Actually I am inclined to agree.  I have had much great success when I push away the keyboard and pick up the phone. (read)

NASA Releases The Largest Photo Ever:
It's a mammoth 1.5 billion pixel image (69,536 x 22,230) and requires about 4.3 GB disk space.  It is also very cool. The full image is made up of 411 Hubble images, takes you through a 100 million stars and travels over more than 40,000 light years.  Here is a link to the amazing image(space)


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The GOP Clown Car Drives Into the Ditch:
A rather harsh, but amusing take on last Saturday's "Freedom Summit" in Iowa. The event had two dozen speakers ground through 10 hours of speeches in front of more than 1,000 far-right Republicans. (read)
Sunday Sales Moves Closer:
Last week Sen. Roger Reinert, and Rep. Jen Loon, moved Sunday alcohol sales one step closer to reality when they, introduced a bill to repeal a ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.  They were joined by MN Beer Activists and several liquor store owners who are supporting the bill.  The Teamsters have been among the strongest opponents.  So Rep. Loon had a message for them:
“I will say publicly I am happy to put language in the bill that would make the Teamsters comfortable,” Loon said. “As I understand it, their concern is their members working on weekends to make deliveries. I know that liquor store owners can manage their inventory and operate in a way that would not be necessary. I am happy to write into the language of the bill that they would not be required to make deliveries on the weekend. If the Teamsters are listening, please come and see me.” (more)

Metro V Outstate Minnesota:
The Star Tribune takes a look and which region pays more in taxes and received more government aid.  This should fuel a great debate at the Minnesota Legislature. (read)

Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week:

MN Cool?:
Nationally Minnesota was always known for our frigid cold, but it turns out according to the Wall Street Journal we are know getting known for being "cool".  That is a long way from our "Fargo" image. (read)

The State Of Minnesota's Union is Strong:
At least we are strong according to the public affairs magazine POLITICO.  They recently ranked Minnesota #1 in their annual state of the states rankings.  (read)

By The Numbers:
A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers:

140,000
The number of people that turnout on Saturday for the Red Bull Crashed Ice in St. Paul.

48.5
That is the over under on total points inn the Superbowl next Sunday.  The Patriots are 2 points favorites.  For more odds and even a prediction(read).

$119 Million
The amount bet on the Superbowl last year.  It was up from 2013's record of $98 Million.  This year could be close to $150 Million.

6000
The number of languages currently spoken around the word. linguists predict that number could fall to as  few as 600 within the next century.  (read)

17,672.60
The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week. Up 100 points from last week.

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Monday Morning Quarterback – 1/19/2015

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Martin Luther King Day:
Today is the 15th time all 50 states have observed Martin Luther King Day.  A brief history: "The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968.President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000."(more)

MLK Humor:
What would happen if Martin Luther King had a conversation with a millennial?  Well, here is Saturday Night Live's humorous take: (watch)

MLK Films:
To help mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Wall Street Journal asked NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous to recommend three movies worth viewing that honor the life and legacy of the civil rights giant.  Here is the what he recommends: (movies)


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Presidential Quiz:
Could you pick out all of the presidents of the 20th century?  Here is a fun quick quiz to test your knowledge. (quiz)

A Better Way for Servers and Bartenders:
Last week the Star Tribune could be one of the biggest issues of the 2015 legislative session-tipped employee wages.  The Minnesota Restaurant Association has an innovative and "Minnesota Nice" way of ensuring front of the house employees and back of the house employees can continue to make good wages and tips. (read)

Mitt Romney has 2016 On His Mind: 
Is the third time the charm for Mitt Romney?  It appears more likely that Romney will once again run for President in 2016. Read what he told audiences over the weekend. (read)

Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week:

Are Buffets MN Most Popular Food?:
The Huffington Post teamed up with Yelp, website with restaurant and business listings and reviews, to see what types of cuisine are most likely to appear in each state compared to the national average. So what did the find out? (map)

Memo to Parents-Your Phone Makes You Cranky:
A least that is what researchers at Boston Medical Center found in a recent study on smartphone use and parenting. (read).

By The Numbers:
A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers:

2005
The last time the New England Patriots won the Superbowl.

15
The number of points the Seattle Seahawks scored in just 44 seconds in the 4th quarter. They eventually won in overtime.

$15,000,000
The amount Minnesota loses by banning alcohol sales on Sundays. (read)

17,511.57
The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week. Down 200 points from last week.

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Monday Morning Quarterback – 1/12/2015

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Time in Jelly Beans:
Want to get some perspective on life early on a Monday morning?  Watch this very cool and short video.  How many Jelly Beans do you have left...(watch)

What a Pair:
Tonight is the big College Football Championship.  If you are looking for the perfect beverage for your game day menu check out this helpful list. (read)

We Are #1:
Feel free to complain about the cold.  The Twin Cities has been named the #1 coldest metropolitan areas.  Check out the complete list.(read)


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40 Years in a Front Row Seat:
Bill Salisbury, the Dean of Minnesota's Capitol Press Corps, who recently announced his retirement, writes a wonderful, must read article on his forty years in Minnesota politics. (read)

Is This The Year For Sunday Sales?:
The Star Tribune has a profile of what could be the "sleeper" issue of of the session.  The issue of allowing sales of alcohol on Sundays in Minnesota has been around at the Capitol for decades, but with new leadership this could be the year, supporters of Sunday Sales finally win. (read)

Chairman Tesla: 
Six-term Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo, is set to chair the House Energy Committee. He sat down recently with the Star Tribune to talk about his energy ideas and the new Tesla, which he said is his biggest personal splurge. (read)

Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week:

Everything You Need to Know:
It's here. The end of the inaugural College Football Playoff, and the stage is set for a monumental clash between Oregon and Ohio State.  Here is a list of everything you need to know about tonight's big match up. (read)

Made Me Think on Keystone XL:
Congress and the President are in the middle of a showdown over the Keystone XL pipeline. The new Republican Congress will pass support of the Keystone project and President Obama has threaten to veto it.  I thought this was an interesting article on why one Congressman supports the project, but did not vote for the bill.(read)

By The Numbers:
A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers:

2,537
The number of DWI arrests in Minnesota from Nov. 26-Dec. 31. That is about 1,600 less than last year and down significant from 2006 total of 41,951.

4
The North Dakota State Bison won their 4 national college football championship in a row on Saturday.  They have seniors on the team that have won more championships than they have lost games. (3 losses in 4 years).

$2,000
The amount of money Minneapolis Public Schools spent to frame sweatshirts.  Read about that and other questionable spending (here)

17,737.37
The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week. Down 1

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Monday Morning Quarterback – 1/5/2015

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 | 0 Comments

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They Can't Hear You:
Do you need your issues to break through the noise at the Capitol this year?  If policy makers don't hear you they will hear their constituents.  Let The Rouen Group educate and mobilize grassroots supporters and the key contacts you need to be heard at the Capitol. (Contact Us)

12 Things Back to The Future Claimed We Would Have in 2015:
The blockbuster movie Back To The Future II took place way in the future in 2015.  Find out what they got right and wrong about 2015.  Anyone want a "hover board"? (Read)

As Cool As The Other Side of The Pillow:
For anyone who watched Sports Center you knew Stuart Scott's signature lines. On Sunday Stuart lost his 7 year battle with cancer.  Colleague Hannah Storm broke the news (here)


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What You Need To Know As Lawmakers Return:
From Construction, to committee assignments check out this list from the AP on "what you need to know" as the MN Legislature gets underway.(read)

The Newbies:
There are 26 new members of the Minnesota House this session, 21 new Republicans and 5 New Democrats that will start their first session on Tuesday.  Here is a link to their photos and a little information in case you run into them. (list)

Incoming Speaker of the House Promises Give and Take: 
The Star Tribune has a good look at the incoming Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt: "In just a few years, the 41-year-old Republican from Crown has rocketed to the top of state politics. Elected in 2010, Daudt became minority leader in 2013. He became the architect of the Republican effort to win the House — recruiting candidates, raising money and even knocking on doors as the GOP flipped 11 seats for a 72-62 majority..." (read)

How Sen. Coburn Made A Difference:
The Wall Street Journal has a great piece the citizen legislator, Sen. Tom Coburn: "The senator doesn’t leave behind him a stack of legislation with his name...What Mr. Coburn does leave is a more informed electorate and a better Republican Party—two groups that benefited enormously from his focus on first principles."  (read). And one key legacy for Sen. Coburn is USAspending.gov, designed to inform the public on federal outlays.

Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week:

Why Gas Feels Cheap-and Why It's Not:
Go beyond the soundbites with this Wall Street Journal article on gas prices in the US: "U.S. gasoline prices are the lowest they’ve been in five years. And they feel even cheaper because they come on the heels of the highest gas prices consumers have paid in three decades..."  (read)

Thunderbirds:
Ever wonder what it would be like to fly with the USAF Thunderbirds.  Check out this cool video shot from Lead Solo Maj. Blaine Jones' F-16 cockpit. (Watch)

Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God:
Readers may remember Eric Metaxas from his speech at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast(here).  Mr. Metaxas penned a thought provoking piece in the Wall Street Journal on Christmas Day on how science may be moving from denying God to making the case for a God. He writes: "Yet here we are, not only existing, but talking about existing. What can account for it? Can every one of those many parameters have been perfect by accident? At what point is it fair to admit that science suggests that we cannot be the result of random forces? Doesn’t assuming that an intelligence created these perfect conditions require far less faith than believing that a life-sustaining Earth just happened to beat the inconceivable odds to come into being?" (read the entire article)

By The Numbers:
A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers:

$24
The new cost to park at Airport Terminal 1. The rate was just increased $2 per day.

27
The Minnesota Twins rank 27 out of 30 teams in the latest MLB power rankings. So you're sayin there is a chance... (read)

$1.99
The average gas price in the metro.  Find the cheapest gas prices (here).

17,832.99
The Dow Jones Industrial Average to start the week.  It was up over 500 points since last week!

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Monday Morning Quarterback – 12/29/2014

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 | 0 Comments

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THE BEST OF 2014
As we close out 2014, I thought it would be fun to share some of the most clicked on and shared articles from the MMQ in 2014.  If you haven't read, watched or listened to these links you should.

Most Read:
10 Tips To Appear Smarter in Meetings:
This was one of the most shared stories of 2014 and rightfully so.  (Read)

10 Things Millennials Won't Spend Their Money On:
By 2017 Millennials will have more buying power than any other generation in America. So what are they buying?  Not surprisingly they spend differently then their parents. (read)

How Parents Really Feel on a Snow Day Video:
There are probably a few of these snow days coming up.  This is a great video for those of us with small kids. (watch)

Politics:
GOP House Pick Up Maps:
Here is a map of where the MN GOP made their gains. (Map)

A Bill On Capitol Hill:
This is one of the best Saturday Night Live Skits in a long time.  (watch)

Minnesota Themed:
MN Habits We Don't Realize We Have:
This was very popular so I guess a lot of readers wanted to find out something about themselves.(read)

7 MN Families on the List of America’s Wealthiest:  
Can you name them? (read)

One of My Favorite Stories:
Minnesota Twins role player Chris Colabello hits a perfectly timed home run-while they are interviewing his mom live on TV. (Watch)

A Better 2015:
10 Thinks Super Successful People Do to Stay Calm:
(read)
 
Forget Setting Goals And Focus On This:
This was by far the most clicked on articles in our year end post last year.  If you did not read it last year, read it this year and get 2015 off to a good start. (read)

Thank You:
Thank You for reading the MMQ and sharing part of your Monday with us throughout 2014.  We wish you a fun and prosperous 2015!
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