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Monday Morning Quarterback – 12/21/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: December 21st, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: A few random/interesting tidbits: Happy Holidays: A quick thank you to all of the clients and friends that have partnered with us.  Thanks for making 2015 the best year yet!  (watch) Good Grammar: Love to read all those post game rants after your favorite teams lose?  You can find some "interesting grammar."  The folks at Grammerly released The 2015 Grammar Power Rankings for best and worst grammar by sports teams. (read) TAKE ADVANTAGE: If you want a gift that the guys on your list will love, or you're looking for something special for your holiday party, you should check out The Foursome Men's Clothing store in Plymouth.  My wife's family has owned it for 60 years, and The Foursome  has a great selection of clothing from brands like Tommy Bahama, The North Face, 34 Heritage, Canada Goose, and many more.   Keri has offered 15% off your entire purchase (regular price items) to all MMQ readers through the end of the year.   Simply show this MMQ at your time of purchase.  Check out The Foursome (here) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  How a Capitol Hill Career Began with a $500 Check: The Washington Examiner has a great profile piece on Rep. Emmer Chief of Staff, David Fitzsimmons. (read)
MegaBeer: The Anheuser Busch InBev proposed $107 billion takeover of rival SABMiller would give the "megabrewer" control of nearly a third of the global beer market and many are afraid the global dominance could be used to squeeze out smaller craft breweries like Castle Danger. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Plymouth, Minn., the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, held a hearing on the proposal Dec. 8 to examine how the merger would affect more than 4,000 other brewers. (read) Dance Party: 2008 Hillary Clinton, meets 2015 Clinton and the Clintons are joined by Sarah Palin for a bi-partisan dance party.  Love the SNL skits. (watch) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Should Your Kids Win at Monopoly?: Tis the season to gather with family and play board games.  The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on if you should "let your kids win." (read) MN Vikings: Drink Red Wine For Health: Inspired by longevity of a veteran safety, the Minnesota young Vikings defense has developed a tasted for fine wines.  No this is not from the Onion.  Take a long at this piece from the Wall Street Journal.  Maybe you will feel better about that Holiday glass of Pinot. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 13 Maps that are perfect to share at your next dinner party.  Seriously these are cool (read) 10 Check out the top 10 PR goofs of 2015.  Glad none of my ideas made the list. (read) 8 The 8 gifts for the craft beer lover. (gifts) 250 million The Force Awakens takes in nearly 250 million on the opening weekend.  Still zero from the Rouen family although my guess is that changes by next MMQ. (read) 17.128.55 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Down 600+ points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 12/14/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: December 14th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: A few random/interesting tidbits: Gift Cards: I know many of us still have some shopping to do for the holidays. Are you like 80% of Americans and thinking of getting a gift card for someone? You might want to think again.  Since 2005, Americans have left more than $45 billion in unredeemed gift cards on the table, according to estimates by CardHub. (read)  More Gifts for Guys: So if the previous article blew up your plan for the guy(s) in your life check out this list of top 100 gifts for men.  I added a few things to my list from here.(list) Most Instragramed Place: Social photo site Instagram has released a list of its most frequently geo-tagged names by state. (Most often, they're locations, but some most-'grammed are events like the Bonnaroo Music Festival).  The MN one surprised me (here) MMQ Readers Special: If you want a gift that the guys on your list will love, or you're looking for something special for your holiday party, you should check out The Foursome Men's Clothing store in Plymouth.  My wife's family has owned it for 60 years, and The Foursome  has a great selection of clothing from brands like Tommy Bahama, The North Face, 34 Heritage, Canada Goose, and many more.   Keri has offered 15% off your entire purchase (regular price items) to all MMQ readers through the end of the year.   Simply show this MMQ at your time of purchase.  Check out The Foursome (here) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  What George W. Bush Thinks of GOP Field: If you want to lighten up your Monday morning, watch this clip of Will Farrell as George W. Bush, providing his take on the GOP field. (watch)
Main Stage: The stage is set for the final GOP presidential debate of 2015.  In all, 9 candidates will be on the main stage in Tuesday's debate. (read) Iowa Front-runners Campaign in MN This Week: Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz will both campaign in Minnesota this week.  Check out details (here) Democrats Turn: Last Friday the three Democrats, vying to replace retiring Rep. John Kline squared off in their first televised debate. (watch) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Don't Over Pay For the Kobe: Authors of this recent article sought to discover the most overpriced, marked-up, sucker-bet foods at your favorite eatery.  They talked to chefs and restaurant owners. Under the cloak of anonymity, they shared the biggest wastes of money on the menu. Check out the list.  It might change what you order. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 48 48% of millennials think the American Dream is dead.  Here is why. (read) 15 Farewell to one of the great guys in baseball Michael Cuddyer.  He announced his retirement after 15 years in the big leagues.  (read) 2,000,000 The non-partisan CBO says Obamacare will cost the economy 2 million job hours over the next decade. (read) 17 This Thursday Dec. 17th the long awaited Star Wars Force Awakens hits theaters.  The film has already sold well over $50,000,000 in advance sales. (Tickets) 17.847.63 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Up 50 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 12/7/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: December 7th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: A few random/interesting tidbits: How Do They Do It: Ever wonder how Amazon is able to move so many packages in a short time?  Check out this amazing video from one of their Florida warehouse facilities. The have over 1 million unique items in this facility alone. (watch) Best New Restaurants: Minnesota Monthly is out with their 2015 best Restaurants, dishes and drinks.  A big congrats to Reid Hellgren and his team at Parella in Uptown for winning multiple awards.  Check out this list and make reservations ASAP at these places if you want to try them in the next month. (read) Some Good Press: Once again we get the pleasure of sharing some great press for one of our clients.  This time Minnesota Monthly did a nice piece on Hydrate MN.  Hydration therapy is a hot trend around the country and Josh Atree has brought the business to Minnesota.  Check out the piece in MN Monthly to learn more. (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  $1.9 Billion Surplus: On Thursday, the State of Minnesota announced a projected $1.9 billion surplus.  Immediately after the announcement politicians on both sides of the aisle had plans to spend the surplus in a combination of
Come Get a Growler: Please join David Burley, Sen. Michelle Benson, Sen. Carrie Ruud, Amy Koch, Noah Rouen, Stan Jackson, Stacey Stout, Brian McDaniel, Margaret Vesel, Judy Cook, Jen Niska, Ward Einess and James Clark for a special event supporting Sen. Karin Housley on Dec. 10th, 4-7pm at the Freehouse in Minneapolis.  Join us to get your Housley for Senate Growler. Speedy Recovery: Governor Dayton is going in for back surgery today.  According to his spokesman, this is a similar proceeder to one he had in 2012.  He is expected to be on a normal schedule within a week. (read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: University of Minnesota Spending is Arrogant and Out of Control: The Star Tribune published a scathing Op-Ed from Steven Dornfeld, in which he blasts the U of M's spending spree: "The latest evidence comes in published reports of the lavish, almost laughable expenses of administrators and coaches in the athletic department that were reimbursed by the university. How could any public institution justify spending: Nearly $30,000 in a three-year period for Athletic Director Norwood Teague to wine and dine donors, staff and others. And I mean “wine” — to the tune of almost $11,000. $24,444 in lodging and registration fees for women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings and her staff to attend a coaches’ convention in Tampa, Fla. Nearly $2,000 to reimburse Stollings for makeup, an outfit and shoes from Nordstrom. $2,298.85 to transport the dog of men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino by car from Miami to the Twin Cities." Did Zuckerberg End Philanthropy As We Know It: The Wall Street Journal takes a look at Facebook CEO's decision to donate 99% of his shares (valued at $45 billion) into an LLC and not a trust or non-profit.  They explain the idea: What Mr. Zuckerberg and others are proposing instead is to harness the profit motive on behalf of their philanthropic goals. This is often referred to as a “double bottom-line” approach: The companies in which the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invests will have to show both a financial return in order to be sustainable and a social one—for example, increased numbers of lives saved or children finishing school—in order to obtain additional funding..." (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 95 It had been 95 years since the New York Times put an Editorial on the Front Page.  They did thatSunday calling for more gun laws. You can read the editorial (here) 60 The number of days in advance you need to book a reservation at Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis. $51,500 According to Esquire magazine that is the salary you would need to buy the 288,700 median home in Minneapolis.  Find out how that compares to other cities. (here) 10  Here is a list from Forbes of 10 morning habits of successful people.  It might include reading the MMQ. (read) 17.847.63 The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Up 50 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.
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