Phil Cole – Litigator

Phil Cole is, and has been for a number of years, one of the smartest and best litigators in the state.  He is the President of the Lomen Abdo Cole King & Stageberg PA law firm.  He is a litigator par excellence - a wise and sagacious counselor - one who does not suffer fools kindly. I can say this from having spent a number of years on the Plaintiffs' side of the Minnesota Bar - if you had Phil on the other side of the case from you, you know it was going to be a long, hard ride - you hated it, but you respected him because he was so good and he won so often.  He was the kind of guy who saw holes in your case you never, in your wildest dreams, thought of - and he exploited them to the fullest. I can say this also from having sat in insurance company claims committee meetings with him.  He's just as hard on his clients.  He sees the case for what it is, he's not afraid to expose every weakness in his client's case, and his advice about how to approach the case and whether to settle or fight is ignored only at your own peril. My hat is off to one of the state's great lawyers.  

Frank Harris – Executive Director Minnesota CLE

Frank Harris is the Executive Director of Minnesota CLE.  If you travel in Continuing Legal Education circles, what you will find is that Frank is regarded as one of the greatest innovators and leaders in the field. Read More

Paul & Chris

Paul and Chris aren't from Minnesota, but I have to include them.  I met them traveling on a barge through the Burgundy region of France.  Paul and Chris live in Sydney, Australia.  They are such wonderful folks, I wish they were Minnesotans, so I'm granting them honorary Minnesotan status!

Brandon Howe – Financial Consultant

Cadilllac Kolstad – Musician

Andrew "Cadillac" Kolstad is the scion of a musical family.  His father, Papa John Kolstad was one of the movers and shakers of the old Minneapolis folk scene back in the days of Koerner, Ray & Glover.  (I'll have to get a photo of Papa John on the blog in the future.) Cadillac has been shakin' his own grove in the Minneapolis music scene hauling an old upright on a trailer behind his gold 50's era Cadillac from gig to gig.  The man ain't just show - he's the real deal.  He lays down a boogie-woogie piano that gets people up and dancing.  Keep the music coming Cadillac!

Bob Frey – Songwriter, Teacher

Bob Frey teaches at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, MN.  It is is a comprehensive, tuition-free public high school offering a rigorous academic program, with intensive coursework focused in the arts.  Kids from around the state come to pursue their high school education and their passion for the arts. Bob has a gift for song writing and performs regularly around town.  Take a listen to some of his songs on his mySpace page.  He honed his craft in the bars and coffeehouses of his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, as well as in Oxford, Ohio and Chicago formerly fronted The Buskers. Bob is older brother to James Frey the author of A Million Little Pieces.  You probably know all about that controversy.

Barbara Porwit

Barbara Porwit is an artist.  Her website, Body Images, is aptly named because much of her art celebrates the shapes and curves of the body.  She has a series that I always found particularly engaging.  It is a study of deer skeletons.  Through Barbara's eye they became visions of almost abstract architectural grandeur. Barb is also to mother of Zander, who is a superhero in one her beloved paintings.

New Face of Minnesota Website

It was inevitable that I would have to move from the iWeb platform I was using before.  I liked how iWeb integrated well with Aperture and created a pretty nifty looking website without too much trouble, but it wasn't a particularly flexible tool and by pretty much all accounts, a development dead-end.  With Apple having not even bothered to upgrade it in the last iWork update, it felt like iWeb was being orphaned. So, when the hard drive on my iMac died and I seemed to have lost control of the iWeb websites (though I was able get pretty much all the data back - thank you Backblaze!), it seemed time to move to a new platform.  So, here I am recreating the site on WordPress. I've reposted all the old posts with their original dates and will start doing new posts soon.  Enjoy!

Eric Lovold – Musician, Song Writer

Eric Lovold is the front man for a great Twin Cities band, The Alarmists.  He is a gifted song writer and one of the best recording engineers around the Twin Cities.  My band did some recording with Eric and he is just a wizard with Pro Tools.  (You can hear the results on our Facebook Fan Page.)  Christmas Day of 2010 some Grinch broke into his house and stole quite a bit of gear from his recording studio.  Eric was over for dinner the other night and could resist the old (but in very fine shape) 1925 Baldwin in the parlor!  He makes beautiful music.

Billy McLaughlin – Guitarist

Billy McLaughlin is a locally famous guitarist in the Midwest.  He has a unique style using hamer-ons and -offs using both hands.  He creates a harp-like sound with his playing.  He calls it “two-handed tapping.” Several years ago he developed a debilitating, especially for a musician, illness called focal dystonia.  It is a movement disorder affected Billy’s left forearm and hand causing two fingers to curl up and not respond.  Brought his solo career to a crashing halt.  He had to relearn to play the guitar backwards to how he had played previously.  He describes it as learning to sign your name with your non-dominant hand as perfectly as you can with your dominant hand.  Happily, he was successful. Below is a video interview with Billy from a local news station describing his struggle and victory:

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