Derrick Knutson

Here’s a scary fact: There has been snowfall in Minnesota every month with the exception of July, according to the Minnesota State Climatology Office. As I write this column, the weather is warming and the weekend forecast is purporting temperatures in the low 70s and plenty of sunshine. I’m hoping this is Mother Nature’s way [...]

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If you can’t pick out what’s wrong with that headline, the rest of this column is not for you. I recently read a book loaned to me by my coworker Jon titled “Eats, Shoots & Leaves — The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.” (Note the dash is not in the title of the book; I [...]

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I received a press release last week that urges me to “celebrate one of the nation’s most important holidays.” No, it’s not Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day or even Presidents Day. It’s National Hairball Awareness Day. Someone has apparently decided April 26 should be a day totally devoted to saliva-covered balls of cat fur. Why [...]

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Someone needs to stop feeding those dancing hamsters in the Kia Soul commercials so they die and I can have some peace. I don’t even watch that much television, but it seems like that commercial is played every time I start flipping through the channels. It’s gotten to the point where I’ll rush for the [...]

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When I heard the first reports that Percy Harvin was being traded to the Seattle Seahawks, I initially thought the move was a bad one by the Vikings. This is a player who has game-breaking ability, an aptitude for making tacklers miss a la Barry Sanders and hands soft enough to bring down high-velocity passes [...]

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Pouring gasoline into a car’s tank with a 16-ounce water bottle isn’t the most effective way to fuel up, but it’s what I had to do recently. About two weeks ago, I was driving to work and less than a mile from my house, my car began to sputter. I looked at the gas gauge [...]

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