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Pete Hanson

I'm just a regular Minnesota guy that grew up on the north-side of the Cities (Fridley), spent some quality time at the U of M, chill on the weekends at the family cabin near Duluth, bleed Vikings purple, and miss the North Stars. I have a short attention span; and enjoy Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Zac Brown, 80s hair bands, coffee, beer, scotch, and long sunset walks on the beach. (One of those isn't true.) I'm a two-time cancer survivor now (Colorectal 2002, Kidney 2014), and know that life is damn short -- so by all means we should be playing as hard and as often as we can. I think that's it. (Did I mention that I have a short attention span?) Hit me up below on Facebook & Twitter.
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‘P’ Is For Perspective (And ‘V’ Is For Vacation)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I sure think this one is. 26 days 'til we leave for 'Tropical Nights: Boots In The Sand.' Join Cindy & I Feb. 23 through Feb. 27, with Dierks BentleyJana KramerBilly Currington, and Brantley Gilbert -- each headlining a separate night of live music on the beach.

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Have Lunch With Real American Heros Tomorrow

Tomorrow in Sauk Rapids you can have lunch with a real American hero; a World War II veteran. For a minimum donation of $25 (benefiting the 'Veterans Honor Flight' to Washington, D.C.) you'll enjoy lunch, memories, and stories with WWII veterans at the Sauk Rapids Government Center. Make your reservation today.

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From Gull Lake To Rivera Maya: Pete & Cindy’s 108 Degree ‘Feels Like’ Change

On January 25, 2014 Cindy and I spent the day on Gull Lake for the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. The temp was 2˚ with a wind chill of -21˚. On February 25, 2014 we will be in Rivera Maya, Mexico for 'Tropical Nights: Boots In The Sand.' Temp 82˚, heat index 87˚. Want to vacation with us? Here's how!

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Reading On The Decline: I’m Fighting Back

I came across a stat the other day that said nearly 1/3 of Americans have not read a single book in the last year. That includes paperbacks, Kindles, and…audiobooks. I have always loved reading, but sometimes it does get pushed to the back burner. Esquire has a list of '80 Books Every Man Should Read.' I have decided to tackle it starting today.

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If I Hate MSNBC & The Fox News Channel, Does That Make Me A Liberal or Conservative?

There is nothing more mind-numbing that watching either MSNBC or Fox News Channel. Many hate one or the other based on the ridiculously one-sided, biased reporting from either a liberal or conservative slant. I hate them both because they are horrible, laughable, and nauseating. ('Hate' might be a strong word.) Perfect.

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Blizzard Warning For Today

A 'Blizzard Warning' remains in effect until Midnight tonight for St. Cloud and points west. Travel is not advised, with blowing snow expected to cause white-out conditions. A 'Wind Chill Warning' has been issued for all of Central Minnesota from Midnight tonight through Tuesday afternoon. Wind chills will approach -50˚ overnight tonight and Monday.

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Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza: Winter, Wind Chill, & Walleyes [Photos]

The 24th annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza today was not for the feint of heart. With a high temp in the single digits and a wind chill near -20˚, only the heartiest of Minnesotans (10,000+ of them) would brave the frozen surface of Gull Lake. Cindy & I mingled with the anglers. Here are pics and early results.

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