2012 was a good year

After losing Andy dog on New Year’s Eve I didn’t want a new dog because Andy was the best dog ever. But after two weeks of not having him, the hole he left in our lives was too great. We got Buddy — a silly, does not listen, failed four months of obedience school labradoodle. He managed to fall through the ice into Minnehaha Creek at 11-weeks old on a 5 degree winter day. Two months later he fell off a dock into the Mississippi River in April. I thought these two experiences would scar him for life but it seems to have done just the opposite. He loves the water and the outdoors. Now if I could only get him to BE A GOOD DOG and LISTEN TO ME.

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We bought a sailboat — a 19-foot Johnson Y boat. It’s a lean, mean racing machine. We hope to do a lot of sailing this upcoming year as we learn the ropes.

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I learned to lobby and in doing so saved a swimming pool by getting $2.1 million dollar in state bonding money.

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We enjoyed two great vacations: Lake Superior sailing and camping, and a week in North Carolina.

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We stayed at the luscious South Pier Hotel for a night.

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We watched big boat come in. This is the 1005 foot American Spirit coming into the harbor in Duluth.

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Buddy and Kevin at Trail’s End. Buddy’s first night of camping.

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We hiked along Lake Superior.

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We spent a week in North Carolina. I toured the Outer Banks of Cape Hattarias.

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