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Mt. Holly Mayor's Office

Ponderings and pipedreams from the mayor of Minnesota's smallest small town.

Updated: 2017-09-05T19:22:24.399-07:00


Ridin' the Dog via Boing Boing


Thanks Boing Boing for posting up this blast from the past. Three of my fave cartoonists Pat Moriarity, David Collier, and Eric Reynolds jam on a comic about my early 90's travels around the country.

There's a tremendous practicality in kindness.


Man & Machine: A Naked Robotic Love Story


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Man & Machine: A Naked Robotic Love Story from Jonathan Nowak on Vimeo.

I'm so glad that my friend, Director Jonathan Nowak created this documentary about Godfried and Moniek, their joyful and urgent approach to their work and life, alone and together. Enjoy. slightly NSFW

The making of Thunderbirds


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Ivan Marx says 'Bigfoot',


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Jim Copp Performs "Agnes Mouthwash & Friends"


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Famous Author Mykle Hansen Takes you on a 3-Minute Tour of the 2012 Art Shanty Projects.


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A Parable from Porous Walker


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I Want A Dog That Poops Money from Eighty Four Films on Vimeo.

Tattooed Steiger


width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>I endorse how Rod Steiger puts all the 'little things' in their places in his 1969 roll as The Illustrated Man. This is a nice look into turning that beast into a work of art. "DON'T CALL THEM TATTOOS!"

Koerner, Ray & Glover - Blues, Rags & Hollers Documentary, 1986.


width="405" height="344" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> What a find! The complete Koerner, Ray & Glover PBS documentary from 1986. Plenty of archival footage of these virtually unknown, outside of the Midwest, Blue-eyed bluesmen.

My favorite Beach Boy? Carl, of course


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Local boy in a Sabertooth Tiger outfit makes good.


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Mt. Holly salutes its former Animal Control agent, Jackson Dahlke, in his second place finish in Sunday's mascot derby.

20 years ago this week, I began work on my first zine . . .


20 Years Ago, this week I began work on my first Zine, an anthology featuring Jason Sandberg, Zak Sally, and Scott A Dolan. Recently, I was asked by Metro Magazine for my thoughts on zine culture, zines in Minneapolis and the upcoming Twin Cities Zinefest (Saturday, September 24, 2011: 12pm-5pm) Here's what I wrote, an overview of how I got into zines and what it was like to be a self-publisher back in the days before the internet. As a bonus, I've also included the complete contents of Rump #1, a highly-relevant benchmark issue.Here's a start. Please help with editing and spelling and stuff. I'm a bit of a knucklehead. Anything you'd like me to extrapolate on?I grew up in Shakopee. Like most small town punks in the 80's, I moved away as soon as I was able (1987). I was lucky. MPLS wasn't far and there was a shit ton of music and lowbrow art happening here ­at the time. Along with, Kevin Cole's late night radio shows on KBEM, the fanzines and DIY mags (Uncle Fester / Your Flesh / Art Police / Losing Faith / Ferret Comix / Baby Split Bowling News / Profane Existence) I would pick up on my sporadic escapes into the big city were the Harlequin™ romance novels to my locked-in-my-bedroom-against-Reganomics-and-rednecks loneliness.Up til moving to MPLS I worked in a butcher shop. The U of M was a magnet for of outstate DIY'ers. I was a 'fine arts major'. Don't remember much of actually going to class. (only lasted a year and a half). My life revolved around WMMR (now Radio K) (lasted 3 years before my non-student status was discovered) where I met Jason Parker and the THD crowd . Making xeroxed playlists, station newsletters (Hooray for the Devil!) and gig posters with those punks was a hell of a lot more fun than sketching hirsute transient 'models'. I picked up an internship at Twin Tone aback when Am Rep was still squatting there, and started doing posters for the Uptown Bar. It was a pretty inspiring time and fueled my move out of the fine art program and eventually out of school.I left school with the mission to forget about art and “make toys and draw fucked up shit”.I spent a lot of time at Kinkos, and figured I'd get an overnight job there to 'facilitate' my practice. I was not alone. Zinesters are night owls. Being a copy connection' I was in the right place to meet the broad spectrum of MPLS DIY publishers, the anarchists and socialists; the cartoonists and the writers. One late night I met Earnest Mann, who had been publishing his amazing double-sided 8 ½ x 11 zine, The Little Free Press for nearly 20 years. (his zine was also freely reproducible. I host a digital version of one of his collections in the Mt. Holly Public Library (LINK). You should put down this magazine or your computer and go read it now.)I was introduced to fellow Kinko's employees, Joel Orff and Dan Cahil [CHECK SPELLING] about this time. They were publishing a collective comics zine called Marvelous Martha's Comic's. It inspired me, in 1991 to try to put out my own collected zine, Ye Olde Stinkhammer Press (bear with me, grunge was casting a heavy, flannel-draped dude-vibe on everything in those days.)The music and art scene back then was reeeeeeeaaaaaalllllly small. It was local, close, and because of this, there was a earnest quality to all of it. Remember, this was a time before 'Alternative Radio' and the internet which 'legitimized' saturated, diluted and commoditized art and music. (sorry, folks, I'm old.)This was a time where one discovered music through reading Maximum Rock & Roll, going to the record store, catching touring bands or grabbing a beer with friends who just got off tour and would regale with stories and swapped records and tapes. The same was true but to a lesser extent with zines.If you were l[...]

This is Prairie Smoke


It's like the Muppet of the high grass prairie perennials. From my garden.

Mac 1980's Design Team Easter Egg


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Daily Photos of the 2011 Minnesota River Flood near Mt. Holly


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I'll do my best to keep this updated through the spring

Man & Machine: A Naked Robotic Love Story - Documentary to debut at SXSW


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Man & Machine: A Naked Robotic Love Story from Delicious Filmworks on Vimeo.

Jonathan Nowak co-directed this documentary about a Belgian couple (Godfried Willem-Raes and Moniek Darge)and their love for each other and of robots and music. The film will be debuting at SXSW this year and looks amazing.

Godfried's theories about new music got him kicked out of a Belgian conservatory and sparked his development of a robotic orchestra, bicycle symphony and an instrument based on sonar reactions to a dancing nude body (Warning it's a bit NSFW).

I had the fortune of working with Jonathan back in my advertising days on the best project I ever was a part of. Congrats, Jonathan.

Film website

Happy Birthday Mac Dawg - Free CD from Mt. Holly Municipal Records


I first met Mac Dawg outside the Capital Theater in Olympia Washington shortly after we both arrived. He from Kent, Washington (an outer ring suburb of Seattle), me from Minneapolis, Minnesota (an outer ring suburb of Mt. Holly).

Here was this dude who looked a bit like Paul Shafer in a tie die carrying a tape case on which he had drawn a ghetto blaster and a piece of corrugated cardboard advertising "Will freestyle on any topic 25¢ " I gave him 75¢ to rap about the girl I was with, Pizza Hut, and Moby Dick which he did, flawlessly. I bought a couple of the tapes he was selling from his own label, Krazed Up Records.

Read more and download here: Mt. Holly Municipal Records

More recent jams on MySpace, YES!

My Rocket-Wielding Blast-Off Ice Fishing Tip-Up


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This week, I outfitted my ice fishing sledge with a rattle-reel, a super-sketchy homebrew detonator (the trigger involves a guitar pick) and a launch pad. Now, I know when a fish bites because a rocket launches.

No one lost a hand today, but we did lose 2 rockets.

Thanks to the dudes at mission control: Dave, Jake and Jeff.

Here's a hi-res photo of the set-up:


Kahn Ice Gardens - The story of a homemade backyard ice rink


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Late Night Skate from Joshua Kahn on Vimeo.

What do people in Minnesota do in the long cold winters? They dream shit up. Then they build it. This is the story of my pal Joshua Kahn's homemade backyard ice rink. Now keep in mind, this thing is in his backyard in Typical Suburbia, USA. Also, note that we've had 60 inches of snow this year. Look at the quality of that ice!

I'd like to say that this is a unique project, but it's not, these things pop up all over the Twin Cities Area. Still, Josh's rink is pretty incredible. The sophistication grows every year, like lights embedded below the ice to create the scrimmage lines and a homebuilt push Zamboni. I know Josh has been tinkering with an Arduino controlled scoreboard as a future enhancement. Nice!

Dave Zadra's Jigging Gizzee


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My pal Dave loves to boil water. He's built a steam powered motorcycle. So, of course, I knew he'd bring something special to fish with when he suggested we go ice fishing together.

The column heats the water that drips into the sardine can. A stick on a bent spring pops up from under the reel's handle, signaling a bite.

Dave's next modification will be a small chute that will direct the spilled hot water into the hole keeping it ice-free.

Speaking of sardines, that day Dave caught the only two.

Do Something Awesome with your Life! - Brother & Sister Music Video


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What better jam to rock as I head home for a weekend of making stuff!

Neature Walk. How neat is that?


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thanks to Justin Bidwell, headhunter extrordinaire

From the Knitting Needles of The Mayor


A few years ago, in order to combat some strange memory loss issues, I needed to find a way to meditate a bit . . . which sucks. I am one of those people who cannot shut off their brain. I guess I just didn't understand meditation. I found that rather than snuffing my thoughts, I just needed to apply a focused self-pacing task to them. It apply a regulator, if you will.. Well, thanks to my Uncle Ron, who has been knitting for years and is a patient and entertaining instructor, I found that regulator in knitting. I've gotten good enough to actually make gifts for people, and proud enough to order up some labels from the good folks at Miles Kimball. They showed up this weekend.

Incredibly great video about incredibly great cartoonist, Zak Sally (Lamano Overlord)


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