A Minnesota Mystery

United States National Cribbage Doubles Champions, 1941

A few weeks ago I made a trip to the Minnesota Historical Society for an evening of 15-2 research. I had no idea what I’d find,  except I anticipated that somewhere in the past 100 years of history in the land of 10,000 lakes cribbage would be mentioned/highlighted/featured in local newspapers and other media. I wasn’t disappointed.  Continue reading


“15-2; Take Off Your Clothes!”

You know what it's called.

This form of cribbage is generally frowned upon in public, competitive play. In private, however, it may be a different story. The Superbowl. The World Series. The Stanley Cup Playoffs.

And Strip Cribbage.

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Connors’ “Fire Season” Wins Book Award

Last week, Minnesota author Phil Connors won the National Outdoor Book Award for his recent title Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout. Several months ago, I attended a reading from Connors at Magers & Quinn, my favorite Twin City bookstore, and was able to ask him a bit about cribbage at 10,000+ feet. The original blog is posted below.


Last Wednesday, Connors read from his just-released book Fire Season: Field Notes From A Wilderness Lookout, at the inestimable Magers & Quinn bookstore in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Fire Season recounts the experience of Connors’ beloved job, that of a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico, one of North America’s landscapes most prone to fire, to flame, to spark, kindle and inferno. After several years as an editor at the Wall Street Journal, Connors abandoned the miasma of New York life for the (relative) solitude of the southwest. I haven’t read the book–yet–but I enjoyed Connors’ contribution to State by State, writing of our mutual home state of Minnesota, and had read a few excerpts of his work in other publications. Why do I think we’d be friends?

Dude plays cribbage. Continue reading