Newsletter and Site Access Interruption – 5 April 6:35PM to 10:05PM

You may have noticed the newsletter didn't have pictures or would't click through.  If you tried to go to the website you got a message that the domain was disabled.  We're clear of that emergency, but it does illustrate how careful we need to be in our Internet lives.

We had the unfortunate timing to send a bulk email just as some other accounts on related servers were compromised.  We got flagged and shut down.  We didn't get hacked, and all our data is safe and intact and our site security is, well, ok.   We're protected three layers deep and still the rip-roaring finger of the Internet poked at us.

Take it as a lesson.  Use strong passwords.  Keep your firewall up and active, and don't allow exceptions if at all possible.  Keep your virus scanner up and running, and up to date.  And finally, make sure your PC is fit enough for internet relations.

  • Phill

Newsletter Delivery to Microsoft Email Addresses Resolved

After a couple of weeks negotiating with the Microsoft security folks, it appears we're back to normal operations for the newsletter.

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Make it So

Chuck Wagon Dinner and Auction Fundraiser

Chuck Wagon Dinner
Sponsored by
Gallagher-Hansen V.F.W.
111 South Concord Exchange
South St Paul
APRIL 16th, 2016
Cost is $12.00 per person

Social Time and Auction Viewing 5:00PM to 5:45 PM
Chuck Wagon Dinner Served

(Geronimo Joes, Yosemite Slaw, Cheyenne Bean Casserole, Lakota Punch, Crazy Horse Cake and Crockett Cake for dessert)

5:45PM to 6:30 PM
Silent Auction Closes 6:45 PM
Door Prizes 5:45PM to 6:30 PM

We're changing up the menu this year and trying mild to spicy chilis hoping one will be your "hearts" desire!! Along with our auction items we will have a "claw" machine that you can try to pick up containers filled with gift cards to some of our favorite restaurants and stores.  Grab your cowboy hats, boots, and your horse (if you have one), spouse, family, friends, quarters for the claw game and come enjoy the fun with us!

Please reserve your spot by APRIL 10th so we can make sure there is plenty to eat for everyone!

** Our 2016 benefit will be for the  American Lung Association due to losing one of our members to this disease. ***

Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs

Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs

 will be held at the UofM Field House, 1800 University Ave SE, Minneapolis on

February 26-27, 2016

We've helped out every year since 1994, please help us help the Kids Create the Future.

Setup starts at 9AM on the 26th.  The kids start checking in at about 1PM, with judging starting at about 4:00pm.  With luck and work we'll be done by 10:00PM.

On Saturday the award ceremony starts at 10:00AM and goes until about noon, followed by takedown and a little lunch at Khan's.

Please join us, and come to the February Meeting to find out more!

Come one, come all to the February General Membership Meeting.

Because the Needs of the All outweigh the Needs of the One....

We've survived the Deep Cold Nine, so it's time to Voyage the Next Congregation.

We'll find out about

  • How we've moved the Motion Picture night to later in the year
  • The Wrap of Con - how we'll handle MarsCon
  • More about our Search for a Spot to hold 50th Anniversary Hijinks
  • When we'll Voyage Home - back to the scene of last year's Pi Day Party (and this year's Part 2.7183)
  • How we Final-ly Front-ier the tickets for the Chuck Wagon Dinner
  • Details of Undiscovered Business
  • and Generations of New Ideas.

We're meeting at Noon at the Augsburg Library,  see below.

Dinner and Lyric Arts Theater This Saturday

On This Saturday, January 16th we are going out for a nice evening of dinner and a play. The play is The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee, a Tony Award winning play that is supposed to be a hoot. Guests under the age of 14 are not allowed, so no little kids (isn't that intriguing?)! You may go online at for more information. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 763-422-1838, and you'll want to reserve early in case they sell out the evening performance. Specify that you're with the USS Nokomis so they'll seat you by the group.

Dinner will be at Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano in The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. Our reservation is for 3:30 pm. Check it out at

If we're done dinner and still have time to kill, Phill and Lynne have invited us to their home for a warm place to stay.  Contact Phill for directions if you don't already know where they are.  Expect that the after dinner crowd won't arrive there until 5:30 or so.

The show starts at 7:30 PM in the Anoka Downtown area.

Let Mary know if you're coming, we want to make the reservations right!

History of Hallmark’s Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments

After 50 years, the distinctive image of the USS Enterprise has come to serve not only as home for hundreds of explorers of the future but also as an iconic symbol of the Star Trek universe and all that represents to its fans. For more than half that time, sculptor Lynn Norton has devoted uncounted hours to interpreting incarnations of the beloved starship, creating Keepsake Ornaments for Hallmark that bring fans’ favorite memories and fantastic moments to Christmas trees each year (and admittedly to collectible displays all year long for many people).

Read the rest of the story on at Storied History of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments.