Axe Throwing (because phasers haven’t been invented yet)

On February 9th we'll be going where no USS Nokomis member has gone before (at least, we thing that's true). We have a reservation at Bad Axe Minneapolis to have some fun. The facility is at 2505 Kennedy Street NE Minneapolis and our reserved time is at 5:30pm.

Our event includes two reserved targets, an axe throwing coach, and two hours of axe throwing fun. We can bring in our own food and beverage, so we'll have a potluck while we throw.

The cost is $39.25 per thrower. We must hit a minimum of throwers to get our spot, so be sure to sign up at the January meeting or on the website as soon as possible. If you have friends and family who'd like to come, they're welcome. You must sign them up for the throwing and potluck.

Here are some answers to questions you may have, from the FAQ:

  • They require everyone who throws to wear closed-toed shoes.
  • In the winter they recommend you make sure to wear layers because it gets a little cold, but other than that just wear something comfortable.
  • They have never had anyone hurt or injured in any way.  It is completely safe and they are very strict in making sure that everyone is throwing the axes in a safe manner. You are, however, required to sign a waiver. You can do it ahead of time online, or when you get there.
  • If you can't throw, you can come to cheer on your crewmates at no cost.

Now doesn't that sound like fun?



It’s Never Too Early to Get Beer!

Yup, it's time to think about beer, and St Patrick's Day, too. The 16th annual beer tasting and competition will take place on March 9th. You do not have to compete in the tasting to attend, of course, and can simply enjoy the St Patrick's Day fun. However, if you are competing, start thinking about your entry now!

If you wish to enter the tasting, you should bring 4-6 bottles of your entry. All types of beer, hard cider, malt beverage, near beer, maltini, non-alcoholic beer or malternative are welcome. You can even enter a soda if you'd like to, as you never know what will win. Keep in mind that the Bad Beer Board is also up for grabs, so maybe you have a noxious blend to share? Not really.

More information will follow about the party details in upcoming newsletters.


2018 Holiday Party

What a fun night we had at Moe's for our holiday party in December! The appetizer buffet and cocktail hour were fun and the buffet dinner was very good. The staff were friendly and accommodating, and having our own private area was also a plus. The cupcakes had their own special trivia question, which nobody answered correctly!

We had a gift exchange, with many wonderful treasures shared. Best of all, we got to visit and relax and enjoy each other's company.

Special thanks to those who planned and organized the event, especially Pam! The great turnout - 40 people strong - speaks for itself. Great job!

MarsCon 2019

We hope to have a party room at the convention this year. If you are interested in helping, please plan to attend a short meeting after our January meeting to agree on the theme and define tasks. As always, many hands mean light work, so please help!

Feed My Starving Children on January 22nd

It's time again to do good! Our annual January trip to pack food at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids is on Tuesday, January 22nd. We'll pack from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, and it will be over too soon as always, and then we'll go to dinner somewhere nearby. The location is 401 93rd Ave NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Go to to sign up today under the USS Nokomis group. As of this writing, there are spots open, so please sign up to help!


Captain’s Log – January 2019

Hi everybody,

Well, for 53 years we've put up with it now! Sorry, I had to quote the Grinch now that it's the 53rd year of Star Trek! I hope everyone had a nice holiday season and is ready for a whole new year. My favorite number is 19, so I'm expecting great things.

We have a whole bunch of important things to discuss at our January meeting, including two conventions and many other events. Importantly, keep in mind that the payment for the January Dance is due at the meeting, so if you can't attend you'll need to pay by PayPal or with a board member. We also have several other January events, so see the details in this newsletter or on the website.

That's it for now - short and sweet. See you around the galaxy!



Captain’s Yule Log – December 2018

Greetings and happy holidays, crew!

This weather sure can't decide what it wants to do, can it? First it was super warm, then really cold, and now as I write this we're unseasonably free of snow. Go figure. One things for sure: we'll end up with a winter one way or another. I hope everybody's getting a chance to enjoy it.

Speaking of holidays, don't forget to think about two upcoming events during these festive times. First, we have the St Patrick's Day Beer Tasting Party and Potluck on March 9th, and you can often find a good or unusual beer (or other beverage) during the holidays. Second, keep your eyes open for items for our Chuckwagon Social silent auction. There are deals everywhere and you can pick up items, plus re-gifting is a valuable strategy when going for an auction item to donate!

We are gearing up for MarsCon 2019. We don't have details yet, but we hope to have a room at the convention in addition to our annual MarsCon Blood Drive. If you have ideas, please bring them to the January meeting. We're particularly interested in low-impact projects that take fewer hands.

We really hope you can come to the holiday party on the 8th, so we're going to remind you lots of times during this newsletter! It should be a fun time, and we're very excited about being able to keep the cost to $19 for everyone, so see the details below and pay (online or to a board member) by the 28th.

See you around the galaxy!





Bell Museum Planetarium

We had a fine time at the planetarium after our November meeting. It was a good show and many of us said we'd love to go back for one of the others. Afterward, we headed over to Stout's for dinner and visiting. It was great, as always, and it's always fun to do new things together.

Mark Your January Calendars NOW!

We have our busiest January in years coming up, so make note and don't miss the fun!

On Saturday, January 12, we'll have our membership meeting at the Penn Lake Library in Bloomington. This one will be full of plans, so be there! Also, we'll have the January Governing Board meeting during the first week of January. If you plan to attend, ask a board member for details.

Thursday, January 17 has been announced as the premier of Star Trek: Discovery, season 2. We will be setting up an outing for the crew and details are in the works.

Saturday, January 19 is the January Dance at the Dan Patch American Legion in Savage. Great music, dancing, food and fun await and all friends and family are welcome to join us. For the first time ever, it's only $25 per person!  Deadline for tickets is January 12th.

Tuesday, January 22 is Feed My Starving Children packing at the Coon Rapids location. See to sign up under the USS Nokomis group.  Seated positions are also available.  After packing food, we will be visiting a nearby restaurant.

See, I told you it was a full month! See the website and newsletters for all of the details. Bring your friends!

Captain’s Log – November 2018

Hello Crew!

Welcome to the Holiday Season! We sure have some fun things planned in the next few months, and I hope you can join us. We've worked hard to get the word out quickly to help you with your planning.

First, join us for our fun-filled meeting day in November. In addition to our regular meeting, we'll have a yummy, fund-raising bake sale. Bring your appetite, your dollars, and your favorite recipe to sell. After the meeting we'll head over to the Bell Museum for a space-lover's dream - the new planetarium! You need to buy your own tickets for this show, and the website is: Of course, no meeting day is complete without a meal, so we'll cap our day with dinner together at the nearby Stout's Pub. Don't miss the fun!

The November meeting marks the end of our regular calendar year meetings, as we choose to take December off to have fun. We are thrilled to be able to offer a wonderful holiday party at Moe's this year. More information is in this newsletter.

After the holidays are over, we'll move to 2019 with a few fun activities in January. Find information in this newsletter for those, and make sure to sign up!

Speaking of signups, we're trying to get better at getting everything online. Those who sign up at the membership meetings will find their names transferred to the online signup sheet. This is a wonderful process, as it ensures that you get a reminder and all the details. We are surely moving to the digital age!

See you around the Galaxy!