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!



The 2019 Nokomis Calendar is ready to order!


It's Here!

Order your 2019 USS Nokomis Calendar from Walmart by contacting Jane Dusek with your home mailing address (for home delivery); or with the location of your favorite local Walmart for pick up (we'll see if that can work this year).

You can reach Jane by PM on Facebook, or by email at

The cost is STILL $10.00. Your sales tax will be about 75-99¢, and home delivery is still $2.50-3.00. Both depend on your zip code.

The price is the annual sale price, so order soon!

Happy New Year!

Holiday Party is December 8th – Final Arrangements Are Being Made

Our annual Holiday Get-Together takes the place of our December meeting, (the 8th of December) just later in the day.

This year we'll have our holiday celebration at Moe's American Grill in Mounds View. The party starts at 5 pm with appetizers and cash bar, dinner a t 6 pm and a "Secret Sarek" (white elephant or gift less than $10, please) gift exchange after the meal.

  • 5:00 PM Cocktails and Appetizers
  • 6:00 PM Buffet Dinner
  • 6:30 Secret Sarek Gift Exchange

If you've bought and paid for your tickets, get ready for a fun time.

The payment was due by Nov. 28, 2018. We're making final commitments to the restaurant early this weekend.  Because of that we're not accepting any walk-ins or late registrations.

Questions, Comments, Needs? Use the Contact Form below.



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!