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Matt Lewis

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Mar 20, 2019
 
Matt Lewis, Leader of Greater MSP. a regional economic group working to attract highly talented & educated young people with Tech skills to MN.  Topic: “Attracting and Retaining the Talent to Fuel Minnesota’s Economic Future”  Host: Tom Horner
 
Upcoming Events
3/27/2019  Trygve Throntveit, PhD, Dean’s Fellow for Civic Studies, UMN College of Education & Human Development:  “The Civic Reconstruction of Higher Education”.  Host: Leslie Sharpe

4/03/2019  Charlie Ruud, former professional baseball player and now Lutheran Pastor.  Host:  Leslie Sharpe

4/10/2019  Member Ron Jensen   
 
 
Opening
Matt BiersdorfGood Morning Everybody.  Taking over for my Dad today, he’s in trial right now – ‘not on trial’ -  (laugher) 
 
 
No Guests & No Announcements  
 
 
Wake Up Ritual
Victor Kirsch  Saw Dr Cold Hands recently & for a while thought I’d taken up line dancing when he put me on the ‘two step’ program.  Then, after additional humors, Victor reminded Members and Today’s Speaker: ” Why We’re Here”.
 
Thank you Victor!       
  
Speaker Introduction & Speaker
Tom Horner  Before introducing todays speaker must make a quick note.  It’s terrific to have bright young members both in Club and working in the area.  Today’s speaker, Matt Lewis, is in charge of ”Make It – MSP”. 
 
Matt Lewis  Thanks for having me speak today.  Going to talk about migration today.  Everybody has a personal story on why in MN.  We’re not a place people flood to for low costs or beach front property.  Instead, we value our people and their merits. 
   
Matt presented Slides and Discussion on topics of Regional Vision, Partnership Mission & Partnership Values.  A primary ambition to make MSP one of nation’s Top 10 performing Metros at attracting & retaining talent. 
 
How we doing re this Ambition?  We’re one of top 20 in nation at attracting talent and One of Best in Midwest....Here a Voice Blared from the back “You kept Matt Biersdorf anyway!”   (Much Laughter!   Note: Speaker Matt Lewis & Club Prior President, Matt Biersdorf, went to Edina HS together)
 
Before opening format to Members for Comments & Questions:  Matt Lewis stated MN winters (much talked about) were NOT a barrier.  Four areas of MSP engagement were reviewed. 
 
Thank you Darrell Bertelson and Dale Borgeson for photography. presented with Newsletter emailed to Club  Members.
  

Ron Jensen






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Bob Strachota

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Mar 13, 2019

Bob Strachota, President of the Shenehon Company, a large appraisal firm in Minneapolis: “The State of the Real Estate Market in the Twin Cities Area”  Host: Dan Biersdorf
 
 
Upcoming Events
3/20/2019  Matt Lewis, Leader of Greater MSP. a regional economic group working to attract highly talented & educated young people with Tech skills to MN.  Topic: “Attracting and Retaining the Talent to Fuel Minnesota’s Economic Future”  Host: Tom Horner
 
3/27/2019  Trygve Throntveit, PhD, Dean’s Fellow for Civic Studies, UMN College of Education & Human Development:  “The Civic Reconstruction of Higher Education”.  Host: Leslie Sharpe
 
 
Opening
Dan BiersdorfGood Morning.  Boy do we have a good one for you today! 
 
 
No Guests
 
 
Announcements  
Leslie Sharpe -  “A big thank you” for Club stepping up to get new speakers. 

Bob Lewis -  Last week the topic of Marine Corp Hymn came up several times.  Yes, reference “from the Halls of Montezuma” referred to a Mexican battle in 1847 and reference “to the shores of Tripoli” was a 1805 battle in North Africa.  Ritual originally had Marines (with tunes and new words from opera or Spanish folk tunes) singing a hymn after battle.  As a point of interest, the other Services (Army, Navy, etc) have songs with only the Marines having a Hymn.
Per review of terms, yes is a subtle difference between a Song & a Hymn
Again this topic may continue....
 
Roger O’Daniel - A mea culpa, last week the O’Daniel home PC’s were hacked.   If anyone gets an email from me (in near future) just delete it.  The problem is currently being worked. 
 
Thank you Les, Bob and Roger! 
 
 
Wake Up Ritual
Victor Kirsch  Much humor comes from Rodney Dangerfield.   Did you know that when born he was so homely the Dr slapped him twice, then even nurses slapped him.  When nurses were done, the Dr slapped his mother!   Then Victors reminder to members and speaker Bob:” Why We’re Here”.
 
Thank you Victor! 
 
 
Speaker Introduction & Speaker
Dan Biersdorf introduced todays speaker Bob Strachota commenting, I’ve known Bob a long time, both as a friend and professionally as an appraiser.  With distinguished credentials:  MAI, MCBA, CRE & FBA, and licensed in many states, Bob has assisted me as professional witness with many trial events. 
 
Bob Strachota – Thank you Dan.  I’ve been apprising since got out of college (40 years ago) and having a lot of fun.  Am currently transitioning my experience to younger staff within my company.  Experience working the Dan has always been fun – he’s a terrific lawyer.
 
Bob then presented a fast paced review of current fiscal trends within our country and local area – starting with a slide titled:  “Are we better off after the financial crisis?”  This is a Q I’m often asked .  Quick statements following an exhaustive (approximately 48 financial metrics with data comparisons from 2010 to current were shown).  Subject Titles and brief comment follow:
 
-Total Consumer Debt – Good compared to 2010
-Student Debt – Bad as $1.06 Trillion in 2010 vs $1.4 Trillion in 2018
-Credit Card Debt – Not Bad
-Auto Debt (we’re buying lots of cars with makers offering deals) – Indictors show a sliding market.
Mortgage Debt – Not Bad (2010  11.5% vs 2019  2.83%)
Home Ownership (2010  67% vs 2017  fell to 64%)  Comment: we want people to own homes, thus having a ‘stake in the system’!   We want that number back up.
Home Price  2010  $375K vs 2017  $374K
Monthly Payments – formidable
Housing Starts - Up
S&P – More than Doubled
Dow Jones – More than Doubled
Federal Prime Rate  2010  3.25% vs 2019  5.25%
Banks - 2010 had many too big vs 2018  6 banks manage over ½ of entire country.  Banks make tons of money – many too big to fail. 
Oil Production – US is out producing everyone in world & we are not going to run out anytime soon.
Consumer Price Confidence – Consumers feeling Good
Consumption – looking Good, we’re spending money
Inflation – forecast looking Good, ie No Inflation
Americans buying cars again – Dealers making ton of money
Consumers Paying Down Debt today – ie, we’re behaving ourselves
Unemployment Rate – Good & forecast looks very Good, We’re at full employment
Manufacturing New Orders – Good
Growth in Economy – Good
Earnings per Share – Good.  Corporations are making money, ie don’t worry about the stock market.  (most jobs in America are created by small  businesses,  not big business)
 
And On Labor metrics – all largely Favorable with Pay raises today not causing inflation, wages are under control.  Money supply is “Barely Growing” & This is Good.
 
In Summary – We will see Healthy Market Expanses in next 3 years.
 
Closing, Bob Strachota reviewed 6 different aspects of property lease markets – All Good with exception currently too much Office Space (only a 2% profit margin with rates at $25-$26/sq ft.  Vacancy high.
 
 
Q&A
Q-  Re property lease/rent, what about Health Care & Medial Office space?  Hospitals?
A-  That market is strong & doing well.  Similarly, Senior housing projects doing well -  but need professionals to run.
 
Statement (President Dan’s opening request for members to refrain from soliloquy’s seemingly unheard)  - 20th century witnessed great expansion....
A definite need to share wealth more.  I don’t have a solution, but a part of American strength is owning own homes.
 
Q- Re malls, some loosing anchor tenants, how many malls are facing bankruptcy? 
A- Very few as most malls are owned by leveraged institutions.  The lower 25% owned by individuals are done. 
 
Q– How much credit to any economy gains are due to President today?
A-  I don’t give Trump credit for any gains in economy.  Saying, we may have learned some disciplines from prior policies.  Farmers remain struggling today.
 
Thank you BobStrachota for terrific educational presentation.  
NOTE:  Bob generously offered copies of slide presentation to anyone requesting.  Recommendation: either contact Bob via http://www.shenehon.com/robert-j-strachota/  or better, contact Club President Dan Biersdorf for recommended approach.
Thank you Darrell Bertelson and Dale Borgeson for photography displayed in weekly Newsletter email distributons.
 
 
Ron Jensen







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Roger O’Daniel

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Mar 6, 2019

 
Member Roger O’Daniel, “The Third Great Jihad”  Host: Leslie Sharpe
 
 
Upcoming Events
3/13/2019  Bob Strachota, President of the Shenehon Company, a large appraisal firm in Minneapolis:   Host: Dan Biersdorf

3/20/2019  Matt Lewis, Leader of Greater MSP. a regional economic group working to attract highly talented & educated young people with Tech skills to MN.  Topic: “Attracting and Retaining the Talent to Fuel Minnesota’s Economic Future”  Host: Tom Horner

3/27/2019  Trygve Throntveit, PhD, Dean’s Fellow for Civic Studies, UMN College of Education & Human Development:  “The Civic Reconstruction of Higher Education”.  Host: Leslie Sharpe
 
 
Opening
Dan BiersdorfGood Morning Everyone
 
 
Todays Distinguished Guest
Bob Kolas guest of Roger O’Daniel
 
 
Announcements  
Dave Morgan pitched current movie “They Shall Not Grow Old”.   A must see per Dave. 

Cliff Erickson read a poem.  Scribe unsure of title, but topic is something all will be doing next Saturday night – Changing our Clocks.
 
Thank you Dave & Cliff! 
 
 
Wake Up Ritual
Victor Kirsch  I recently rode bicycle to liquor store for bottle of Jack Daniels. Leaving store, concerned riding home that I might tip & break the bottle.  So I drank it on the spot!  Fortunate for me because tipped over 8 times.  (Much Laughter)   Then Victors reminder to members and guest:”Why We’re Here”.
 
Thank you Victor! 
 
 
Speaker Introduction & Speaker
Today’s speaker host, Leslie Sharpe, commented on personal experience learning (even recomposing) music to play on piano while segwaying into today’s speaker instruction.. Roger thinks broadly and deeply.  He’s doing us a service helping us think better  Roger O’Daniel. 
 
Roger O’Daniel  This is 2nd part of 2 part series.  First like to remind, a Jihad does not mean  ‘holy war’, it means ‘great effort’.  It’s not about war, it’s about Good & Evil.  It’s as simple as that!  
 
Roger’s detailed multi referenced presentation followed – starting again with the ‘Three Layered Tart’ presented short several weeks earlier in 1st of 2 Series.

 
Your Scribe, unable to even semi adequately capture Roger’s extensive insightful presentation, accepted the web links listed below: 
 
Middle East Conflict Revisited
https://www.dropbox.com/s/kdpxv92gurrfoou/Middle%20East%20Conflict%20Revisited.pdf?dl=0
The Third Great Jihad
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1galvhis402eqr1/The%20Third%20Great%20Jihad.pdf?dl=0
 
 
Q&A
Q/Statement  Every society on earth has a right wing.  We outlived them – we’re not all about this.  Yes scary, but we get thru that.  We need a balanced attitude against message today, as well as our other problems.
The message today was why military in the Middle East today & why they don’t get along with each other.
 
What exactly did Mercedes Cab driver say?  (Q in reference to one of Roger’s multiple information sources)
Everything he told was with threat to his life.  Since, has had his head cut off.  I’ve attempted to present this as a report. 
 
Q  The reference in Marine Corp Hymn (Halls of Montezuma to Shores of Tripoli) refers to what they did in Mexico (referencing suggestion Montezuma of Tunisia in North Africa) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwS6OkgUXKE
The reference was linked to Thomas Jefferson who created the Marine Corp in response to the Barbary Pirates. 

 
Scribe (as others at presentation) went to the internet:

The Barbary pirates, sometimes called Barbary corsairs or Ottoman corsairs, were Ottoman and Maghrebi pirates and privateers who operated from North Africa, based primarily in the ports of Salé, Rabat, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli.
 
This discussion may continue...
 
Thank you Roger O’Daniel for terrific history/learning/awareness presentation.
 
Wondering - Did members note Dan Biersdorf didn’t offer Roger ‘another’ coveted Club Mug.  Dan remembered, after his last presentation, Roger replied thanks: “already have several”. 
 
Thank you Mike Casserly.  Super Newsletters past two weeks while Ron & Beck (bride of 49 years) bounced around between Tucson & Phoenix.   
Thank you Darrell Bertelson and Dale Borgeson for photography (included in personal email forwardings).
 
 

Ron Jensen







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Weekly Report

Ham and Eggs Club

www.hamandeggsclub.com

February 20, 2019

Our scheduled speaker is not able to attend. We are fortunate to have member Leslie Sharpe with us to talk to us this morning.

Today seventeen stalwart members ventured forth into the snow to share camaraderie and breakfast.

Upcoming Events

2/27/2019 Member Dan Biersdorf: “When Is Your Property NOT Your Property? The Power of Eminent Domain”. Host: Leslie Sharpe

3/06/2019 Member Roger O’Daniel: “The Third Great Jihad”. Host: Leslie Sharpe

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MEMBER LESLIE SHARPE

Opening

Dan Biersdorf – Good Morning Everyone! Glad to see all your smiling faces!

Guests - No guests today

Why are we here? - After telling us about a Time Consuming Clock and what you are sure to never find in the Canary and Virgin Islands, Victor reminded us that we are here because this is still the best place in the Twin Cities to start Wednesday morning. Thank you Victor!

Our Speaker - Member Leslie Sharpe is a retired physician and surgeon who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. He told us he was going to talk to us about Miracles.

Miracles are events that cannot necessarily be explained completely by scientific rationale. Leslie said he does not see a conflict between religious thought and scientific thought. In fact, deepest scientific thought can go beyond the level of human understanding. At that point when we believe the scientific thesis but cannot understand it, it becomes similar to a religious belief.

Leslie had a personal experience with what might be termed a miracle. After having a delicate neck surgery procedure, the doctor told his wife that his recovery would be long and slow. Yet when he awoke from the anesthesia, he was without pain and had full use of his arm which the doc had said would be a lon heal. A miracle??? Maybe.

Leslie then told several family stories about finding a historical family house in Sweden and a rare family owned piano that was one of only a few built by the Kimball company in Chicago during the depression. At that time a grandfather had worked for the

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Kimball Company. The point of the stories was the unusual family connections made over generations. More miracles??? or just accidental.

Leslie expressed the belief that life opens one door when it closes another. He said he has experienced this throughout his life. His ability to develop specialized laparoscopic surgical equipment enabled him to perform procedures for patients that were less invasive but provided results equal to or better than traditional methods and allowed him to extend his career beyond what it might have been.

Submitted by substitute scribe - Mike Casserly

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Roger O’Daniel

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Feb 13, 2019

 
Member Roger O’Daniel, USAF ROTC Commissioned Viet Nam Veteran, Engineer, MBA, Master of Computer Science, Unit Commissioner of Scouts BSA, Service Volunteer, and now Mentally Retired:  “The Middle East Conflict Revisited”  Host: Leslie Sharpe
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
2/20/2019  Trygve Throntveit, PhD, Dean’s Fellow for Civic Studies, UMN College of Education & Human Development:  “The Civic Reconstruction of Higher Education”  Host: Leslie Sharpe
 
2/27/2019  Member Dan Biersdorf: “When Is Your Property NOT Your Property?  The Power of Eminent Domain”.  Host:  Leslie Sharpe
 
3/06/2019  Member Roger O’Daniel:  “The Third Great Jihad”.  Host: Leslie Sharpe
 
 
 
Opening
Dan BiersdorfGood Morning Everyone!   Glad to see all your smiling faces! 
 
 
Todays Distinguished Guests
Doug Petersen guest of Don Teigen
Janet Petersen guest of Don Teigen
 
 
Announcements  
Roger O’Daniel – last week we lost a valuable resource.  CIA operator and prior Ham & Eggs speaker, John Uldrich passed away.  John had helped me with my previous North Korea presentation.
 
Leslie Sharpe – Right now we’re having a hard time getting speakers.   Everyone, please contact me THIS WEEK with a planned speaker or name of a speaker or topic you’d be interested in.
 
Dan Biersdorf – some follow up words on Leslie’s statement & comments via attending members follow:  “Most people happy to give talk on career”,  “repeat of prior speakers welcome”, “an idea is to call businesses or institutions (IRS for example) and ask for a speaker”, “call somebody like Star Trib and see if writer of interesting article would like to talk”, “going back 25-30 years, every member was called upon to hold a meeting.  They could talk about or invite anybody they wanted”, one attending member then stated “I have 2 non-profits I can call”.  Dan finished saying “I challenge all to email Leslie regarding a speaker or theme would like to hear about”.

Thank you Roger, Leslie and Dan.....

 
Wake Up Ritual
Victor Kirsch, provided several Valentine day gift suggestions: new bowling ball, another shotgun, a new snow blower, etc (Much Laughter) before reminding members and guests:”Why We’re Here”.
 
Thank you Victor! 
 
 
Speaker Introduction & Speaker
Speaker host, Leslie Sharpe, provided the introduction to well-known member, Roger O’Daniel “a man of many talents, a renaissance man, and one who today is keeping us on track with Middle East involvements.
 
Roger O’Daniel Today’s discussion is both a sequel and summary of 4 prior presentations:  1) The threat to Israel, 2) Over all Middle East Conflict,3) Oil & 4) North Korea Threat.“
 
Here, Scribe tosses notes on superb presentation in lieu of Roger O’Daniel’s offered link below:
 
Final draft of “Middle-East Conflict Revisited”
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3sasdqibvj675d5/Middle%20East%20Revisited%20R1.pdf?dl=0
Note: The above is not final, just abandoned.
Sincerely Irish,
Roger
PS: Please do not plant these links on the Internet.

Dan Biersdorf offered ‘another’ coveted Club Coffee Mug to Roger who replied “I already have several”.  There was a consensus at one table that he should start a set. 
 
 Thank you Darrell Bertelson and Dale Borgeson for photography - inserted on emailed Member & Guest Newsletter distributions. 
 
Last, for next 2 weeks (minimum), members will be delighted to receive Newsletters from pen of Club Web Master Mike Casserly.  Certainly, a fresh view of valued club’s ‘on goings’ will be much appreciated. 
 
 

Ron Jensen







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