As 2011 wraps up, I would like to take time to review my top moments of the year. While it was a year to forget the Twins season, there were other moments ranging from personal achievements to events that will be carved in Minnesota history. Here are my top five, plus a few honorable mentions.
#5: Last summer, when a certain college initially refused to accept a reasonable accommodation for a person with physical disabilities to bring a PCA into a college classroom, I worked with the Disability Law Center to convince the college to change its policy. Because of my determination, I was honored to receive the “2011 Transition Student Of The Year” award from the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living at its 30th Anniversary banquet in October. It was great to get honored but it was also great that the college changed its policy.
#4: After 19 months in operation, the “Two Men On” blog reached the 30,000 view mark in July. Sam Graves and I will keep bringing you news in 2012 that matters to you. Please remember we always like your topic suggestions! You can also find us on Facebook.
#3: Sam Graves and I were invited to celebrate Twins legend Harmon Killebrew’s would-be 75th birthday in June. The party took place on the Budweiser Roof Deck at Target Field during a Twins game. Nita Killebrew, Harmon’s wife, was among the approximate 150 people who attended the party with fabulous food and drinks — and the Twins won! It was a great way to honor the baseball legend who passed away in May of esophageal cancer.
#2: On a stormy night in late July, U2 rocked TCF Bank Stadium, putting on one of the most memorable outdoor concerts in Minnesota history. The driving rain didn’t stop U2 from performing an outrageously great concert under a mammoth claw, belting out “Beautiful Day,” “One,” “Vertigo,” “City Of Blinding Lights,” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” among others. This was the first concert at the University of Minnesota’s newest stadium and the biggest outdoor concert in Minnesota since the Eagles and the Steve Miller Band performed at Metropolitan Stadium in 1978.
#1: Oh, yes, how can we forget the Minnesota Lynx season! The Lynx won the 2011 WNBA Finals in October, beating Atlanta in five games. After finishing 27-7 in the regular season, the Lynx steamrolled through the playoffs on the way to Minnesota’s first major championship win in 20 years (1991 Twins). Four days later, 3,000 fans gathered in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate and watch a victory parade. Lindsay Whalen, a Hutchinson native, was thrilled to bring home a championship to Minnesota.
- A “Two Men On” photo appearing at Killebrew’s funeral in Arizona in May
- The groundbreaking of Courage Center’s new accessible softball field in Brooklyn Park
- The new additions and improvements to Target Field
- Former Twins starter Bert Blyleven’s induction into the MLB Hall of Fame in July
- Former Twins slugger Jim Thome joining the 600 home run club in July against Detroit
- Team USA’s Power Soccer team winning the FIPFA World Cup in early November in Paris
- The ADA new regulations conference in May
What are your top moments of 2011? We want to hear from you. Happy New Year 2012!
Written by: Michael L. Sack