You may not like golf, or watching golf, or think somehow the Ryder Cup is affiliated with Winona Ryder.

That’s OK, because today’s story about the Ryder Cup championship in Chaska is bigger than golf. It goes like this:

A North Dakota guy is heckling the elite European professionals at the Ryder Cup for missing putts during a practice round. They call him out, challenge him to sink a 10-footer for $100 — and he does it.

Pioneer Press sports writer Brian Murphy IDs the guy as David Johnson from Mayville, N.D.

That is a great golf story. In fact, we can only think of one better:

The North Dakota man may not receive total consciousness, but he got $100, so he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

(h/t Brian Bakst)

I’m off this week but here’s something to think about if you so choose.

I filled out my absentee ballot this weekend, making sure to turn the ballot over so I could ignore the judicial races on the back, all of which (other than the Minnesota Supreme Court) feature a judge I know nothing about (except for the ex-politicians) who are running unopposed.

In my district, the race for Water and Soil Conservation Commission is hotter.

Enjoy your week.

Conditioned as we are by a three-year presidential campaign season that has intended to destroy whatever is still united in the states, there’s a good reason why the rational among us took note of this picture this weekend.

First lady Michelle Obama hugs former President George W. Bush during the dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Here’s another worth considering: It’s the last line of the Star Tribune’s story today looking at the Senate race in Edina between incumbent David Hann and challenger Steve Cwodzinski.

“We’re just two regular people that want to serve the public, that’s all,” Cwodzinski said. “I just think I could do a better job.”

We take our decency where we can find it.

I tried to fly down to the area southeast of Mankato this afternoon to try to get a better look at the floods caused by this week’s rain. Unfortunately, there was a wall of water stretching for miles across the region, preventing me from getting through.

So, I flew along the Cannon River Valley from Cannon Falls to Red Wing and marveled — again — at the way rivers tend to go wherever they want to go, despite our best efforts. Read more