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Donald.Landru

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Well I am coming back out of hiding again I am curious to see how many active Minnesota members we have now and maybe see if there are any lurkers.

I'll start.

Hello, My name is Donald and my display is in Apple Valley, I have about 15,000 lights 15 blowmolds and assorted other decorations.

My website www.landruchristmas.com should hopefully be up and running very soon.

Hope to hear from all of you very soon.

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Check out the recent MN Mini thread for lots of names.

For the sake of completeness, I'm Tim Fischer, from Plymouth. www.plymouthlights.com tells you more than you'd ever need to know about our display :)

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I've been in a shadows a long time... I'm Dave Haberle, Plymouth, MN. About 10K lites in 2009 mostly limited by space in the front yard and available current...:rolleyes:

Someday when I grow up (I'm 60 now) maybe I'll get to use all 380 channels I have available...

I spend most of my time on www.doityourselfchristmas.com, but enjoy PC very much, too.

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I've been a lurker on and off for a few years. My display is small scale and low tech compared to what I've seen over the years by this group. My name is Mary and I live in Apple Valley.

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I'm new too. I bought a whole bunch of controllers but not really sure what to do with them all. I figure it all out. Seems like that Tim guy has been around for a while. I tap him for information.

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Dave Fischer in Hutchinson, MN. Started doing LOR in 2008 with 32 channels, now have 64 channels worth...but have quite a few unused this year [gasp!].

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Hi Dave! My wife is from Dassel-- can you PM me your address so we can swing by and see your display sometime when visiting her dad?

Thanks,

-Tim

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Southern TC suburb Minnesotan and long-time lurker checking in. :)

This is our third year with Christmas lights and our second with animation.

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Southern TC suburb Minnesotan and long-time lurker checking in. :)

This is our third year with Christmas lights and our second with animation.

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Hey guys....

Brand Newbie...Been lurking for around a year.

We have 48 channels of LOR and a small clean display in Cottage Grove.

(Look out Justin.... We're after that City Title! :D)

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Hey guys....

Brand Newbie...Been lurking for around a year.

We have 48 channels of LOR and a small clean display in Cottage Grove.

(Look out Justin.... We're after that City Title! :D)

ha! what is your address? I need to see what I am up against! :)

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Seems like the Twin Cities get brighter every year, and certainly more animated displays. Can't wait to see as many of these as possible!

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Seems like the Twin Cities get brighter every year, and certainly more animated displays. Can't wait to see as many of these as possible!

We need tour bus to to drive round and check out all the animated displays. :santasmileyitty:

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ha! what is your address? I need to see what I am up against! :)

8831 Grenadier Ave S

Based on the projected weather, you're going to have to wait a few days to see anything, though.

We also nominated the static display across the street from us. He was up and running last night.

EDIT- Suppose I could throw up the website, too. http://christmas.rottagegrove.com

(We're actually Halloween people who also do Christmas. Shhhh. Don't tell anyone.)

Edited by Crazytrain83

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8831 Grenadier Ave S

Based on the projected weather, you're going to have to wait a few days to see anything, though.

We also nominated the static display across the street from us. He was up and running last night.

EDIT- Suppose I could throw up the website, too. http://christmas.rottagegrove.com

(We're actually Halloween people who also do Christmas. Shhhh. Don't tell anyone.)

Nice setup.. where you running 48 channels last year?

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Nice setup.. where you running 48 channels last year?

Thanks!

Just 32 channels last year.

We needed to add 16 for Halloween, but we haven't worked them into Christmas yet. We were thinking about doing an 8-foot Mini-Mega (or Mega-Mini), but time and budget might push those til next year.

You'll have to let us now when you're up and running!

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We need tour bus to to drive round and check out all the animated displays. :santasmileyitty:

Definitely. There's a lot of great static ones too.

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My display this year is all static. No stress of sequencing or what cords plug into what channels

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Ernie Horning here. This would be the third year.

It's good to see displays popping up south of the river.

My display this year is all static. No stress of sequencing or what cords plug into what channels
The stress of all of these animated display must be killing you. One of these days, you're going to cave. :P

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