The Rise of the Minnesota Vikings

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An experienced engineer, Daniel Sheflin spent 14 years with Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota, including time as vice president of technology automation control solutions. Now retired from Honeywell, Daniel Sheflin enjoys supporting Minnesota Vikings football.

The Minnesota Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1961. Over the course of the franchise’s first few seasons, the Vikings endured the challenges faced by most expansion teams. Between 1961 and 1967 Minnesota compiled a record of 32-59, with an 8-6 finish to the 1968 season representing the Viking’s first winning record. The team won the Central Division that year, which marked a turning point for the franchise.

The Vikings went 12-2 in 1969, a season that culminated in the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Minnesota fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7, but maintained momentum going into the 1970 NFL season, finishing once again with 12 wins. Over the course of eight seasons from 1971 through 1978, Minnesota made seven post season appearances, highlighted by Super Bowl showings in 1973, 1974, and 1976, as well as 12-win seasons in 1973 and 1975.

Moving into a new decade, the Vikings endured a lack of playoff success. By that point, however, Minnesota had outgrown the tag of “expansion team,” with a winning record for the franchise and four trips to the Super Bowl.


Ed Oliver Highlights Buffalo Bills’ 2019 NFL Draft Class


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The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo, Daniel Sheflin has nearly 20 years of engineering leadership experience and most recently served as vice president of technology and automation control solutions at Honeywell. Beyond his professional pursuits, Daniel Sheflin enjoys following the National Football League’s (NFL) Buffalo Bills.

The Bills added eight players to its organization in the 2019 NFL Draft. With its first pick, 9th overall, Buffalo selected University of Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver. The 6-foot-1, 287-pound, three-time All-American registered 192 tackles, 53 of which were for a loss of yards, through three seasons at Houston. He also had 13.5 quarterback sacks, 11 defended passes, and five forced fumbles during that time.

With its second-round pick, the Bills selected Cody Ford out of Oklahoma University. The 6-foot-3, 329-pound tackle earned first-team All-Big 12 distinction in 2018. Buffalo had two third-round picks, which the team used to select running back Devin Singletary and tight end Dawson Knox. The team also drafted linebacker Vosean Joseph, safety Jaquan Johnson, defensive end Darryl Johnson, and tight end Tommy Sweeny.

Festival Celebrates Fat Tire Biking

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Daniel Sheflin

Daniel Sheflin is an experienced mechanical engineering professional who served for nearly 14 years as the vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota, before retiring in 2015. Today, Daniel Sheflin pursues various hobbies, which include fat tire biking.

Fat tire biking differs in several ways from regular biking, with one of the most prominent being the size of the tires used. In contrast to regular mountain bikes, fat tire bicycle tires are over 2 inches thick. Thicker tires allow riders to more easily navigate difficult terrains such as snow and sand.

The sport of fat tire biking has become increasingly popular in recent years. The annual Fat Tire Festival in Fruita, Colorado, highlights fat tire biking. This event, which celebrated its 25th year in 2019, features a variety of related activities and live music throughout a weekend in May. The Fat Tire Festival attracts hobbyists and companies from across the country to enjoy the weekend, as well as to trade gear and advice.

The First Staging of the Tour de France

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Daniel Sheflin enjoyed a successful career as an engineer and business leader, with positions including general manager of engineering at General Electric and vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell. Since retiring in 2015, Daniel Sheflin has stayed active through competitive cycling. He also enjoys following the Tour de France.

The Tour de France was established in 1903 by Henri Desgrange, a cycling enthusiast who had recently been appointed director-editor of the newspaper L‘Auto. The first staging of the Tour was Desgrange’s attempt to raise interest and sales for the magazine, though the popularity of the inaugural event went on to exceed his wildest expectations. Long distance races were a common means of driving newspaper sales at the time, but none approached the scope of what would become the first staging of the Tour de France.

The five-stage race began in Paris and passed through Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, and Nantes before circling back to Paris. Between 60 and 80 cyclists entered the race after Desgrange lowered admission fees and increased prizes, though only 21 remained by the end of the grueling race’s fourth stage. Maurice Garin became the Tour’s first winner, and in dominant fashion. He outpaced the last rider by nearly 65 hours.

The first Tour de France was an unqualified success as it doubled publication numbers for L’Auto. In recognition of the passionate fan response, Desgrange agreed to host a second tour in 1904, which he expected to be the last. However, the popularity of the race only continued to grow.

Looking Back on the 1998 Minnesota Vikings


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Daniel Sheflin is an experienced engineer and business leader who spent nearly 14 years with Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota, as vice president of technology automation control solutions before retiring in 2015. Daniel Sheflin is a fan of professional football and enjoys supporting the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1961 and have played in four Super Bowls. The franchise enjoyed its most successful season in 1998, when it won 15 games and advanced to the NFC Conference Finals. The Vikings opened the season on a seven-game winning streak. Its offense, which was led by quarterback Randall Cunningham and running back Robert Smith, scored a league-leading average of 34.8 points per game. Its offense also featured rookie wide receiver Randy Moss, who caught 69 catches for 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Following a narrow three point defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9, Minnesota closed the regular season on an eight-game winning streak, which included a 50-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. With 15 regular season wins and a single three point loss, the Vikings rival the 2007 New England Patriots, which went 16-0, as one of the greatest regular season teams since the season was expanded to 16 games.

The Vikings carried its high-powered offense into the post-season and defeated the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 41-21. In the NFC Conference Finals, however, Minnesota suffered another nail-biting loss, falling 30-27 to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

Cycling Tips for Group Rides

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Daniel Sheflin is an accomplished engineer and business leader who spent 14 years as vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota, prior to his retirement in 2015. Daniel Sheflin enjoys staying active by exercising and cycling.

There are various aspects of cycling etiquette individuals must remember when sharing the road with other riders, pedestrians, and motorists, particularly when riding as part of a group. Large cycling groups cannot function without the proper use of hand signals, especially when it comes to pointing out obstacles and debris in the road to other riders. Potholes and open car doors are some of the most common obstacles encountered while riding in the city, while loose sand or gravel on the road also represent potential safety hazards.

Bike control is another key aspect of group riding. Cyclists should be smooth with their turns, stops, and accelerations, even if it means riding over minor holes that would be easily avoided during a solo ride. Groups should never leave behind slow riders, particularly if a cyclist has suffered an injury or has an issue with their bike. That said, it is considered an important element of cycling etiquette to never go out with a group riding at a higher skill level.

Additional elements of riding etiquette can be attributed to common sense and courtesy. Littering, for example, is frowned upon on the cycling path, as is the failure to observe stoplights and other traffic signs.

Caring for a Bike When Riding on the Beach

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A leader in the wireless and automation technology industry, Daniel Sheflin most recently served as the vice president of automation control solutions at Honeywell in Minnesota. Now retired, Daniel Sheflin fills his time with various hobbies, such as biking on the beach. He is particularly fond of fat biking and is very attentive to bike maintenance after each ride.

Regardless of whether you enjoy riding a beach cruiser or fat bike along the shoreline, you must follow good maintenance to keep your bike in good shape. To do this, always inspect your bike before every ride. This pre-ride inspection should include checking the tire air, brakes, and chain to ensure you are safe.

You should also clean your bike after every ride on the beach. When doing this, begin with the bike frame. This is usually the easiest component to clean since all you need is some soapy water and a gentle brush. From the top down, gently scrub every part of your bike, including the handlebars, top tube, front fork, and brakes.

After you complete a basic rinse of your bike, return to the chain for a deeper clean. If there is no grime on the chain, add a few drops of lubrication after each ride. This lubricant keeps sand from accumulating on the chain and reduces the rate of chain wear. However, you should wipe off excess lubricant since it can cause more damage if left behind. When the chain does have grime on it, use a degreaser and rag to remove the build-up and add lubrication afterwards.