Check Out Don Shelby’s Desk

Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies
"I put the Girl Scout Cookies out for the birds. That is the name I give co-workers who come by my desk and steal (they don't have to steal) my cookies," Shelby said.
Change
Change
"Sometimes this jar is full and sometimes not. It's a community change cup. People take what they need. There is also a medallion for the sesquicentennial of the state in there. Raul, the promo producer, tried to put it in a soda machine. Typical."
Daughter's Wedding Photo
Daughter's Wedding Photo
"This is my oldest, Ashley. The Father Dance at her wedding. It was a wonderful dance, a great moment, and the cost of the event nearly broke me. Did I mention I have three daughters? See you in the poorhouse," said Shelby.
Don's Desk
Don's Desk
"Once every two months, I clean this up. Actually, every three or four months," Shelby said.
Water Bottle, stainless steel
Water Bottle, stainless steel
"Walkin' the Talk over here. I don't use plastic water bottles. This is refillable stainless steel. I drink lots of water daily. I walk around with it and stop at reporters' desks who are drinking out of plastic water bottles and act very superior."
Don Shelby Pod
Don Shelby Pod
"The cardboard boxes are filled with fishing tackle for a guy we did a story about who was injured on the job and likes to fish. I collected some stuff for him when he recovers. I'll go fishing with him, and we will bet money, and I will pay for my trip."
Vanilla Pine Tree, Car Deodorizer
Vanilla Pine Tree, Car Deodorizer
"This is a Vanilla Pine Tree Car Deodorizer. As you see, it is unopened. I was warned by Amelia [Santaniello] that Frank [Vascellaro] can get ripe, and he sits within nose distance of me. Just in case," Shelby said.
Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies
"I buy $35.00 worth of Girl Scout Cookies from every colleague who has Girl Scout children. I end up with several hundred boxes each year."
Malt Vinegar Packets
Malt Vinegar Packets
Malt Vinegar Packets: "Sometimes dinner at my desk involves Fish and Chips," Shelby said.
Under Desk
Under Desk
"This is the view of my desk if you are lying or you are genuflecting near my desk. Can't tell you how often that view is seen."
Extra Strength Tylenol
Extra Strength Tylenol
Extra Strength Tylenol: "See references to Frank and Amelia," Shelby said.
Eye Drops
Eye Drops
Eye Drops: "See references to Frank and Amelia."
Bemidji State Beaver Bobblehead
Bemidji State Beaver Bobblehead
Bemidji State Beaver Bobblehead: "A gift. I am an official alumnus of Bemidji State. It is as far as I've ever gone in college," Shelby said.
Weight
Weight
"I have no time to go to the gym. My desk is my gym. I lift this when I'm bored. I lift this very often."
Target Field Info
Target Field Info
"I have season tickets to the Twins at the new outdoor stadium at Target Field. I sit in the 'Legends Club.' Where else would you put me?"
Spoons, Forks, Nail Clippers
Spoons, Forks, Nail Clippers
"I eat at my desk each night. I don't like plastic. I have stolen several place settings of stainless steel flatware from various restaurants. Also, nail clippers in close proximity. Gross," Shelby said.
SpagettiOs
SpagettiOs
"Emergency SpaghettiOs … self explanatory."
Antacid
Antacid
Antacid: "You would have some too if you sat all day near Frank and Amelia. I also eat terribly," Shelby said.
Shoebox
Shoebox
"A gift from a viewer. A shoebox full of Crappie parts. People who took these pictures thought I was cross-dressing. I don't wear pumps."
Amelia Santaniello
Amelia Santaniello
"This is a picture of Amelia [Santaniello] when we first started anchoring together 14 years ago," said Shelby. "I keep it as a reminder that the clock is obviously ticking."
Shelby Chair
Shelby Chair
"This is the actual chair I sit in. The Smithsonian has made inquiries."
Chinese Hot & Sour soup
Chinese Hot & Sour soup
"That's Chinese Hot & Sour soup ... who knows how long that's been there. But I'll get to it," Shelby said.
PantyHose
PantyHose
"These are women's pantyhose. They are donated to me by female staff. I cut the legs off and use them to shine shoes. Honest."
Name Tag
Name Tag
"This is my most recent name tag. In 32 years of attending events for the station, I have six million of these. They might come in handy when I retire and forget, from time to time, who I am," Shelby said.
Coconut Butter For Scars
Coconut Butter For Scars
"This is coconut butter for scars. I have lots of scars, physical and emotional. See: Amelia and Frank," joked Shelby.
IFB
IFB
IFB next to Shelby's phone: "The curly wired earpiece keeps me informed of breaking news while I'm on the air. It is also representative of what people often say to me here: 'Stick it in your ear,'" Shelby said.
Keebler Grasshopper Cookies
Keebler Grasshopper Cookies
"Keebler Grasshopper Cookies. St. Urho chased the grasshoppers out of Finland and saved the grapes, hence the wine, hence the winos," Shelby said.
Empty Apple Cider Bottles
Empty Apple Cider Bottles
"These are bottles of apple cider, but they look like beer bottles. I don't think a reporter's desk is complete without some beer bottles lying around."
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One Comment

  1. Jackie D says:

    Your desk is an absolute mess.
    Are all men that way?
    You and my husband could compete in messy desks, and messy kitchen tables.
    Not sure which one of you wuld win that contest.

  2. Victoria says:

    What a lovely mess. It shows what a real human being you are, your just like any of us.

    1. Jackie D says:

      Messes aren’t lovely but yes, it does show you were always busy saving during working. Show how active your mind is.
      From your reports on TV gave us all a good idea on how human you really are.

  3. BSDECT says:

    You should donate some of them cookies to a shelter.

  4. The Curley's says:

    Enjoy your retirement !
    We will miss you !

  5. Charlie Vaughn says:

    Who on earth should care about this person’s desk? He’s a local news anchor. Get over it.

  6. jackie d says:

    No one is worried about the messy desk. Try taking a walk.

  7. Sandy Schmid says:

    Don,
    Now that you are retired, you should actually come and visit Bemidji State (BSU). You could even attend a hockey game at the new BREC Center, aka Sanford Center…or as my friends and I call it SHREC….Sanford Health Regional Evenct Center.

    Sandy Schmid

  8. Barbara says:

    I love it! I love all the comments…you are a hoot! I bet Amelia is going to miss you terribly. I have always loved watching you on the news and live at the MN State Fair. I am friends with Gretchen Carlson (news anchor on Fox N Friends, from Anoka)…I appreciate all you have done!

  9. Bev Swanson says:

    Our local celebrity. Your desk looks a bit like mine. Have fun in your retirement – you deserve it!

  10. Joyce & Dave Mickelson says:

    The Eagles are back at Lake Macaughney for their January-March gathering and you would love it…Old white haired gentlemen of the sky and lovely brash
    youngster. from the Sand Hills of Nebraska-

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