Play ball: Returning to the roots of America’s pastime






Across the northlands each summer people flock to ballparks big and small to revel in the American tradition and pastime of the game we call baseball. They set up their folding chairs along grassy third-base lines, settle into cushioned seats under flashy jumbotrons, or relax on rickety bleachers behind home plate. This tradition dates as […]

Bev-Craft aims to help startup breweries hit the ground running






Tim Nelson’s finger has been on the pulse of the craft beer scene on the North Shore since he co-founded Fitger’s Brewhouse back in 1995. In the 20 years that followed, he seized opportunities to bring craft beer to more people through opening other bars and restaurants. Even now, after selling his stake in those […]

PHOTOS: First taste of food options at U.S. Bank Stadium






When a billion-dollar stadium is built, expectations are high. For some fans, that means winning the Super Bowl; for others it just means noshing on a world-class bratwurst, steak sandwich, or bucket of cheese curds to get through the three-and-outs. While U.S. Bank Stadium won’t officially open doors until August, when it will host concerts […]

Booked: How your favorite bands choose the venues they play






The process by which bands are booked into venues is, for the casual music fan, opaque. It may even be mystifying—especially if you just can’t understand why your favorite band is playing your least favorite venue. Booking, say local pros, is both a science and an art—and like the rest of the music industry, it’s […]

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Welcome to boathouse island






The view from the Highway 43 bridge that crosses from Winona into Wisconsin is pristine: muddy blue-brown channels and green islands decorate the Mississippi River as it flows past Winona’s historic downtown. On Latsch Island, situated on the Minnesota side of the river border, there are several fixtures along the beach just next to the […]

Photos: MN United FC vs. Club León at Target Field






Minnesota United FC took on Mexico’s Club León in the first ever soccer match at Target Field on June 25. Though the friendly game ended in a 2-4 loss for the home team, it was a great experience for fans in attendance, particularly the two main supporter groups, the Dark Clouds and True North Elite. The […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Twin Spirits Distillery






Michelle Winchester wanted to get outside her comfort zone. She’s been a stay-at-home mom and part-time freelancer most of her life, and her four sons are mostly grown now. Her new adventure: taking what was once a boarded-up building in Northeast Minneapolis and starting Twin Spirits Distillery, the first solely woman-owned distillery in Minnesota set […]

Artist Profile: Brian Matthew Hart






Choosing an artist to grace the cover of our arts issue was no small task. Grand questions about the nature of art and its creation swirled about as we explored the work of several talented local artists. We were hoping for an image that could elicit the interest and curiosity of the viewer, while also […]

What you should drink at the new Lawless Distilling cocktail room






Lawless Distilling, makers of Greenway Gin and Tippling House Vodka, officially opens their Seward neighborhood cocktail room today, June 23, from 4–10pm. Just down the street from the Hexagon Bar, Lawless has built a windowless, low-lit drinking den. Roughly a dozen stools ring a shadowy bar, with a few booths along the opposite wall, running up to […]

And your craft beer options at U.S. Bank Stadium are…






When U.S. Bank Stadium opens later this summer, visitors will be able to enjoy craft beer from some of Minnesota’s smallest and largest craft breweries. An agreement between Aramark, the stadium’s food and beverage manager, and the Northeast Brewers and Distillers Association (NEBDA) will bring a rotating selection of beer and cider from Insight Brewing, 56 Brewing, Sociable Cider […]

Minnesota’s stunning streams lure trout anglers






Anglers drawn by the lure of stunning streams have plenty of places to fish for trout in Minnesota. Southeast Minnesota, a land of forested hills and shaded valleys, is laced with high-quality streams that harbor brook, brown and rainbow trout. The state’s premier trout fishing destination, the region’s many streams—hundreds of miles of them—are among […]

Dance outside: 2016 summer music festival preview






Today, June 20, is the official start of summer, which means the calendar in the coming months is chock full of outdoor music festivals. See the list below for some of our favorites, and we’ll see you on the dance floor (or mud pit, depending on the fest and the weather). Basilica Block Party | […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lawless Distilling






“We’re three normal people trying to quit our day jobs,” says Nate Karnitz of Lawless Distilling Company in Minneapolis. The start-up distillery is self-funded by three friends: Nate and his wife Kirsten Karnitz, and longtime friend Chris Kulzer. “I definitely think it’s hard to start without having a ton of industry experience and a ton […]

Mighty Axe Hops expansion more than doubles Minnesota’s hop acreage






The Friday before Memorial Day, folks are often packing up the car to head to the cabin, sneaking off from work early or firing up the grill. Not Eric Sannerud and Benjamin Boo. They were in a field, in the cold rain, training tendrils of hop bines up strings of twine 20 feet in the […]

Artist Profile: Nick Wroblewski






More than most creatives of his age or era, Nick Wroblewski preserves an intimate relationship with his work. Throughout the artistic process Nick is inspired—and restricted—by our natural world. Opting to draw by hand the original drafts of his masterful woodcut prints, Nick maintains a physical connection to his work and the natural Midwest landscapes […]