For the Birds: Battling declines in Minnesota’s pheasant population

This Saturday across central and southern Minnesota, hunters will step out into the early autumnal dawn in search of Minnesota’s premier upland game bird: the ring-necked pheasant. The pheasant season, which begins October 10 and runs until January 3, 2016, has historically been one of the more important hunting seasons for many Minnesotans. In recent […]

The Saintly Season: St. Paul Saints manager George Tsamis reflects on a record-setting year at CHS Field

George Tsamis spent part of one glorious season in the major leagues, pitching for the 1993 Minnesota Twins. That was nearly a generation before Target Field opened, with the Twins still toiling in the dingy but uniquely lovable Metrodome. Tsamis bounced around the minor leagues for a few years after that stint with the Twins […]

Craft Culture: MaxBat

Wooden baseball bats for the major leagues & amateurs alike Brooten, Minnesota—population 742—sits 120 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. Pass the Brooten city sign and there’s a gas station, some galvanized sheds with a few windows, a couple brick garages, a tiny lumberyard, and then an endless stretch of flat, green fields. As they […]

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On Point: Willow Creek Kennels trains German Shorthair Pointers to be Master Hunters

Fall is a busy time in the North. There are Oktoberfests to be enjoyed, autumn hikes to traverse, changing leaves to be admired, and—as hunting seasons open—blaze orange to be donned. Many of us are not alone when we answer the call of the great outdoors, stepping out into the woods and prairies. There by […]

America’s ice box: How the frozen lakes and rivers of the North transformed the nation’s brewing industry

Today, “ice harvest” means grabbing a few cubes from the tray in the freezer. But in the 19th century, before modern refrigeration, ice harvesting from frozen lakes and rivers was a major Midwestern industry that required hard labor and careful planning—all to preserve food and lager beer across the country. When immigrants reached the Upper […]

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The land of misfit bikers

Team Koochella looks to grow women’s bicycle racing while keeping Minnesota’s sole racing venue alive Photos by Aaron Davidson Anna Schwinn—yes, her namesake comes from the company founded by her great-great-grandfather—is addicted to bicycle racing, specifically on the wooden velodrome track in Blaine, Minnesota. Schwinn’s parents worked in the bicycle industry. She has a mechanical engineering […]

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Building better bikers: Quality Bicycle Products’ grand plan to bike-ify America

Photos by Aaron Davidson Many local bike businesses are as friendly to beer as breweries are to bikes. That’s certainly the case at Quality Bicycle Products, or QBP as it is more commonly known. Their headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, boasts multiple beer fridges scattered around the office and kegs are frequently purchased for company events. […]

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A tale of two cities: biking in MPLS/STP

It is the best of times or the worst of times for bicyclists in the Twin Cities. It all depends on whether you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul. The Twin Cities have often been cited as among the most bike-friendly places in the U.S. But for the last 15 years Minneapolis has carried most of […]

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Climate Change: The Good, The Bad, and The Barley

The Minnesota of the future will look very different from today. So, too, will the future of Minnesota beer. Photos by David Hansen, University of Minnesota In January 2015, the United Kingdom’s Hadley Center for Climate, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held press conferences—all in the same week—to declare 2014 the […]

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The North… Or Not?

What began as a quiet conversation about Minnesota’s regional identity has, of late, morphed into a full-blown wedge issue with dedicated and vocal followings on both sides. Does “The Midwest” fully encapsulate who we are or is it time to cut ties and strike out on our own as “The North?” Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak […]

The North is Rising: Minnesota United FC’s Quest for a Home of Their Own

On some summer Saturdays, in the windswept city of Blaine, you’ll find hundreds of Minnesota’s most patriotic citizens gathered. Together, they stand and sing hymns to their state: From the land of sky blue waters, From the land of pines, lofty balsams… The old Hamm’s advertising song, with slight edits, is among the repertoire of […]

Craft Culture: Handmade Canoe Paddles by Sanborn

Photos by Barbara O’Brien Photography County Road 7 bisects Pickwick, Minnesota, before reaching a “T” at Little Trout Valley Road and Lake La Belle. Pickwick, named for an early Charles Dickens novel, feels quaint, lingering in the past. Holsteins graze on a front lawn. A father and his sons mend a barbed-wire fence running out […]

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Slay to Gourmet: Wild Turkey

Field photos by Jon Wipfli, recipe photos by Matt Lien Plain and simple, I love to turkey hunt. It’s the time of year when I get my first taste of spring, and waking up an hour before the sunrise is also something I look forward to. The temperatures are finally rising, ramps are exploding all […]

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Slay to Gourmet: Walleye Fish Tacos

As the sun starts to hit the tree line, I can feel a noticeable change in the boat. Rod tips start to bounce more frequently, the bait cache is depleting more rapidly, and walleyes start to fill the live well. After a day of musky fishing with minimal action, it’s nice to end a warm […]

The Minnesota Brewer: Pitching Yeast with Twins Closer Glen Perkins in the Offseason

Photos by Brace Hemmelgarn, Minnesota Twins Glen Perkins’s newfound hobby has him pitching more than just baseballs in the offseason. Beer and baseball are an iconic pairing—and it’s not just enjoyed in the bleachers. Twins all-star closer Glen Perkins, a longtime beer fan, took that pairing a step further this offseason when he discovered the joys […]