Arts & Entertainment

Where Have All the Award Shows Gone? How we’re honoring Minnesota’s musicians today

Right inside the front door of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame stands a towering replica of the state-shaped award for inductees. “This way when … [Read More...]

Artist Profile: The patterns and forms of Ross Bruggink

A fearless and philosophical duo, “Calvin and Hobbes” follows the adventures of the mischievous six-year-old Calvin, and his best friend, a talking … [Read More...]

Fare Thee Well, Red House: A 10-song toast to the folk record label’s Minnesota legacy

St. Paul's famed Red House Records—long known as a top label for folk and Americana artists—is Nashville-bound after being acquired by Compass Records … [Read More...]

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Makers

Craft Culture: Piecing it together with Mercury Mosaics

The gleaming edge of what looks like an oversized cookie-cutter plunges into a sheet of clay. Before punching out another tile, a man in a red apron … [Read More...]

Pop-up shop ’til you drop with local holiday markets

  With temperatures dropping and snow about to be falling, holiday markets are popping up. There’s a market or two or three hitting every … [Read More...]

Craft Culture: Caretakers of skin and pollinators at Worker B

The sound of splintering wood disrupts the rhythmic hum of bees flying midair as Liesa Helfen wedges a flat metal tool in between two boxes. The … [Read More...]

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Sports & Outdoors

The Mill: Nice Ride Minnesota to introduce dockless bike sharing in 2018

Nice Ride Minnesota, the nonprofit behind the signature lime green bikes seen all over Minneapolis and St. Paul, is planning to roll out a new … [Read More...]

Thrill of the Hunt: Digging deeper into the world of Minnesota’s die-hard treasure hunters

“I’ve been at it for a long time. I missed two hunts because of more important matters (births), but I’ve had the fever since 1990… Who in his right … [Read More...]

Time-Speed-Distance Rallies: A different kind of car race

It was a 2009 “Cash for Clunkers” trade-in—an old, Dodge Caravan for a brand new, sporty Mini Cooper—that brought Clarence Westberg back to an old … [Read More...]

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Heritage

Craft Culture: 130 years of water and the grindstone at Schech’s Mill

At first the vibrations in the water are faint. Small ripples break through the surface of the stream as they push out from the base of an old stone … [Read More...]

Two Visions for the Future of the Ford Site

The City of St. Paul is close to finalizing a development plan for the long-vacant, 135-acre site of the former Ford Assembly Plant in Highland Park. … [Read More...]

Parks—and Water—For the People: The history of Minneapolis’ hand-pump drinking wells

When Minneapolis resident Jessica Rosenberg was a little girl, she and her brother had a special ritual they shared with their grandparents. They … [Read More...]

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Travel

State of Chicago Beer: A good time to be thirsty in the Windy City

If you're heading to Chicago, come parched. As of this writing, there are just under 200 breweries in the greater Chicagoland area. Like many American cities, the Chicago craft beer scene is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Eight Chicago-area … [Read More...]

13 Quintessential October Experiences in Minnesota

If you're anything like us, you've spent months counting down to this short but sweet season. Now that fall is in full swing, we've put together a list of quintessential October experiences in Minnesota. Whether you head up north for the fall foliage … [Read More...]

Pedals and Pull-Tabs: The dive bars of U.S. Bike Route 41

The North Star Bicycle Route (a.k.a., U.S. Bicycle Route 41) connects St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Canadian border, winding through Duluth, Grand Marais, two national parks, past nine state parks, and along the shores of Lake Superior. The route … [Read More...]

Maybe this is heaven: Nine innings in Miesville

The village of Miesville, Minnesota, wears Father’s Day like a ballplayer wears a broken-in glove. It’s fit, it’s snug, it’s natural. There are few matches more perfect for each other than a ballplayer and his mitt. There are even fewer matches more … [Read More...]

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