Arts & Entertainment

Minnesota’s Most Famous Singing Trio: The Andrews Sisters’ inventive harmonies buoyed a nation at war and topped the charts

What comes to mind when you think of the Andrews Sisters? Maybe holiday classics like the Bing Crosby collaborations “Jingle Bells” and “Mele … [Read More...]

Artist Profile: The world’s an endless sea of collaging opportunity for Ben DiNino

Ben DiNino has an obsession with stuff. He says his partner would readily refer to his collection as a certified hoarding habit, especially after … [Read More...]

Voices in the Wilderness: Bands (other than Bon Iver) that chased the muse into the woods

I n 2008, when Justin Vernon debuted his Bon Iver alias with the release of “For Emma, Forever Ago,” the music world was forced to grapple with a … [Read More...]

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Makers

Craft Culture: Heritage Wooden Looms and Toys at BEKA, Inc.

If you live long enough, you’ll see that what goes around comes around,” says Jamie Kreisman, co-founder and president of BEKA Wood Products on Selby … [Read More...]

Cooke Custom Sewing: Handsewn outdoors gear for the harshest elements

It just works.” That’s Dan Cooke’s response when asked why the hand-sewn camping gear he’s been making for 38 years continues to have such an … [Read More...]

Designs for the Greater Good: John Dwyer champions architecture that responds to human needs, not just wants

John Dwyer designs buildings that do more than provide shelter or inspire people to snag a selfie to post on Instagram. He designs buildings that … [Read More...]

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Sports & Outdoors

Curtain Call: Tipping the cap to Minnesota’s first Baseball Hall of Famer, Charles Albert Bender

The thing about Major League Baseball history is that there’s *a lot* of it. With much of it taking place in the part of the past that gets called … [Read More...]

Chips On Their Shoulders, Parks In Their Hearts

The cast of characters who created Minneapolis’ parks could be their own mutton-chopped version of “Parks and Recreation” There’s a lot of green … [Read More...]

G.O.A.T. in MPLS: The two transcendent seasons of Elgin Baylor

In 1958, the once-proud Minneapolis Lakers, basketball’s original dynasty, the winners of five National Basketball Association championships, had … [Read More...]

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Heritage

Ghosts of Maurer’s Saloon: The surprising history of Cuzzy’s in Minneapolis

The women in the Maurer family did not choose to become saloon keepers. It was forced upon them when their husbands committed suicide or were sent to … [Read More...]

Roads to the Past: One man’s mission to document Minnesota’s historical highways

Andrew Munsch steers a blue late-model Honda Civic to the shoulder and stops beside a snowbank as tall as his car. He zips up his black jacket and … [Read More...]

How a Two-Cent Postcard Inspired Dr. Cora Johnstone Best to Climb the World’s Greatest Mountains

The world’s first postcard was issued nearly 150 years ago in October 1869, according to the internet. Nothing more than a card mailed without an … [Read More...]

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Travel

Life in the Woods: Three families go ‘Off the Grid’ in Northern Minnesota

Driving north toward the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, you’ll see towering evergreens, pristine lakes, and bountiful wildlife. What you might miss at first glance are the remote cabins and yurts where a few Minnesotans spend not just weeks … [Read More...]

Remote Minnesota: Five out-of-the-way trails and state parks to escape to this summer

Minnesota is blessed with an abundance of scenic attractions and wonders that are renowned across and beyond the Land of Sky Blue Waters. But for those amongst us seeking less-trodden trails, a host of options can be found across the North Star … [Read More...]

A Roadside Diversion That Makes Roadside Diversions: It’s a meta wonderland at the FAST moldyard

A lifeless mermaid sits on an anchor in a field just north of Sparta, Wisconsin. Behind her looms a menagerie of bears, cows, fish, pirates, and the 12-foot-tall hindquarters of a sitting dog. His giant head is some feet away, casting a blank stare … [Read More...]

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