Arts & Entertainment

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Ci Ci and Khadijah Cooper find their own paths in Twin Cities comedy

Working with family can be a tricky thing. Personalities clash, relationships outside of work boil into the workplace, and next thing you know you’re … [Read More...]

Musical Minnesota: Visiting 8 destinations around the state immortalized in song

Planning a Minnesota road trip? Check a local landmark off your bucket list—specifically, one of these places made immortal by shout-outs in song. Get … [Read More...]

Artist Profile: John Bosley’s iconic illustrations take viewers on a road trip across the Midwest

People outside of the Midwest generally don’t pay much mind to the region, brushing it off as nothing more than flyover country. But we Midwesterners … [Read More...]

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Makers

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...]

Get in the Van: VanGo Automotive’s vintage camper van rentals are one-size-fits-all

Drive far enough down West 7th Street and you can find pockets of St. Paul that haven’t yet fallen in step with the capital city’s gentle amble toward … [Read More...]

Phil Vandervaart: The Sign Painter of Minneapolis

That's the thing about sign painting. I don't have a job that I go to clock in and do my work and leave. I create. I have to hustle all of these jobs … [Read More...]

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Sports & Outdoors

Game On: Virtual reality parlors transform the once-insular activity into a social experience

When most people think about virtual reality, they likely picture someone with a cardboard apparatus over their face and a phone hanging from the end. … [Read More...]

No Labels, No Limits: Individuals of all ages, shapes, and identities are proving that fitness is for every body

When she was 9 years old, Molly Lethert was in a snowmobile accident that severed her foot. Doctors were able to reattach it, but the resulting … [Read More...]

From Zero to 629.4: Tackling the North Star Bike Race — Installation 1

When I announced to my family in February that I intended to participate in an unsupported, 629.4-mile bike race this September, they started planning … [Read More...]

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Heritage

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...]

New book on Duluth and Superior’s brewing history sets the record straight

There are lots of stories that people want to believe about history,” says Tony Dierckins, publisher at Zenith City Press in Duluth, Minnesota. “Like … [Read More...]

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Travel

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...]

Homeward Bound: We quit our jobs, sold our house, and spent 112 days on the road

In 2015, my husband Brian and I quit our jobs, sold our house, and left our life in Seattle, Washington, in search of a new home. We’d spent years trapped in a never-ending cycle of long commutes, longer hours, and seemingly shorter weekends to … [Read More...]

The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2019

There’s nothing like a long, brutal winter to make a Minnesotan dream of escape. It’s been a lifetime, it seems, of scraping and shoveling and waddling along icy sidewalks like a penguin, shoulders hunched, lips chapped, cursing your hardy ancestors … [Read More...]

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