Arts & Entertainment

The Growler’s Holiday Guide 2019

Picture the scene: it’s late December, and wisps of seasonally appropriate snow are lazily looping their way out of a cool gray sky. Boughs of pine … [Read More...]

Making Moonshine and Dancing to Dixieland: A tour through Minnesota’s prohibition-era music venues

From 1920 to 1933, Prohibition outlawed the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol—but Minnesotans found other ways to enjoy their spirits. … [Read More...]

Artist Profile: Designing the written word with Anne Ulku

Anne Ulku just wants you to feel something. As a designer and illustrator, she’s made a name for herself through her work with brands ranging from … [Read More...]

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Makers

Craft Culture: The Surprisingly Uplifting World of Taxidermy

Speaking solely from personal experience, my basic notions of taxidermy have historically gone arm-in-arm with sport hunting, starting at the army of … [Read More...]

‘Every Tractor Has a Story’: Al Deiss is on a mission to restore heirloom tractors to their former glory

Every tractor has a story.” Al Deiss smiles a bit under his salt-and-pepper mustache and puts his hands in his pockets as he tries to find the … [Read More...]

Iron Woman: American Skillet Company and FeLion Studios’ Alisa Toninato forges a career in cast iron art

Two summers ago, five days past her due date, Alisa Toninato stood at the outer edges of an iron pour in Cambridge, Wisconsin. She was uncomfortable, … [Read More...]

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Sports & Outdoors

Back to the Earth: When it comes to after-death care and burials, green is the new black

It might not be the most pleasant topic to think about, but it is a part of life: we are all going to die. But how can we die better?  Many … [Read More...]

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Chris Qualley

Chris Qualley is mostly your normal type of guy. Grew up in Lakeville, now lives in Otsego. A wife, four kids, and a puggle named Dolly. A solutions … [Read More...]

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...]

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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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