Dan Patch: The rags-to-riches story of the fastest horse you never knew

Weaving through the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, past Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar, the Grandstand, and the Corn Roast, is an avenue named after one of the biggest sports legends of the early 20th century: Dan Patch, the harness racehorse whose world record for fastest paced mile stood for 50 years. When Dan Patch was born on … [ Read more]

Forever Homes For Farm Animals: Sanctuary farms give animals destined for unhappy endings a new lease on life

A 300-pound pig named Wally was traveling 70 miles per hour on a highway outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was a mere three miles from his destination, a slaughterhouse, when a woman driving behind the truck he was in reportedly saw the pig lift up the door with his snout. Wally stepped out onto … [ Read more]

Make The Lakes Great Again

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative restores and maintains the largest freshwater system in the world For Ron Zalesny, a plant geneticist with the U.S. Forest Service, 15 landfills within the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan watersheds are places that hold promise. Promise for a better watershed, a better understanding of the ecosystem, and ultimately, a … [ Read more]

Under the Freshwater Seas: Divers explore the otherworldy realm of Great Lakes shipwrecks

It’s a totally different world beneath the Great Lakes,” says Bob Thorpe of Scuba North, a recreational diving center based by Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. “You’re suspended in that cold water—weightless, nothing but darkness around you. The sheer scale of it is humbling. Being down there is how I imagine an astronaut feels, floating … [ Read more]

Backyard or Backcountry: Make the most of your Memorial Day weekend

Ahhh, Memorial Day weekend. The unofficial start of summer when we hardy Minnesotans can finally soak up some vitamin D, kick back with a beer, and enjoy being outside without the risk of frostbite. Winter will be upon us before we know it (sorry, but you know it’s true), so let’s savor our outside time … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s Allianz Field to host the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Midway St. Paul’s Allianz Field has been selected as a host venue of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup next July. The Confederation of North American, Central American and Caribbean Association of Football (CONCACAF) made the announcement Tuesday that the future home of Minnesota United FC, to be completed in February 2019, will be among 15 … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s Town House Bar to become soccer bar, The Black Hart of Saint Paul

The Town House Bar, St. Paul’s oldest LGBTQ bar and home to some of the city’s most vibrant drag shows, is getting a new owner, name, and soccer focus: The Black Hart of Saint Paul. Holly Monnett, the longtime owner of The Town House bar, is selling the business to Wes Burdine, a Midway resident … [ Read more]

Underground Action: The rebels, rogues, and urban explorers who mapped the subterranean Twin Cities

Trespassing is illegal. Urban exploration is dangerous. Do not go to these places and/or do what we do. You could be fined, arrested, hurt, killed…” The disclaimer is emblazoned in red on the front page of Action Squad’s website. It’s a warning, but also a siren’s call to those who hunger to explore the abandoned … [ Read more]

Op-Ed: Earth’s Plastic Problem

Editor’s Note: Mario Serra is the director of sales and marketing for PakTech. This Op-Ed was written and submitted in direct response to an article published in our April issue—“Craft Beer’s Plastic Problem,” by Matt Privratsky. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. Plastics and plastic packaging are an integral and important … [ Read more]

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: The sustainability of Minnesota’s logging industry

For many Minnesotans, the exclamation “Timber!” evokes images of a bygone era when solemn bearded men clad in plaid hefted saws and axes and felled towering pines in the depths of a northern forest at the end of the 19th century. Fewer Minnesotans may understand that the harvesting of timber and forest products is still … [ Read more]

Troubled Waters: Bridging our concern over Minnesota’s lakes and rivers to necessary action

Minnesotans love to extol the virtues of our 10,000 shimmering lakes and remind outsiders that we really have closer to 12,000. But we’re also laboring under some seriously mistaken myths, ones that put off acknowledging the full breadth of problems facing our prized lakes, no matter how many we have. First, we don’t have as … [ Read more]

Let Your Id Out: Axe throwing and other badass activities

The ego is why you go to work. The superego is why you imagine you like going to work. The id is why you want to tap dance on your boss’ desk while stapling Post-It Notes to his forehead. The id was a good friend back in the old days when we were naked, hunting … [ Read more]

Caleb Truax was never going to be World Champ. Someone should have told Caleb Truax

Osseo native Caleb Truax hung up his cleats and left the football program at Virginia State in 2003 to transfer back home to the University of Minnesota. An injury from high school left him with lingering patellar tendinitis and cut his collegiate football career well short of what it could have been. In the year … [ Read more]

Askov Finlayson giving 110% to fight climate change

As a teenager, Eric Dayton sat in awe as famed polar explorer Will Steger rolled out a map of Antarctica to show him the route of an epic transcontinental expedition. The moment fueled Dayton’s love of the outdoors and exploration, gained during summers paddling through the Boundary Waters as a camper at Camp Widjiwagan in … [ Read more]

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 dockless bike sharing program. The new system would eliminate the need for the docking stations that riders currently use to check bikes in and out, effectively opening up access to … [ Read more]