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]

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 mind would do a quick scout of the hunting grounds while on the way to the delivery room? Even with water broken, she obliged.” – Steve … [ 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 love. Rallying, his sport of choice, takes place on scenic backroads, behind the wheel of a car. Unlike in other motorsports though, when you get down to it, the Caravan … [ Read more]

Trout Run: Trail race meets fishing tournament at the Driftless Area Flyathlon

Social media swirls with events in the fall, like so many maple leaves on a windy sidewalk. The trick to capitalizing on these short and perfect autumn days is to choose activities that blend multiple interests together. Like the 2017 Driftless Area Flyathlon, a trail race with fly fishing along the route and craft beer … [ Read more]

Soaring With Eagles: Minneapolis’ Nate Augspurger scrums his way onto the world stage with USA Rugby

The energy in the backyard of Andy and Cherie Augspurger’s home in South Minneapolis is festive and exuberant. I’m hanging out with 13 extremely strong men who are devouring extremely full plates of food. These men are from all over the world and together, they form Old Blue Rugby Football Club of New York, one … [ Read more]