Two new bouldering gyms will challenge Twin Cities climbers this fall






Bouldering, a type of rock climbing using no ropes or harnesses, is gaining a foothold in the Twin Cities with two new gyms opening this fall. Minneapolis Bouldering Project, the third gym in the Bouldering Project (first in Seattle in 2011, then Austin in 2015), is constructing a massive, 42,000-square-foot indoor bouldering gym, located at 1433 West River Road … [ Read more]

Afton Alps pedaling in the mountain biking season June 3






With summer just around the corner, Afton Alps is inviting Minnesotans to trade in skis for mountain bikes on June 3 when they open a new single track mountain biking course. This is the first time that Afton Alps has opened the property to mountain biking since it discontinued its mountain biking program four years ago. The new course is mainly … [ Read more]

New Duluth Huskies ticket package includes trip to brewery






There are plenty of opportunities to grab a fresh, local beer at a sports game these days, but one Minnesota baseball team is taking things to the next level by bringing fans straight to the beer source. The Duluth Huskies baseball club has teamed up with the Duluth Experience, a local tour company specializing in brewery … [ Read more]

REI launches national campaign to get women and girls outdoors






REI wants to level the playing field when it comes to gender equality and the outdoors. And to do so, the national outdoor retail co-op launched an initiative called Force of Nature. “But when we take an honest look at the outdoor stories we tell and the heroes we typically herald, we see that as … [ Read more]

Group fitness classes muscle in on local craft brewery scene






It’s 10am on Saturday morning at Bauhaus Brew Labs and the place is already raging. Music is blaring, people are shouting, and roughly 25 smiling, sweaty people are shoulder-to-shoulder in the taproom. This is not the first stop on a Northeast Minneapolis brewery crawl (at least, not officially); it is a kettlebell fitness class. This … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: Fresh views on camping at Vistabule Teardrop Trailers






There’s a timeless nostalgia and sense of adventure in the very shape of a teardrop camping trailer. The petite, two-person campers weigh around 1,200 pounds and can be hauled by most station wagons or small trucks. They were popularized in the 1930s, but the internet age renewed them into fashion. Now a handful of entrepreneurs … [ Read more]

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Gotta catch ’em small: Growing “micro-fishing” trend has Twin Cities roots






Aaron Bye is a Stillwater-based home inspector who built his business around an extreme attention to detail. He found a fitting hobby, almost by accident, and coined the term “micro-fishing” on a 2009 trip when the fishing was slow. “We were goofing around catching emerald shiners, and realized it was a ton of fun,” says … [ Read more]

Hidden Minnesota: 5 underappreciated state parks and recreation areas to visit this year






Minnesota has long been recognized as the land of 10,000 sky blue-tinted lakes. But did you know the North Star State also is home to 66 state parks, not to mention an additional nine recreational areas, 25 state trails, and 43 state forest campgrounds? Many Minnesotans and visitors are familiar with such celebrated parks as … [ Read more]

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Root beer maverick: How one little, old lady battled the harsh Minnesota wilderness & made root beer for thousands






Until 1986, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was home to hundreds of wild species, including moose, beavers, bears, bobcats, bald eagles—and one little, old lady named Dorothy Molter. Molter was the last legal non-indigenous resident of the BWCAW. She operated a resort that became a legendary destination in one of the most remote parts … [ Read more]

Panfish to pike: An every-person’s guide to fishing






It’s tough for lifelong anglers to imagine what it’s like to be a beginner. Those introduced to the sport through family traditions often had elder mentors who instilled not just the how-to, but also the why-to, and the ethics and ecology lessons that naturally follow. But for folks without that foundation, the barriers to entry … [ Read more]

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Minnesota United kicks off Earth Week at Afton State Park






Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. But thanks to Minnesota United, an early, earthy campaign will be kicking off at Afton State Park. Today, players and staff from Minnesota United will team up with Itasca Society season ticket holders, Minnesota Department of National Resources staffers, and Major League Soccer employees to help clean up the … [ Read more]

Opinion: Outdoors enthusiasts must fight to save conservation funding






Taylor Ridderbusch is the Great Lakes organizer for Trout Unlimited, which has 160,000 national members, including 36,000 in states bordering the Great Lakes. Ridderbusch is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. As anglers, and as sportsmen and women, there is always a mood of excitement that … [ Read more]

March Madness 2017: Alumni Bars in the Twin Cities






Here’s where the alumni will gather to watch this year’s March Madness games in the Twin Cities: Thursday, March 16 (5) Notre Dame vs (12) Princeton, 11am Crooked Pint Ale House, Downtown Minneapolis is where the Fightin’ Irish faithful might want to take their lunch break. (5) Minnesota vs (12) Middle Tennessee St., 3pm Every bar! But … [ Read more]

Alumni Bars: Where March Becomes Madness






Frank Mason III has the ball at the foul line. The game is winding down, his third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks are closing in on one of the most incredible comebacks of the college basketball season against ninth-ranked West Virginia. All eyes are glued on the man wearing number 0, a venue packed with people, passion, and … [ Read more]

PHOTOS: Minnesota United FC’s memorable 2017 home opener was a snowy affair






Photos by Dan Murphy Minnesota United FC may have dropped their home opener 6-1 to fellow expansion team Atlanta United FC at TCF Bank Stadium this past Sunday, but the game was a memorable one for the Loons’ supporters. With temperatures in the low-20s, 35,000 fans filled the lower bowl of the stadium. With a light snow covering … [ Read more]