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]

All In: Minnesota United FC’s Brent Kallman takes his competitive streak to the poker table

The clacking of poker chips in Brent Kallman’s hand punctuates the low, murmuring hum that fills Canterbury Park on a Wednesday night. Hundreds of participants in the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT), sit with jaw in hand, thrumming fingers on the table to wordlessly indicate a check to the dealer during hands of no-limit hold ‘em. … [ Read more]

Extreme Duluth: 4 rides perfect for mountain bikers of all levels

Duluth is a bike city. Yes, it has the big lake, and a number of monikers that come along with it. But in recent years the City on a Hill has utilized its topography to become a major biking destination—that is, for those who enjoy riding them down and around hills. Thanks to aggressive trail … [ Read more]

The Food that Grows on Water: Harvesters and state agencies seek to protect Minnesota’s wild rice legacy

It’s late summer in Cass Lake, Minnesota, a logging and resort town on the western edge of the vast northwoods that stretches east to Thunder Bay, Ontario. For a few minutes before nightfall, the sky above town is streaked with the last glowing blush of the setting sun, and two loons call to each other … [ Read more]

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Beating cancer one mile at a time: How cycling is helping Chris Gibbs in his fight against colon cancer

Now matter how hard you try to take care of yourself, sometimes life has other plans. Chris Gibbs learned this the hard way this past May, when the 45-year-old cyclist was diagnosed with colon cancer. “I didn’t see it coming,” Gibbs says of his diagnosis. “You try and do the right things [for your health] … [ Read more]

Pedaling back in time with Cycling Museum’s Juston Anderson

Juston Anderson is a collector, but it isn’t just old bikes he’s after. The Captain of the Minnesota Wheelmen and co-founder of the Cycling Museum of Minnesota prizes the stories he’s collected more than the bikes themselves. When we meet up to chat in the church basement where the Cycling Museum is currently located, he … [ Read more]

On the Hunt for Dinner: Chef Jon Wipfli on his new cookbook, ‘Venison’

If you ask local chef and food writer Jon Wipfli, he’ll tell you that there are two types of meat out there. First, there’s the individually wrapped cuts on the supermarket shelf, uniform and predictable—you can cook the same thing every night. The other, more interesting, meat is the kind that’s still in its original … [ Read more]

Krav Maga on Bicycles

From the battlefields of Israel to the bike paths of Minneapolis, a team of self-defense instructors are teaching cyclists to protect themselves Gail Boxrud began thinking about the need for self defense while working as a journalist in Alaska. “I covered the police and crime beat, and found myself in some scary situations,” she says. … [ Read more]

Driving Discord: Examining fear and loathing on our roadways

The Twin Cities area has seen a surge in self-propelled transportation. Minnesota’s Department of Transportation found that 13.4 percent of the Twin Cities population currently cycle or have cycled to work. The League of American Bicyclists reports that growth in commuting by bike in Minnesota has increased by 103% since 2000. With more people out … [ Read more]

Vehicle for Change: Three nonprofits are using bikes to build community

Jump on a bike, and you can go just about anywhere. Bikes are an inexpensive, fun, and active form of transportation—and there are a lot of them in the world. And there’s one more key element, according to Randy Treichel, enterprise director of Express Bike Shop on Selby Avenue in St. Paul. “Bikes are, by … [ Read more]