Let’s Play (Bubble) Hockey: The iconic bar game inspired by the Miracle on Ice

When your favorite Gen X relative finally shuts up about how underrated Mudhoney is, ask them about the Cold War. They’ll get a faraway stare, pop a Lipitor, and start relaying savage tales of Red Dawn, The Day After, and the constant, nagging concern that a U.S./Soviet Union showdown would burn the world to a … [ 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 envelope, they’re popular today among insurance agents who want to wish their clients a happy birthday. But the humble postcard once held so much more promise. Case in point: A … [ Read more]

The Unbreakable Jessie Diggins

The superhuman training that forged a pint-sized underdog into a world beater On a ripe June morning at the base of Stratton Mountain in Vermont, Jessie Diggins is squatting down in the dirt and lifting a volleyball-sized boulder to her chest. Then the power-packed 5-foot-4-inch Olympic cross country skier suddenly springs up and heaves the … [ Read more]

Pitches of Dreams: A look at the cricket and Irish hurling communities of the Twin Cities

Tulsie Sookdeo was just a kid when he moved from Guyana to the Twin Cities in 1980. The ice and snow of his new home was the complete opposite of the tropical climate he’d left behind, but that didn’t mean a connection to his old home couldn’t be found. Guyana is one of several cricket-crazed … [ Read more]

Leaving Lead Behind: One hunter’s decision to rethink his choice in ammunition

I saw my first pine marten on a gut pile. In the snowy aspens, the fresh kill site was a bright bloom of reds, pinks, and purples. The marten bounded from stump to deadfall, disappeared into the snow, and then popped straight up next to the gut pile, his black face and whiskers glittering. He looked … [ Read more]

Cheap beer and humility: Lessons from a 22-day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip

The Grand Canyon is an amazing geologic feature. Cutting through the Colorado Plateau on its way to the Gulf of California, the Colorado River drains the western slope of the Southern Rockies and, over millions of years, has carved a 277-mile long, 6,000-foot deep chasm, at the bottom of which is one of the most … [ Read more]

Five State Parks across the Heartland for your road-tripping pleasure

Looking for some summer or fall road trip inspirations? The Growler has you covered with these Heartland destinations. ■ ■ ■ West on I-94: Lake Sakakawea State Park near Pick City, North Dakota Stretching 178 miles in length from Williston, North Dakota, to the Garrison Dam near Pick City, North Dakota, Lake Sakakawea is a … [ Read more]

Beyond Everywhere: Jordan, Minnesota, is a townball destination

I had once visited the town of Jordan, Minnesota, but I didn’t really see it. On one of those December days when the sun goes down a couple of hours after it comes up, my high school basketball team stared out into the endless winter’s night for the ten steps between the bus to the … [ Read more]

Casting for Brook Trout Ghosts

Just keep your feet wet,” my grandpa told me. I was 12, and he’d just handed me my first fly rod. He was explaining how I could explore the trout streams of northern Minnesota, even when they passed through private land. Minnesota’s “wet feet” stream access law is a positive relic of our troubled timbering … [ Read more]

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]