Artist Profile: Lisa Friedrich’s explosive gunpowder art

Lisa Friedrich has perfected the art of playing with fire. While some artists prefer the more traditional media of pencils and paintbrushes, Friedrich reaches for gunpowder. “There was no research on how I could make my own gunpowder art. So I asked my school to fund me a grant to study gunpowder and they went … [ Read more]

Mistaken Minnesota: The mapmaking errors that shaped our state’s landscape

It’s not hard to find Minnesota on a map. Drag your finger as far north as the continental United States goes. We are the one that looks like a bizarre “K.” So how is it that we live in a country with states that are tidy rectangles and squares, and then states that look like … [ Read more]

From Zero to 629.4: Tackling the North Star Bicycle Race — Installation 2

When we last checked in, I was still training in the storage room staring at drywall, and we still had snow on the ground. Our weather has come a long way, and with the first days of summer under our belts, it’s time for another check up on training for the North Star Bicycle Race, … [ Read more]

5 Most Extreme Outdoor Activities to do in the Midwest

This article is a part of The Growler’s Outdoor Guide. Find more tips for outdoor adventure and dining here.  Thrill-seeking has become a traveling sport, with adrenaline junkies posting online from states out west and far-flung destinations across the world. While those places look incredible, why go through the hassle and expense of travel when … [ Read more]

Game On: Virtual reality parlors transform the once-insular activity into a social experience

When most people think about virtual reality, they likely picture someone with a cardboard apparatus over their face and a phone hanging from the end. Or maybe a dark room where someone sits, alone, completely immersed in their video game experience. This is indeed VR, but only a very small sliver of it. But because … [ Read more]

From Zero to 629.4: Tackling the North Star Bicycle Race — Installation 1

When I announced to my family in February that I intended to participate in an unsupported, 629.4-mile bike race this September, they started planning my funeral. When I get up in the morning and look in the mirror, I see an oft-unemployed 25-year-old man, roughly 40 pounds overweight, balding and out of breath from climbing up … [ Read more]