PHOTOS: Rock The Garden 2018

Rock The Garden 2018 has come and gone. If you were there, you know it was hot, sweaty, and an exhaustingly fun time. If you missed it, or just want to reminisce, The Growler’s got you covered. Our photographer was there (regrettably wearing a black shirt, and black pants) and captured the tropically humid music … [ Read more]

St. Anthony Park Arts Festival

For 49 years, the St. Anthony Park Arts Festival has raised funds in support of the St. Anthony Park Branch Library’s programs, while providing a day of art and fun for the community. This free outdoor show is located at the intersection of Como and Carter Avenues in St. Paul and features over 70 juried … [ Read more]

Heirloom Muskie Lures: Supernatural Big Baits

The warehouse complex at 755 Prior Avenue North in St. Paul most famously houses entities like Can Can Wonderland and BlackStack Brewing. But in the northwest corner of the building sits Supernatural Big Baits, where founder and owner Duff Thury has been hand-making some seriously big baits for serious muskie anglers since 2013. Duff is … [ Read more]

Pillows + Pints: A Ski Movie Night

3rd Annual Pillows + Pints // A Ski Movie Night Ski movies, beer, food, and freebies, all in support of Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. ****Bring your skis/board for free waxing courtesy Gear West.**** EVENT SCHEDULE: 3pm Doors open 5-7pm Happy hours, dinner from Gerhard’s Brats, door prize preview 7-7:30pm Ski/board/hype videos 7:30-8pm Intermission, lots … [ Read more]

2nd Annual Brewers Battle

At the second annual Brewers Battle race, held at Afton Alps and hosted by WCCO’s Kim Johnson, ski teams representing 12 regional and national breweries will compete for the title of champion. The winner’s prize? The winning brewery team will have their very own tap line at Afton Alps for the entire year. Last year, … [ Read more]

Minneapolis ranks No. 1 for best park system in U.S.

Minneapolis has the best park system in the United States, according to The Trust for Public Land’s 5th annual ParkScore® index, which was released today. Minneapolis narrowly edged out St. Paul for the top spot. The cities tied for first in 2015. Washington, DC, placed third, finishing ahead of neighboring Arlington, Virginia. San Francisco, Portland, … [ Read more]

Happy 125th anniversary, Itasca State Park!

Using the date Minnesota’s oldest state park, Itasca State Park, was established, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ State Parks and Trails division is claiming 2016 as its 125th anniversary. Itasca State Park officially came to be on April 20, 1891, designed to preserve the old growth pine trees that were in danger of being logged. More … [ Read more]

Pendelton and Rogue partner to brew a national park beer

  Rogue Ales and Pendleton Woolen Mills are celebrating Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park in the best way possible: by creating a specialty beer in its honor. Pendleton Pale Ale, brewed with hops and malts grown on Rogue Farms in Oregon, is a “crisp and refreshing ode to Oregon’s dramatic Crater Lake National Park that comes in … [ Read more]

Minnesota receives $33.6M for wildlife restoration

It’s that time of year again, when this year’s distribution of the revenues generated from excise taxes paid by the hunting, boating, and angling industries gets doled out among the states via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. The program raised $1.1 billion for state wildlife agencies in 2015, … [ Read more]

Waterfall season is a thing, and it has arrived

North Shore waterfall season is officially here, according to Cook County’s website. Cook County has the North Shore’s most dramatic waterfalls, including Devil’s Kettle Falls in Judge C.R. Magney State Park, the ephemeral “phantom falls” that pour from the cliffs lining Highway 61, and the High Falls of the Pigeon River in Grand Portage State Park. … [ Read more]

Is overcrowding endangering our National Parks?

The success of campaigns like the National Park Service’s Find Your Park and others from state tourism offices has created a huge demand at our nation’s parks—which is proving to be a bit too much of a good thing, reports National Public Radio. Last year, a record 305 million people visited national parks. That’s more … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s state species: Their past, present, and uncertain future

Minnesota’s official state symbols represent the natural treasures found within the state and remind us of our cultural heritage. But will Minnesota’s most iconic species still be here in 50 years? We check in to see how five of the most beloved state symbols are faring in the face of a changing climate and loss … [ Read more]

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Twin Cities the first U.S. host of the Winter Cycling Congress

The Twin Cities will play host to an international gathering on winter bicycling Feb. 2–4, reports MPR News. The Winter Cycling Congress is expected to draw hundreds of engineers, policy makers, and bicycling enthusiasts to Minneapolis and St. Paul starting on Tuesday. This is the first time the annual gathering has been held in the … [ Read more]

The National Park Service proves that some things in life actually are free

The National Park Service is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year by offering free admission to each of the 409 parks on 16 days in 2016. The first day is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, January 18. There is one national park in Minnesota—Voyageurs—and a handful of nationally designated areas, including Grand Portage National Monument, the … [ Read more]

How to cross ‘Dogsled the Boundary Waters’ off your winter bucket list

Minnesota’s million-plus-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), obviously, is best known for wilderness canoeing—many would say the best in the world. But winter transforms this magnificent landscape into a forested cathedral of ice, snow and silence, offering a wilderness experience like no other. Bring a beautiful, hard-working team of Canadian Inuit dogs into the … [ Read more]