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]

Painting the Court Purple: Looking back on the sportier side of Prince

Prince loved a good pair of heels. He was often found sporting them on stage or in public, along with his famously outlandish wardrobe. But occasionally he preferred sneakers over heels—so as not to scratch up the gym floor. During his time at Bryant Junior High and into his years at Minneapolis’ Central High School, … [ Read more]

Hunter, Writer, Butcher, Cook: Jamie Carlson and Minnesota’s wild foods movement

Jamie Carlson’s idea of a perfect field snack is a raw antelope liver, taken directly from the freshly killed animal itself. “Raw antelope liver is the sweetest thing you’re ever going to have,” he says while tending a campfire at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. “Pull it out, rinse it off, put a little … [ 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]

Woodsmanship & Tradition at Little Crow Custom Bows

If you get Lee Waltman, owner and sole employee of Little Crow Custom Bows, started on varieties of wood, you’d better have some time on your hands. Not because Waltman is overly wordy or dry, but because he’s a zealot for detail and fastidiously interested in every facet of traditional bow making.  Waltman’s workshop sits … [ Read more]

Going all in with Nick Huisinga of Cuyuna Brewing Company

Nick Huisinga takes off on a trail barely wider than the tire of his fat bike, kicking up tufts of rust-colored dust into the air as he banks through root-ridden turns. The serpentine single-track trail winds through dense woods in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area outside of Crosby, Minnesota. Exposed boulders and trees jutting … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The Iconic Illustrations of Mark Herman

Mark Herman’s bright sunlit Minneapolis studio is covered in prints, sketchbooks, and miscellaneous artworks he’s thought up over the years. We’re sitting back in his cozy office, which is lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stuffed with photographs, mementos, some of his own artwork, and books that he ironically doesn’t touch. “I’m a terrible student—horribly dyslexic, barely … [ 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]

American League batting champ award named after Hall of Famer Rod Carew

The name of Hall of Fame first and second baseman Rod Carew is already etched into baseball history, but Major League Baseball furthered his legacy by naming the winner of the American League batting title as the Rod Carew AL Batting Champion. Though it came as a surprise for Carew, a look at his career statistics shows how deserving he is of … [ Read more]