The ‘ramshackle,’ DIY soccer club bringing a new sense of fun to the pitch

It’s summertime in Minnesota. The sun’s out, the coolers are full, and do-it-yourself season is officially here. The coolest DIY project in the Twin Cities isn’t a deck, or a fire pit, or a brand new man cave. It’s a soccer team called Minneapolis City SC—a self-proclaimed “ramshackle bunch” on a mission to build a … [ Read more]

Golden Rivalries: Gopher football’s most storied trophy games

Autumn in Minnesota. Gold in the changing leaves, gold in the fields and prairies, and of course gold on the gridiron. It’s the time of the year that for autumnal traditions provided by college football at the University of Minnesota: reveling in the camaraderie of tailgating, raking leaves to the rhythm of radio play-by-play, the … [ Read more]

Sepak attack: The sport of takraw is gaining a foothold in Minnesota

Thirty people are are dispersed between two nets on a near perfect August night outside Olson Middle School in North Minneapolis. Younger players, roughly between 20 and 40, play at one court, 50-and-60-somethings at the other. The courts are twined-off, the grass worn. Spectators cheer from the sidelines. From a distance, this might seem like … [ Read more]

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Forward, forward, jab! Inside the world of competitive gaming

A fighter fastens his long red bandana, tightens his leather gloves, and stares down his opponent. As though a Roman sculpture, the man before him is a mountain of muscle, a feral look in his eyes. The fighter wipes sweat from his brow; he has been in this position before. Nerves and sweat conspiring against … [ Read more]

On boards: How a Minnesotan taught the world to water ski

The date is Saturday, July 22, 1922. The place is Lake City, Minnesota, on the waters of Lake Pepin, the largest naturally occurring lake on the Mississippi River. The time is 4pm. The scene is set for Lake City native Ralph Samuelson to carve his name into sporting history. Samuelson, who is just one day … [ Read more]

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St. Paul’s Field of Dreams: Baseball hopefuls test their mettle at Saints’ open tryouts

Every year, the St. Paul Saints hold open tryouts for potential players. Every year, most of them fall short. Every year, they come back. The press release for the May 5th event is literally titled “Fulfill a Dream,” and there is a precedent for fighting the long odds. The Saints’ all-time winningest pitcher, Charlie Ruud, … [ 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]

Minnesota Twins announce 2016 Midwest Music Showcase lineup

The lineup for the Minnesota Twins’ Midwest Music Showcase is better than ever this year, reports the Star Tribune. Offering performances by Minnesota musicians at Wednesday home games, the series will kick off April 27 with rapper/rocker/wordsmith/part-time preacher Astronautalis. Subsequent weeks will feature (in order) Al Church, Holidae, Sean Anonymous, Bad Bad Hats, the 4onthefloor, Har … [ Read more]

Where to play hooky for the Twins home opener

The start of baseball season marks the beginning of spring (and the impending arrival of summer), all of which deserve a serious party. Lucky for us, Target Field and numerous bars and restaurants near the field are throwing just such celebrations, and you’re invited. So go ahead: play hooky, and go enjoy a day at … [ Read more]

Bauhaus Brew Labs debuts tallboys at Target Field and First Ave

Baseball season is officially upon us, and Bauhaus Brew Labs is marking the occasion accordingly. Last year, Bauhaus joined the craft beer ranks at Target Field alongside the some of Minnesota’s finest craft breweries. This year they are upping the ante and unveiling 16-ounce tallboys of Wonderstuff Neü Bohemian Pilsner and Sky-Five! Midwest Cöast IPA at Target Field. … [ Read more]

MN Twins unveil new Target Field food lineup

The Minnesota Twins just unveiled the newest food offerings for the year, including such goodies as chocolate mousse cups, prime rib sliders, and walleye tacos. New to Hrbek’s this year is the Cluck & Moo Bloody Mary, a bloody Mary featuring a slider and dry-rubbed chicken wing as garnishes (along with a slew of other salty goodness). Best way … [ Read more]

Dollar dogs and baseball-themed beers ring in opening day at Eastlake

It may be too cold to feel your hands outside, but it’s opening day for Major League Baseball, and Eastlake Craft Brewery is celebrating by airing all the day’s ball games (even some basketball sneaks in there), dollar dogs courtesy of Taco Cat, and trivia. Welcome the start of baseball season with a Dank Aaron or Kirby Pucker. … [ Read more]

Get your bocce on at Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery is bringing bocce back to its yard this summer, and sign-ups are now open for interested teams. This is Schram’s fourth bocce season, and due to growing popularity, they have expanded game times and days to be able to accommodate more teams. Last year’s teams have already begun to sign up, … [ 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 United FC and Mayor Coleman unveil stadium renderings

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined Bill McGuire on stage Wednesday to unveil the renderings of a new soccer stadium to be built for Minnesota United FC. The 20,000-person stadium, slated to be finished for the 2018 season, is first piece of an ambitious multi-phase redevelopment plan for the Midway shopping center located at the corner of Snelling and … [ Read more]