The Mill: Sturgill Simpson, Band of Horses headlining Hinterland Music Festival 2018

An arial shot of Hinterland Music Festival attendees and a collection of blankets // Photo by Cullen Powers

An arial shot of Hinterland Music Festival attendees and an assortment of blankets // Photo by Cullen Powers

The tiny Iowan town of St. Charles will once again host the fourth annual Hinterland Music Festival on August 3 and 4, this year with its biggest and most diverse lineup yet. At the top of the bill is Grammy-winning country and roots singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson and folk rock group Band of Horses.

Other performers to grace the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater will be Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES, Denver folk-rock singer Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, classic Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke, and up-and-coming country star Margo Price. R&B musician Anderson East, independent Melbourne busker-turned-singer-songwriter Tash Sultana, the piano-driven roots rock of J Roddy Walston and The Business, and country singers Tyler Childers and Joshua Hedley round out the bill.

True to the nature of its uncharted namesake, the two-day event will be held in the rural countryside of central Iowa, 20 miles south of its original host city of Des Moines. The camping festival was created for lovers of both music and the outdoors in mind, with celebrations of music, art, and local craft.

Tickets will go on sale February 16 at 10am. For more information about the festival and passes, check out


Club Jäger attempted a “soft reopening” last week before being forced to shut its doors on its second night by protesters standing outside the bar. Owner Julius DeRoma, who financially backed the 2016 political campaign of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, might have been (read: was definitely) trying to lure out-of-towners before the Super Bowl, but his plan was foiled by the protesters who projects a lit sign onto the outside of the building reading “Nazi Pubs, Fuck Off.”

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced that it will help fund a scholarship program for Butte College, a community college in northern California. Brewery owner Ken Grossman, an alumni of the school, helped kickstart the Promise Scholarship Program with a $1 million donation, which will assist with the overall cost of two semesters of free tuition granted by the scholarship.

ICYMI: Even though the Super Bowl is now behind us, we can all still enjoy Surly’s comprehensive Minnesota primer for out-of-towners unfamiliar with our ways. My personal favorite excerpt: “If you get to a 4-way stop at roughly the same time as another driver(s), your best bet is to just abandon the car, get out, and walk to your destination, as who gets to go first will never be resolved by conventional means.”


A Capriotti's Sub-Sandwich // Photo courtesy Capriotti's Facebook

A Capriotti’s sub sandwich // Photo via Capriotti’s Facebook

In the midst of the chaos Super Bowl LII rained down upon the Twin Cities last week, Delaware-based sandwich shop Capriotti’s stealthily opened its first Minnesota branch in Edina. The sub shop has opened more than 100 locations across the U.S. since 1976, with plans for two more Minnesota branches in the works. The shop originated in Wilmington, aka the “Little Italy” of Delaware, their most popular sub being “The Bobbie,” which is basically a small Thanksgiving dinner on a hoagie.

With Delicata, Bar Brigade, and Red River Kitchen under his belt, restaurateur Matty O’Reilly is now in talks to take on Como Park’s Lakeside Pavilion for his fourth restaurant. The location previously housed Como Dockside, which closed last year after a two-and-a-half-year run. O’Reilly’s bid was the only one submitted to St. Paul’s Parks and Recreation Department, who own the building, potentially because of the challenge posed by the mandate to keep the facility open through the winter months.

just/us opened in downtown St. Paul at the corner of Wabasha and 7th Street. According to its website, the entirely chef-owned endeavor aims to “reinvigorate the restaurant industry” by featuring the work of chefs from all over the Twin Cities. The collaborative eatery will keep a frequently-rotating menu, “so a good experience won’t become a stale one.” Seatings are limited to 5:30pm, 7pm, and 8pm.

Holman’s Table is now open at the St. Paul airport. The restaurant’s sleek aesthetic is inspired by the spirit of travel, named after 1920s pilot Charles W. “Speed” Holman who flew countless routes across Minnesota and its surrounding states.

La Familia Tapatia, the food truck serving up authentic Mexican street fare since 2014, now has its own brick-and-mortar location in Roseville off of Larpenteur Avenue. Sticking with its food truck roots, the restaurant is takeout-only. Also important to note—the growlers lining the walls are purely decorative keepsakes from the breweries where the truck has operated. Beverages served are all non-alcoholic.

Celebrity-endorsed sweets shop, Sugar Factory, will open its first Minnesota shop in no place other than the Mall of America. The place known for their glittery “couture pops” already has over 20 locations worldwide, with an Instagram so shamelessly packed with famous people that I feel equally exasperated and intrigued. Celebrities: they’re just like us!


The newborn tapir and mother at the Minnesota Zoo // Photo via Minnesota Zoo's website

Tapir calf and mother at the Minnesota Zoo // Photo via Minnesota Zoo’s website

A Minnesota Zoo star made her public debut on Tuesday. The one-month-old Malayan tapir calf was born January 6 at 16 pounds, and is expected to weigh in at around a svelte 450 pounds by her first birthday. She’s viewable to guests every morning for short periods of time as she adjusts to her surroundings, but can always be viewed via webcam for those at work. The zoo is taking name submissions on their website through February 11, then finalists will be voted on February 13–15.

In what might’ve been the luckiest (or least lucky, depending on which side you’re on) moment of this journalist’s career, a CNN reporter discovered copies of Department of Homeland Security documents regarding anti-terrorism efforts for Super Bowl LII in the seat pocket of an airplane. The reports were part of a federal program that conducted anthrax drills in Minneapolis leading up to the game. Safe to say that, despite this snafu made by a (former?) government scientist, the drills were nonetheless effective.

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