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]

Massive ice climbing park coming to Duluth

Duluth is creating a new 30-acre park at the site of a quarry in west Duluth, and its main attraction is a 1,000-foot-long, 100-foot-high cliff for ice climbing, reports the Star Tribune. For decades, access uncertainties have prevented Casket Quarry from being developed to its full potential as a recreational venue, says Duluth Climbers Coalition. In 2014, … [ Read more]

Day-trekking the Superior Hiking Trail

What pairs well with a pint of North Shore-style Pale Ale? How about panoramic views of Lake Superior, a stroll past the Cascade River Waterfalls, or endless exploration of an abundance of inland woodlands, lakes, and rivers along the Superior Hiking Trail. Uniquely Minnesota has put together a list of five great hikes to help you make the best of … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: Handmade Canoe Paddles by Sanborn

Photos by Barbara O’Brien Photography County Road 7 bisects Pickwick, Minnesota, before reaching a “T” at Little Trout Valley Road and Lake La Belle. Pickwick, named for an early Charles Dickens novel, feels quaint, lingering in the past. Holsteins graze on a front lawn. A father and his sons mend a barbed-wire fence running out … [ Read more]

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MN Brewery Running Series Announces 2015 Schedule

Out of the dozens of serious and casual runners in my group of friends, there’s something I’ve noticed they have in common—every one of them loves beer. It may be coincidence, but with scientific studies pointing to beer as a superior post-run beverage to water, the recent record-setting sub-5 minute beer mile, and a running store in Colorado … [ Read more]

National Treasures: Touring America’s National Parks on a Beer Adventure

50campfires is the camping authority with camping tips, recipes, gear reviews & more! Visit for more content about the great outdoors. Illustration by David Witt How many National Parks can you name? Be honest. We’re guessing the answer isn’t all 58. The marquee parks like Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone seem to get all the … [ Read more]

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Turn of the Seasons at Dave’s BrewFarm

Many people in the craft beer industry daydream of Belgium and Germany—far off lands that are rustic and peaceful, where the beer is brewed well in small and out of the way places, where a quiet can settle in, letting a slower pace to be had. It’s odd that not many of us look in … [ Read more]

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Canoe the Boundary Waters: Explore Minnesota’s Wilderness Wonderland

By Christopher Ferguson The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is the pride and joy of Minnesota. We brag about it. We tell stories of how many miles in the BWCA we’ve canoed or the trip we took up there with a youth group. In these few paragraphs, I’d like to help you with your first trip. … [ Read more]

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Explore the Winter Landscape on Two Wheels

Courtesy of Explore Minnesota Just because the snow is falling doesn’t mean it’s time to put your bike away until spring. In Minnesota, many paved trails and mountain biking areas welcome riders year-round. Here’s what you need to know to keep riding all winter long. [Read the full story on Explore Minnesota’s website]