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]

Pink is the new orange for Wisconsin hunters

A bill was just signed into law in Wisconsin that allows hunters to wear blaze pink as well as blaze orange, reports Bring Me the News. The bill was proposed in May 2015; the representatives who drafted it said it was “designed to provide more options for hunters and boost interest in the pursuit at a … [ Read more]

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]

Rehydrating with wine on the run

A 10K race in Glasgow this September is serving up wine instead of water at rest stops, reports The Sun. Runners will be able to try wine from a different country every two miles. The race’s organizer, TeamOA, which also organizes a ‘Chocolat-on’ for sweet-toothed athletes, says participants will be able to purchase their favorite bottles at … [ Read more]

No snow in Duluth forces Beargrease to start in Two Harbors

A lack of snow in Duluth means the 32nd John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will start outside Two Harbors for the second year in a row, reports the Star Tribune. The race up the North Shore of Lake Superior and back will begin Sunday, January 31, from a gravel pit near Highway 2, just north of … [ Read more]

Minnesota United FC to Call St. Paul Home

  After more than 20 years, Minnesota soccer is finally coming into the Twin Cities fold. At a press conference held today, Friday, October 23, at the Midpointe Event Center in St. Paul, Minnesota United FC team owner Bill McGuire and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced that Minnesota’s professional soccer team is getting a new stadium, … [ Read more]

Zach Parise votes “None of the above” for new UND nickname

Former Fighting Sioux hockey star and current Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise told Star Tribune that of the new University of North Dakota nicknames up for a vote this week, none pass the test. Since “Fighting Sioux” was stripped from UND in 2012 after being deemed offensive by the NCAA, five new nicknames have emerged to take its place: Fighting … [ Read more]