For the second year running, the city of Minneapolis has been honored for having the best parks in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land's 2014 "ParkScore" rankings.Like last year, the City of Lakes stands alone at the top of the list with a "5.0 park benches" score. New York is second ... More >>
DNR Facbook PageInterstate State Park is open and enticing.The shutdown was rough on Minnesotan outdoorsmen and women. No boat or fishing license renewal. Closed state parks. A minefield of poop outside of locked public restrooms. Well, it's all over now. And starting this morning, the Departmen ... More >>
DebGooseberry Falls State Park, before the poopers took over.With no bathrooms and no one around to clean them up during the shutdown, some of Minnesota's state parks are starting to look and smell like crap. Literally.Minnesotans are still trying to take advantage of the parks, which have areas ... More >>
Todd MulvihillThe Arboretum's Toast & Taste in the Gardens celebrates summer cuisine.Who's got the best digs for a garden party? The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, of course, and it will be hosting its annual Toast & Taste on Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. The arboretum recruits several ... More >>
Gregory Seftik grew up in Minnesota.Teton National Park, Wyo., rangers dug the bodies of Gregory Seftick and Walker Kuhl out from under 13 feet of avalanche debris on Sunday morning. They were in their tent, which had been pitched in an avalanche runout zone in Garnet Canyon at about 9,000 ... More >>
Tony NelsonDid the pioneers eat onion rings?Admittedly it's not the first place we thought Porky's retro diner would end up: Little Log House Pioneer Village just outside Hastings, as part of a 160-acre collection of more than 50 historical buildings. The purchaser, Steve Bauer, who owns Pio ... More >>
McCollum promises to stymie Bachmann.We have a congressional border spat. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum wants to know why, if Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the federal government are all broke, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann wants to build a $700 million bridge over the St. Croix River. Bachmann, who complain ... More >>
Juicy, sweet and coolThe University of Minnesota's Horticultural Research Center at the Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen doesn't sound like the kind of place you'd want to visit on your weekends. But the items it produces--most famously the Honeycrisp apple--are a consistent draw, which is w ... More >>
Via Lily The Back Bear/FacebookLily the black bear, and her cub, HopeWe'll admit we're not too familiar with Bear Head Lake State Park near Ely. But Lily, the black bear who became an international sensation after she gave birth live on the Internet, knows the park like the back of her paw. ... More >>
If you missed it last year--or enjoyed it so much you'd like to go back--the Picnic Operetta is returning to Twin Cities community gardens this weekend. This time, eleven singers and musicians will be performing director Scotty Reynolds's take on Tales of Hoffmann, beginning Saturday, August ... More >>
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants you to eat better. Which is why he created Homegrown Minneapolis, an initiative designed to "improve the growth, sales, distribution, and consumption of healthy, locally grown foods within the city and the surrounding region." That means more community garde ... More >>
She supports a monster, $668.5 million bridge span built to divert traffic away from Stillwater and its aging lift bridge.
Grapevine heist has U of M officials concerned, puzzled.
Get apple happy at the AppleHouse, now open for the season in Chanhassen.
A musical performance of modern Greek myth is staged in local community gardens-- mint /tomato /watermellon appetizers included.
The Arboretum offers a host of locally grown meals. Imagine the beautiful flowers at the table!
Baxterization, beaten paths, and the great riparian land rush of northern Minnesota
What's in the smelly, oily water coming out of the ground at the new Heritage Park housing development?
Bush RX for forests: Fewer rules, more logging
Environmentalists cry foul as legislators argue that a land swap will benefit public education
Developers visit the Gas Works and see a plush high-rise, but neighbors envision a meadow
Community gardens in Phillips get weeded out
Politics, myth, and money in Minnesota's dwindling north woods.