Minnesota Miles

 I’m Jan, the publisher of Minnesota Trails Magazine. I’m looking for that one trail, the next ride, a new discovery and other reasons never to sit still in Minnesota.

 

I stumbled out of the rain into the brightly lit taproom of Brau Brothers in Marshall, wiped the rain off my glasses and squinted at the beer menu on the wall behind the old fire truck, rigged with more than twenty taps.  There was a long bar in front of the truck and the rest of the huge space was filled with booths. In the back of the room I could see the familiar stainless tanks and bottling equipment behind glass. The whole place was sparkling stainless and shiny chrome.

This is the first entry in my new series called Trail Pairings, where I visit a place, explore their roads and trails and visit the local taproom so I can recommend a beer to go with it. Someone's gotta do it.

Jim Bergquist's shirt reads 'Paddle. Relax. Repeat.' and he likes his new digs.

March its over and I'm already a quarter of the way into a project I didn't know I started:
The Year of the Fat in which I'll ride only my fat bike.


Joe Bridge brazes on a brake modification at Black Ship Cycles. -Ben Swanson photo

This is the first in a series of visits to small makers of outdoor equipment in Minnesota: Made in Minnesota

On Sunday, February 28, I made an impromptu visit to Camp Ripley to watch some of the races of the National Guard Biathlon. This event has been held since the 1970s.


Four nights in a yurt at Cuyuna: Joy and Pain

I like the idea of a wood burning stove and a rustic experience without electricity. There are too many electronic devices in my life. I wanted to turn a few of them turned off and kick back by the fire with a book for a few days and ride the trails with my fat bike.

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