A handful of Minnesota breweries have won 2014 World Beer Cup Awards. August Schell Brewing brought home two awards, one included a gold for their Vienna-Style Lager. Steel Toe Brewing won a gold for their Scotch Ale. Canal Park Brewing Co. Summit Brewing Co. and Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub also won awards this year.
Minnesota is potentially on the brink of a copper mining boom. Tonight in Duluth is the first of a series of public hearings on a proposed copper-nickel mine in Hoyt Lakes. Follow updates from MPR News and Duluth News Tribune reporters.
The redesign is the latest in a series of moves by the company to try and keep pace with the wave of new craft beers.
It's been another great year of Minnesota Scenes. Photographers across the state have shared over 5,000 photos with MPR News. See some of the year's best.
"Since 2010, U.S. manufacturers have added 665,000 jobs. Now some economists say that doesn't mean much. Manufacturing lost nearly 7 million jobs in the 30 years before that, so historically this could be just a blip. They expect job losses will soon continue in the long, sad story about the decline of manufacturing jobs in America," writes NPR's Chris Arnold.
What started as a way for road bike riders to pass the time in off season has become a serious sport. Minnesota's abundance of bad weather and passionate cyclists has helped grow cyclocross in the state.
There are perks to being the oldest existing craft brewery in the state. But with the wave of new brewers, Summit's flagship lineup starts to look and taste dated to craft brew enthusiasts that are seeking new experiences with their beer.
This chart displays beer production by the top ten Minnesota craft producers for years 2006 to 2012. The chart compares production by Summit (Minnesota's top producer) against the next nine top producers in the state.
Brewers and craft beer industry folks suggest that people drinking stronger higher quality beers tend to have fewer in one sitting.
During the drought before the beer boom it could have been easy to forget that brewing has long been an important presence in the state.
Amy and Dave Freeman, a couple from Grand Marais, Minn., paddled, dog sledded, and hiked 11,647 miles across North America. Their epic journey led them to be named among National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year.
Davy Rothbart, creator of FOUND Magazine and regular This American Life contributor, discusses his new documentary Medora with MPR News' Ground Level project.Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. On a grander scale, it's a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, "Once we lose these small towns, we can't get them back."
Outfitter and guide Jason Zabokrtsky has emerged from two weeks in the wilderness after bushwhacking his way from the depths of Quetico Provincial Park, through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and into Ely, Minn.
Most of the state is now at or near peak fall color.
While the anti-aging "cures" being marketed these days are largely snake oil, in the laboratory scientists have managed to extend the lives of laboratory animals. That's good news if you're a lab rat, but at present there are no treatments that delay aging in people. Would you use that treatment if you could.