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.


On the Lake Wobegon Trail, church steeples and water towers tell you the next town is near. There's a pint waiting for you at the end of your ride in Saint Joseph.

A trail doesn't have to be solid to make you thirsty. This post pairs a canoe trip on the Mississippi with a pint at Saint Cloud's Beaver Island Brewing Company.

The sun was setting over the grain elevator as wide as a city block on Highway 75, The King of Trails. Occasionally, a semi truck rumbled by and disappeared into the horizon.

Imagine traveling back to a time when a trip in an automobile was an adventure involving leather gloves, a white scarf and aviator goggles.

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.

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.


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