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Chris Clayton

Chris Clayton

Chris has been with our organization for five years. Before joining the Mpls.St.Paul team, Chris was deputy editor for DeltaSky, published by MSP Communications. As editor-at- large, Chris is a contributing writer and frequent editor for stories both large and small. As the former editor-in-chief of the now-shuttered Metro Magazine, Chris is a key voice in our team’s engagement with the next generation of readers in the Twin Cities. He's also contributed to national magazines, including Outside, Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Eater National, and CNNTravel.

We made a sweet playlist charting the Grammy-winning songwriter's long, varied career. more

Jun 28, 2017 5:22 PM Arts & Culture

Illustration of pillow fight

Illustration by Tim Bower

We sleep-tested two locally made pillows so you don’t have to. more

May 3, 2017 2:18 PM General Interest

Gunflint Lodge

Photo by David Bowman

Strap your luggage to the roof of the station wagon and get reacquainted with the iconic lodges and lake resorts that define Minnesota summer. more

Apr 4, 2017 11:27 AM , , , Travel & Visitors

Dreamcatcher Cabin at Ludlow's Island Resort

Photos by David Bowman

Lake Vermilion's rustic island hideaway. more

Apr 4, 2017 11:22 AM Travel & Visitors

A sampling of all the kid-approved shows and events on tap this month. more

Feb 1, 2017 3:33 PM , , , Arts & Culture

Welcome to your family field guide to the ultimate urban exploits and expeditions. more

Feb 1, 2017 1:03 PM , , , Kids & Family

Minneapolis Central Library

Photo by Joe Treleven

Bon Vivants are true pursuers of arts and culture, well-rounded consumers of the finest and most novel family experiences in the Twin Cities. Find the cities' best bubble tea or go marketing to score a Bon Vivant badge. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:55 PM , , , Kids & Family

Twin Towns Guitars

Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Enthusiasts aim to attain and hone assorted skills, trades, and all the talents our urban environs afford. Earn your Enthusiast badge by attending guitar or circus school—then reward yourself with a donut. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:51 PM , , , Kids & Family

Science Museum of Minnesota

Photo by Richard Fleischman

Explorers are insatiably curious about traversing the natural world and engaging with the science that drives it. Delve into these science-fun, island-hopping adventures in the Twin Cities to get your Explorer badge. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:48 PM , , , Kids & Family

Indoor climbing at Vertical Endeavors

Photo courtesy of Vertical Endeavors

Dynamos crave action. Snowshoe or bowl your way to earning a Dynamo badge with your little athletes and daredevils. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:44 PM , , , Kids & Family

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Photographs by Niti Gupta (Omar); Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images (Trump)

Minnesota Dems: The sky isn’t falling. Minnesota Republicans: Don’t get too comfortable. Political scientist Larry Jacobs weighs in on our unique—and still somewhat predictable—electorate. more

Dec 20, 2016 1:52 PM Arts & Culture

Prince in Las Vegas Feb 2007

Photo by EPA/PAUL BUCK/alamy

He could seem otherworldly, a sphinx draped in purple. But let’s not forget about Prince the human being. more

Dec 5, 2016 9:56 AM Arts & Culture 5 Comments

The atrium at Paisley Park

Photograph courtesy of Paisley Park/NPG Records

Five itineraries. Twenty-five landmarks. One long purple journey. more

Dec 5, 2016 9:52 AM , Arts & Culture

Barry Lather and Michael Jackson

Photos courtesy of Barry Lather

The star-studded tale of Barry Lather, the Minnesotan who choreographed Prince’s “Batdance” video. more

Dec 5, 2016 7:56 AM Arts & Culture

How a chance encounter turned the closing of my family’s new house into a Minnesota moment for the ages. more

Oct 28, 2016 9:42 AM General Interest

The view from a lookout at Wildcat Mountain State Park in southwest Wisconsin. Glaciers missed the area during the last ice age, which explains the rugged, rolling landscape.

Photographs by David Bowman

Getting lost in the Driftless Area — the endlessly surprising geologic region found in parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa. more

Aug 31, 2016 3:07 PM Travel & Visitors

Our region is overflowing with hot and barbecue sauces to mop on your 'cue or slather on your crispy chicken. Behold, 31 highlights—one for each day in August. more

Aug 1, 2016 2:55 PM , , , Eat & Drink

Fried chicken at Revival

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

A critical survey of Twin Cities restaurants inspired by cuisine from below the Mason-Dixon line. more

Jul 29, 2016 10:24 AM , , , Eat & Drink 5 Comments

A big ol’ lip-smacking, 10-napkin love letter to the leaders of the Twin Cities’ Southern food moment. more

Jul 26, 2016 2:21 PM , , , Eat & Drink

Nekima Levy-Pounds

Photos by Ackerman + Gruber

How a mother, attorney, and occasional rapper named Nekima Levy-Pounds became one of the most prominent and divisive civil rights leaders in Minnesota. more

Apr 25, 2016 3:05 PM Arts & Culture

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