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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.

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 4 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 4 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

Left: Poplar Ridge rental unit at Caribou Highlands in Lutsen. Right: Steps down to guest  cabins at

Photographs by David Bowman

A perfect destination in Minnesota for each season, because in the North it's as much about when you go as where. more

Apr 1, 2016 11:28 AM , , , Travel & Visitors

Burntside Lodge  cabins perched on the  shore of Burntside Lake.

Photographs by David Bowman

History comes into focus on an offseason family trip to Ely. more

Apr 1, 2016 11:28 AM Travel & Visitors

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Photos by Eliesa Johnson and Caitlin Abrams

Four streets. One skyway system. A whole lot of holes in the wall. Behold, our guide to the undersung Twin Cities' gems of eating, drinking, shopping, and beyond. more

Feb 5, 2016 3:20 PM , General Interest

The Mill Northeast in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photos by Eliesa Johnson and Caitlin Abrams

It's an amazing melting pot and home to some of these most interesting hidden gems in the Twin Cities. more

Feb 5, 2016 10:02 AM , General Interest

El Nuevo Rodeo in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photos by Eliesa Johnson and Caitlin Abrams

One of the most underrated drags in town, East Lake Street is turning a corner. more

Feb 5, 2016 9:59 AM , General Interest

7th Street Barbers in St. Paul, Minnesota

Photos by Eliesa Johnson and Caitlin Abrams

The 5.5-mile corridor is a blue-collar Champs-Élysées, with the old Schmidt Brewery sign as the de facto Arc de Triomphe of West 7th Street. more

Feb 5, 2016 9:57 AM , General Interest

Trung Nam French Bakery

Photos by Eliesa Johnson and Caitlin Abrams

From 19th-century aristocrats parading horse-drawn carriages to 1950s drag racers tearing down the strip, the St. Paul stretch of University Avenue has a history of showing off. more

Feb 5, 2016 9:55 AM , General Interest

Marty Mathis Clothiers

Photos by Eliesa Johnson and Caitlin Abrams

The serpentine eight-mile gerbil cage called the Minneapolis Skyway is full of fantastic fare. more

Feb 5, 2016 9:52 AM , General Interest

May this treasure map be your guide to find the hidden gems of local eating, drinking, shopping in the Twin Cities. Venture forth, brave souls. more

Jan 27, 2016 1:27 PM , General Interest

Hiding out at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 'The Pedicord Apts.' gallery is ready for your walkthrough. more

Jan 27, 2016 11:57 AM General Interest

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Photographs by Eliesa Johnson

All the best brunch destinations in and around the Twin Cities right now. more

Oct 1, 2015 7:05 PM , , , Eat & Drink

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