Fight or Flight Academy hosts parkour championships this Saturday

Categories: Adventure
Chad Zwadlo
This weekend, ninjas are invading Edina. Sort of.

While they may not be wearing masks or wielding swords, full-blown ninja aerial tactics will be on display Saturday when Fight or Flight Academy presents the third-annual Minnesota Summer Parkour & Freerunning Championships.

More »

Popular Norwegian reality show seeks season 4 cast at Mall of America this Saturday

Categories: Adventure
Alt for Norge.jpg
Photo courtesy of O'Connor Casting Company.
The Alt for Norge Season 3 contestants in Norway.
This Saturday, Norway's hit Emmy-winning reality TV show Alt for Norge (or, in English, "The Great Norway Adventure") will host an open casting call at the Mall of America for its fourth season. 

The show is seeking adventurous potential contestants ages 18 and over who have Norwegian ancestry (even a small percentage counts). 

The series follows 12 Norwegian-Americans who fly to Norway and immerse themselves in the Scandinavian culture, competing in a series of extreme challenges that test their skills and determination along the way. The winner receives a cash prize of $50,000 and a meeting with their Norwegian relatives, who are tracked down by a team of genealogists hired by the show.

More »

If you build it they will come: Kimball teens turn their backyard into a wiffle ball 'field of dreams'

Categories: Adventure
If you build it, they will come.
Instead of sitting around playing video games, brothers Isaiah and Samuel Ehlinger turned their sprawling Kimball, MN backyard into a wiffle ball "field of dreams."

The project began last summer when 15-year-old Isaiah found a YouTube video posted by people in Georgia who had built their own wiffle ball field. Isaiah says he has seen the movie Field of Dreams, but YouTube was his real inspiration.

"Everyone does baseball, but wiffle ball is different," says Isaiah. "I'd never seen a wiffle ball field in Minnesota, and we were looking for something to do. Summers can be low key around here and we didn't want to stay inside.

More »

30 Days of Biking: Take a trip to these cool destinations

Categories: Adventure
Bike in the grass.jpg
Photo by skippyjon
Get on your bike and ride!
April showers normally bring May flowers, but this year the flowers have arrived early. It's especially good timing, as this month marks the 30 Days of Biking challenge, an event where folks take an online pledge to bike every day in April. There's also support, so if your endurance waivers you can check in with other participants as they share stories, jokes, and photos of their experiences via social media. Although the idea has spread internationally, it began with two dudes in Minneapolis.

We recently attended a workshop at Grease Rag and Wrench, a safe forum for women, trans, and femme cyclists to learn about maintenance and repair. In between adjusting derailleur gears, folks swapped stories and shared some great rides for how cyclists can fill up their 30 days.

More »

Fatboys Arm Wrestling Challenge takes over East Bethel this Saturday

Categories: Adventure
The eyes of the sports world will be focused squarely on East Bethel this Saturday, as arm-sports enthusiasts of all ages, sizes, genders, and experience levels will come together for the Fatboys Arm Wrestling Challenge.

The action kicks off at 5 p.m., and will feature both the open-invite tournament as well as an all-star clash between Adam Kruger and John Whitaker, two of the top five arm wrestlers in the state. Event organizer Josh Handeland says he expects around 40 competitors to participate, and the competition will be divided into five different weight classes to level the playing field (according to the website, you're allowed to strip down to make weight if need be).

More »

Winter blues? Head out for a Russian date night

Categories: Adventure
Russian snow date night .jpg
Photo by polzovat
Now that snow has finally arrived in the Twin Cities and the weather remains overcast, you may believe it's necessary to spend long evenings inside playing games of Scrabble and living off of crock-pot leftovers.
Au contraire, my friends.
Instead of shutting yourself up at home, why not use this weather as inspiration to explore parts of the Twin Cities that you might otherwise overlook? There are plenty of venues that are not only eager to distract you from your winter doldrums, but provide cultural experiences wildly different than the average beer-and-burger routine.
For this (potentially) snowy weekend, we'd like to suggest that you activate your inner Muscovite and imagine that the Twin Cities have been transformed into Moscow. (Duluth is a sister city of Petrozavodsk, one of the largest cities in northwestern Russia, after all). So, grab your sweetheart -- or a friend -- and head on out for an entertaining Russian-inspired adventure.

More »