Before the team joined the independent American Association in 2005, the St. Paul Saints dominated the now-defunct Northern League, amassing four championships over 12 seasons. As the crèche of players faces off against its Midwestern rivals, it hopes to one day send envoys to play in the major leagues—a feat already achieved by 15 Saints alumni. As one of the same three owners who've overseen the team since its 1993 founding, actor Bill Murray lends the team a touch of Hollywood glamour, trumping other teams' attempts to replace their bases with Walk of Fame stars.
Home games unfold under the towering lights of Midway Stadium, an outdoor ballpark stocked with several concession stands, a bar, and family-friendly cafés and ice cream shacks. Along with plush porcine mascot Mudonna, a regular cast of entertainers delights crowds as the organist controls the weather with popular songs.
Helmed by founder Lawrence Yatch—a retired Navy SEAL who once led his platoon in securing one of the world's largest oil platforms—the instructors of Sealed Mindset Firearms Studio oversee a facility where every room upholds a training philosophy emphasizing knowledge, practice, and experience. The shooting range, for example, trains marksmen by simulating the conditions in which a defensive encounter is most likely to occur. Depending on shooters' ability levels, the range offers scenarios from simulated night to defending against multiple targets in up to a 270-degree shooting view. Other training rooms include a live-simulation room that re-creates encounters such as carjackings, a self-defense and fitness room, and a laser and dry-fire room.
Instructors use these training rooms to lead classes that range from firearms and fitness training for everyday citizens to specialized training for law enforcement and the military. Additionally, they also organize recreational immersion experiences such as Operation Geronimo, a simulated Navy SEAL mission complete with real combat gear, simulated fire, live role players, and a celebratory steak dinner with the president. Sealed Mindset also houses a children's playroom and a members' lounge.
For more than 25 years, families have flocked to Goony Golf for family entertainment ranging from curvy putting greens to a video arcade. When fully operational, three 18-hole courses star a cast of colorful creatures, such as a pink kangaroo, Humpty Dumpty, and a bird in a mortarboard and graduation robe. Beyond the 36 holes, guests can rack up points on pinball machines or head to the air-hockey table to re-create Team USA’s miraculous 1980 victory over the Soviet Union’s giant plastic mallet.
The sharp shooters at Average Joes Archery supply aspiring archers with equipment, including quiet-hunting and target bows from brands such as Strother Archery and BowTech. A 40-yard indoor shooting range with 20 lanes allows shooters to refine their ability to hit a target, thereby improving balloon-animal hunting skills. During parties, approximately 10 kids learn the ropes of archery-themed games and replenish their energy with candy and soda. Leagues for adults and youth provide both camaraderie and practice, meeting weekly for 10 to 12 weeks. The knowledgeable staffers at Joes also supply hunting and fishing licenses and educate up-and-coming archers with group and private lessons. To remedy worn-out equipment, target annihilators may return to Joes for arrow and bow repair, bow tuning, or a replacement bow signed by Cupid.
Under the tutelage of Energy Dance Center's skilled instructors, groovers and twirlers ages 1–18 can actively engage in the art of dance. Tots and toddlers in the Rising Stars Summer Sessions I and II can work on coordination and basic motor skills during the Creative Movement class ($50) or try ballet and tap ($55). Young gents ages 4 and up can perfect moves at the Boys-Only Hip-Hop class ($55). Session I's Ballet, Jazz, and Tap classes for ages 5–7, 7–9, and 9–11 (all $68) use positive reinforcement to build graceful boogying skills, while Session II's Recreational Hip-Hop classes for 5- to 8-year-olds ($55), 9- to 12-year-olds ($55), and kids 13 and up ($55) inspire students to break out into spontaneous pop-and-lock routines during family road trips.
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