For years, Bill Ahmann mastered the complex inner workings of piston and turbine aircraft as an aviation mechanic. In 1997, he finally achieved his dream by founding his own aviation company out of Anoka County-Blaine Airport. Initially a small venture with a staff that totaled three, Bill's penchant for providing aviation-related services with a personal touch led to rapid growth and a second Twin Cities Aviation location in Saint Paul. In 2008, Bill's veteran squad of flight instructors helped the company achieve Part 141 certification, distinguishing it as a reputable flight school. Today, TCA's staff numbers more than 20 industry professionals drawn from military, commercial-airline, and other aviation backgrounds. Flying a tiptop fleet, the team boasts varied expertise in charter flights, FAA-certified flight instruction, and aircraft sales. The staff's experienced mechanics also service pilots and plane owners with repairs that range from routine safety inspections to refueling propeller hats.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that compose America can unite in the common cause of toppling a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4 value).
The Mud Games, an exceptionally muddy merger of obstacles and distance, challenges participants of all ages and fitness levels to eschew traditional races in favor of a down-and-dirty good time. At the start of each heat, 200 runners hurl themselves into 3.1- or 1.5-mile courses strewn with sloppy bogs, rope webs, walls, and a mud slide. To keep racers on even terms, the organizers have sprinkled in a handful of mystery obstacles, which may include anything from waist-high water trenches to nephews who need help with their algebra homework. Prizes are awarded for the top three male and female finishers.
But the race isn't just for the sake of getting dirty. It was also started for charitable reasons: the majority of the proceeds go to the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, with additional funding given to the Minnesota Heat youth basketball association. Interested runners can register as individuals or teams, and friends and family are encouraged to come out as spectators and cheer them on.
For a mouthwatering collection of American classics, Wild Bills Sports Saloon serves traditional, no-frills fare.
The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from Wild Bills Sports Saloon's extensive drink list.
Gather the whole family for a trip to Wild Bills Sports Saloon — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Your group can sit comfortably at Wild Bills Sports Saloon, a local restaurant.
For no extra charge, utilize Wild Bills Sports Saloon's free wifi.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Wild Bills Sports Saloon when the weather is warm.
Loud music and boisterous crowds keep decibel levels ultra high at this restaurant.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Wild Bills Sports Saloon, known for its laid-back ambience.
Or, take your grub to go.
For easy dining, Wild Bills Sports Saloon provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Indoor pistol-and-rifle range with 14 50-foot lanes
14 outdoor trap fields
6 outdoor skeet fields
4 five-stand sporting-clay fields
At a Glance
A duck tower stands 75 feet above Metro Gun Club's shotgun and handgun facility. Here, shooters aim from five different blinds, where incoming and outgoing targets simulate a duck's flight path. The towering perch looms over the range's other outdoor facilities, where instructors teach novices how to fire shotguns. Indoors, firearms experts teach handgun classes at the range, where they also host pistol leagues and oversee rifle shooting.
Masked mercenaries lurk in the shadows of trees waiting to pin down their enemies in a barrage of bursting paintballs at Metro Paintball Center’s 5-acre playing field. The battlefield provides ample cover for players to orchestrate attacks or stealthily field phone calls from their mothers with knee-high grasses, straw bales, and a combination of wooded and open areas, all while overseen by experienced referees. The staff provides compressed air and rents out all the equipment necessary to enjoy a day of recreational combat, though guests who bring their own equipment must use the center’s paintballs.