Kim Eslinger

Brianna Ojard
Associate Editor

David Tinjum

Claudia Kittock
Columnist / Non-Profits
Email Claudia...

Merle Minda
Small Business Columnist
Email Merle...

Michael Rainville Jr.
History Columnist
Email Michael...

Ryan Ojard
Staff Photographer

Jenny Heck
Mill City Cooks
Email Jenny...

Mill City Times is a not-for-profit community service.  We do not sell advertising on this site.

Cultural Cornerstones
Search Mill City
Community Partners

Thanks to our community partners, whose support makes Mill City Times possible:


Residential Real Estate professionals serving Downtown Minneapolis & Riverfront since 1999

Visit their website...


Hennepin History Museum is your history, your museum. We preserve and share the diverse stories of Hennepin County, MN. Come visit!

Visit their website...


Maximizing the visitor experience of Minneapolis for the economic benefit of our community, making Minneapolis the destination of choice among travelers.

Visit their website...


Promoting the art of film as a medium that fosters cross-cultural understanding, education, entertainment, and exploration.

Visit their website...


Enhancing the Minneapolis riverfront environment—for people and pollinators

Visit their website...

Recent News
Front Page Archives

Boatsetter: Airbnb for Boats

Want to get out on the lake without the hassle of owning your own boat or pontoon? Consider Boatsetter, an Airbnb for boats!

Officially launched in 2012, Boatsetter currently manages about 5,000 vessels and has more than 30 full time employees. Renting out a boat on Boatsetter is easy - simply visit the site and search for a boat based on location, date and party size, connect with a boat owner/captain and book your experience. The renter must be 18 years or older with a credit card in their name.

If you would like to captain your own boat (not all boats are eligible), you will either need a drivers license or a special permit, depending on local rules. Rentees also have the option to “add a captain," which allows them to assure their riders have a stress free time on the water. Boatsetter has 500+ U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains.

The same rules apply whether it's a privately owned boat or a chartered boat. The owner sets the rules in terms of requiring a captain or not, and they also get to screen potential renters who want to drive on their own. Users can rent out a boat on Boatsetter for half a day, full day or multi-day.

CEO and Co-Founder, Jackie Baumgarten

CEO and Co-Founder, Jackie Baumgarten got the idea for the service when two of her brothers were considering selling their boats due to the high costs associated with boat ownership. When she asked her brothers why they didn’t just rent their boats out to cover their costs, they made her aware of an insurance issue that prohibited occasional rentals. She quickly realized that if she could solve the insurance problem, she could create a completely new industry – peer-to-peer (P2P) boat rental. After spending eight-months putting together the world’s first P2P insurance policy with top experts in the field, Boatsetter was born.

« New Summer Series at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam: Sunset on the Lock | Main | Public Hearing on Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan Scheduled for June 26 »