Best of the Twin Cities: The Winners

THE CITY GRITTY

BEST LOCAL BOY GONE BAD Luke Helder

BEST LOCAL BOY MADE GOOD David Bloom
Readers' Choice: Josh Hartnett

BEST LOCAL GIRL GONE BAD Melissa Mowery

BEST LOCAL GIRL MADE GOOD Coleen Rowley
Readers' Choice: Winona Ryder

BEST CAREER MOVE Whither the Body?

BEST BOONDOGGLE The new Minneapolis Central Library

BEST BROKEN PROMISE The Brookfield Properties Default

BEST FARMERS' MARKET St. Paul Farmers' Market

BEST FOOD COURT South Food Court, Mall of America

BEST FESTIVAL PRIDE

BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE Soo Line Railroad Bridge
Readers' Choice: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

BEST PLACE TO DUMP SOMEONE Loring Park
Readers' Choice: Mall of America

BEST PLACE TO GET DUMPED Mall of America

BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE MEN (GAY) The Y'all Come Back Saloon

BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE MEN (STRAIGHT) Magers & Quinn (Hennepin Avenue location)

BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE WOMEN (LESBIAN) Boom

BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE WOMEN (STRAIGHT) Jitters at the Times

BEST PLACE TO PEOPLE-WATCH Minneapolis Chain of Lakes
Readers' Choice: Mall of America

BEST CHEAP THRILL Sexual Intercourse

BEST GADFLY Dan Cole

BEST POLITICIAN Tom Rukavina
Readers' Choice: Paul Wellstone

BEST MAYOR John Kysylyczyn of Roseville
Readers' Choice: R.T. Rybak

BEST SCANDAL The Joe Biernat Affair

BEST USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS Income Tax Checkoffs for Campaign Contributions

BEST LOCALLY GENERATED WEBSITE Cursor

BEST LIBRARY James J. Hill Library

BEST PUBLIC RESTROOM Tiburón Caribbean Bistro

BEST RENOVATION The Band Box

BEST VILLAIN Arlon Lindner
Readers' Choice: Norm Coleman

BEST VICTIM Kirby Puckett

BEST MONTH TO BE IN THE TWIN CITIES May
Readers' Choice: June

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS Minnehaha Falls

BEST VIEW From the Mississippi River, beneath the Lowry Bridge, at night

BEST STATE FAIR FOOD Honey Sunflower Ice Cream, the Minnesota Honey Producers Association, Agriculture/Horticulture Building
Readers' Choice: Cheese Curds

BEST STATE FAIR RIDE Ye Old Mill

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

BEST LOCAL IMPRESARIO Jeremy Walker and Marsha Corliss - Brilliant Corners

BEST JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM 'Monday Evening Jazz with Tom Surowicz'

BEST FM RADIO PERSONALITY Joel Johnson
Readers' Choice: Remy Maxwell

BEST HIP-HOP RADIO PROGRAM '2 the Break-A-Dawn'
Readers' Choice: B96

BEST PUNK RADIO PROGRAM 'Radio Riot'

BEST AM RADIO PERSONALITY Ron Rosenbaum
Readers' Choice: Joe Soucheray

BEST SPORTS TALK RADIO HOST Chad Hartman

BEST RADIO STATION KFAI-FM
Readers' Choice: 93X-FM

BEST TV STATION KMWB-TV (Channel 23)
Readers' Choice: KARE-11

BEST TV NEWSCASTER Paul Magers
Readers' Choice: Paul Magers

BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR Joe Schmit
Readers' Choice: Randy Shaver

BEST TV WEATHERPERSON Paul Douglas
Readers' Choice: Belinda Jensen

BEST DRESSED TV NEWSCASTER Robyne Robinson

BEST PUBLIC ACCESS CABLE TV PROGRAM 'The Prima-Donns'

BEST COLUMNIST Ruben Rosario
Readers' Choice: Dara Moskowitz

BEST BOOK BY A LOCAL AUTHOR 'Was It Beautiful?' by Alison McGhee

BEST READING IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS McSweeney's vs. They Might Be Giants

BEST ACTOR Terry Hempleman

BEST ACTRESS Stacia Rice

BEST DIRECTOR Casey Stangl

BEST THEATER FOR DRAMA The Jungle Theater

BEST THEATER FOR COMEDY Bryant-Lake Bowl

BEST INDEPENDENT THEATER Mary Worth Theatre Company

BEST THEATER FOR NEW WORK Center for Independent Artists

BEST STAGE PRODUCTION 'Sunday in the Park with George'

BEST OPERA 'The Last Five Years'

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS Vincent Mantsoe

BEST DANCER Susan Scalf

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER Cynthia Stevens

BEST ART GALLERY Joan of Art Gallery
Readers' Choice: Walker Art Center

BEST SINGLE-ARTIST SHOW Aaron Spangler, 'Dissident Aggressor'

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITION "Ultrabaroque"

BEST MUSEUM Minneapolis Institute of the Arts
Readers' Choice: Science Museum of Minnesota

BEST ARTS ORGANIZATION Springboard for the Arts

BEST BUDGET MOVIE THEATER Parkway Theatre

BEST FILM 'Detective Fiction'

BEST MOVIE THEATER Oak Street Cinema
Readers' Choice: Lagoon Cinemas

BEST ART CINEMA Walker Art Center

OUT & ABOUT

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A MOVIE OUTDOORS Loring Park (Summer Music and Movies)

BEST GOLF COURSE Baker National Golf Course
Readers' Choice: The Wilds Golf Club

BEST BATTING CAGE Rice & Arlington Sports Dome

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Falcon Bowling Lanes
Readers' Choice: Bryant-Lake Bowl

BEST TENNIS COURTS 30th Avenue S. and E. 46th Street, Minneapolis

BEST PUBLIC PARK Como Park
Readers' Choice: Como Park

BEST BEACH Bare Ass Beach
Readers' Choice: Lake Calhoun

BEST FISHING HOLE The Minnesota River near Chaska

BEST PLACE TO BIRD-WATCH Hawk Ridge Nature Preserve

BEST PICNIC SPOT A Grassy Field off Winchell Trail

BEST PLACE TO CAMP Whitewater State Park

BEST PLACE TO CANOE St. Croix River

BEST BIKE TRAIL The Gateway Trail

BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE Milwaukee Road Depot Ice Rink
Readers' Choice: Milwaukee Road Depot Ice Rink

BEST SLEDDING Powderhorn Park

BEST PLACE TO CROSS-COUNTRY SKI Baker Park Reserve

BEST SIGN OF SPRING Flesh

BEST PLACE TO HIKE Minnehaha Park

BEST PLACE TO JOG Harriet-Calhoun-Isles Chain of Lakes

BEST PLACE TO ROLLERBLADE Rollerdome at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

BEST PLACE TO LEARN TO DANCE Dance Dance Revolution at GameWorks

BEST COACH Glen Mason
Readers' Choice: Flip Saunders

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Janel McCarville
Readers' Choice: Lindsay Whalen

BEST HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE Kris Humphries

BEST LYNX PLAYER Katie Smith
Readers' Choice: Katie Smith

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER Kevin Garnett
Readers' Choice: Kevin Garnett

BEST TWINS PLAYER Eddie Guardado
Readers' Choice: Torii Hunter

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER Randy Moss
Readers' Choice: Randy Moss

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