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BEST JUNKYARD

U-Pull-R-Parts

There's a reason customers at U-Pull-R-Parts grin while they sweat behind wheelbarrows full of engine parts. They're getting the best deals on used auto parts in the state. And the economic principle behind those exhaust manifolds ($12), alternators ($19), and car doors ($39) is older than the rusted-out Honda Civic dying in your garage: Cut out the middle man. Whereas most junkyards will happily charge you an arm to do the legwork of finding the part you need and yanking it from some dead car's guts, U-Pull turns you loose to scavenge. Two bucks gets you into the massive yard, where thousands of crippled autos lay waiting to unveil hidden treasures. If the car you're looking for has been picked over, come back a week later, as the place is constantly restocked with "new" vehicles waiting to be gutted. Or check their website, which keeps track of all the available parts in a searchable inventory. All cars on the property have been drained of their fluids and batteries, so customers are safe to hack away with abandon once they've found the part they seek. Wheelbarrows are supplied, but tools aren't, so bring your own.

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BEST ART SUPPLIES Art Materials

BEST BABY GOODS STORE Baby Grand

BEST BIKE SHOP One on One Bicycle Studio

BEST BOOKSTORE (NEW) Micawber's Books

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) Magers & Quinn

BEST BOONDOGGLE Corn ethanol

BEST BOUTIQUE Design Collective

BEST CAR WASH Mermaid Car Wash

BEST CD STORE (NEW) The Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (USED) Cheapo Discs

BEST CHARITY American Refugee Committee

BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers

BEST COMIC BOOK SHOP Big Brain Comics

BEST EYEBROW WAXER Anne Marie Roe

BEST GARDEN CENTER Highland Nursery, Inc.

BEST GIFT STORE Re Gifts

BEST HAIR COLORIST Seong Heui

BEST HAIRCUT Salon Stella

BEST HARDWARE STORE Seven Corners Hardware

BEST LINGERIE Frederick's of Hollywood

BEST LOCALLY GENERATED WEBSITE Bus Tales

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BEST MEN'S CLOTHING Intoto

BEST PAWNSHOP Hy's Pawn & Jewelry

BEST PET ADOPTION A Rotta Love

BEST PLACE TO FIND LOCALLY DESIGNED CLOTHING Cliché

BEST SCOOTER SHOP Scooterville

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BEST TOBACCO STORE Lewis Pipe and Tobacco

BEST TOY STORE Kiddywampus

BEST USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS Highway 100

BEST USED CLOTHING Ragstock

BEST USED CLOTHING (KIDS) Once Upon a Child

BEST VIDEO RENTAL Nicollet Village Video

BEST WINE STORE WineStyles

BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING Picky Girl

BEST YARN STORE Clickity Sticks & Yarns, LLC