Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Sports Anchor

Randy Shaver, KARE 11

Okay, readers, you win. For the past two years you've voted Randy Shaver Best Sports Anchor, and, as much as we revel in bucking convention, it's high time we give Shaver his due. (Sorry, Eric Perkins—your two-year run has come to an end. It's not you, it's us). As KARE 11's sports director, Shaver knows his way around the Minnesota sportscape, both collegiate and professional. But it's his encyclopedic knowledge of local high school athletics—on display when he hosts Prep Sports Plus—that sets him apart. Now, we don't know the first thing about prep sports, nor do we particularly care, but we know shoe leather when we see it. Covering high school athletics—more importantly, knowing, analyzing, groking them, as Shaver does—requires more than scanning the sports page or reading a teleprompter. While Shaver doesn't really have a shtick or an electric personality, he does possess something more valuable: competency and a passion for his work.

Best TV Weatherperson (2013) Belinda Jensen, KARE 11

Best TV Newscaster (2012) Jana Shortal

Best TV Weatherperson (2011) Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11

Best TV Weatherperson (2009) Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11

BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR (2008) Eric Perkins

Best Actor Kris L. Nelson

Best Actress Christiana Clark

Best AM Radio Personality Al Malmberg

Best Art Gallery Art of This Gallery

Best Book By a Local Author Bart Schneider's The Man in the Blizzard

Best Book Publisher Graywolf Press

Best Choreographer Karen Sherman

Best Columnist Nick Coleman

Best Comedy The Lion, the Witch, and the War Hero: Or Is McCain Able?

Best Dance Performance in the Past 12 Months Mad King Thomas

Best Dance Performance of a Classic University of Minnesota Dance Program students performing Missa Brevis

Best Dancer Marciano Silva Dos Santos

Best Director Marion McClinton

Best Drive-In Movie Theater Vali-Hi

Best Fashion Show Voltage: Fashion Amplified

Best FM Radio Personality Mark Wheat, 89.3 the Current

Best Large Theater The Jungle Theater

Best Literary Magazine Knockout

Best Local-Music Broadcast MN Soundtrack, KFAI

Best Local-Music Compilation Twin Town High

Best Movie Theater Riverview Theater

Best Museum Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

Best Museum Exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future

Best Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best New Stage Gremlin Theatre

Best Place to Learn to Dance Minnesota Dance Theatre and the Dance Institute

Best Place to Read a Book Minneapolis Central Library

Best Poet Louis Jenkins

Best Print Collective Burlesque of North America

Best Public Art The Grain Belt Beer sign

Best Radio Station Minnesota Public Radio, KNOW 91.1 FM

Best Reading Series Books & Bars

Best Record Label Rhymesayers Entertainment

Best Slam Poet El Guante

Best Small Theater Frank Theatre

Best Sports-Talk Radio Host Dan Cole, KFAN

Best Tattoo Parlor The Ink Lab

Best TV Newscaster Alix Kendall, Fox 9

Best TV Station Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)

Best TV Weatherperson Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11