Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Swarm Player

Ryan Benesch

When Ryan Benesch was signed by the Swarm in July 2009 from the Edmonton Rush, a lot of fans weren't sure the Kitchener, Ontario, native would display his star potential right away alongside veteran attack men Callum Crawford and Aaron Wilson. But his star is most assuredly shining now. Since last season, starting in February 2010, he's notched hat tricks in six games. In one meeting against Calgary last year he scored a team-record 11 points. And this year he was named to the National Lacrosse League's Western Conference All-Star Team. This season, coming out of the All-Star break, the Swarm stand a decent chance of at least claiming their conference championship, in no small part due to Benesch's productivity. Not bad for a guy nicknamed the Bowling Ball.

BEST SWARM PLAYER (2010) Callum Crawford

Best Beach Hidden Beach

Best Bike Trail Grands Rounds, along the Mississippi River

Best Bowling Alley Bryant-Lake Bowl

Best Boxer Jason Litzau

Best Coach Ron Gardenhire

Best College Athlete Emily Palkert, Concordia University

Best Day Trip Drive around Lake Pepin

Best Golfer Troy Merritt

Best Hike Interstate State Park

Best Ice Skating Lake of the Isles

Best Lynx Player Rebekkah Brunson

Best Outdoors Store Gear West

Best Picnic Spot Boom Island Park

Best Place to Run Mississippi River Road

Best Place to Shoot Pool Grumpy's Bar

Best Place to Walk a Dog Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park

Best Public Golf Course Chaska Town Course

Best Sledding Kenwood Park

Best Timberwolves Player Kevin Love

Best Trail Running Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Urban Hike Pike Island, Fort Snelling State Park

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Weekend Getaway North Shore

Best Wild Player Martin Havlat

Best Winter Escape Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como

Best Winter Resort Lutsen Lodge

Best Winter Sport You've Never Tried Skijoring