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ONCE UPON A TIME, two enchanted villages grew together beside a mighty river.

The towns were magical places, abounding in beautiful lakes and streams, where all the people were nice and all the children were above average.

These twin cities were ruled by a benevolent king who had a beautiful daughter. The villagers were the envy of the surrounding kingdoms for the quality of their lives and the richness of their culture. One day, the evil lord of the neighboring Kingdom of the Badgers became so jealous of the two enchanted villages that he invaded the peaceable kingdom and captured the king. He locked the king away in Foshay Tower and confined the beautiful princess to her castle on Summit Hill, overlooking the river.

"I am now the ruler of these twin cities," the evil lord declared. He proclaimed that he would destroy everything in the villages and would take the beautiful princess as his wife.

But the princess was a clever woman, and she hatched a plan to thwart the evil lord. While pretending to stroll through her garden one day, she summoned her favorite elves, who were invisible to her captors, and instructed them to go throughout the towns and tell the villagers to make a list of all the finest things about their cities, and to gather all their favorite goods and foods and entertainers.

The elves couldn't understand why she would ask such a thing, but they trusted their princess and happily did her bidding.

Best Actor Bradley Greenwald

Best Actress Christiana Clark

Best Album of the Past 12 Months The Cactus Blossoms

Best AM Radio Personality Esme Murphy

Best Art Gallery CO Exhibitions

Best Band Name Hot Rash

Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months Roma di Luna

Best Blues Club Bayport BBQ

Best Choreographer Carl Flink

Best Classical Musician Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra

Best Bakery Salty Tart

Best Barbecue Big Daddy's

Best Bartender Jesse Held at Eat Street Social

Best Beer List Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

Best Bloody Mary King and I Thai

Best Bouncer Big John at Palmer's Bar

Best Breakfast Sun Street Breads

Best Brewpub Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Best Buffet Cleveland Wok

Best Burger Vincent — a Restaurant

Best Break-Up Spot Nickelodeon Universe

Best Building Cathedral of St. Paul

Best Bus Route Route 94

Best Charity The Bridge for Youth

Best Corner Grand Avenue and West 46th Street

Best Festival MNfashion's Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week

Best Hipster Neighborhood Seward

Best Lake Cedar Lake

Best Local Blog Ripple in Stillwater

Best Local Boy Made Good Jim Burke

Best Adult Store The Smitten Kitten

Best Antiquing Stillwater

Best Art Supply Store Penco Artists' Supply Warehouse

Best Bookstore (New) Common Good Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Magers & Quinn

Best Boutique Cliché

Best Car Repair Great Brakes

Best Clothing Store (Men) Mills Fleet Farm

Best Clothing Store (Women) Nordstrom Rack

Best Designer Deals Opitz Outlet

Best Bike Shop Penn Cycle & Fitness

Best Bike Trail Minnehaha Trail

Best Bowling Alley Flaherty's Arden Bowl

Best Boxer Caleb Truax

Best Coach Cheryl Reeve

Best College Athlete Nick Bjugstad

Best Day Trip Interstate State Park

Best Golfer Tom Lehman

Best Gym YWCA of Minneapolis

Best Heckler Michael "Sammy" Samuelson