Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Villain

Michael Brodkorb

Michael Brodkorb is a villainous mastermind of epic proportions, worthy of a role in a 007 movie. But instead of holding the world hostage with, say, a laser or something, Brodkorb is holding Minnesota Republican legislators hostage with secrets of their own sexcapades. Last winter, Brodkorb was fired from his position as a GOP Senate communications staffer amid allegations of a sexual relationship with the Senate majority leader. He's since shot back with threats of legal action, accusing his former employer of gender discrimination. In announcing the lawsuit, Brodkorb threatened to depose other Republicans he says have been involved in secret affairs if they don't settle. It's like watching a chess match, and the Republicans are facing off against their own best player. Before Brodkorb was at odds with the Minnesota GOP, he was its most rabid attack dog and one of the most powerful forces in Minnesota politics. Brodkorb was always ready to go head-to-head with any troublesome DFLer, nosy reporter, or Republican who dared defy the party line. With Brodkorb out of the picture, we can assume Minnesota politics are about to get a lot less exciting once the scandal finally settles.

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 Local Girl Made Good Semonti Stephens

Best Local Website MPLS Bike Love

Best Local YouTube Video Street Stories

Best Make-Out Spot Prohibition, W Minneapolis—The Foshay

Best Meme The Duck-Dog Debacle

Best Myth Stillwater Bigfoot

Best Neighborhood Armatage

Best Place for a First Date Target Free Thursday Nights at Walker Art Center

Best Place to Do Something for Free Art Shanty Projects

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) Camp Bar

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Fulton Brewing Taproom

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) Hipshaker at the Kitty Cat Klub

Best Place to Meet Women (Lesbian) Grown & Sexy at Hell's Kitchen

Best Place to People-Watch Saintly City Cat Club events

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests St. Anthony Falls

Best Politician John Kriesel

Best Scandal Koch-Brodkorbgate

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best State Fair Food Sweet corn ice cream at Blue Moon Dine-in theater

Best Street Lake Street

Best Strip Club The Seville

Best Tourist Attraction Minnesota State Fair

Best Tweeter Chris Kluwe, a.k.a. @chriswarcraft

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood St. Paul's North End

Best View Minneapolis skyline from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts