Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Local Blog

Ripple in Stillwater

Ever since the entire planet figured out Tumblr, the internet has been saturated with digitized diaries and cat pictures and the term "blogger" has become somewhat pejorative. It's a shame, because Minnesota is home to so many great political and news blogs, many of which scoop the mainstream media by miles. Lately, none has been quite as impressive as Ripple in Stillwater. Run by Stillwater resident Karl Bremer, the blog mostly chronicles the small river town's many evildoers and their affiliates. Of course, in large part, this means Michele Bachmann, who Bremer has been writing about since she was just a state legislator. In the past year, Bremer has also conducted deep investigations into the St. Croix River Bridge boondoggle, Frank Vennes Jr. (cohort of Ponzi-schemer Tom Petters), and Bradlee Dean, the Minnesota GOP's favorite rap-metal minister. Bremer's work even won him a second-place award for "Best Use of Public Records" by the Society of Professional Journalists last year. So if you're looking for the real dirt on Stillwater politics, we recommend skipping the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press and going straight to Ripple in Stillwater.

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 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

Best Villain Michael Brodkorb