Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Tweeter

David Brauer

With the Twin Cities boasting one of the most vibrant Twitterverses in the country, the competition for this honor is stiff. But longtime Twin Cities journalist David Brauer's feed is a cut above the rest. Though Brauer's #ReturnToTheU as a student this semester resulted in him cutting back a bit on the tweeting, he remains involved in most of MSP's notable 140-character social media conversations. It helps that his interests run the gamut from politics to sports to food and farmers' markets, making his account a must-follow, one-stop experience for commentary and links about the major news stories of the day. Also helpful is the clout that comes with his gig as MinnPost's media blogger. Notably, on his Braublog in December, Brauer generated a lot of buzz when he debuted his boy-that's-a-simple-yet-good-idea "Twitter 1,000" ranking of the local news organizations and journalists with the most followers. Take it from us: When the Twin Cities' most respected media journalist tweets at you, you listen, respond, and try to match wits. To Brauer's credit, the last isn't an easy task.

Best Neighborhood Longfellow

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests The Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater

Best Tourist Attraction Walnut Grove

Best Historical Site Split Rock Lighthouse

Best Cemetery Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Best State Fair Food Classic Walleye Roll at Giggles Campfire Grill

Best Festival Northern Spark

Best Trans-Friendly Event Cirque Du So Gay Bike Ride

Best Place to Do Something for Free Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Planetarium ExploraDome (Bell Museum)

Best Charity GiveMN

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Keewaydin

Best Sign of Spring Nice Ride returns

Best Make-Out Spot Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best First-Date Spot A midnight movie at the Uptown Theatre

Best Breakup Spot The corner of Franklin and Hennepin avenues

Best Place to Run into Your Ex The Depot Tavern

Best Place to See a Fistfight Cowboy Jack's

Best Website Minnesota Historical Society

Best Blog Bluestem Prairie

Best Facebook Page Old Minneapolis

Best Hipster Neighborhood North Loop

Best Politician Branden Petersen

Best Mayor Minneapolis's mayoral wannabees

Best Unlikely Activist Chris Kluwe

Best Local Girl Made Good Cheryl Strayed

Best Local Boy Made Good Denis McDonough

Best Scandal DRE Drug Scandal

Best Boondoggle St. Paul Crime Lab

Best Villain Archbishop John Nienstedt

Best Corner 43rd Street and Nicollet Avenue

Best Street Nicollet Avenue

Best Lake Powderhorn Lake

Best View Indian Mounds Park

Best People-Watching The Chain of Lakes

Best Bus Route Route 16

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