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Best Scandal

DRE Drug Scandal

The DRE scandal might sound like something out of  The Wire, but sometimes truth is just as strange as fiction. Last spring, a documentary video produced by local activists and uploaded to YouTube alleged state troopers were giving pot to Occupy protesters hanging out around downtown Minneapolis's Peavey Plaza in exchange for participating in the State Patrol's Drug Recognition Expert program. That sounded far-fetched to some — after all, why in God's name would cops risk their jobs by doing such a thing? — but before long a trooper came forward and said he'd in fact witnessed his training partner smoke someone up. Months of investigation followed, with the picture that ultimately emerged being one of country bumpkin troopers coming to the strange and unfamiliar city for DRE training and cutting all sorts of corners. In some cases, they traveled to poor parts of Minneapolis and used ganja, cigarettes, and McDonald's as an enticement for participation because, after all, how else do you get folks walking along Franklin Avenue in the evening hours to hop in a squad car willingly? In the end, it became clear that the design and oversight of the DRE program was fundamentally flawed, and it was suspended. In other words, folks hanging out at Peavey Plaza this spring will have to find a different hookup.

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 Tweeter David Brauer

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 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

Best Viral Video "Hot Cheetos and Takis"