Best of

the Twin Cities

Best TV Station


In a world dominated by plastic personalities, WCCO distinguishes itself by having the most down-to-earth faces on air. Anchoring the evening newscasts is everyone's favorite husband-and-wife team of local TV: Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello. There are not many people who would want to work elbow-to-elbow with their spouse all day — and on camera no less — but Frank and Amelia make it work, bringing the viewer into their domesticity. This was the year that saw Jason DeRusha make the move to mornings, where his perpetually perky personality and talent for thinking quickly on his feet have found a good home. That left the valuable Good Question franchise without a host, and Heather Brown ably stepped in to fill DeRusha's big shoes. WCCO continues to be a market leader by not being afraid to be a channel of the people.

Best TV Newscaster (2013) Amelia Santaniello, WCCO

Best TV Sports Anchor (2013) Mark Rosen, WCCO

Best TV Sports Anchor (2011) Mark Rosen, WCCO

BEST TV NEWSCASTER (2008) Bill Carlson


Best Adopted Minnesotan Astronautalis

Best Alternative Fries Curried mushroom fries at the Moral Omnivore

Best App The Minnesota State Fair App

Best Barbecue Q-Fanatic BBQ and Grill

Best Blog <a href=""></a>

Best Bus Route Route 4

Best Classic Burger Casper & Runyon's Nook

Best Columnist C.J.

Best Commercial Jeff Wagner for Mayor

Best Corner 34th and Lyndale

Best Cyclist Under Pressure Amber Dallman

Best Facebook Page Old Minneapolis

Best Festival The MSP International Film Festival

Best Gay Bar eagleBOLTbar

Best Ghost Twitter Account @MPLSweather

Best Instagram Account Tom Horgen

Best Lake Lake Harriet

Best Lesbian Bar Night GRRRL SCOUT at the Nomad World Pub

Best Local Boy Made Good Josh Hartnett

Best Local Girl Made Good Nicole Curtis

Best Local Landmark The Grain Belt sign

Best Mayor Betsy Hodges

Best Mural Central Identity Project

Best Neighborhood North Loop

Best New Law Marriage Equality

Best Nonprofit Second Harvest Heartland

Best Place for a First Date Como Zoo

Best Place to Break Up Uptown Art Fair

Best Place to Do Something for Free Mixed Blood Theater's Radical Hospitality Program

Best Place to Make Out Kitty Cat Klub lounge

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) Flip Phone at Honey

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Adult Kickball Leagues

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Gay) Fab-U-Lush Fridays at Lush

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) The Loop

Best Place to People-Watch In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre's April workshops

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests The Midtown Greenway

Best Place to Warm Up Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Best Politician Jesse Ventura

Best Radio Personality Paul Allen

Best Renovation St. Paul Union Depot

Best Scandal Rogers Confessions

Best Sign of Spring Restaurant patios return

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Dan Cole

Best Street Lake Street

Best TV Newscaster Jason DeRusha

Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen

Best TV Weatherperson Sven Sundgaard

Best Tweeter Chris Steller

Best View Confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers

Best View from Out of Town The New York Times dating scene article

Best Villain Pedal Pub

Best Viral Video "Magic Beard"

Best Wardrobe Sarah Edwards

Best Website Gentleman's Gazette

Best Weekend Getaway The Apostle Islands

Best Wings Runyon's