Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Lynx Player

Janel McCarville

The legend goes like this: Some years back, an assistant coach paid a recruiting visit to a family farm in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Instead of coming upon a nervous clan of country folks bucking to make a good impression, she found a family sharing adult beverages and cracking each other up. So goes the tale of a young Janel McCarville before she became one of the twin towers who resurrected the University of Minnesota program, before the six-foot-two-inch center was made the first overall pick in the 2005 WNBA draft, and way before the Wisconsin farm girl gained rock-star status as a pro in America, Italy, Spain, and China. It's impossible not to dig McCarville. She's always maintained that she's roaming the world so that one day she can return to the family's rolling farmland and never leave. McCarville is most likely in the autumn of her career, which provides even greater reason to catch her and the rest of the two-time league champions at Target Center.

Best Weekend Getaway Duluth

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Best Coach Marlene Stollings

Best Place to Shoot Pool Al's Billiards in Roseville

Best Place to Ice Skate Roseville Skating Center

Best Place to People-Watch Twin Cities Pride

Best Place to Make Out Dowling Studio Lobby

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) The Saloon

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Sneaky Pete's

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Lesbian) Kitty Cat Klub

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) Sociable Cider Werks

Best Bowling Alley Ran-Ham Bowling Center

Best Place to Do Something for Free Firkin Fridays

Best Way to Stick It to the Man Cards Against Harassment

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Best Day Trip Hudson, Wisconsin

Best Local Landmark Mary Tyler Moore Statue

Best Hike Jay Cooke State Park

Best Dog Park Minnehaha Falls

Best Public Park Loring Park

Best Lake Lake Nokomis

Best Bike Trail Cedar Lake Regional Trail

Best Sign of Spring St. Paul Saints

Best Picnic Spot Boom Island Park

Best View Ridgway Parkway Park

Best Place to Jog Fort Snelling State Park

Best Disc Golf Course Hansen Park

Best Mini Golf Course The Links at Dred Scott

Best Place to Sled Como Park Golf Course

Best Place to Do Yoga Yoga Center of Minneapolis

Best Gym Planet Fitness

Best Sports Team Minnesota Wild

Best Sports Podcast The Sportive

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Best Vikings Player Harrison Smith

Best Wild Player Devin Dubnyk

Best College Athlete Rachel Ramsey

Best College Recruit Carter Coughlin