Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Sports Writer

Aaron Gleeman

Twins fans have no greater resource than Aaron Gleeman. The prolific baseball blogger, who recently wrapped up more than 10 years with NBC Sports, is a deep reservoir of knowledge, one you can tap into via his personal Twins blog at Gleeman's a sabermetrics wonk, even having coined a namesake stat: the Gross Production Average. But his insights are easily digestible for the common fan, and his laser-sharp analysis puts Twin Cities beat writers to shame. The U of M dropout was never hired by campus newspaper the Minnesota Daily, despite nine applications. No matter, as he was busy cranking out entries on his blog, which has attracted more than 12 million visitors since 2002. These days, you can find Gleeman dropping stats, facts, and takes on KFAN, his own Gleeman and the Geek podcast, and to his 25,000 loyal Twitter followers, many of whom also value his keen brunch-scouting abilities.

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Best Bowling Alley Town Hall Lanes

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Rachel Banham

Best College Recruit Amir Coffey, University of Minnesota basketball

Best Day Trip Spicer

Best Disc Golf Course Valley Disc Golf Course

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Dog Park

Best Gym The Aviary

Best Hike Wild River State Park

Best Lake Lake Phalen

Best Local Landmark Kenwood Water Tower

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore

Best Picnic Spot Como Park

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Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) Spring Street Tavern

Best Place to People-Watch Minnesota State Fair

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Best Place to Sled Columbia Golf Course

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests Stillwater

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Best Sports Highlight The All-Hockey Hair Team

Best Sports Radio Personality Paul Allen

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

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Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen

Best Twins Player Miguel Sano

Best Vikings Player Harrison Smith

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Best Wild Player Charlie Coyle