Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Coach

Brady Starkey

The Twin Cities are blessed with a coaching affluence. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve has won three WNBA titles. Gophers women’s hockey coach Brad Frost has four NCAA titles. But no one routinely traffics in excellence quite like Brady Starkey. His Concordia University women’s volleyball team has taken home so many national championships — eight in the last 10 years — that the NCAA should just sign over the title on a long-term lease. Yes, Concordia plays in Division II. But Starkey’s empire is woven from exquisite fabric — smart, selfless women almost entirely from Minnesota. Even more remarkable is that he’s built it at an unknown school in central St. Paul, without the kind of budgets more prestigious schools use to buy championships instead of earning them.

Readers’ Choice: Cheryl Reeve

Best College Athlete Kelly Pannek

Best Columnist Lee Schafer

Best Commercial Kinetico Water Softeners

Best Construction Project Vintage on Selby

Best Dressed Emily Eaton

Best Hipster Trend The Discovery of the Razor

Best instagram @exploreminnesota

Best Landmark Turnblad Mansion

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore

Best Parking Lot Victory Ramp

Best Place to People-Watch First Avenue's Halloween Dance Party

Best Podcast In the Dark

Best Politician Gov. Mark Dayton

Best Radio Personality Matt McNeil

Best Radio Station MPR News

Best Road Ayd Mill Road

Best Sign of Spring Kids Flocking to Como Park Zoo

Best Sports Fan Obadiah Gamble

Best Sports Highlight Gwen Jorgensen

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Cory Cove

Best Sports Team Gophers women's hockey team

Best Sports Writer Michael Russo

Best Sportscaster Tom Reid

Best Star in the Making Halima Aden

Best Suburb South St. Paul

Best Timberwolves Player Karl-Anthony Towns

Best TV Newsperson Jana Shortal

Best TV Station TPT

Best Tweeter Kyle Matteson (@solace)

Best Twins Player Brian Dozier

Best Vikings Player Linval Joseph

Best Viral Video Grow Food by Appetite for Change

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Attempting the Zipper Merge

Best Website Streets.MN

Best Wild Player Mikael Granlund