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@exploreminnesota

Maybe it feels a bit like cheating to follow an account that aggregates the best Instagram photos of Minnesota. But when it’s the dead of winter and you haven’t seen the sun in days, you need a straight shot of the good stuff: distilled visual reminders of why you live in the frozen north. Explore Minnesota lets you live vicariously through every local Instagrammer with just a swipe of the thumb. See the Northern Lights, run the Stone Arch Bridge, drool over burgers, and snowshoe across a frozen lake. Or get out and take your own photos; tag them with #OnlyinMN and watch to see if your creation gets shared with Explore Minnesota’s 100,000-plus followers.

Readers’ Choice: @eatdrinkdishmpls

Best Coach Brady Starkey

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 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