Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Tweeter

Kyle Matteson (@solace)

Consider this a lifetime achievement award. Kyle Matteson — IT guy by day, concert junkie by night — was something of an early adopter of Twitter, joining the then-fledgling social network in 2007. He’s since amassed a staggering 77,000 tweets and 250,000 faves. Matteson is a central player among the Twin Cities Twitterati, whether he’s music-geeking on overdrive, yakking about civic to-dos, or exalting gloriously decadent junk food. Sports, cats, beer, politics, tech, whatever — he’s got a take. When it comes to music festival speculation, Matteson is peerless. At its best, Twitter is a vibrant town square or egalitarian salon, and @solace is the friendly, insightful, and witty constant.

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 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 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