Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Sportscaster

Tom Reid

Listen to the raging homerism of Vikings radio broadcasts, and it often seems the announcers are on the verge of weeping during painful losses. Tom Reid is the antidote. The Wild radio analyst is clearly a devoted fan, but he brings a pro’s sensibility to calling games, shorn of histrionics and gushing babble. He’s Canadian, after all, genetically predisposed to mild-mannered good cheer. In Reid’s world, the sky is never falling during bad stretches, nor do the hometown boys take on the qualities of Norse gods when times are good. The former North Star defenseman has an encyclopedic knowledge of hockey dating back to the 1960s, and he simply calls it like he sees it.

Readers’ Choice: Mark Rosen

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 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