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the Twin Cities

Best Wild Player

Eric Staal

When the Wild signed Eric Staal at the start of the 2016 season, it appeared they were paying handsomely for a washed-up star. He’d scored a mere 13 goals the previous year before being unceremoniously jettisoned by the New York Rangers. But Staal would find rebirth in St. Paul, returning to all-star form as a rugged two-way center and the team’s finest offensive threat. His cunning shot, mixed with an intrinsic understanding of where to be on the ice, led him to become only the second Wild player to ever reach the 40-goal mark. And while some are pitching him in MVP discussions, the depth of his modesty still matches the depth of his value to the team.

Readers’ Choice: Zach Parise

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Lynx Player Sylvia Fowles

Best Twins Player Byron Buxton

Best Timberwolves Player Jimmy Butler

Best Vikings Player Case Keenum

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Jordan Murphy

Best Sports Fan Millie Wall

Best Sporting Event MIAC hockey

Best Sports Highlight The Minneapolis Miracle

Best Sportswriter Britt Robson

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Dan 'Common Man' Cole

Best TV Sportscaster Mark Rosen

Best TV Newsperson Jason Matheson

Best Columnist Jon Tevlin

Best TV Station Minneapolis Television Network

Best Radio Station KFAN

Best Radio Personality Cathy Wurzer

Best Podcast 'Gleeman & the Geek'

Best Website Wedge Live

Best Commercial Bauhaus Brew Labs

Best Instagram @maywaver

Best Tweeter @RandBallsStu

Best Viral Moment 'Stranger Things' dino hoodie

Best Local Girl/Boy Made Good Winona Ryder

Best Politicians Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham

Best Power Couple Tom Weber and Peggy Flanagan

Best Local Landmark Hahn/Cock

Best Hipster Trend Booze in movie theaters

Best Place to People-Watch Stone Arch Bridge

Best Dressed Jahna Peloquin

Best Suburb Richfield

Best Construction Project Allianz Field

Best Road Pierce Butler Route

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Biking in the winter

Best Parking Lot Stillwater Veterans Memorial

Best Public Bathroom Walker Art Center

Best Sign of Spring Nice Rides deployed