Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Local Landmark


In rebooting the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Walker Art Center didn’t just want to create a more inviting space: It wanted to install a new local icon. The Walker set the bar high in 1988 with Spoonbridge and Cherry, which became a must-stop photo op despite (or, maybe, because of) a winking pop-art aesthetic that had zero to do with the Twin Cities’ traditional branding. Giant livestock is more like what we usually go in for, so the Walker must have known it had a hit on its hands when it acquired Katharina Fritsch’s blue rooster. By the time the Sculpture Garden belatedly reopened last June (not all the new acquisitions were so well-advised), the tote bags were already printed and ready to go. The bird stands proud, but the wink is implicit: Come to Minneapolis and take a selfie with a 25-foot cock. Kind of makes you look at that cherry a little differently, doesn’t it? 

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Lynx Player Sylvia Fowles

Best Wild Player Eric Staal

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 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