Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Local Girl/Boy Made Good

Winona Ryder

It’s time for Minnesota to make a little more noise about Winona Ryder, who was born here in 1971 and spent most of the Me Decade living with her parents on a farm outside her namesake river-bluff city. After becoming an A-list movie star, she dropped off the pop-culture radar for a few years before launching a comeback that started, ironically, with her searing performance as a retiring ballet dancer in Black Swan. Though her role in Stranger Things hasn’t exactly expanded her range as an actor, it’s renewed her fame for a new generation. Meanwhile, Ryder’s teenage roles have become sacred Gen X canon, making her a Ringwaldian icon for the kids in the back of the bus. Can we get this woman a goddamn mural already? 

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 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