Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Vikings Player

Adam Thielen

There’s no better rags-to-riches tale in Minnesota sports. The kid from Detroit Lakes goes undrafted out of Minnesota State, then makes the Vikings as a practice squad scrub. Through hard work and sheer force of will, he becomes one of the best receivers in the NFL. This is the story of Adam Thielen. Yet hometown-boy-made-good is only part of the tale. Thielen also sets the gold standard for the working life at any job. He runs exquisite routes, the kind only perfected through relentless practice and attention to detail. And he’s arguably developed the best hands in the game, allowing him to overcome the lack of lights-out speed or 6-foot-5 frame preferred by general managers. Yes, Thielen is Minnesota’s feel-good story. But the best part is that he earned every last bit of it.

Readers’ Choice: Adam Thielen 

Best Sports Team St. Thomas Football

Best Coach Bruce Boudreau

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore

Best Timberwolves Player Karl-Anthony Towns

Best Twins Player Eddie Rosario

Best Wild Player Matt Dumba

Best College Athlete Kenisha Bell

Best Sports Talk Radio Personality Carl Gerbschmidt

Best Sports Fan Bruce McGuire

Best Sports Highlight Jimmy Butler Trade

Best Sportswriter Courtney Cronin

Best TV Newsperson Maury Glover

Best TV Sportscaster Marney Gellner

Best TV Station KARE 11

Best Radio Station KOOL 108

Best Radio Personality Sean McPherson

Best Columnist Joe Soucheray

Best Podcast 'Terrible, Thanks for Asking'

Best Commercial Samuel L. Jackson scoops litter for Angie Craig

Best Politician Betty McCollum

Best Landmark Minnehaha Creek Bunny

Best Construction Project I-35W

Best Road Cecil Newman Lane

Best Parking Lot TCF Bank Stadium

Best Public Bathroom Kwik Trip

Best Suburb Roseville

Best Sign of Spring Sea Salt Opens

Best Place to People-Watch Como Park Conservatory

Best Local Boy/Girl Made Good Pete Docter

Best Hipster Trend Growing Up

Best Power Couple Mod Sun and Bella Thorne

Best Dressed Stefon Diggs

Best Website Sandy's Tavern

Best Instagram @christophercline

Best Tweeter @LakeSuperior

Best Viral Moment Sidewalk Acorns in Northeast

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Through a Mitten