Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Sportswriter

Courtney Cronin

Let’s address the obvious: Cronin is a woman covering an exclusively male sport, and her peers are almost entirely men. That’s remarkable for demographic reasons, but any qualifier of “she holds her own!” would be some seriously patronizing bullshit. Cronin simply happens to be one of the best Vikings reporters out there. At ESPN since mid-2017, she’s aggressively pounded the beat, churning out a voluminous stream of deeply reported, insight-laden, no-B.S. Vikes coverage. Look no further than her oral history of Minnesota’s own Adam Thielen (see also: Best Viking) from last October for evidence of how thoroughly Cronin owns her trade.  

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 Vikings Player Adam Thielen

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 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