Every week, Matt takes viewer votes in his “Best of Minnesota” series. From finding the best donut in Winona to checking out the best holiday lights in Duluth and everything in between, Matt has had a chance to travel all over our state.
Matt also mans the weather wall on the weekend mornings. Growing up in New England Matt got his fair share of snow and subzero wind chills, but didn’t catch the weather bug until he started his career in television in Champaign, Ill. After falling in love with weather, Matt immediately enrolled at Mississippi State University, where he studied Broadcast Meteorology.
When he’s not at WCCO-TV, you’ll find Matt out running with his wife Kate, or tending to their small zoo at home with dog Gus and cats Hot Sauce and Crash.
It’s been a little warmer this past week, but there’s still lots of snow left. And I wanted to make the most of it, so I sent him in search of the best cross-country ski trails in Minnesota.
For many of us, stopping at the local coffeehouse before heading off on our day is routine. But with a coffee shop on practically every corner, how do can you pick a favorite?
Depending on which part of Minnesota you’re in, you might call it an open-faced sandwich, a hot beef or a beef commercial. But the basics are the same: Bread, meat, mashed potatoes and lots of gravy. So who makes the Best in Minnesota?
You probably haven’t given much thought to that building on the edge of the ice rink where you lace up your skates or come in from the cold. Warming houses are a staple of the Minnesota skating experience. So WCCO’s Matt Brickman set out to find the best one.
We’re not quite done with winter just yet, and that means there’s still time to enjoy your favorite winter activities — like snowmobiling. I asked WCCO-TV viewers where the Best Snowmobiling in Minnesota can be found, and they answered. It’s in Crow Wing County.
Valentine’s Day is almost here and if you’re still trying to figure out what to do, we’ve got you covered. I went in search of Minnesota’s Best Romantic Restaurant, and your votes sent me west of the cities to Alexandria for Bella’s on Broadway.
The Super Bowl is Sunday night in New York, and as always, it’s one of the toughest tickets of the year. But one Minnesota teenager will be inside MetLife Stadium Sunday night thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Our Wish of Month series continues with Anders’ Super Wish.
With school closures due to the extreme cold again this week, some parents may have been wondering what to do with their kids to stave off cabin fever. Since it’s too cold for outdoor activities like sledding or making snowmen, I went in search of the Best Cold Day Getaway in Minnesota.
We’ve all heard something like this from our parents or grandparents: “When I was a kid, I walked to school in three feet of snow — up hill, both ways.” But was winter really as bad as they remember? Matt Brickman went to find out.
It’s a debate as old as Minnesota winters: gloves or mittens? For one Minnesota company, it’s an easy answer.
Thousands of votes came in over the last couple of weeks, as we tried to find the best ski area in the state. Places a little closer to metro like Wild Mountain got huge support on Facebook. But the spot with the most votes lies just an hour from the Canadian border — Lutsen Mountains on Lake Superior’s North Shore.
Two years ago, I headed north to find an entire Christmas village twinkling on the shores of Lake Superior. And as Mike Waldren told me on Twitter, it was 100 percent worth the drive.
Christmas is less than two weeks away now, so I figured it was high-time to do some shopping. And while Santa may do some of the heavy lifting, there are probably a few toys left on your list. So you guys sent me in search of Minnesota’s Best Toy Store.
Minnesota and much of the Upper Midwest is being chilled by the coldest air of the season to date. Temperatures fell to 11 degrees below zero at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Saturday morning with a wind chill of -25.
No doubt about it, winter is here in Minnesota and that means hockey. It’s played on ponds and in parks, but we wanted to find the best high school hockey rink in Minnesota. Your votes sent WCCO’s Matt Brickman all the way up to Thief River Falls to see the Ralph Engelstad Arena.