Matt Brickman is the co-host of WCCO-TV Saturday Morning Show.
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.
Over the last few years, we’ve gotten used to seeing food trucks pop up all over the Twin Cities. There are usually dozens in downtown Minneapolis over the lunch hour, and we wanted to find the best.
On a beautiful summer day, we all want to be outside. That might mean grabbing a drink or dinner on a patio or rooftop. So, that got us wondering: Where’s the Best Rooftop Dining in Minnesota?
It’s not something reserved for sailors and bikers anymore. These days, more and more people are getting tattoos. So we wanted to know: Where’s the Best Tattoo Shop in Minnesota? Thousands of you voted and sent me to get some ink at Olde Town Tattoo in St. Cloud.
It’s a wish that was weeks in the making. A little boy named Kaleb wanted a clubhouse like the one in his favorite movie, “The Sandlot.” So WCCO teamed up with Make-A-Wish Minnesota to make his dream a reality.
It’s summer, which means you have about three months to eat as much ice cream as you can. You might prefer malts or cones, but we wanted to find the best ice cream sundae in Minnesota. Your votes sent me three hours northwest of the cities to the Dorset House.
If you’re looking for a break from your summer routine, you might think about zip lining. Several zip lines have popped up across Minnesota over the last few years, and we wanted to find the best. Your votes sent me an hour southwest of the Twin Cities to Henderson for the Kerfoot Canopy Tour.
Next week, world-class athletes from across the globe will come to Minnesota and Wisconsin to compete in a one-of-a kind event. The North Star Bicycle Race is the only pro-stage race in the Midwest. It’s not every day you get to see elite athletes this close, according to David LaPorte – the race’s executive director.
No matter how old you are, a cupcake is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. In our search for the best in the state, more of you voted for this week’s pick than any other “Best of Minnesota” winner. You sent me to the northwest metro to try Nadia Cakes in Maple Grove.
If you like your fruits and veggies, you’ll like the St. Cloud State University Community Garden. “This we call our field of greens,” said Dr. Tracy Ore, coordinator of the garden. “Tomatoes, at least 25 different kinds. We’ve got peppers, we’ve got onions, we’ve got potatoes, we’ve got okra, we’ve got collard greens.”
Tom Hanson started Zorbaz 45 years ago when he bought a failed candy shop on the north shore of Detroit Lake. “I was a school teacher, and nothing to do in the summer time, and because I learned how to drink beer and eat pizza in college, I thought I was qualified,” Hanson said.
We just got done with the Super Bowl of brunch: Mother’s Day. But there’s no off-season for breakfast foods. So this week, I went in search of the best omelet in Minnesota.
Whether you’re on two wheels or four, it’s easy to get a little frustrated when sharing the road. A lot of that boils down to some confusion about what cyclists can and can’t do on the roads.
For most people going fishing this weekend, their first stop will be at a bait shop. You can get minnows and nightcrawlers at any one of them. But we wanted to find the Best of Minnesota.
After a thrilling overtime win Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, hockey fans have been rushing to get their hands on anything with a Wild logo on it. “This city is pumped. I mean this state’s pumped. We are ready to go,” said Corey Reding, one of many fans with an arm-full of merchandise Friday at The Hockey Lodge inside the Xcel Center.
Cinco de Mayo is less than a week away, and we wanted to make sure you’re prepared. So we asked you to help us find the best tacos in Minnesota.