Best Of Minnesota

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Cheer Team In Minnesota

The football field at NRHEG High School in New Richland, surrounded by a sea of corn, is home to the best cheer team in Minnesota. The NRHEG Cheer Team’s 20 members practice up to five days a week, sometimes twice per day. “It might be a little cheesy, but we’re definitely like a family,” said cheer team member Jessica Nafe.

10/16/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Apple Pie In Minnesota

When baking the best apple pie in the entire state of Minnesota, there must be some kind of secret ingredient. Pine Tree Apple Orchard has been in the Jacobson family since the 1950s, and today it remains a family business — run by six Jacobson siblings. “There’s something about this piece of ground,” said Bill Jacobson.

10/09/2014

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WCCO’s Viewers’ Choice For Best Fall View In Minnesota

Whatever you like in a landscape, we are lucky enough to have thousands of spectacular views in Minnesota. And if it’s falls colors you’re looking for, there’s one spot you keep ranking the very best. For the second year in a row, your votes sent us to Taylors Falls for the best view in Minnesota.

10/02/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Oktoberfest In Minnesota

In the town of New Ulm, Minn., you might notice a slight German influence. OK, a lot of German influence! If you want to know New Ulm’s Oktoberfest and why it’s the best, just look for the guy in lederhosen. His name is George Glotzbach, and he’s as German as they come. Ask him anything you want, but be ready for more than a short story.

09/25/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Drumline In Minnesota

Rosemount High School is known for their fine arts, and music in particular. Their marching band has played at the Rose Parade in California, for the world-champion Minnesota Lynx and even at last year’s We Day at the Xcel Energy Center.

09/11/2014

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Best Of Minnesota: Looking Back At The Best Of Matt Brickman

Matt Brickman has taken WCCO viewers to see the Best of Minnesota: A lot of great food, interesting places, but most of all, interesting people.

09/04/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For The Fair’s Best Cool Treat

You might see malts elsewhere on the fairgrounds, but if you want the best, you’ve gotta go to the source–the Dairy Building.

08/28/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Flea Market

For bargain hunters, flea markets are a gold mine. No matter how odd the item you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you’ll find it at a flea market. So we wanted to find the best in Minnesota. Your votes sent me about an hour northwest of the cities to the Wright County Swappers’ Meet near Annandale.

08/13/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Winery

With 160 acres of rolling hills and grape vines, Carlos Creek Winery is the type of place where you can you forget you’re in Minnesota. But make no mistake, this is Minnesota wine.

08/06/2014

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Viewers’ Best MN Massage: Special Touch In Redwood Falls

In the summer, Minnesotans love to be outside. That might mean kayaking, golfing, hiking or just gardening. But all that activity can leave you a little sore. So this week, Matt Brickman went to find the best place in Minnesota to get a massage.

08/01/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Drive-In

At the Long Drive-In in Long Prairie, Minn., the show starts at sundown. But most people have already been here for hours, according to projectionist Dan Hilsgen. “If you guys walked around tonight and you’ve seen some of the stuff where the families are sitting in the back of the truck, they’re all sitting together,” Hilsgen said.

07/23/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Community Garden

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.”

05/28/2014

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Viewers’ Choice For Best Warming House 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.

02/21/2014

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Best Of Minnesota: High School Hockey Rinks

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.

12/05/2013

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Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Grilled Cheese: Don’s Cafe In Morris

There aren’t many foods that bring back more memories than the grilled cheese sandwich. But who makes Minnesota’s best grilled cheese? Viewers’ votes sent Matt Brickman to Don’s Café in Morris, Minn.

11/07/2013

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Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Haunted Attraction: Dead End Hayride

It’s just one week away from Halloween, so to get into the spirit of the season, WCCO viewers helped Matt Brickman find Minnesota’s Best Haunted Attraction. And fright fans didn’t disappoint as The Dead End Hayride in Wyoming, Minn. came out on top.

10/24/2013

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Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best HS Football Field: New London-Spicer

High school football’s regular season wrapped up on Wednesday night on fields across Minnesota. But where did WCCO viewers select as the best place for Friday Night Lights?

10/17/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota

There are many small suds makers turning into major players in the beer world. The Minnesota “Giants” such as Summit, Schell’s and now Surly continue to churn out great craft beers but some of the lesser known makers are doing amazing things in small batches. This week Dara shares her Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota!

10/16/2013

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Viewers’ Choice For Best Pumpkin Patch: Barten Pumpkins

Believe it or not, we’re just three weeks away from Halloween, and that means this is primetime for pumpkins. So we asked for your help finding the Best in Minnesota. In the end, your votes sent me to New Prague to visit Barten Pumpkins.

10/10/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Place To See Fall Colors: Taylor’s Falls

In the land of 10,000 hues come autumn, WCCO viewers sent Matt Brickman to Taylors Falls, Minn., to get a taste of the state’s very best. Once in Taylors Falls, there’s also a vantage point that you won’t find just anywhere in Minnesota.

10/03/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Chicken Wings: Ray J’s

Chicken wings have come a long way since their humble beginnings in Buffalo, New York 50 years ago. Fried, tossed in buffalo sauce and dipped in blue cheese, you can’t beat them — but who’s got the best in Minnesota? The wings at Ray J’s American Grill in Woodbury, according to WCCO viewers.

09/26/2013

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Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Marching Band: Rosemount

Thousands of you weighed in on our search for Minnesota’s best high school marching band. The winner: The Rosemount High School Marching Band. “During the summer, all of our other friends are out there having fun and stuff and we’re having fun here, but we’re sweating out in the parking lot,” drum major Tony said.

09/19/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Pancakes In MN: Bud’s Cafe

Achieving pancake perfection is no easy task. So WCCO viewers helped Matt Brickman track down the best flapjacks in Minnesota. The winner ended up sending him nearly to Iowa: Bud’s Cafe in Bricelyn. Tom Hughes is a man who lets his hotcakes speak for themselves.

09/12/2013

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Viewers’ Choice For Best Apple Orchard In MN: Pine Tree

Minnesota knows its apples. The U of M developed the Sweet Tango, the Zestar and the state fruit — The Honey Crisp. Orchards are brimming with people, trying to get their hands on those apples this time of year.

09/05/2013

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The Best … Of The Best Of MN State Fair

All week long Matt Brickman has found out what WCCO viewers chose as the best parts of the Minnesota State Fair. From the best entertainment, to the best dessert, to the best ride — he searched all across the Great Minnesota Get-Together for the creme of the crop.

08/31/2013

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