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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Beach In Minnesota

Your votes sent Natalie Nyhus to an urban oasis: Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.

07/01/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best BBQ In Minnesota

Charlie Johnson is the owner and BBQ master at Q Fanatic in Champlin. And he wants everyone to get one thing straight: BBQing and grilling is not the same thing. “BBQ is slow smoking or slow cooking with low heat,” Johnson said. “Grilling is direct, high heat.”

06/24/2015

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Vote: Where Is The Best Men’s Shop In Minnesota?

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and everyone wants dad to look sharp! So WCCO’s Natalie Nyhus reached out to our readers and viewers on social media to find your picks for the Best Men’s Shop in Minnesota –and we narrowed your choices down to four locations!

06/12/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Little League Field In Minnesota

There are movies made about stories like that of Russ and Ann Mann’s. “I really wanted to build something that nobody else had,” Russ said. There are two little league baseball fields, nestled in Isanti County, built from the sheer drive of two salt-of-the-earth people.

06/11/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Food Truck In Minnesota

Midwesterners love their tater tots. The diminutive tot has been a starchy staple for decades, often sitting on the side. Enter Dan Docken. “I am the Tot Boss,” Docken said.

06/04/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best American Legion In Minnesota

This weekend we honor our veterans, the men and women who serve our country and preserve our freedom. In honor of them, we went looking for the best VFW or American Legion in Minnesota.

05/21/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Manicure, Pedicure In Minnesota

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we went in search of the best manicure and pedicure in Minnesota. Your votes sent Natalie Nyhus to White Bear Lake for a little pampering at Indulge Salon and Spa.

05/07/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Guacamole In Minnesota

The avocado is really having a moment. A Google search yields hundreds of recipes from soups to even ice cream. But the original avocado recipe is guacamole, especially at St. Paul’s Boca Chica — which WCCO viewers picked as the Best of Minnesota.

04/30/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Burgers In Minnesota

Miesville, Minnesota is a town you could easily drive right through. Halfway between Hastings and Red Wing on Highway 61, this town of about 130 residents is home to the best burger in Minnesota — or maybe I should say burgers!

04/23/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Bookstore In Minnesota

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book, especially during a cold snap in the middle of spring. But where’s the best place to find a good read? You voted, and sent WCCO to St. Cloud to discover Books Revisited.

04/09/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Easter Brunch In Minnesota

Easter Sunday is just a few days away, and many families will celebrate with a classic Easter brunch. It’s a holiday tradition for Minnesotans, and WCCO wanted to know who is serving up the best. Your votes sent us to Jax Cafe, a northeast Minneapolis mainstay that’s spanned more than 80 years and three generations of the Kozlak family.

04/02/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For The Best Shoe Shine In Minnesota

A good shoe shine not only makes your shoes look great, but it also makes you feel great. There are a lot of opinions when it comes to the right way to shine a shoe, so we went in search of the best of Minnesota.

03/19/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Corned Beef In Minnesota

Every year on March 17, everyone’s a little Irish — even if it’s painfully obvious we’re not. According to your votes, Stillwater’s Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter German restaurant serves the best corned beef and cabbage in Minnesota, a typically Irish dish.

03/12/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Butcher Shop In Minnesota

In the tiny agricultural town of Pierz, they rely on their butcher shops. Many have come and gone, but one stands the test of time. Thielen Meats, voted Best of Minnesota, has been in the family for four generations.

03/05/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Waterpark In Minnesota

This time of year, we’ll do anything to stay warm. But there’s a place you can go for a taste of the tropics. You voted Water Park of America the best of Minnesota.

02/18/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Indoor Golf Range In MN

Winter is long, cold and dark in Minnesota, especially for golfers. Instead of daydreaming about warm weather and your favorite course, you can still play the game inside. That’s why we went in search of the best indoor golf in Minnesota.

01/15/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Juice Bar In Minnesota

The new year means new beginnings and a fresh start. To keep with the theme of freshness, we went in search of some fresh juice and wanted to know where to find the best juice bar Minnesota. Your votes sent us to Rochester and Tonic Fresh Juices & Local Food.

01/01/2015

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Place To Visit Santa

Santa has been busy making stops all over the world to hear Christmas wishes. So we wanted to know, where is the best place to visit Santa Claus?

12/18/2014

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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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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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