Best Of MN

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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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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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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For State Fair’s Best Dessert: Sweet Martha’s Cookies

The State Fair is a slice of heaven for those with a sweet tooth. But what’s the best dessert at the Great Minnesota Get-Together? WCCO viewers sent Matt Brickman to Sweet Martha’s for those delicious cookies.

08/29/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Free Live Act: Dog Agility Demos

When you think State Fair, you probably think farm animals. But if you find your way up to the Pet Center, dogs are the stars of the show.

08/28/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best New State Fair Prize

WCCO viewers sent Matt Brickman to the Midway on Tuesday to find the Minnesota State Fair’s best prizes. And at the Midway, the bigger the prize, the more people want it. But they don’t just give them away.

08/27/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best New State Fair Food: Deep-Fried Olives

The hit of this year’s fair has been a long time in the making, according to Carol and Fred Helmer. “We’ve been in the concession business for over 30 years and it’s always been our dream to get into the Minnesota State Fair,” Carol said. It took the Helmers 14 years of applying before finally getting admitted into the fair in 2007. So to see their olives turn into such a hit meant the world.

08/26/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best State Fair Ride: The Giant Slide

Your favorite ride – the Giant Slide — has become an icon over the last 45 years. It’s a tradition for many Minnesota families, but none more than the Pittroffs.

08/23/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best State Fair Food-On-A-Stick: Pronto Pup

Each night of the state fair, WCCO will be asking viewers what their favorite part of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. To start it off, viewers told Matt Brickman which food-on-a-stick is the best. And tradition won over as the Pronto Pup came in first.

08/22/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Farmers Market: St. Paul

WCCO viewers picked their favorite farmers market in the state and the winner just happened to be the location that Zagat named as one of the eight must-visit farmers markets in the county. It’s the St. Paul Farmers Market, a market celebrating 160 years in the making. This is what sets St. Paul apart is the freshness of its products.

08/15/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Mini Golf: The Links At Dred Scott

Where’s the best place in the state to hone in on your short game? WCCO viewers picked The Links at Dred Scott in Bloomington as the best Minnesota has to offer for mini golf.

08/08/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Roadside Attraction

WCCO viewers spoke up and selected their favorite Minnesota roadside attraction. Not unlike Texas, everything seems bigger in Minnesota. From Baudette to Blue Earth, Rothsay to Red Lake, in Minnesota even our balls of twine are larger than life.

08/01/2013

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