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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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Mpls. Digging Into Urban Agriculture

In the summer, there’s nothing better than fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. But a large percentage of our community simply doesn’t have access to that. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is trying to change that.

08/12/2014

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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 Food Truck

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.

07/16/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Rooftop Dining

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?

07/09/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Matt & Kim Visit Osakis (Day 2) 

Matt Brickman and Kim Johnson celebrated Independence Day in a lake-side town in the heart of Minnesota’s cabin country, Osakis. The day prior, the two enjoyed Minnesota-made whiskey, fishing for walleye and getting ice cream at the town’s go-to spot, Tip Top Dairy Bar. On Friday, Matt and Kim got to be part of the community’s Fourth of July celebrations.

07/04/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Matt & Kim Visit Osakis (Day 1)

It’s the first week of July, and WCCO is Goin’ To The Lake! This week, Matt Brickman and Kim Johnson headed a few hours northwest of the metro to Osakis, Minn. The town sits on Lake Osakis, and it’s in the heart of cabin country — about 10 miles east of Alexandria.

07/03/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Tattoo Shop

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.

07/02/2014

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Kaleb Gets Clubhouse, Plays Ball With ‘The Great Hambino’

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.

06/30/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Ice Cream Sundae

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.

06/25/2014

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Man Wins Grandma’s Marathon In Record Time

Thousands of runners were on hand Saturday for the annual Grandma’s Marathon race, one of the most popular in Minnesota ever year.

06/22/2014

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Accomplish MN: Caleb Swims With Dolphins

Your generosity is already helping kids’ dreams come true. Earlier this year, you helped us raise 18 million airline miles for Make-A-Wish Minnesota.

06/18/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Zip Line

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.

06/11/2014

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A Preview Of The North Star Bicycle Race

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.

06/07/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Cupcakes

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.

06/04/2014

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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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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Lakeside Restaurant

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.

05/22/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Omelet

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.

05/15/2014

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Tips For Biking In Traffic From Mpls. Bike Patrol

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.

05/10/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Bait Shop

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.

05/08/2014

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Minnesota Going Wild Over Stanley Cup Playoffs

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.

05/02/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Tacos

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.

05/01/2014

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Slither Over To Minn. Reptile Show

If you’re looking for a pet, but a cat or dog just won’t do, we’ve got the perfect event for you this weekend. Hundreds of snakes, lizards, turtles and spiders will be crawling across the State Fairgrounds.

04/26/2014

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