Best of Minnesota


Best Of MN

Viewers Choose Minnesota's Best ChiliWith winter around the corner, who can resist a delicious, piping hot serving of chili? Nothing warms the body and soul like a hearty bowl, so we sent Natalie Nyhus in search of the best of Minnesota. Your votes took her to a place that serves up something for every taste. This is the Loon Cafe in Minneapolis.
WCCO Viewers' Choice For The Best Cookie In MinnesotaChoosing the best cookie in Minnesota is no easy feat. With hundreds of bakeries across the state, there are no shortage recipes and favorites. But there can only be one Best of Minnesota, and your votes sent me to Alexandria for some fun at the Sugar Shack.
WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Coffee Shop In MinnesotaMost of us have a favorite coffee shop -- a refuge to get some work done, have a great conversation, or people watch all while sipping a caffeinated beverage.

Arts & Culture

Best 2015 Holiday-Themed Stage Productions In MinnesotaMany Broadway and off-Broadway productions will open in Twin Cities to kick off the holiday season. Joining the festivities will be a Russian ballet troupe, a latke-loving bear, an outrageous Scrooge and a Grinch in the likes of Donald Trump. A lot of talent from Minnesota will also take center stage.
Finding Minnesota: The Woodworking NunThe sawing and chipping sounds coming from a wood shop in Mankato mean another work of art is in progress. Detailed wooden sculptures come out of the shop, many with religious symbolism. The surprising part, though, is who's making them.
MNfusion: Minnesota Opera Revives 2014 Production Of 'The Magic Flute'In 2014 the Minnesota Opera performed "The Magic Flute." It wasn't unusual for the company to perform Mozart's masterpiece, but it was an unusual production. In addition to beautiful singers, a lyrical score and fun costumes, this production added the element of animation

Shopping & Style

Best Places In Minnesota To Get Your Holiday Shopping Done EarlyYou don't have to wait until Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get holiday specials. Here's where to do some early shopping. You might also save plenty on purchases before the crowds madly rush in.
Good Question: What's The Markup At Retailers?With Black Friday coming up, potential customers already starting to see some really good deals -- 30, 40, and even 50 percent off. So, do stores make money on these sales? What are the markups? Good Question.
Best Small Business Saturday Shopping In MinnesotaShop your local independent merchants on Small Business Saturday.

Food & Drink

WATCH: Wining And Tailgating With The Saturday SommelierWine and cheese tailgate pairings from Laura Maniec, master sommelier at Corkbuzz in NYC.
Cooking With WCCO: Creamed Spinach SouffléThis Thanksgiving, Open Arms of Minnesota will deliver hundreds of meals to people with terminal illnesses. Not only do they deliver turkey, they also do creative side dishes prepared in their Minneapolis kitchens. Executive Chef Steven Howard demonstrates his spinach soufflé in the Cambria Kitchen, Cooking with WCCO.
Best 2015 Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Deals In MinnesotaIt’s the best time of the year if you’re looking for a great deal on restaurant gift cards. Spend $100, get $20. Spend $100, get $25. Spend $25, get $5. It’s the perfect way to say “thank you” to coworkers, or your babysitter, or a great gift for family and friends.

Nightlife & Music

Best Sour Beers In MinnesotaPucker up with something sour from these local breweries and bars.
Best November Concerts In MinnesotaNovember is a great month for music. Here are a few local shows not to be missed.
Best Veteran's Day Drink Specials In MinnesotaRaise a glass to the members of the US military.

Family & Pets

Minnesotan To Meet: Kathy Kuhl's Candles To Remember Your Beloved PetsFor pet owners, pets really are a part of the family. That’s why after losing her dog Maggie, Kathy Kuhl wanted to do something to memorialize her pet that had been a part of her family for more than a decade.
Best Thanksgiving Day Activities In MinnesotaMinnesota is full of activities on Thanksgiving Day. Don't just sit before the television as the turkey roasts, get off the couch, turn off the TV, turn off the oven and head out the door for Thanksgiving fun.
Delta: No More Pets As Checked BaggageDogs may be man's best friend, but they are no longer allowed to be your travel companion on Delta. The airline just announced it will no longer accept pets as checked baggage.
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