Minnesota Monthly's Inaugural Best MN Town Search
Is your town in a beautiful location with wonderful access to nature? Does it have a rich history with a charming downtown? Abundant community gatherings and welcoming residents? Perhaps a lively entertainment scene with arts, culture or great dining options? More importantly, does it have a strong “spirit” of place that makes it a great community to live in and/or visit? Then perhaps your town is the Best Minnesota Town.
Minnesota Monthly is going to shine a spotlight on 2017’s Best Minnesota Town – the town that most embodies the Spirit of Minnesota. The winner — it may be a small village or large city—will be showcased in a multi-page editorial feature, receive a media campaign valued at over $50,000, and have a party thrown in its honor!
The winner and finalists will be chosen by the magazine’s editor, a panel of notable Minnesotans and the people of Minnesota. Our selection process will use wide-ranging criteria including official responses to the Best MN Town questionnaire, qualitative and quantitative research, as well as a popular vote.
We received nominations from big and small towns all over Minnesota, and our editors are busy reading through the reasons why each nominee thinks they should take home the prize. 10 finalists will be selected in the coming weeks, and starting on September 18th, we'll need your help picking the winner: Come back to this page and vote for your favorite finalist.
You'll be able to vote 10 times per day, and voting will be open until 11:59PM on October 13th. If you're interested in receiving updates on how the contest is going, sign up for our mailing list.