Frequently Asked Questions
How can I help pick the Best MN Town?
You can vote for your favorite town! On September 12th, the home page of this website will turn into a polling place, and you will be able to cast your vote for the town finalist that you think most deserves to be named Minnesota Monthly‘s Best MN Town of 2018.
Each person will be allowed to vote up to 10 times per day between September 12th and 11:59 p.m. on October 12th. If you run out of votes, tell you friends and family to join in! Have two (or three, or four…) favorite towns in the top ten? Split your 10 votes between them!
The public vote will make up 25% of the score for each finalist, with 75% coming from a panel of Minnesotans. Learn more about the panelists here.
The voting page says I voted 10 times, but I haven't voted at all. What's going on?
We only allow 10 votes per day per IP address. An IP address is a unique number given to a computer connected to the Internet. In some cases, multiple people using the same Internet connection might have the same IP address, and if you are using the same computer as someone else to vote, you will almost certainly be using the same IP address.
What can you do if this is the case for you? A couple of things:
- Vote from home. If you’re voting from school, work, or the library, it’s more likely that more people are using the same Internet connection as you
- Vote from your mobile device (cell phone or tablet) on a cellular network. These devices most likely have IP addresses that are unique to the device, and so no one else will use up your votes
My town was nominated; How can I prepare to promote it in this contest?
You’re in luck! We put together a media kit for nominees, complete with contest hashtag, sponsor information, and social media starter kit. Check it out here.
How do I submit my town for consideration?
Only an official town or city representative may submit an entry. An official representative is defined as a full-time staff member working in a leadership capacity of the town’s Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mayor’s office, or other elected official of the town. Each town may only submit one entry.
The town nomination period for 2018 runs from August 1st to August 31st at 5:00PM CST.
Nominations for the each year’s contest open in the summer. Keep an eye out for announcements in Minnesota Monthly!
What is the deadline?
A town or city may only be considered if they have submitted the online entry form by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, August 31, 2018. All required fields must be completed.
How will the winner be selected?
Minnesota Monthly’s editorial team, a panel of community representatives, and a popular vote will all play a role in the selection of the winner from nominated towns. For full details on the selection and scoring, please see this page.
What do we get if we win?
The winning town will receive many benefits including a multi-page editorial feature in Minnesota Monthly, a media campaign valued at over $50,000, and a party in its town. For the full prize package, please visit this page.
When will the winner be announced?
The winner and four finalists will be announced in person at Minnesota Monthly’s “Best of Minnesota Party” on December 5, 2018 in downtown Minneapolis. The top finalists will be notified on November 1, 2018.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
How do I get a password to submit my town?
If you are an official representative of your town and you don’t have access to a password, fill out the form below to request one.
I can't get to the nomination form; what can I do?
If you see a blank page when you click on Town Portal instead of seeing a password request, try using another browser or another computer. This website has been tested and should work on Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, and most versions of Internet Explorer.