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  • 24 towns nominated themselves the Best MN Town of 2018, and the editors of Minnesota Monthly have narrowed it down to 10 finalists. Now we need your help!
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Minnesota Monthly's 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 2018’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.

No town is too big or too small to submit an entry. In fact, the more entries the merrier — we’ll have even more great stories to share with our readers around state. Plus, it’s free to enter. Official town representatives can submit their entry forms here: Online Nomination Form

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