10,000 Lakes…854 Towns…5 Finalists!

Minnesota Monthly’s



Congratulations to Austin, Bemidji, Owatonna, Waconia and Walker for being finalists in Minnesota Monthly’s inaugural Best MN Town contest. Attend our Best of Minnesota Party on November 30 to learn which is the winning town.


Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota

Population: 24,718


Paul Bunyan statue in Bemidji, Minnesota
Population: 13,431


Orphanage Museum in Owatonna, Minnesota
Population: 25,599


Schram Vineyard in Waconia, Minnesota

Population: 10,697


Bay Lighthouse in Walker, Minnesota

Population: 941

Best of Minnesota event logo

Join us on November 30th at our inaugural Best of Minnesota Party, where we will announce the winner of the Best MN Town search and spend the evening celebrating the people, the culture, the landmarks and the spirit of our state.

More information at www.bestmnparty.com

Minnesota Monthly’s Inaugural Best MN Town Search

Minnesota Monthly searched across our state for the town that best embodies a strong “spirit” of place that makes our communities so special to live in and/or visit.

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 are chosen by the magazine’s editor, a panel of notable Minnesotans and the people of Minnesota. Our selection process uses wide-ranging criteria including official responses to the Best MN Town questionnaire, qualitative and quantitative research, as well as a popular vote.

The Best MN Town search will take place every year. 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. More entry details and contest rules are here. Still have some questions? Check out our FAQ.

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