Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Wild Player

Zach Parise

Zach Parise is kind of like our version of LeBron James, only in reverse. After making a name for himself in the Big Apple (well, really New Jersey), he took his talents back home and got paid handsomely for it. When Parise and Ryan Suter agreed to matching 13-year, $98 million contracts with the Wild last summer, the State of Hockey's pro franchise instantly became more relevant than it had been since ... well, ever. And though 2012 drew to a close with the NHL still in the midst of a dispiriting labor dispute, the well-spoken and good-looking Parise quickly established himself as the Wild's leader both on and off the ice once the 2013 season began. The early returns have been good — the Wild seem poised to make the playoffs for the first time in five years, and guess what? They might even win their first series in a decade. So far, so good, as far as $100 million homecomings go.

Best Sports Team (2015) Minnesota Wild

Best Wild Player (2012) Dany Heatley

Best Wild Player (2011) Martin Havlat

BEST WILD PLAYER (2010) Mikko Koivu

Best Weekend Getaway The Jeffers Petroglyphs

Best College Athlete Trevor Mbakwe

Best Park Fort Snelling State Park

Best Bike Trail West River Parkway

Best Bike Ride Freedom From Pants Ride

Best Bike Shop Penn Cycle

Best Public Golf Course Rush Creek Golf Club

Best Hike Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Best Run The Downtown YMCA track

Best Road Race (Running) Get Lucky 7K and Half Marathon

Best Race City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Best Day Trip Winona

Best Sledding Powderhorn Park

Best Ice Skating Wells Fargo WinterSkate

Best Picnic Spot Minnehaha Falls

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Regional Dog Park

Best Apple Orchard Apple Jack Orchards

Best Gym YWCA of Minneapolis

Best Personal Training Studio APEX Personal Training

Best Outdoors Store Vertical Endeavors

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Timberwolves Player Ricky Rubio

Best Lynx Player Seimone Augustus

Best Coach Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings