BEST PEOPLE

Financial Planner

1st Ryan Spaude, Eide Bailly

2nd Doug Helget, Northwestern Mutual

3rd Matt Norland, Meyer & Norland Financial Group

Insurance Agent

1st Aaron Hatanpa, Hatanpa State Farm Insurance

2nd Lonnie Bristol, State Farm Insurance

3rd Jon Michaletz, Kato Insurance

Photographer

1st Dan Dinsmore, Daniel Dinsmore Photography

2nd Christy Bode, Christy Bode Photography

3rd Gregg Andersen, Gallery 19

Real Estate Agent

1st Angie Van Eman Riley, American Way Realty

2nd Jen True, True Real Estate

3rd Jason Beal, JBeal Real Estate Group

Chiropractor

1st Mark Dehen, Back to Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

2nd Monica Schugel, Schugel Family Chiropractic

3rd Keith Kuch, Kuch Chiropractic

Pediatrician

1st Dr. Katie Smentek, MD, Mankato Clinic

2nd Dr. Chaun Cox, MD, Mayo Clinic Health Systems

3rd Dr. Donald Putzier, MD, Mankato Clinic

Dentist

1st Dr. Daniel Osdoba, Oz Family Dentistry

2nd Dr. Tom Pooley, River Valley Dental

3rd Dr James Kalina, James K. Kalina DDS

Family Physician/Primary Care Provider

1st Dr. Chaun Cox, MD, Mayo Clinic Health Systems

2nd Dr. Katie Anderson, MD, Mankato Clinic

3rd Dr. John Benson, MD, Mankato Clinic

Optometrist/Ophthalmologist

1st Matthew Downs, Carlson-Tillisch Eye Clinic

2nd Emily Birkholz, Ophthalmology Associates

3rd Nathaniel Graham, Mankato Clinic

Auto Mechanic

1st Lynn Austin, Austin's Auto Repair Center

2nd Nick Zuehlke, Nick's Car Care

3rd Brandon Johnson, Rock Street Auto

Bartender

1st Jeni Bobholz, Circle Inn

2nd Peter Whiteman, Pub 500

3rd Chelsea Morning, NaKato Bar & Grill

Waiter

1st Alberto Alonzo Lara, Mazatlan

2nd Adam Andersen, Pub 500

3rd Pat Van Beckum, Pub 500

Waitress

1st Lindsay Boutchee, Tav on the Ave

2nd Layla Pappas, Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar

3rd Danielle Wegman, Weggy's On Campus

Radio Personality

1st Stunt Monkey, Hot 96.7

2nd TJ and Lisa, Minnesota 93

3rd George and Jess in the Morning, Country 103.5

Television Anchorperson

1st Mark Tarello, KEYC Chief Meteorologist

2nd Stacy Steinhagen, KEYC News 12

3rd Lisa Cownie, KEYC News 12

Newspaper Reporter

1st Robb Murray, The Free Press

2nd Tim Krohn, The Free Press

3rd Kristine Goodrich, The Free Press

Architect/Engineer

1st Bryan Paulsen, ISG

2nd Jeremy Wiesen, ISG

3rd Corey Brunton, Brunton Architects

BEST SHOPPING

Nursery/Garden

1st Drummers Garden Center & Floral

2nd Edenvale Nursery

3rd Hilltop Florist & Greenhouse

Antiques

1st Salvage Sisters

2nd Mankato Vintage Market

3rd VINE Home Thrift Store

Grocery Store

1st Hy-Vee

2nd Aldi

3rd Cub Foods

Liquor Store

1st MGM Wine & Spirits

2nd Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits

3rd PJ's Liquor Emporium

Meat Market

1st Schmidt's Meat Market

2nd Hy-Vee Hilltop

3rd Hilltop Meat Market

Place to Buy Furniture

1st Rooms & Rest

2nd Ashley Homestore

3rd Johnson Furniture

Place to Buy a Mattress

1st Mankato Mattress Man

2nd Rooms & Rest

3rd Slumberland

Place to Buy Appliances

1st DeGrood's Home Store

2nd Quality Appliance & TV

3rd Menards

Jewelry Store

1st Exclusively Diamonds

2nd Williams Diamond Center

3rd Patterson's Diamond Center

Home Improvement Store

1st Menards

2nd Home Depot

3rd C & S Supply

Men's Clothing

1st J. Longs

2nd Graif Clothing

3rd Scheels All Sports

Women's Clothing

1st Kohl's

2nd TJ Maxx

3rd Mainstream Boutique

Children's Clothing

1st Kohl's

2nd Old Navy

3rd Target

Thift/Consignment Shop

1st MRCI Thrift Shop

2nd Again Thrift & More

3rd Once Upon a Child

Automotive Dealership (New Vehicle)

1st Mankato Motors

2nd Snell Motors

3rd Heintz Toyota of Mankato

Automotive Dealership (Used Vehicle)

1st Mankato Motors

2nd Snell Motors

3rd Adams Auto Sales

Power Sports/ATV/Motorcycle

1st Mankato Power Sports/Snell Power Sports

2nd Starr Cycle

3rd Harley Davidson

RV Dealer

1st Keepers RV Center

2nd Gag's Camper Way

3rd Kroubetz Lakeside Campers & Motors

Tire Dealers

1st Discount Tire

2nd Tire Associates

3rd Mankato Motors

Home Entertainment/Electronics

1st Best Buy

2nd DeGrood's Home Store

3rd Sam's Club

Place to Buy Pool/Spa Supplies

1st Sawatzky Pools & Spas

2nd Sweet Living Pools & Spa

3rd Midnight Sun Spas

BEST GOODS/SERVICES

Fitness Center

1st YMCA

2nd Fitness for $10

3rd Anytime Fitness

Place to Take the Kids

1st Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

2nd Sibley Park

3rd WOW! Zone

Accounting Firm

1st Eide Bailly

2nd Abdo, Eick and Meyers

3rd CLA Mankato (Clifton Larson Allen)

Child Care Center

1st Lil Bee's Learning Center

2nd Little Stars Early Learning Center

3rd Jesus Loves Me Learning Center

Law Firm

1st Knutson+Casey

2nd Maschka Reidy Reis & Frentz Law Firm

3rd Blethen | Berens

Snow Removal

1st Affordable Lawn & Snow

2nd Spring Touch Lawn & Pest Control

3rd Total Lawn Care & Landscape of Madelia

Lawn Care

1st GreenCare

2nd Peters Lawn Service

3rd Total Lawn Care & Landscape of Madelia

Massage

1st Liv Aveda Salon & Spa

2nd Mankato Chiropractic & Mankato Healing Touch

3rd Indulge Salon & Tanning

Hair Salon

1st Liv Aveda Salon & Spa

2nd Indulge Salon & Tanning

3rd Raydiance Salon

Barber Shop

1st Y Barbers

2nd Dan's Barber Shop

3rd Fantastic Sams

Tanning Salon

1st Sun Tan City

2nd Indulge Salon & Tanning

3rd PerfecTan

Nail Salon

1st Nails by Jordan

2nd Liv Aveda Salon & Spa

3rd TT Nails

Kennel

1st The Paw Pet Resort

2nd Heartland Kennels

3rd Fur's a Flyin'

Pet Grooming

1st Fur's a Flyin'

2nd The Paw Pet Resort

3rd Haute Dog

Veterinarian Office

1st Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital

2nd Nicollet Veterinary Clinic

3rd River Hills Pet Care Hospital

Golf Course

1st Mankato Golf Club

2nd North Links

3rd Terrace View Golf Course

Hotel/Motel

1st Courtyard by Marriott

2nd Hilton Garden Inn

3rd Country Inn & Suites

Florist

1st Hilltop Florist & Greenhouse

2nd Hy-Vee Hilltop

3rd Drummers Garden Center & Floral

Auction Services

1st Bid Kato

2nd Miller Auction Services

3rd Dailey Auction Services

Auto Repair Shop

1st Austin's Auto Repair Center

2nd Mankato Motors

3rd Fromm's Auto Repair

Auto Body Shop

1st Jerry's ABRA Body Shop & Glass

2nd Mankato Motors

3rd Snell Collision Center

Car Wash

1st Snell Auto Wash

2nd Kwik Trip

3rd Gerring's Mankato Car Wash

Dry Cleaner

1st Like Nu Cleaners & Laundry

2nd Americlean Dry Cleaners

3rd Hy-Vee

Alterations

1st Pins & Needles

2nd Chris' Tailor Shop

3rd Barb's Sewing Room

Senior Living/Retirement Facility

1st Ecumen Pathstone Living

2nd Oak Terrace Assisted Living

3rd New Perspective Senior Living

Funeral Home

1st Mankato Mortuary

2nd Northview North Mankato Mortuary

3rd Woodland Hills Funeral Home

Water Service/Conditioning

1st McGowan Water Conditioning

2nd Culligan Water Conditioning of Mankato

3rd Garlicks Water Conditioning of Mankato

Bank or Credit Union

1st Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union

2nd Community Bank Mankato

3rd Wells Fargo

Carpet Cleaning

1st Vanderberg Clean

2nd MV Carpet Cleaning

3rd Shine Way Services Inc.

Heating/Air Service

1st Northern Comfort Inc.

2nd Schwickert's Tecta America

3rd Davis Comfort Systems

Electrical Service

1st BLK Electric Inc.

2nd Ploog Electric

3rd Jones Electric

Plumbing Service

1st Northern Comfort Inc.

2nd Kaduce Plumbing & Heating

3rd Jerry's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

Cabinetry

1st Cherry Creek

2nd Custom Craft Cabinets LLC

3rd Acorn Custom Cabinetry

Construction Company

1st DeMars Construction

2nd Deichman Construction

3rd R. Henry Construction & Design

Cell Phone & Wireless Provider

1st Verizon Wireless

2nd Sprint

3rd AT & T

Computer Repair

1st Mankato Computer Repair

2nd Best Buy

3rd Geeks 2 You

Rental Store

1st A to Z Rental Center

2nd G & K Event Rentals

3rd Just Ask Rental/Lloyd Lumber Co.

Employment Agency

1st Express Employment Professionals

2nd Manpower

3rd Spherion

Travel Agency

1st Travel & Cruise Center

2nd Emerald Travel & Cruises

3rd Amber Pietan Travel Agency

Specialty Printing

1st B.Stark & Co.

2nd Mr. Monogram

3rd Insty-Prints

Roofing

1st Schmidt Siding & Window

2nd Heyn Brothers

3rd Ron Boelter Window, Siding & Roofing

Windows

1st Schmidt Siding & Window

2nd Ron Boelter Window, Siding & Roofing

3rd Lindsay Window & Door LLC

Siding

1st Schmidt Siding & Window

2nd Ron Boelter Window, Siding & Roofing

3rd Lacina Siding and Windows Inc.

Hearing Care Service

1st Mankato Clinic Audiology

2nd RIver Valley Hearing

3rd Miracle Ear

Insurance Agency

1st Kato Insurance Agency

2nd Hatanpa State Farm Insurance

3rd Alliance Insurance Agency

Real Estate Agency

1st True Real Estate

2nd American Way Realty

3rd Century 21 Atwood

BEST DINING

Breakfast

1st Weggy's On Campus

2nd NaKato Bar & Grill

3rd Perkins

Coffee Shop

1st Coffee Hag

2nd Caribou Coffee

3rd Tandem Bagels

Lunch

1st Panera Bread

2nd Pub 500

3rd Olives by Massad's

Hamburger & French Fries

1st The Boulder Tap House

2nd Five Guys

3rd Kato Cue Club

Sub/Sandwich Shop

1st Jersey Mike's Subs

2nd Erbert & Gerbert's

3rd Subway

Fast Food

1st Chipotle Mexican Grill

2nd Culver's

3rd Massad's Mediterranean Grill

Pizza

1st Pagliais Pizza

2nd Dino's New York Pizzeria

3rd Jakes Stadium Pizza

Steak

1st Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar

2nd Grizzly's Wood-Fired Grill & Bar

3rd Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

Mexican Cuisine

1st Mazatlan

2nd La Terraza

3rd La Plaza F!esta

Asian Cuisine

1st Shogun Sushi & Hibachi

2nd China Star

3rd Toyko Sushi & Habachi

Italian Cuisine

1st Olive Garden Italian Kitchen

2nd Dino's New York Style Pizzeria

3rd Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar

Wings

1st Buffalo Wild Wings

2nd Tav on the Ave

3rd Buffalo Wings and Rings

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

1st Mom & Pops

2nd Cold Stone Creamery

3rd Frozen Yogurt Creations

Bakery

1st Hy-Vee

2nd Tandem Bagels

3rd The Wooden Spoon

All-Around Restaurant

1st The Boulder Tap House

2nd Tav on the Ave

3rd Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

Atmosphere

1st Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

2nd The Boulder Tap House

3rd Pub 500

Beer Selection

1st The Boulder Tap House

2nd Mankato Brewery

3rd 7 West Taphouse

Dessert

1st Mom and Pop's

2nd Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

3rd Olives by Massad's

Fine Dining

1st Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar

2nd Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

3rd Olives by Massad's

Margarita

1st Mazatlan

2nd La Terraza

3rd La Plaza F!esta

Wine Selection

1st Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

2nd Indian Island Winery

3rd Wine Cafe Pub & Eatery

Buffet

1st Pizza Ranch

2nd Hy-Vee

3rd China Buffet

Catering

1st Najwa's Catering

2nd Hy-Vee

3rd Absolute Custom Catering

Winery/Brewery

1st Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

2nd Mankato Brewery

3rd August Schell Brewing Company

Date Night

1st Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar

2nd Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

3rd Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

Happy Hour

1st Ummies Bar & Grill

2nd The Boulder Tap House

3rd Tav on the Ave

Sports Bar

1st Big Dog Sports Cafe

2nd Buffalo Wild Wings

3rd Rounders Sports Bar & Grill

Patio Dining

1st Tav on the Ave

2nd Blue Bricks

3rd Pub 500

Live Music Venue

1st Vetter Stone Ampitheater

2nd Mankato Brewery

3rd Buster's Sports Bar & Grill

Vegetarian

1st Noodles & Company

2nd Massad's Mediterranean Grill

3rd India Palace

Locally Owned Restaurant

1st Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar

2nd Pub 500

3rd Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

Appetizers

1st The Boulder Tap House

2nd Applebee's Grill & Bar

3rd Tav on the Ave

Seafood

1st Red Lobster

2nd Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar

3rd Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen

Family Restuarant

1st Applebee's Grill & Bar

2nd Tav on Ave

3rd Buffalo Wild Wings

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Features Editor, Mankato Free Press Associate Editor, Mankato Magazine