Christy DeSmith, Best of MN editor
Here at the Star Tribune, we use Best of MN to collect the finest restaurants, shopping and music acts discovered (or reaffirmed, in the case of some stalwarts) by our reporters during the past year. We have tapped the state’s most knowledgeable experts on local culture, including Rick Nelson on restaurants and Chris Riemenschneider on the music scene as well as our beat reporters who cover homes and gardens, local literature and the outdoors on a daily basis. A total of 30 Star Tribune staff writers contributed to our second annual Best of MN. Nobody covers Minnesota like these folks. Nobody treks to as many state parks, new apartment developments and food trucks as part of their daily reporting. Two years ago, the Star Tribune saw an opportunity to apply this incredible resource to the traditional Best-of model. Today we think we've created the richest, most authoritative Best of MN a reader can find.