From all of us at Scene:
It was a record breaking year.
With over 110,000 votes in the 2019 Southern Minn Scene Magazine BEST of Southern Minnesota competition, we shattered the previous record participation. Those votes came from thousands and thousands of individual voters who took the time to show some love to their favorite artists, musicians, restaurants, businesses and more in Southern Minnesota.
And that’s what this is all about. We don’t have 102 judges to judge 102 categories and every person, business or organization in our region that falls within those categories. That’s why we turn to you. That’s why we rely on your nominations, your votes. This is the BEST of SoMinn, according to the people who are a part of SoMinn. The people who frequent the restaurants, the people who attend shows, the people who get their back fixed and their teeth cleaned, right here, in our communities.
This absolutely IS a popularity contest.
And we’re so glad and thankful that so many people are willing to take part. It can feel silly to post on your Facebook page about your nomination or to ask friends/family/customers to vote for you. But that’s we want to see. We want to see people and organizations using this contest to engage with their loved ones, their fans and their clients. We want to see people feeling proud of themselves and others!
It might not be the Oscars, but it sure feels good to be named the BEST of anything. And we feel anyone in our home communities that is connecting enough with their audience to actually get nominations and votes for a contest like this – well, they deserve to be named the BEST!
And the 102 winners are …
Fall Festival of the Arts in Red Wing
BEST ART EVENT
Find Red Wing Arts at 418 Levee Street, Red Wing.
Honorable Mention: Speechless Film Festival in Mankato
Laurie Matejcek and Acrylics & Corks
BEST ARTIST and BEST ART ORGANIZATION
1179 12th Avenue NW, Owatonna.
Honorable Mention Best Artist: Aaron Horkey of Mankato
Honorable Mention Best Arts Organization: Red Wing Arts
Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault
Find the Paradise in the heart of downtown Faribault.
Honorable Mention: Owatonna Arts Center
SPAM Museum in Austin
BEST MUSEUM/HISTORY CENTER
101 3rd Ave NE, Austin.
Honorable Mention: Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona
Images 4 Life Photography of Owatonna
103 W Rose Street, Owatonna
Honorable Mention: Adam Grim of Savage
Fender Bender of Faribault
Honorable Mention: The 8th Street Band of Northfield
Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing
BEST LARGE MUSIC VENUE
5734 Sturgeon Lake Road in Welch.
Honorable Mention: Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato
Smokin in Steele in Owatonna
BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL
Smokin’ in Steele will take place at the Steele County Fairgrounds, 1525 S Cedar Ave., Owatonna again in summer 2020.
Honorable Mention: Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival in Faribault
Ally K of KAT 105 in Owatonna
BEST RADIO PERSONALITY
245 18th St SE in Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Jeff Johnson at KYMN 95.1 The One in Northfield
95.1 The One (KYMN) in Northfield
BEST RADIO STATION
95.1 The One/KYMN is located at 200 Division St. South, Suite 260 in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Power 96 in Faribault
Corks & Pints in Faribault
BEST SMALL MUSIC VENUE
Corks & Pints is located at 22 4th St NE in Faribault.
Honorable Mention: Bend in the Road in Manchester
Erin Grand of Lakeville
BEST SOLO ACT
Honorable Mention: Chad Johnson in Northfield
Mandie Siems of Faribault Paradise and Northfield Arts Guild
Honorable Mention: Jada LaFrance at Faribault Paradise
Kyle Yetzer of Northfield Arts Guild
Honorable Mention: Cody Jensen of Faribault Paradise Center for the Arts
Eric E. Parrish of Northfield Arts Guild
The Northfield Arts Guild is located at 304 Division St. in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Shelley Fitzgerald of the Paradise in Faribault
Next to Normal by Northfield Arts Guild
The Northfield Arts Guild is located at 304 Division St. in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Beauty & The Beast by State Street Theater Co. in New Ulm
State Street Theater Co. in New Ulm
Honorable Mention: Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault
Little Theatre of Owatonna
BEST THEATER TROUPE
The Little Theatre of Owatonna is located at 560A Dunnell Dr., Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Paradise Community Theatre in Faribault
Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio in Northfield
Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio is located at 309 Water St. South in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Reggie’s Brewhouse in Owatonna
Laura Resler at Reggie’s Brewhouse in Owatonna
220 N Cedar Ave in Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Janie Machacek at Boonie’s Bar and Grill in Faribault
Tanzenwald in Northfield
Tanzenwald Brewing Company is located at 103 Water St. North in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm
Imminent Brewing in Northfield
BEST LOCAL BEER OR CIDER
Imminent Brewing is located at 519 Division St. South, Unit 2 in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Lost Sanity Brewing in Madelia
Loon Liquor Co. in Northfield
BEST LOCAL WINE OR SPIRIT
Loon Liquor Co. is located at 1325 Armstrong Rd., Suite 165, in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: 10,000 Drops Craft Distillers in Faribault
By Nicole Collins
Whistle Binkies on the Lake
247 Woodlake Drive SE, Rochester.
Honorable Mention: Froggy Bottoms in Northfield
Mizuki Fusion in Owatonna
BEST ASIAN OR MIDDLE-EASTERN FOOD
Find the food at 119 W Bridge St. in Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Tokyo Grill in Northfield
Old Town Bagels in Owatonna
BEST BAGEL SHOP
211 North S Cedar Ave, Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Tandem Bagels in Northfield and Mankato
Sugar Rose Bakeshop in New Prague
Located at 801 First St. SE in New Prague.
Honorable Mention: Cakewalk in Northfield
Smoqehouse in Northfield
Smoqehouse is located at 212 Division St. South in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Piggy Blues Bar-B-Que in Austin
Central Park Coffee Co. in Owatonna
113 N Cedar Ave, Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: The Tavern of Northfield
Boonie’s Bar & Grill in Faribault
Honorable Mention: King’s Place in Meisville
Pizzeria 201 in Montgomery
Pizzeria 201 is on Main Street in Montgomery.
Honorable Mention: Starfire Event Center in Waseca
Teara Myers of Cakewalk in Northfield
Teara Myers is the Owner and Pastry Chef of CakeWalk, located at 303 Division St., Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Seth Lintelman of Cup N’ Saucer in Sherburn
CannonBelles Coffee & Ice Cream in Cannon Falls
BEST COFFEE SHOP
CannonBelles Coffee & Ice Cream is located at 402 West Mill Street, Cannon Falls.
More information can be found on their Facebook page and Instagram page @CannonBellesCoffee.
Honorable Mention: Central Park Coffee Co. in Owatonna
Cakewalk in Northfield
CakeWalk is located at 303 Division St. in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Bluebird Cakery in Faribault
Reunion in Northfield
BEST DESSERT MENU
Reunion is located at 501 Division St. South in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Cup N’ Saucer Café in Sherburn
Hubbell House in Mantorville
BEST FINE DINING
Located at 502 North Main Street, Mantorville.
Honorable Mention: Ole Store Restaurant in Northfield
Lola’s Food Truck in New Ulm
BEST FOOD TRUCK
Find the truck in the New Ulm and Mankato area.
Honorable Mention: Maria’s Taco Hut in Northfield
Blast Softserve in Owatonna
BEST ICE CREAM
206 W Rose St, Owatonna
Honorable Mention: Hogan Brothers in Northfield
Victoria’s Ristorante in Rochester
BEST ITALIAN FOOD
Located at 7 1st Avenue SW in Rochester.
Honorable Mention: Pizzeria 201 in Montgomery
Fielder’s Choice Tap and Table in Northfield
Fielder’s Choice is located at 2300 Gleason Court, Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Central Park Coffee Co. in Owatonna
El Tequila Mexican Restaurant in Owatonna
BEST MEXICAN FOOD
1830 S. Cedar Avenue, Owatonna
Honorable Mention: La Plaza Fiesta in Madelia
Bend in the Road in Manchester
Honorable Mention: Pagliai’s Pizza in Mankato
PORTERHOUSE Steak & Seafood Restaurant in Lakeville
BEST PLACE FOR A STEAK
See for yourself at 9828, 11211 205th St W, Lakeville.
Honorable Mention: Starfire Grill in Waseca
Hogan Brothers in Northfield
Hogan Brothers’ is located at 415 S. Division St., Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Jersey Mike’s Subs in Mankato
Widerholt’s Supper Club in Miesville
BEST SUPPER CLUB
14535 240th St. East, Hastings.
Honorable Mention: The Hubbell House in Mantorville
Club 57 in Waseca
204 2nd St SW in Waseca.
Honorable Mention: Smoqehouse in Northfield
St. Peter Food Co-op and Deli
BEST VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY
Honorable Mention: Tanzenwald Brewing Company in Northfield
Steve’s Meat Market in Ellendale
BEST MEAT MARKET
210 5th Avenue in Ellendale.
Honorable Mention: Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet
Old River Valley Antique Mall in Stewartville
BEST ANTIQUE STORE
204 South Main Street in Stewartville.
Honorable Mention: Past & Present Antiques & Gifts in Waseca
Little Professor Book Center in Owatonna
BEST BOOK STORE
110 West Park Square in Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Content Bookstore in Northfield
K&K Boutique in Montgomery
Honorable Mention: Bellebrook Boutique in Owatonna
Chiropractic Care of Owatonna
605 Hillcrest Ave # 120 in Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Cannon Pointe Chiropractic
Mayo Clinic Health System – Owatonna Clinic
Mayo Clinic Health System – Owatonna Clinic is located at 2200 26th St. N.W. in Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Allina Health Northfield Clinic
Prairie Ridge Orthodontics
Prairie Ridge Orthodontics is located at 475 26th St. N.E.
Honorable Mention: Minnesota Orthodontics in Northfield
Round Barn Farm B&B Event Center in Red Wing
BEST EVENT CENTER
Located at 28650 Wildwood Lane in Red Wing.
Honorable Mention: Grand Events Center in Northfield
Your Time Fitness in Le Sueur
BEST FITNESS CENTER
110 West Oak, Le Sueur.
Honorable Mention: Owatonna Fitness
Kleckers Kreations in Owatonna
Kleckers Kreations is located at 302 N. Cedar Ave. in Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Judy’s Floral Design in Northfield
The Dork Den in Mankato
BEST GAMING STORE
Find your favorite games or a new passion at The Dork Den, 603 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato.
Honorable Mention: Games n Geek in Northfield
Uffda Shop in Red Wing
BEST GIFT SHOP
202 Bush Street, Red Wing.
Honorable Mention: Country Goods in Owatonna
Donahue’s Greenhouses Inc. in Faribault
BEST GREENHOUSE/GARDEN CENTER
Honorable Mention: Turtle Creek Nursery & Landscaping in Owatonna
Hy-Vee in Owatonna
BEST GROCERY STORE
Hy-Vee Owatonna is located at 1620 S. Cedar Ave., Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Lonsdale and Montgomery
Sisters Salon and Day Spa in Owatonna
BEST HAIR SALON/BARBER SHOP
Sisters Salon & Day Spa is located at 1293 21st Ave. N.W., Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Pure Elements Salon in Owatonna
Lonsdale Hardware & Rental
BEST HARDWARE STORE
Honorable Mention: Arrow Ace Hardware and Paint in Owatonna
Zach Spinler Construction in Owatonna
BEST HOME BUILDER/REMODELER
If you have a need for an addition or completely new home you can find Zach Spinler Construction on Facebook or by calling 507-213-4443.
Honorable Mention: Schmidt Homes Remodeling in Northfield
Urban Loft in Owatonna
BEST HOME DÉCOR AND DESIGN
Located at 303 N. Cedar Ave. in Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Suburban Furniture in Waseca
Kottke Jewelers & Gifts in Owatonna
BEST JEWELRY STORE
Kottke Jewelers is located at 115 N Cedar Avenue in Downtown Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Chappuis Jewelry in Faribault
All Fur Dogs in Austin
BEST KENNEL/PET HOTEL/DOGGIE DAYCARE
All Fur Dogs is located at 503 27th Ave. NW, Austin.
Honorable Mention: Muddy Paws Resort in Faribault
Firehouse Liquor in Dundas
BEST LIQUOR STORE
You can find the best liquor around at 607 North Stafford Road in Dundas.
Honorable Mention: Cash Wise Liquor in Owatonna
La Nails in Northfield
Find all of your manicure and pedicure needs at 1500 Clinton Lane E in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Sisters Salon and Days Spa in Owatonna
Jade Community Acupuncture Clinic in Winona
Jade Community Acupuncture Clinic is located at 103 E Third St. in Winona.
Honorable Mention: Harvest Seed Acupuncture in Northfield
Tone Music in Owatonna
BEST MUSIC STORE
Honorable Mention: Tune Town in Mankato
Fireside Orchard & Gardens in Northfield
BEST ORCHARD OR BERRY FARM
Fireside Orchard & Gardens is located at 2225 E Lonsdale Boulevard in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Trumps Orchard in Faribault
Waseca County Auto Sales
BEST PLACE TO BUY A CAR
1421 South State Street, Waseca.
Honorable Mention: Harry Brown’s Family Automotive in Faribault
Reed’s Central Auto Repair in Faribault
BEST PLACE TO SERVICE A CAR
Reed’s Central Auto Repair is located at 505 Central Ave. N., Faribault.
Honorable Mention: Ron’s Repair in Owatonna
Tri M Graphics in Owatonna
BEST PRINT SHOP/GRAPHICS
“Honorable Mention: Kik Graphics in Blooming Prairie
Rachel Springer in Owatonna
Honorable Mention: Sandra McConn Halla in Owatonna
Noble RV in Owatonna, Rochester and Madelia
BEST RV DEALER
Find Noble RV at 1260 Lake Shady Avenue South in Rochester, and other locations.
Honorable Mention: Joe’s Camper Sales in New Ulm
SIFT Thrift Store in Kenyon
BEST SECOND HAND STORE
Visit SIFT at 26 Red Wing Ave.
Honorable Mention: Used-A-Bit Shoppe in Northfield
Farmers Feed & Pet Supply in Owatonna
BEST SPECIALTY STORE
Honorable Mention: Hat Chic Clothing Co. in Owatonna
Rare Pair Inc. in Northfield
BEST STORE FRONT
The Rare Pair is located at 401 S Division St. #G in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Kristi’s Clothing in Owatonna
Haute Skin Spa & Tanning in Owatonna
BEST TANNING SALON
Haute Tanning has locations in both downtown Owatonna and Faribault.
Honorable Mention: Ultra Beach at Waseca
Mecca Tattoo in Mankato
BEST TATTOO PARLOR
Find Mecca in downtown Mankato.
Honorable Mention: Kinship Collective Tattoo in Northfield
Aldrich Technology Consulting, LLC in Northfield
BEST TECHNOLOGY REPAIR
You can find Aldrich Technology Consulting, LLC at 427 Division St. S.
Honorable Mention: The Computer Store if Owatonna
Owatonna Veterinary Hospital
Honorable Mention: Waseca-Clarks Grove Veterinary
Sollid Yoga in Owatonna
BEST YOGA STUDIO
HeartWork Studio is located at 101 W. 5th St. in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Sollid Yoga in Owatonna
Tink Larson Community Field in Waseca
Honorable Mention: North Alexander Park in Faribault
Hiller’s Last Call Liquor and Bait in Morristown
BEST BAIT AND TACKLE STORE
Hiller’s Last Call Liquor & Bait is located at 8890 Morristown Blvd., Morristown.
Honorable Mention: John’s Bait and Tackle in Faribault
Cannon Valley Bike Trail
BEST BIKE TRAIL
The Cannon Valley Bike Trail has three access points in Cannon Falls, Welch, and Red Wing.
Honorable Mention: Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail
Spare Time Entertainment in Owatonna
BEST BOWLING ALLEY
Honorable Mention: Faribowl Bowling Center/Bashers Bar & Grill in Faribault
Kiesler’s Campground & RV Resort in Waseca
Kiesler’s Campground and RV Resort is located at 14360 Old Highway 14 in Waseca.
Honorable Mention: Kamp Dels in Waterville
Owatonna Country Club
BEST GOLF COURSE
Honorable Mention: Red Wing Golf Course
Waseca Community Education Kayak/Canoe
BEST KAYAK/CANOE Rental
Clear Lake Park is located at 1000 8th Ave NE in Waseca.
Honorable Mention: Lake Kohlmier Beach in Owatonna
Faribault Family Aquatic Center
BEST PLACE TO SWIM
The Faribault Family Aquatic Center is located at 1830 Alexander Dr. in Faribault.
Honorable Mention: River Springs Water Park in Owatonna
BEST SKI SLOPE
Try out the slopes at 26685 County 7 Blvd, Welch.
Honorable Mention: Mount Kato
St. James Hotel in Red Wing
Located at 406 Main Street in Red Wing.
Honorable Mention: Arch House River Inn in Northfield
Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast in Red Wing
BEST BED & BREAKFAST
Located at 818 W 3rd Street, Red Wing.
Honorable Mention: Historic Hutchinson House B&B in Faribault
Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna
BEST COMMUNITY EVENT
Honorable Mention: Defeat of Jesse James in Northfield
Honorable Mention: Red Wing
Riverwalk Market Fair in Northfield
BEST FARMERS MARKET
Check out the Riverwalk Market Fair in Bridge Square in Northfield.
Honorable Mention: Owatonna Farmers Market
Learning Rx in Owatonna
BEST KEPT SECRET
130 E Vine St, Owatonna
Honorable Mention: Berne Wood-Fired Pizza & Concert Series in West Concord
Northwoods Cinema 10 in Owatonna
BEST MOVIE THEATER
Catch a film at 300 Allan Ave. in Owatonna.
Honorable Mention: Cannon Valley Cinema 10 in Dundas