Best Of SoMinn 2017

June 19, 2017

It’s officially back, SoMinn!

Many of you have been in contact with us through social media, inquiring when the Best of Southern Minnesota starts. Well, the time to nominate is (almost) here, and you can bet that we will be reminding (or demanding) you till the last possible moment to get online and submit your nomination for the business that everyone needs to know about.

You have over 100 categories to choose from, so if you are struggling, you obviously haven’t experienced what our region has to offer.

The Best of SoMinn is in its fifth year and there are businesses out there that could potentially earn a five year streak of being dubbed the bee’s knees. Show your local businesses some support and recognize them for providing you with an awesome place to go.

We receive thousands of nominations each year, but when voting opens, SoMinn reveals their loyalty and determination with over 100,000 votes submitted last year alone. To make clear, your beloveds can’t be on the voting ballot without your nomination. Tell us where to get the best pizza. Where can we see the best live entertainment? Which public restroom has not been used as a creative space for horrible people?

SoMinn wants to know.

Best Of nominating will open on June 19, voting will commence August 1 and your final vote can be submitted on Labor Day, September 4. Everyone is allowed to vote on each of the categories once per day, per email address.

We leave this in the hands of you, SoMinn. Get in the nooks and crannies and give our businesses some love.

By the time you have read this, we will probably already have told you once or 10 times to get nominating. I am telling you now to nominate.

And we will tell you again tomorrow.

Happy nominating!


Autumn Van Ravenhorst is a staff writer and columnist for SouthernMinn Scene. If you live in the Owatonna area, she’d also be happy to sell you an ad in this wonderful magazine. Drop her a line at


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