Best of Scene Winners

Best of Southern Minnesota winners are featured here — in one winners list and then with individual blurbs for each winner. The winners are also featured each year in the November print edition of Scene, located throughout Southern Minnesota.

SPORTS/OUTDOORS – BEST KAYAK/CANOE Rental: Waseca Community Education

November 20, 2019

The city of Waseca and Community Education have combined in an effort to bring new fun and excitement to Clear Lake Park. With the ever growing popularity in kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding, it was a no brainer for Waseca to add this sort of program to their community. These rentals give people an inexpensive…Read More


November 20, 2019

Rolling rivers sneak through 140 acres of sprawling hills and forest clusters: the gentle landscape makes up the Owatonna Golf Course, which provides challenges and rewards to golfers of all levels. With eighteen holes that demand accuracy while revealing arresting scenery, the course — updated in 2010 — encourages community, offering several ongoing leagues, and…Read More

SPORTS/OUTDOORS – BEST CAMPGROUND: Kiesler’s Campground & RV Resort

November 20, 2019

Looking for the perfect southern Minnesota campground with the ideal mix of relaxation and fun? Look no further than Kiesler’s in Waseca. First opened by Kal and Barb in 1972, the campground has been kept in the family for three generations. Kristi Corchran is currently overseeing the campground. “I think what sets us apart from…Read More


November 20, 2019

From kids to local nonprofits, Spare Time Entertainment bowled a strike when it comes to impacting the community, leading to their win of Best Bowling Alley in Southern Minnesota. “There’s a lot to offer, which is really nice,” Assistant Manager Roxanne Ascheman said. “The kids have a lot of fun with the arcade games and…Read More


November 20, 2019

For 100 years, the Chicago Great Western railroad shipped passengers from Red Wing to Mankato, Minnesota. But when the railway announced its closure in 1983, active citizens partnered with the Minnesota Parks Foundation to create 2019’s Best Bike Trial in southern Minnesota. Completed in 1992, the Cannon Valley Trail is nearly 20 miles long and…Read More

SPORTS/OUTDOORS – BEST BALLPARK: Tink Larson Community Field

November 20, 2019

It was standing room only at the new Tink Larson Community Field grandstand on a Saturday afternoon in August 2018. It was the grand reopening of a community treasure after a fire devastated it two years prior. The $1.85 million project was funded thanks to $800,000 in insurance money, $350,000 in state funds, $100,000 from…Read More


November 13, 2019

With more than 35 barre and yoga classes, there’s something for every fitness level at HeartWork Studio in Owatonna. The fitness center has been named Best Yoga Studio in southern Minnesota for 2019. Amy Machacek Shonka purchased HeartWork Studio in 2005, just five years after she began teaching yoga. Today, she continues to teach, pulling…Read More

RETAIL – BEST VET: Owatonna Veterinary Hospital

November 13, 2019

Owatonna Vet has been healing and saving pets for over 40 years. The clinic has 10 staff members on hand to oversee the pooches and paws that come through its doors, focusing on small animal care that includes cats, dogs, birds, turtles and more. Owatonna Vet offers surgery as well as regular check-ups and consultations…Read More

RETAIL – BEST TECHNOLOGY REPAIR: Aldrich Technology Consulting

November 13, 2019

With more than 16 service to offer to clients in need of technology assistance it’s easy to understand why Aldrich Technology Consulting, LLC has been awarded Best Technology Repair. Owner Chad Aldrich has been in the information technology field for 18 years and is a certified Apple technician. He began his business three and one…Read More

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