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Thank You, Readers! You voted and we listened. Hundreds of our readers took time to vote for their favorite community businesses. Everything from the best teacher to the best travel agency, and everything in between. Today, the results are in. Check out all the winners inside or go online at minnlocal.com

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“Best Clinic” – Brooklyn Center “Best Urgent Care Clinic” – READERS’ CHOICE Awards Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Robbinsdale www.MinnLocal.com

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Best Tire Store Market Tire

Automotive Best Auto Body Shop Crystal Collision

Best Towing Company North Suburban Towing

Best Auto Repair Shop Gregg & Jim's Auto Repair

Best Truck Dealership Luther Chrysler Dodge and Jeep

Best Domestic Car Dealership Luther Ford

Best Used Car Dealer A.C. Motors

Best Gas Station Holiday

Banking & Financial

Best Import Car Dealership Luther Kia

Best Accounting Firm Loeschen Tax & Accounting

Best Oil Change Meineke Crystal

Best Bank Wells Fargo Bank

“BEST MEAT MARKET”

Best Credit Union North Memorial Federal Credit Union

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Best Montessori School Step By Step Montessori School Best Principal Karen Terhaar International Spanish Language Academy

Best Financial Planner Roger Mehrer - RBC Management Best Insurance Company American Family Insurance

Best Private School Totino Grace

Education Best Business School Hennepin Technical College

Best PTA International Spanish Language Academy PTO

Best College Rasmussen College

Best Public School Robbinsdale Cooper High School Category Continues

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Best Bakery Breadsmith

Best Catering Linde

Best Hamburger Wendy's

Best Barbecue Sunshine Factory

Best Cup of Coffee Caribou Coffee

Best Happy Hour Broadway Pizza

Best Beer/Bar Broadway Bar & Pizza

Best Deli Mort's Delicatessen

Best Ice Cream/Yogurt Coldstone Creamery

Best Breakfast McDonald's

Best Desserts Yo Yo Bakery

Best Italian Broadway Bar & Pizza

Best Brunch Fat Nat's Eggs

Best Dinner Arby's

Best Liquor Store Liquor Barrel

Best Buffet Broadway Bar & Pizza

Best Ethnic Curry & Noodles

Best Locally Owned Grocery Store Almsted's Fresh Market

Best Candy Store Candyland

Best Family Dining Applebee's - Maple Grove

Education Continued

Best Teacher Mr. Hable Robbinsdale Middle School Best Tutoring Program Mathnasium Best University St. Mary's University Best Vocational School Herzing University

Food & Drink Best Asian Gion Vietnamese

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Best Romantic Restaurant Travail

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Best Lunch Arby's

Best Seafood Red Lobster

Best Margarita Sunshine Factory Best Meat Market Hackenmueller Meats Best Mexican El Loro Best Pizza Broadway Bar & Pizza Best Popcorn Eagle's Nest

Best Sports Bar Big Louie's Best Steakhouse Outback Steakhouse Best Supermarket Cub Foods Best Sushi Benihana - Golden Valley Best Wine/Bar Steve O's

Best Tanning The Sun Shoppe

Health & Beauty Best Fitness Center Lifetime Fitness

Best Weight Control Center Weight Watchers

Best Hair The Hair District

Home & Garden

Best Manicure/Pedicure V Nails

Best Air Duct Cleaning Residential Heating & Cooling

Best Massage Therapy Massage Advantage

Best Appliance Store AC Carlson

Best Spa Massage Retreat

Best Arts & Crafts Store Hobby Lobby

Best Stylist JoDell Knudson Hair District - Plymouth

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Best Carpet Cleaning ZeroRez Carpet Cleaning Best Concrete Company Johnson Concrete Best Deck Company Patrick Balmer Construction Best Electrician Spectrum Electric Best Fence Company Mid west Fence Best Furniture Store Room & Board

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Best Gutter Company Gutter Topper

Best Pest Control Adam's Pest Control

Best Window Company New Windows For America

Best Handyman Tom Horejsi

Best Plumbing Company Genz-Ryan Plumbing & Heating

Medical

Best Hardware Store Home Depot

Best Remodeling Company Custom Home Remodeling

Best Heating & Air Company Genz-Ryan Plumbing & Heating

Best Residential Painting Company A Fresh Look

Best Home Improvement Store ACE Hardware Robbinsdale

Best Roofing Company Twin Cities Remodeling

Best Interior Design Prehn-Wersal Design

Best Siding Company Western Construction

Best Lawn Care Service Metro Lawn Works

Best Vacuum Store Crystal Vacuum

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Best Chiropractor Go Health Chiropractic Best Clinic North Clinic Best Dentist Office Crystal Dental Best Doctor Dr. Barry Larson Crystal Care Center Category Continues

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• Blaine/Spring Lake Park • Brooklyn Center • Brooklyn Park • Columbia Heights/Fridley

• Crystal • Eagan • Edina • Excelisor/Shorewood

• Hopkins • Lakeville • Mounds View/New Brighton • New Hope

• Robbinsdale • St. Louis Park • Wayzata/Orono/Long Lake


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Best Emergency Room North Memorial Hospital Best Hearing Center Beltone Best Hospital North Memorial Hospital Best Ophthalmologist/ Eye Care Doctor Dr. Pringle Ro Omen Best Optometrist/ Eye Glass Store Costco Best Pediatrician Partners in Pediatrics - Maple Grove

Best Pharmacy Walgreen's

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Best Book Store Osterhus Best Camera Store National Camera Exchange Best Florist Crystal Rose-Bo' Floral & Gift Best Funeral Home Evans Nordby Category Continues

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Best Fence Company Crystal

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BEST REMODELING COMPANY

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Best Taxi Taxi Bob Best Toy/Hobby Store Creative Kidstuff

Real Estate

Best Senior Apartments Copperfield Hill

Best Assisted Living Masonic Home - Bloomington

Recreation

Best Mortgage Lender Wells Fargo Bank

Best Bicycle Shop Tonka Cycle & Ski

Best New Home Builder Centex

Best Dance Studio Mary Kay Dance Studio

Best Real Estate Agent Mike Reier - Edina Realty

Best Driving Range Edinburgh USA

Best Real Estate Company Edina Realty

Best Golf Course Edinburgh USA

Best Veterinary Clinic Bass Lake Pet Hospital Best Theatre/Play House Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Best Tattoo Parlor Tough Luck Tattoo

Best Retirement Community Crystal Care Canter

Voted BEST Apartment Community, BEST Senior Apartments, BEST Assisted Living and BEST Retirement Community in Robbinsdale!

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Voted BEST Senior Apartments in Brooklyn Center & Crystal!

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A leader in senior housing since 1986, Copperfield Hill offers independent living, assisted living, respite care and memory care. • 55+ Community Living • Onsite Nursing Staff 24/7 • Studios, Companion Suites, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Available

• Daily Activities/Van Transportation • Beautiful 4 story sun-lit atrium in the heart of the building • Family owned and managed

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Recreation Continued

Best Indoor Water Park Wilderness - Wisconsin Dells Best Martial Arts Avatar Karate Best Outdoor Water Park New Hope Pool Best Place For Children's Party Sky Zone Best Place To Bowl New Hope Bowl

“The Best Pizza in Town”

Best Place To Hear Live Music 318 Café - Excelsior Best Rec Center St. Louis Park Best Recreational Vehicle Dealer Noble RV Best Sporting Goods Store Dick's Sporting Goods Best Summer Camp Children's Theater

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BEST HAPPY HOUR Broadway Pizza Robbinsdale

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Thank you readers for choosing North Memorial in the categories of “Best Hospital” and “Best Emergency Room”. We are grateful for your confidence in our care!

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Market Tire Company prides itself on its staff of highly motivated and carefully trained technicians—people who know and understand your needs and respond to them in a personal and friendly manner. We have been a staple of Crystal, Minnesota for years, offering brake inspections and service, automotive repair and other quality services plus an array of products from Cooper, Michelin, BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Carlisle, Continental, Dunlop, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Kumho, Nexen, Nitto, and Pirelli and other trusted brands.

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