The List of Lists 2013: Minnesota

Vita.mn | Updated 7/18/2013

Vita.mn readers pick the best things Minnesota has to offer.


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Favorite Minnesota celebrities

Josh Hartnett no longer belongs to Hollywood (chalk that up to seven years of dud roles). The payoff? Minnesotans get to see him at various Twin Cities hot spots with regularity — he’s our star now! As long as Prince’s heart bleeds purple, he’ll rank high. Voters favored hyper-talented filmmaking over hyper-talented baseball playing, putting the Coen brothers at No. 4 and Joe Mauer at No. 7. Our master author (F. Scott Fitzgerald) and cartoonist (Charles Schulz) didn’t let the crypt stop them from making the list. Ely-born Jessica Biel gets the hotness nod in an unprecedented landslide (see: Garrison Keillor), while governor-turned-conspiracy-theorist Jesse Ventura probably has a theory on why he didn’t edge out caricatured pitchman Fancy Ray McCloney. Jay Boller

1. Josh Hartnett

2. Prince

3. F. Scott Fitzgerald

4. Coen brothers

5. Charles Schulz

6. Garrison Keillor

7. Joe Mauer

8. Jessica Biel

9. Fancy Ray McCloney

10. Jesse Ventura

Best day trips

1. Duluth

2. Red Wing

3. Stillwater

4. Taylors Falls

5. Lanesboro

6. Afton State Park

7. Rochester

8. Park Rapids

9. New Ulm

10. Lake Minnetonka

Where to take out-of-towners

1. State Fair

2. St. Anthony Main

3. Minnehaha Falls

4. Stone Arch Bridge

5. Mall of America

6. Minneapolis Institute of Arts

7. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

8. Target Field

9. Lake Harriet

10. Guthrie Theater

Favorite state parks

1. Gooseberry Falls

2. Fort Snelling

3. Jay Cooke

4. Judge C.R. Magney

5. Split Rock Lighthouse

6. Soudan Underground Mine

7. St. Croix

8. Rice Lake

9. Interstate

10. Afton

Best Twin Cities suburbs

1. Roseville

2. Hopkins

3. Robbinsdale

4. Minnetonka

5. Edina

6. Eden Prairie

7. St. Louis Park

8. Plymouth

9. St. Michael

10. Shoreview

The List of Lists 2013