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Best of Mankato Magazine & The Free Press Media

Welcome to the voting phase of our 2019 Best of Mankato Magazine & The Free Press Media contest!

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Best People

Financial Planner

Bryan Pratt, Pratt, Kutzke & Associates
Doug Helget, Northwestern Mutual
Kenneth Klooster, Edward Jones
Matt Norland, Meyer & Norland Financial Group
Ryan Spaude, Eide Bailly
Sander Ludeman, Edward Jones

Insurance Agent

Aaron Hatanpa, Hatanpa State Farm Insurance
Christina Meyer, Community Insurance
Jon Michaletz, Kato Insurance
Lonnie Bristol, State Farm Insurance
Mary McClure, McClure Insurance Agency
Michael Kennedy, Alliance Insurance

Photographer

Christy Bode, Christy Bode Photography
Dan Dinsmore, Daniel Dinsmore Photography
Gregg Andersen, Gallery 19
Melissa Barber, Jade Vine Photography
Shawn D. Weigel, 38th Street Photography

Real Estate Agent

Angie Van Eman Riley, American Way Realty
Candee Deichman, Century 21 Atwood
Jason Beal, JBeal Real Estate Group
Jen True, True Real Estate
Kim Waletich, Re/Max Dynamic Agents

Chiropractor

Jennifer Stuvek, Aurora Chiropractic
Jon Grissman, Advantage Chiropractic
Keith Kuch, Kuch Chiropractic
Mark Dehen, Back to Wellness Chiropractic Clinic
Monica Schugel, Schugel Family Chiropractic

Pediatrician

Dr. Chaun Cox, MD, Mayo Clinic Health Systems
Dr. Donald Putzier, MD, Mankato Clinic
Dr. Joanne Genewick, DO, Mayo Clinic Health Systems
Dr. Katie Smentek, MD, Mankato Clinic
Dr. Lon Knudson, MD, Mankato Clinic
Dr. Sheila Rushmeyer, MD, Mankato Clinic

Dentist

Dr James Kalina, James K. Kalina DDS
Dr. Christopher Meehan, Mankato Family Dental
Dr. Daniel Osdoba, Oz Family Dentistry
Dr. Douglas Vose, Dr. Douglas Vose DDS, PC
Dr. Garrett Starr, Garrett N. Starr DDS
Dr. Gregory Miller, Gregory P. Miller DDS
Dr. Tom Pooley, River Valley Dental

Family Physician/Primary Care Provider

Deb Schilling, PA-C, Mankato Clinic
Dr. Alyssa Stitt, MD, Mankato Clinic
Dr. Chaun Cox, MD, Mayo Clinic Health Systems
Dr. John Benson, MD, Mankato Clinic
Dr. Katie Anderson, MD, Mankato Clinic

Optometrist/Ophthalmologist

Emily Birkholz, Ophthalmology Associates
John Hoines, Ophthalmology Associates
Matthew Downs, Carlson-Tillisch Eye Clinic
Nathaniel Graham, Mankato Clinic
Timothy Flaherty, Walmart Vision & Glasses

Auto Mechanic

Brandon Johnson, Rock Street Auto
Dave Hughes, Hughes Automotive
Joe Miller, Joe Miller's Modern Garage
Lynn Austin, Austin's Auto Repair Center
Nick Zuehlke, Nick's Car Care

Bartender

Chelsea Morning, NaKato Bar & Grill
Jeni Bobholz, Circle Inn
Jill Mahowald, Rounders Sports Bar & Grill
Joshua Ruiz, South Street
Paula Olson, The Square Deal
Peter Whiteman, Pub 500
Sivanna Guyer, La Plaza F!esta

Waiter

Adam Andersen, Pub 500
Alberto Alonzo Lara, Mazatlan
Antonio Tovar, La Plaza F!esta
Brett Molloy, 7 West Taphouse
Carlos Ozuna, La Plaza F!esta
Pat Van Beckum, Pub 500

Waitress

Danielle Wegman, Weggy's On Campus
Krystal Hernandez, La Plaza F!esta
Layla Pappas, Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar
Lindsay Boutchee, Tav on the Ave
Lucy Osuna, La Plaza F!esta
Rachel Schienke, Pub 500

Radio Personality

Brad and Sarah in the Morning, Mix 99.1
Don Rivet, KTOE
George and Jess in the Morning, Country 103.5
Stunt Monkey, Hot 96.7
TJ and Lisa, Minnesota 93

Television Anchorperson

Dion Cheney, KEYC News 12
Kelsey Barchenger, KEYC News 12
Lisa Cownie, KEYC News 12
Mark Tarello, KEYC Chief Meteorologist
Stacy Steinhagen, KEYC News 12
Tom Clements KEYC

Newspaper Reporter

Kristine Goodrich, The Free Press
Pat Christman, The Free Press
Robb Murray, The Free Press
Shane Frederick, The Free Press
Tim Krohn, The Free Press

Architect/Engineer

Bryan Paulsen, ISG
Corey Brunton, Brunton Architects
Jeremy Wiesen, ISG
Joe Duncan, Bolton & Menk
Mark Schulz, Bolton & Menk


Best Shopping

Nursery/Garden

Drummers Garden Center & Floral
Edenvale Nursery
Hilltop Florist & Greenhouse
Kobers Nursery
Shellee's Greenhouse

Antiques

Mankato Vintage Market
Pond Road Market
Salvage Sisters
Vagabond Village
VINE Home Thrift Store

Grocery Store

Aldi
Cub Foods
Hy-Vee
Sunshine Foods
Walmart

Liquor Store

Cub Liquor
Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits
MGM Wine & Spirits
PJ's Liquor Emporium
Sam’s Club

Meat Market

Hilltop Meat Market
Hy-Vee Hilltop
La Salle Meats
Sam's Club
Schmidt’s Meat Market
Vernon Center Market
Wiste’s Meat Market

Place to Buy Furniture

Ashley Homestore
Johnson Furniture
New Ulm Furniture
Rooms & Rest
Slumberland

Place to Buy a Mattress

Johnson Mattress
Mankato Mattress Man
Rooms & Rest
Sleep Number
Slumberland

Place to Buy Appliances

Best Buy
DeGrood's Home Store
Home Depot
Menards
Quality Appliance & TV

Jewelry Store

Exclusively Diamonds
Julee’s Jewelry
Kay Jewelers
Patterson’s Diamond Center
Williams Diamond Center

Home Improvement Store

C & S Supply
Floor to Ceiling
Home Depot
Menards
True Value Madelia

Men's Clothing

Graif Clothing
J. Longs
JC Penney
Kohl’s
Scheels All Sports

Women's Clothing

Graif Clothing
Kohl's
Mainstream Boutique
Scheels All Sports
TJ Maxx

Children's Clothing

Bumbelou
Kohl’s
Old Navy
Once Upon a Child
Target

Thift/Consignment Shop

Again Thrift & More
Goodwill
MRCI Thrift Shop
New 2 You
Once Upon a Child
Salvation Army Thrift Store

Automotive Dealership (New Vehicle)

Heintz Toyota of Mankato
Lager's of Mankato
Luther Mankato Honda
Mankato Ford
Mankato Motors
Snell Motors

Automotive Dealership (Used Vehicle)

Adams Auto Sales
Heintz Toyota of Mankato
Lager's of Mankato
Mankato Motors
Snell Motors

Power Sports/ATV/Motorcycle

Benny's Powersports
Harley Davidson
Mankato Power Sports/Snell Power Sports
Starr Cycle
Vetter Sales & Service

RV Dealer

Gag's Camper Way
Joe’s Camper
Keepers RV Center
Kroubetz Lakeside Campers & Motors
Noble RV

Tire Dealers

Discount Tire
Mankato Motors
Mankato Oil and Tire
Tire Associates
Tires Plus

Home Entertainment/Electronics

Best Buy
DeGrood's Home Store
Sam's Club
Target
Walmart

Place to Buy Pool/Spa Supplies

Midnight Sun Spas
Minnesota Hottubs
Sawatzky Pools & Spas
Sweet Living Pools & Spa


Best Goods/Services

Fitness Center

Anytime Fitness
Fitness for $10
Kato CrossFit
Planet Fitness
YMCA

Place to Take the Kids

Bounce Town
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
Sibley Park
WOW! Zone
YMCA

Accounting Firm

Abdo, Eick and Meyers
CLA Mankato (Clifton Larson Allen)
Eide Bailly
Kitchenmaster, Klooster & Begalka CPAs
MD Advisors Group
Swanson Hinsch & Co.

Child Care Center

Golden Heart Child Care Center
Jesus Loves Me Learning Center
Lil Bee's Learning Center
Little Stars Early Learning Center
Our Little World Daycare
The Children's House

Law Firm

Blethen | Berens
Farrish Johnson Law Office
Gislason & Hunter LLP
Knutson+Casey
Maschka Reidy Reis & Frentz Law Firm

Snow Removal

Affordable Lawn & Snow
Oachs Lawn Service
Smith Lawn & Landscape
Spring Touch Lawn & Pest Control
Total Lawn Care & Landscape of Madelia

Lawn Care

GreenCare
Peters Lawn Service
Smith Lawn & Landscape
Total Lawn Care & Landscape of Madelia
Ultimate Property Services

Massage

Indulge Salon & Tanning
Jeannie Liebl, CMT
Just Kneaded Massage
Liv Aveda Salon & Spa
Mankato Chiropractic & Mankato Healing Touch

Hair Salon

Dasch Salon
Fantastic Sams
Heat Blowdry Bar and Wax Studio Hair Salon
Indulge Salon & Tanning
Liv Aveda Salon & Spa
Mia & Maxx Hair Studio
Raydiance Salon

Barber Shop

Campus Coiffures Salon
Dan's Barber Shop
Fantastic Sams
Northside Hair Co.
Y Barbers

Tanning Salon

Bronzers Tanning & Boutique
Indulge Salon & Tanning
PerfecTan
Planet Fitness
Sun Tan City

Nail Salon

Le Nails
Liv Aveda Salon & Spa
Nails by Jordan
Serenity Nails
TT Nails

Kennel

Elite Canines of Southern Minnesota
Fur's a Flyin'
Heartland Kennels
Liberty Acres Pet Lodge
The Paw Pet Resort

Pet Grooming

Fur's a Flyin'
Haute Dog
PetSmart
The Paw Pet Resort
Vanity Fur Pet Expo

Veterinarian Office

All Pets Medicine, Surgery & Rehabilitation Center
Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital
Nicollet Veterinary Clinic
River Hills Pet Care Hospital
St. James Veterinary Clinic

Golf Course

Madelia Golf Course
Mankato Golf Club
Minneopa Golf Club
North Links
Terrace View Golf Course

Hotel/Motel

AmericInn
Country Inn & Suites
Courtyard by Marriott
Hilton Garden Inn
Holiday Inn Express

Florist

Becky's Floral & Gift Shop
Drummers Garden Center & Floral
Flowers By Jeannie
Hilltop Florist & Greenhouse
Hy-Vee Hilltop

Auction Services

Bid Kato
Dailey Auction Services
Mages Land Company & Auction Services
Miller Auction Services
Wingert Realty & Land Services

Auto Repair Shop

Austin's Auto Repair Center
Autotronics
Express Care Auto Center
Fromm's Auto Repair
Mankato Motors
Nick's Car Care
Rock Street Auto

Auto Body Shop

Fromm's Collision Center
Hughes Automotive
Jerry’s ABRA Body Shop & Glass
Mankato Motors
Snell Collision Center

Car Wash

Champlin Auto Wash
Gerring's Mankato Car Wash
Kwik Trip
Mankato Ford Quick Lane
Snell Auto Wash

Dry Cleaner

Americlean Dry Cleaners
Hy-Vee
Like Nu Cleaners & Laundry
Madison Avenue Laundry & Dry Cleaning
Suds Ur Duds Madelia

Alterations

All About Brides Alterations
Americlean Dry Cleaners
Barb's Sewing Room
Chris' Tailor Shop
Pins & Needles
Rita's Originals
Sew Boutique

Senior Living/Retirement Facility

Ecumen Pathstone Living
Hillcrest Rehabilitation Center
New Perspective Senior Living
Oak Terrace Assisted Living
Vista Prairie at Monarch Meadows

Funeral Home

Klein Funeral Homes
Mankato Mortuary
Northview North Mankato Mortuary
Sturm Funeral Home
Woodland Hills Funeral Home

Water Service/Conditioning

Culligan Water Conditioning of Mankato
Ecowater Systems
Garlicks Water Conditioning of Mankato
McGowan Water Conditioning
Norm's Soft Water

Bank or Credit Union

Community Bank Mankato
Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union
Pioneer Bank
US Bank
Wells Fargo

Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Caretakers
MV Carpet Cleaning
Shine Way Services Inc.
Steam It Clean
Vanderberg Clean
ZerneClean Services Inc.

Heating/Air Service

Davis Comfort Systems
Northern Comfort Inc.
Prange Heating & Air Conditioning
Schwickert's Tecta America
SRP Heating & Cooling

Electrical Service

Bill's Electric Inc.
BLK Electric Inc.
Guaranteed Electric Service Inc.
Jones Electric
Master Electric Company Inc.
Ploog Electric

Plumbing Service

Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
Jordan Plumbing & Heating
Kaduce Plumbing & Heating
Kopp Plumbing & Heating
Malterer Mechanical Inc.
Northern Comfort Inc.
Skogen Mechanical

Cabinetry

Acorn Custom Cabinetry
Cherry Creek
Custom Craft Cabinets LLC
CZ Construction LLC
Wooden Images

Construction Company

CZ Construction LLC
Deichman Construction
DeMars Construction
R. Henry Construction & Design
WEB Construction Inc.

Cell Phone & Wireless Provider

Verizon Wireless
AT & T
Cricket Wireless
Sprint
T-Mobile

Computer Repair

Best Buy
Computer Technology Solutions
Geeks 2 You
Mankato Computer Repair
Tech Connect Plus

Rental Store

A to Z Rental Center
G & K Event Rentals
Just Ask Rental/Lloyd Lumber Co.
LCF Trailer Rental

Employment Agency

Aerotek
Express Employment Professionals
Jeane Thorne Staffing
Manpower
Spherion

Travel Agency

Amber Pietan Travel Agency
Emerald Travel & Cruises
Lutz
Southwest Tour & Travel
The Details
Travel & Cruise Center

Specialty Printing

B.Stark & Co.
Insty-Prints
Mr. Monogram
Paragon Printing, Mailing & Specialties
Preferred Printing Co.
River Bend Business Products

Roofing

Heyn Brothers
Mike Hansen Roofing & Construction
Ron Boelter Window, Siding & Roofing
Schmidt Siding & Window
Scwickert's Tecta America

Windows

Boyum Window & Siding
Lacina Siding and Windows Inc.
Lindsay Window & Door LLC
Ron Boelter Window, Siding & Roofing
Schmidt Siding & Window

Siding

Boyum Window & Siding
Builders First Source
Lacina Siding and Windows Inc.
Menards
Ron Boelter Window, Siding & Roofing
Schmidt Siding & Window

Hearing Care Service

Audibel Hearing Center
Hearing Care Center
Mankato Clinic Audiology
Miracle Ear
RIver Valley Hearing
Ultimate Hearing

Insurance Agency

Alliance Insurance Agency
Community Insurance Mankato
Hatanpa State Farm Insurance
Jewison & Associates American Family Insurance
Kato Insurance Agency

Real Estate Agency

American Way Realty
Century 21 Atwood
JBeal Real Estate Group
Re/Max Dynamic Agents
True Real Estate


Best Dining

Breakfast

NaKato Bar & Grill
Perkins
Rounders Sports Bar & Grill
Wagon Wheel Cafe
Weggy's On Campus

Coffee Shop

Caribou Coffee
Coffee Hag
Neutral Groundz
Starbucks Coffee
Tandem Bagels

Lunch

La Plaza F!esta
Olives by Massad's
Panera Bread
Pub 500
Weggy's On Campus

Hamburger & French Fries

Buster's Sports Bar & Grill
Five Guys
Flask Bar
Kato Cue Club
The Boulder Tap House

Sub/Sandwich Shop

Erbert & Gerbert's
Jersey Mike's Subs
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Subway

Fast Food

Arby's
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Culver’s
Hardee's
Massad's Mediterranean Grill
McDonald’s
Taco John's

Pizza

Dino’s New York Pizzeria
Fox’s Pizza Den
Jakes Stadium Pizza
Pagliais Pizza
Papa Murphy’s Take 'N' Bake Pizza

Steak

Applebee's Grill & Bar
Buster's Sports Bar & Grill
Charley's
Grizzly's Wood-Fired Grill & Bar
La Plaza F!esta
Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen
Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar

Mexican Cuisine

El Molino Mexican Restaurant
La Bamba Taco House
La Plaza F!esta
La Terraza
Mazatlan
Taco John's

Asian Cuisine

China Star
Hunan Garden
Shogun Sushi & Hibachi
Toyko Sushi & Habachi
Yu’s Chinese Cuisine

Italian Cuisine

Dino's New York Style Pizzeria
Hy-Vee Hilltop
Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen
Olive Garden Italian Kitchen
Olives by Massad's
Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar

Wings

Big Dog Sports Cafe
Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wings and Rings
Tav on the Ave
The Boulder Tap House

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

Cold Stone Creamery
Culver's
Dairy Queen
Frozen Yogurt Creations
Mom & Pops

Bakery

2 Pins Bakery
Hy-Vee
Sweet Indeed
Tandem Bagels
The Wooden Spoon

All-Around Restaurant

La Plaza F!esta
Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen
Olives by Massad's
Tav on the Ave
The Boulder Tap House

Atmosphere

Flask Bar
La Plaza F!esta
Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen
Pub 500
The Boulder Tap House

Beer Selection

7 West Taphouse
Mankato Brewery
Pub 500
Tav on the Ave
The Boulder Tap House

Dessert

Applebee's Grill & Bar
La Plaza F!esta
Mom and Pop's
Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen
Olives by Massad's

Fine Dining

Charley's
La Plaza F!esta
Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen
Olives by Massad's
Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar

Margarita

Applebee's Grill & Bar
Flask Bar
La Plaza F!esta
La Terraza
Mazatlan

Wine Selection

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery
Indian Island Winery
Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen
Olives by Massad's
Wine Cafe Pub & Eatery

Buffet

Axel's Bonfire of Mankato
China Buffet
Hy-Vee
Olives by Massad's
Pizza Ranch

Catering

Absolute Custom Catering
Hy-Vee
La Plaza F!está
Najwa’s Catering
Pub 500

Winery/Brewery

August Schell Brewing Company
Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery
LocAle Brewing Company
Lost Insanity Brewing
Mankato Brewery

Date Night

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery
La Plaza F!esta
Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen
Olives by Massad's
Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar
Tav on the Ave

Happy Hour

Circle Inn
Flask Bar
Tav on the Ave
The Boulder Tap House
Ummies Bar & Grill

Sports Bar

Big Dog Sports Cafe
Buffalo Wild Wings
Buster's Sports Bar & Grill
Rounders Sports Bar & Grill
Tav on Ave

Patio Dining

Belgrade Bar & Grill
Blue Bricks
Pub 500
Rounders Sports Bar & Grill
Tav on the Ave

Live Music Venue

Buster's Sports Bar & Grill
Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery
Mankato Brewery
Pub 500
Vetter Stone Ampitheater

Vegetarian

India Palace
Massad's Mediterranean Grill
Noodles & Company
Olives by Massad's
Pub 500

Locally Owned Restaurant

La Plaza F!esta
Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen
Olives by Massad's
Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar
Pub 500

Appetizers

Applebee's Grill & Bar
Flask Bar
Pub 500
Tav on the Ave
The Boulder Tap House

Seafood

Charley’s
Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen
Pappageorge Restaurant & Bar
Pub 500
Red Lobster

Family Restuarant

Applebee's Grill & Bar
Bakers Square Restaurant & Pies
Buffalo Wild Wings
Happy Chef
La Plaza F!esta
Perkins
Tav on Ave


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