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Best MN Town contest: Bemidji third in online voting heading into final days

BEMIDJI — Friday is the final day of online voting for the 10 finalists in the Best MN Town contest.

The contest is organized by Minnesota Monthly magazine and is seeking to find the town that “embodies the spirit of Minnesota.”

The winner of the contest will be showcased in a multi-page editorial feature and receive a media campaign valued at more than $50,000.

Both the winner and the finalists in the contest will be selected by the magazine’s editor, a panel of notable Minnesotans and the people of Minnesota, according to officials.

The latter is where the online voting comes in. Once those votes are tallied, the organizers will pare the finalists to five. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

And, so far, Bemidji is in third place. Last Friday, Oct. 5, Bemidji was in the lead. Here’s the updated online poll as of Wednesday afternoon on

  • Owatonna – 21.7 percent.
  • Waconia – 20 percent.
  • Bemidji – 18.3 percent.
  • Hopkins – 14.7 percent.
  • Austin – 9.9 percent
  • Walker – 4.9 percent.
  • St. Cloud – 3.9 percent.
  • New Ulm – 3.1 percent
  • Grand Marais – 1.9 percent
  • Duluth – 1.7 percent.

How to vote for Bemidji

Go to Select the city and then enter your email. Click submit. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.