Multiple Central Minnesota businesses are up for nominations in the Star Tribune's annual Best of MN contest.

After accepting initial nominations for its 2021 Best of MN awards, the Star Tribune has made its final list of nominees available for voting. Categories cover everything from Agriculture, Beauty & Fitness, Discover Minnesota, Eat & Drink, Education, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Health & Wellness and more with multiple subcategories within each. Several Central Minnesota businesses have made it to the voting round in their respective categories, including Best Bakery, Best Cidery, Best Brewery and Best Burger.

Here are some of the Central Minnesota nominations:

Best Bakery
Mixin' It Up Gluten Free Bakery (Sauk Rapids)

Best Cidery
Milk & Honey Ciders (St. Joseph)

Best Brewery
Outstate Brewing Company (Fergus Falls)
Hayes' Public House (Buffalo)
Lupulin Brewing Company (Big Lake)
22 Northmen Brewing Company (Alexandria)
Spilled Grain Brewhouse (Annandale)
Copper Trail Brewing (Alexandria)

Copper Trail Brewing via Facebook
Copper Trail Brewing via Facebook

Best Burger
Val's Rapid Serve (St. Cloud)
The White Horse (St. Cloud)
Pike & Pint (Alexandria)
MT's on 8th (St. Cloud)
Rollie's (Sauk Rapids)
Crooked Pint Ale House (Waite Park)

Best Cupcakes
Dolsie's Lunchbox Grille (St. Cloud)

Best Donuts
Moon Donuts & Cafe (Monticello)

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Best Pizza
Carlos Creek Winery (Alexandria)
22 Northmen Brewing (Alexandria)
Pizza Ranch (Waite Park)
Green Mill
Rollie's (Sauk Rapids)
Pompeii Pizzeria (Elk River)

Best Winery
Bold North Cellars (Alexandria)
Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery (Kimball)
Carlos Creek Winery (Alexandria)

These are just some of the Central Minnesota nominations for 2021 Best of MN awards. See the whole list of categories and vote here. Results will be published in the Minnesota's Best Winners Magazine, which will be inserted in the Star Tribune newspaper on Sunday, August 1st. They will also be featured at

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