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Minnesota Monthly's 'Best MN Town' of 2019 is ... Alexandria

The magazine took numerous submissions from cities and towns around the state.

Submissions have been received, judgements have been made, and the result is Alexandria being named the "Best Minnesota Town" in 2019.

That's the verdict of Minnesota Monthly magazine, which released the results of its 2019 "Best MN Town" contest on Tuesday.

Taking over the mantle from White Bear Lake, which won the 2018 competition, is the Douglas County city of Alexandria.

Minnesota Monthly uses "wide-ranging criteria" to make its determination, which includes "qualitative and quantitative research," and online public vote, and responses from the towns themselves to questions about its qualities.

The reasons Alexandria gave in its pitch for "Best MN Town" include its "state-of-the-art" high school built in 2014 that it says "reinvented the classroom experience with flexible learning spaces, natural light, and modular walls and furniture."

Also getting a shoutout was Emersyn Harris, who in 2011 at the age of 14 launched Cards for Kids, which has seen cards sent out to more than 60,000 children battling cancer.

You can check out the results of Best MN Towns here.

"I’m excited to announce Alexandria as Minnesota Monthly’s 2019 Best Minnesota Town, as it truly embodies the spirit of our state," said Reed Fischer, senior editor of Minnesota Monthly.

"It’s a beautiful year-round destination with a rich history and a bright future."

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