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Minneapolis, Duluth advance in 'Best Towns' bracket

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Minneapolis and Duluth have made it to the Sweet 16 in Outside magazine's "Best Towns" contest.

The outdoors-oriented magazine is having its readers vote online for the best place to live in America, and so far no Minnesota city has gotten knocked out of the competition.

The head-to-head, bracket-style competition started earlier this month with 64 towns divided into four regions. In the Midwest, Minneapolis knocked out Iowa City, Iowa, in round one and Cincinnati, Ohio, in round two. Duluth beat out Columbia, Missouri, in the first round and Athens, Ohio, in the second.

In round three, Minneapolis is up against Houghton, Michigan, while Duluth's opponent is La Crosse, Wisconsin. Voting is open until Thursday night.

You can cast your vote here.

"Outside Magazine has voted us into the top 10 before, but it's always been by their choice," Jerry Thoreson, of Destination Duluth, told KARE 11.

Now, Duluth is hoping it'll get enough reader votes to advance. There's a social media campaign to drum up support using the hashtag "VoteDuluth" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the Duluth News Tribune notes.

If Minneapolis and Duluth both advance to the Elite 8, they'll go up against each other to represent the Midwest in the final four.

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