Here are some of the finalists from tonight's One Man Minneapolis competition - one more charming than the next. The guy front and center, Minneapolis police officer Mark Klukow, took the title of "The Man" and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was there to present him with $5,000 and another $1,000 for Klukow's favorite charity, the PEACE Foundation.
Organizers tried to keep the focus on community involvement, but clearly there wasn't a dog in the bunch. While they skipped a swimsuit competition (no fair), the final five did don fitted workout wear. Plus, popular KARE 11 weatherman Sven Sundgaard made a cameo in a fitted black polo to show off his buff and bronze biceps (got to give what the crowd demands).
See more of the men in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Tuesday, July 21. Photographer Chris Polydoroff (who took this shot) and I had to document this red carpet - it could very well be the first ever gathering of Minnesota men that did not include even one plaid flannel or pair of pleated Dockers. Hallelujah!