* MICHELLE ANDRES, 34, East Gull Lake
– A shoo-in to earn her first berth on Team Minnesota, the mother of five won seven of her 13 career victories in 2011. Her win at Gear West Du was particularly impressive, almost earning her a Performance of the Year nomination to go with her MI and TOY nods. (Photo below with her basketball team.)
* SUZIE FOX, 28, Chaska
– Formerly Suzie Finger (her legal name change becomes official tomorrow!), the 2009 Rookie of the Year has twice flirted with a Team Minnesota spot. She’ll make it this year, thanks to her wins at Apple and Iron Girl and her podiums at Gear West, Manitou, Minneman and Turtleman Du.