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Super Bowl LII: Dateline Minnesota

Rochelle Olson updates you on Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Hey, high fliers: Zipline across the Mississippi added to Super Bowl events

They didn’t brand it the Bold North Super Bowl for nothing.

In the 10 days leading up to the game Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium, the brave and the daring can show their mettle and embrace winter by flying 100 feet above the Mississippi River on the “Bold North Zipline.”

Canada-based Ziptrek EcoTours will set up four towers to support four zip lines starting on Nicollet Island. The hardy will buzz aloft for 750 feet and land on the West River Parkway.

Polaris will run shuttles to the ride from the Super Bowl Live event, featuring free concerts on Nicollet Mall.

Interested daredevils must sign up in advance through the Super Bowl Host Committee website. The zipline will cost $30 per person.

Former Minnesota Viking Robert Griffith, who now lives in Los Angeles, is sponsoring the event with his nascent backpack company XOOX.

The zipline hours will be mostly after dark, perfect for seeing the city’s twinkling skyline. Weather conditions are, of course, to be determined.

This river crossing sits just above the Stone Arch Bridge and Saint Anthony Falls with the Grain Belt sign, the Guthrie Theater and the stadium to the left and the rest of the skyline to the right.

Depending on temperatures, the river could be frozen solid, chunks of ice or rocking and rolling.

Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey, now a City Council member, expects to be the first one to take the ride.

That prompted Super Bowl CEO Maureen Bausch to say, “You truly are a ‘Bold North’ mayor.”

She described the river as the longtime lifeblood of the city and the state.

Frey added, “The Mississippi River is so emblematic of everything that is Minneapolis and Minnesota and America.”

Super Bowl LII weather gets into the national tax discussion

It’s Minnesota so it’s never too early to start talking about the forecast for Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.

Host Committee planners haven’t been prognosticating, but they’d love temperatures of – give or take - 30 degrees (above zero) and snow flurries.

On the CBS Sunday morning political talk show, Face the Nation, the weather got linked to the GOP tax bill passed by the Senate early Saturday.

U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, opposed the bill. On the show, he said one of the three things that will result from the bill is “anything good that happens in America in the next year, including good weather at the Super Bowl is going to be attributed to this bill.”

King was being sarcastic, but as football fans nervously watch the Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl planners have an eye to the skies. They call it a "Bold North" event that will embrace winter.

They’ve got contingency plans for snowfall up to 36 inches and, in the other direction, (relative) heat that would turn glittering ice sculptures to drippy lumps. 

The weather won’t affect the game which will be played Feb. 4 in the always comfortable climes of U.S. Bank Stadium.

But now that the Super Bowl is the event less than two months away, the festivities fall within’s 90-day extended forecast.

That forecast shows temperatures and precipitation in the realm of average with a few inches of snow - no big dump - spread across the ten days with some sunshine. Highs of 28 and lows just a degree or two below zero are forecast.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is on the record with the forecast of “sunny, mild” weather in late January with above average temperatures and below average precipitation. Whatever that means.

The record high for Feb. 1 is 54 degrees set in 1931. The record low is -28 set in 1951.

King’s other two tax predictions: Republicans will say there’s not enough money to fully fund Social Security and Medicare and the bill will be revealed to have “stinky stuff” in it. Republicans say it will spark the economy.