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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.

Fledgling Twin Cities Native Lacrosse receives $50,000 grant

The nascent Twin Cities Native Lacrosse youth program displayed a shiny new white van at Corcoran Park in Minneapolis on Tuesday, a purchase made possible by grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee.

As part of the 52 weeks of giving program, the host committee is announcing grants every week to programs throughout the state that focus on the health and welfare of children.

The native lacrosse group started was started in 2014 by John Hunter of St. Paul with a $2,500 grant from the Indian community-focused Tiwahe Foundation.

The host committee gave the group $50,000, most of which went to the super-sized van with the group's red logo on the sides. Hunter said the van will carry the youth to the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto this summer.

He noted at the Corcoran Park news conference that lacrosse is called "the creator's game" and has been played in some form by almost every tribe for centuries. The youth in the Twin Cities program play with traditional wooden sticks.

To the youth, lacrosse is more than a game. Hunter said it helps kids focus and stay in school as well as connecting to the land and animals. "There's a depth to this game unlike any other," he said.

After the news conference, adults and youth at the news conference grabbed their sticks for a friendly game joined by retired Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, who was a hit with the kids and posed for numerous photos.

Volunteers still needed for 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis

More than 13,000 prospective volunteers have submitted applications to be part of Super Bowl 2018.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee needs 10,000 volunteers to show up at the event. But to start they need 13,000 as a cushion for the inevitable dropout rate of about 30 percent.

As of Friday, the committee reported receiving 13,221 applications, 90 percent of which came from Minnesota, according to spokeswoman Andrea Mokros. The application process will continue into summer.

Of the applicants, 60 percent are women and 40 percent are men. Mokros said the average applicant is a 46-year-old woman.

Not surprisingly given that the game will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, most of the applications came from the Twin Cities area.

The committee needs enthusiastic, customer-service oriented volunteers for a variety of jobs. Interviewers and trainers will be the first on board. During the 10-day event, greeters at the airport and concierge-type helpers on the streets will be needed. (No volunteers needed inside the stadium.)

Each volunteer is expected to work three shifts ranging from four to six hours. Those who fulfill their duties will receive valuable souvenirs including a high-grade winter parka, backpack, thermos and beanie.

Apply at: https://mnsuperbowl.rosterfy.co/signup.