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Target teams up with Dayton brothers' Askov Finlayson on 'North' collection
December 15

Target teams up with Dayton brothers' Askov Finlayson on 'North' collection

Target Corp. and the Dayton family are reuniting once again to help spread the gospel of the “North.”

While the founding family of one of Minnesota’s biggest corporations hasn’t had a direct connection to it in years, the two are joining forces on a limited-time collection of North-branded goods that will hit Twin Cities stores next month leading up to a big moment for Minnesota.  Read more

For developers, three-month Super Bowl construction ban changes timetables
December 15

For developers, three-month Super Bowl construction ban changes timetables

Bracing for the crush of more than a million visitors expected to descend on Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII, the city is quietly wrapping up construction work in areas likely to attract big crowds.

Crews are tidying up construction sites along Washington and Nicollet avenues, where two major multiyear projects were completed before a three-month city moratorium on construction and maintenance on downtown public streets and sidewalks went into effect on Nov. 13.  Read more

Pink added to Super Bowl concert lineup at Armory
December 15

Pink added to Super Bowl concert lineup at Armory

The third of three big-name music acts to perform at the Armory in downtown Minneapolis in the run-up to Super Bowl LII will be Pink, promoters announced Thursday. 

The singer will perform Feb. 2 at “Nomadic Live!” ahead of the Feb. 4 game a few blocks away at U.S. Bank Stadium.  Read more

U.S. Bank prepares for Super Bowl marketing stage in Minneapolis
December 14

U.S. Bank prepares for Super Bowl marketing stage in Minneapolis

U.S. Bancorp’s name will be everywhere during the week of the Super Bowl even without a high-priced commercial during the game.

Fans will see it when they ride the light rail in Minneapolis, when they shop for official NFL gear and, of course, on the biggest billboard of them all, U.S. Bank Stadium, where the game is being played.  Read more

Hey, high fliers: Zipline across the Mississippi added to Super Bowl events
Local
December 14

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.”  Read more

North High football team will play in Super Bowl 'dress rehearsal'
December 14

North High football team will play in Super Bowl 'dress rehearsal'

Minneapolis North High School football players filed into the school auditorium Wednesday at the urging of Coach Charles Adams, unaware of what was going on.

“I knew it was going to be good,” junior wide receiver Micheal Harris said. “He’s always got something up his sleeve.”  Read more

Imagine Dragons to play Armory during Super Bowl week
December 13

Imagine Dragons to play Armory during Super Bowl week

Add another big name to the list of music acts braving Minnesota’s low temperatures to play a high-buck concert during Super Bowl week: “Radioactive” rockers Imagine Dragons will hit the Armory in Minneapolis on the Thursday night before the big game, Feb. 1.

General-admission tickets to the 7 p.m. show — part of the Club Nomadic concert series presented by NFL affiliate Nomadic Entertainment — will be available to the general public for $175 starting Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Tickets are also on sale with different VIP game ticket packages.  Read more

Vikings' successful season complicates Super Bowl preparation
December 13

Vikings' successful season complicates Super Bowl preparation

Reading this story will not jinx anything.

So here it is: Despite Sunday’s loss, the Minnesota Vikings are still contending for home-field advantage during the playoffs, and the better the 10-3 Vikings do, the more headaches they create for their NFL parent, which is hosting the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4.  Read more

Oft-burned Vikings fans temper joy to avoid Super Bowl jinx
Variety
December 9

Oft-burned Vikings fans temper joy to avoid Super Bowl jinx

With the Minnesota Vikings at 10-2, trembling football fans are biting their knuckles and speaking in those particular phrases of Nordic fatalism such as “Yeah, but,” “Even if” or a humble “Let’s take it one week at a time.”

It’s prudent language, the better to tone down any chatter that Minnesota might not only host the Super Bowl — but compete!  Read more

What football? Some see Super Bowl week as way of getting message out
December 8

What football? Some see Super Bowl week as way of getting message out

Thousands of boisterous, banner-waving devotees are expected to fill Twin Cities streets when Super Bowl LII comes to town in February. Some might even stay for the game.

“Everybody knows there’s going to be protests — they know what they’re walking into here in the Twin Cities,” said Sam Sanchez. His group, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, and others have promised a week of “resistance” leading up to the Feb. 4 game. The demonstrations would continue, he said, unless officials addressed the treatment of the homeless and police violence.  Read more

Minneapolis asks for National Guard aid with Super Bowl
December 5

Minneapolis asks for National Guard aid with Super Bowl

Minneapolis officials are calling on Gov. Mark Dayton to mobilize the state National Guard for the Super Bowl, amid questions about whether the city’s police force has enough officers to effectively patrol neighborhoods and handle other demands.

Even with dozens of departments across the state pledging to send officers to help with security, Mayor Betsy Hodges and Mayor-elect Jacob Frey wrote in a letter on Tuesday that the city’s police “cannot by themselves meet of all the safety and security needs of the 10 days of Super Bowl LII while maintaining public-safety operations for the entire city.”  Read more

New restaurant to open at St. Paul airport in time for Super Bowl
December 5

New restaurant to open at St. Paul airport in time for Super Bowl

A full-service restaurant is slated to open at the St. Paul Downtown Airport this January, just in time for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

A Plymouth-based restaurant firm, Ally Hospitality, is planning to open Holman’s Table in the historic terminal at the airport, otherwise known as Holman Field. It will be the first restaurant to occupy space there since 1999.  Read more

A 'very Minnesota' Super Bowl Live lineup announced for free concerts on mall
December 1

A 'very Minnesota' Super Bowl Live lineup announced for free concerts on mall

Super-producers Jimmy “Jam” Harris and Terry Lewis are keeping their pledge to showcase Minnesota music in the 10-day “Super Bowl Live” concert series on Nicollet Mall — and they’re going above and beyond in honoring the old boss who once fired them.  Read more

St. Paul slides into Super Bowl party mode with giant snowslide, winter market
November 30

St. Paul slides into Super Bowl party mode with giant snowslide, winter market

A 40-foot snowslide at CHS Field, a nearby night market with 100 vendors and lawn mower races on ice are among the events unveiled Thursday as part of the east metro’s effort to offer a full menu of activities during the Super Bowl party next year.

The Visit St. Paul convention bureau’s events include activities familiar to devotees of the annual St. Paul Winter Carnival that runs from Jan. 25 to Feb. 10. Those include the King Boreas Grand Day Parade on Jan. 27 and — weather willing — ice sculptures in Rice Park. The popular Red Bull Crashed Ice is listed as part of the action, but that takes place Jan. 18-20, the weekend before Super Bowl events begin in Minneapolis on Jan. 26.  Read more

Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis will announce first acts for Super Bowl Live festival
Super Bowl
November 30

Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis will announce first acts for Super Bowl Live festival

Jimmy “Jam” Harris and Terry Lewis will make it to Nicollet Mall after all Friday to reveal the first musical acts for Super Bowl Live.

The megaproducers, who helped create the Minneapolis Sound, are curating the free acts that will appear on the Verizon stage on Nicollet Mall outside City Center.  Read more

Vikings in Super Bowl? Things just got more serious for planners
November 28

Vikings in Super Bowl? Things just got more serious for planners

Yes, it’s OK to start wondering, “What if?”

What if the Minnesota Vikings did it, becoming the first NFL team to play in a Super Bowl in its own stadium? For fans, the stuff of dreams. For others, the stuff of plans.  Read more

J.Lo to play DirecTV Super Saturday concert night before Super Bowl in Mpls.
November 27

J.Lo to play DirecTV Super Saturday concert night before Super Bowl in Mpls.

She follows Taylor Swift, who performed for the live broadcast last year in Houston.
At 26, he's already played architect to 3 Super Bowls
November 27

At 26, he's already played architect to 3 Super Bowls

Kyle Chank’s days begin with a brisk walk across downtown from his Loring Park home to his cramped office on the 12th floor of the U.S. Bank Building.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee vice president has a window but barely enough space for his own desk and chair. Bringing in a couple of visitors means maneuvering around the door and the some metal shelving.  Read more

21 Minnesota music acts to book for big-bucks Super Bowl parties
SUPER BOWL LII
November 25

21 Minnesota music acts to book for big-bucks Super Bowl parties

It’s looking distinctly possible that the hometown team might find its way into U.S. Bank Stadium when Super Bowl LII takes over Minneapolis on Feb. 4. Trust us, though, the hometown music scene knows how to deliver a good kick when you need it and is a way more reliable bet.

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis certainly seemed aware of this when — after being confirmed as the producers of the free Super Bowl Live series on Nicollet Mall — announced their intentions of making the 10-night marathon of free outdoor concerts (Jan. 26 to Feb. 4) a mostly Minnesotan affair.  Read more

Tickets to Super Bowl media night event sell out in less than an hour
November 24

Tickets to Super Bowl media night event sell out in less than an hour

Tickets for Super Bowl Opening Night with the two championship teams were gobbled up faster than Thanksgiving dinner.

The $32 ducats went on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. online and were gone within an hour. An NFL spokeswoman said the sellout was the fastest in the history of the event.  Read more

Young Minnesota chefs picked to prepare Super Bowl treats next week in Snack Challenge
November 22

Young Minnesota chefs picked to prepare Super Bowl treats next week in Snack Challenge

Ten kids from around the state will prepare their healthy concoctions for local celebrity chefs in the finals of the Super Snack Challenge on Tuesday.

The so-called “All-Pro Chefs” were selected from 400 entrants. Their task was to share their favorite healthy game-day recipe. The kids, ages 8 to 15, came up with recipes such as Touchdown Taco Cups, Healthy Rainbow Towers, Señor Popeye’s Spanakopita and the multi-culture wonder of Touchdown Chinese Lefse Chicken Roll Ups.  Read more

Stadium light rail stop will close for two days leading up to Super Bowl
Local
November 21

Stadium light rail stop will close for two days leading up to Super Bowl

Light-rail transit riders in downtown Minneapolis will face an interruption in the 48 hours before Super Bowl LII next February.

Beginning late Feb. 2, a Friday, trains won’t stop at the U.S. Bank Stadium plaza because of tightening security for the Super Bowl on Sunday.  Read more

Activists promise week of 'resistance' in Twin Cities during Super Bowl
Local
November 17

Activists promise week of 'resistance' in Twin Cities during Super Bowl

In what could be the first showdown with city officials leading up to the Super Bowl, a dozen community activists gathered outside Minneapolis City Hall on Friday to demand action on police violence and other concerns they believe are being “swept under the rug” during the buildup to the game.

“It’s not right to whitewash Minnesota for all of those rich out-of-town visitors with their $4,000 tickets,” while ignoring the needs of the area’s homeless and working poor, said Loretta VanPelt, an organizer with Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar.  Read more

Met Council member questions exclusive LRT use by Super Bowl ticket holders
November 17

Met Council member questions exclusive LRT use by Super Bowl ticket holders

A member of the Metropolitan Council expressed concern Thursday regarding a decision to restrict light rail service on Super Bowl Sunday to just game ticket holders with a special Metro Transit pass.

Gary Cunningham, who has served on the regional planning body since 2011, wrote on Facebook that the “decision on how our public transit system would be used was not publicly vetted and agreed to” by the regional planning body.  Read more

Metro Transit: Free bus rides on LRT routes during Super Bowl
November 16

Metro Transit: Free bus rides on LRT routes during Super Bowl

Metro Transit on Wednesday said it will offer free rides for Blue and Green Line passengers who will be put on replacement buses on Super Bowl Sunday as portions of both light-rail lines will be restricted exclusively for fans heading to the game.

The announcement came after scores of riders raised concerns about the plan to use the Blue Line to shuttle fans with tickets and a  $30 light-rail “game-day pass” between Mall of America and U.S. Bank Stadium. Trains will not stop between the mall and the stadium.  Read more

November 16

Caribou Coffee roasts "Bold North Blend" for Minnesota Super Bowl

Caribou Coffee revealed its "Bold North" blend Thursday that will be served to 10,000 frigid volunteers, and sold in the company's Minnesota stores, leading up to the Super Bowl in February.  Read more

Some homeless will be moved outside of Super Bowl perimeter
November 15

Some homeless will be moved outside of Super Bowl perimeter

Dozens of people who use a homeless shelter near U.S. Bank Stadium will be moved to a new, temporary facility during Super Bowl week because of security concerns.

In a deal struck with churches and social service agencies, up to 60 people who normally would spend the night at First Covenant Church in downtown Minneapolis will be relocated six blocks away to a makeshift shelter at St. Olaf Catholic Church. The transition will occur the Thursday before the 2018 game and last through Super Bowl Sunday.  Read more

Super Bowl will limit light-rail use to ticket holders on game day
Local
November 15

Super Bowl will limit light-rail use to ticket holders on game day

If you’re headed to worship, work or play on Super Bowl Sunday, don’t count on taking a light-rail train to get there.

Blue Line trains between Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis will be restricted to those with tickets to the game at U.S. Bank Stadium and a $30 light-rail “game-day pass.”  Read more

Jimmy Fallon to host 'Tonight Show' live from Orpheum after Super Bowl
Variety
November 15

Jimmy Fallon to host 'Tonight Show' live from Orpheum after Super Bowl

“We are going to the Super Bowl!” crowed “Tonight Show” star Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night.

Fallon will present a live telecast Sunday, Feb. 4 from the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, just a few blocks away from the home of the Big Game.  Read more

Officials push transit, Uber in planning for Super Bowl week
November 14

Officials push transit, Uber in planning for Super Bowl week

Seeking to quash concerns about Super Bowl traffic jams, event organizers presented their plans for road closures and transit adjustments on Monday, more than two months before the game.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Metro Transit and the city of Minneapolis released the “Know Before You Go” trove of road closings, increased transit options, parking spaces and traffic routes available online at mnsuperbowl.com/transportation.  Read more

Purple army deploys as 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers hold rally
November 13

Purple army deploys as 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers hold rally

Most of the 10,000 volunteers for Super Bowl LII joyfully raised their thundersticks and new “Bold North” purple mittens at a pep rally-orientation Sunday for the first collective jolt of excitement they’re expected to provide to visitors during the 10-day event.

The vast majority of the volunteers showed up to the 4 p.m. event at Xcel Energy Center in their Minnesota Vikings purple jerseys, fresh from watching the hometown team’s road win in Washington, D.C.  Read more

Super Bowl planner reshapes VIP party scene in Minnesota
November 12

Super Bowl planner reshapes VIP party scene in Minnesota

He walked into the old Minneapolis Armory when it still had holes in the roof and “pigeon crap everywhere” and thought it the perfect place to host some of his pre-eminent, high-dollar Super Bowl parties. He drove a half-hour out of Minneapolis to Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, looked at a parking lot and decided it would make a great location for more “white-glove” VIP events around the big game.

Jack Murphy followed similar audacious hunches to reshape the party scene around recent Super Bowls in Houston and San Francisco, where he brought big-name performers Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and the Dave Matthews Band to “pop-up venues” with partners such as DirecTV and Pepsi.  Read more

Super Bowl host committee raises $50M; street closures planned
November 10

Super Bowl host committee raises $50M; street closures planned

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee has already raised $50 million three months before the game.

The money chase will continue, but it is at significantly more than the $30 million figure the committee told the Star Tribune at last year’s Super Bowl events in Houston.  Read more

Expect rooftop snipers, restricted access and lots of security for Super Bowl
November 8

Expect rooftop snipers, restricted access and lots of security for Super Bowl

At his shiny new bar across the street from U.S. Bank Stadium, Erik Forsberg has been hoping for a windfall from Super Bowl LII.

He invested heavily to convert the aged former Hubert’s bar into Erik the Red, which opened soon after the new $1.1 billion stadium last year. For the Vikings’ season, Forsberg puts up a tent on the parking lot to accommodate gameday crowds. He’s busy then, but events leading up to Feb. 4, 2018, were to be the big payoff.  Read more

ESPN chooses IDS Crystal Court for Super Bowl week set
November 7

ESPN chooses IDS Crystal Court for Super Bowl week set

One can only imagine what Mr. Grant would have to say about Randy Moss walking in the footsteps of seminal television star Mary Tyler Moore.

The retired Vikings wide receiver will do just that in the days leading up to Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.  Read more

Ice castle fans, rejoice: Frozen creation returning to Stillwater
November 4

Ice castle fans, rejoice: Frozen creation returning to Stillwater

There will be no Super Bowl edition St. Paul Winter Carnival ice palace rising this winter on Harriet Island. But fans of frozen castles need not be dismayed. For the second year in a row, downtown Stillwater’s Lowell Park will be home to a giant, LED-illuminated, icicle-shrouded ice castle.

The folks running Utah-based Ice Castles LLC certainly wouldn’t mind adding Super Bowl fans to their tens of thousands of anticipated visitors.  Read more

U.S. Bank Stadium authority, legislators agree on need for more oversight of building's operator
November 1

U.S. Bank Stadium authority, legislators agree on need for more oversight of building's operator

The public overseers of U.S. Bank Stadium and a key legislative panel agreed Wednesday on the need for greater control of management and security contracts in the 15-month-old building.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) Chairman Mike Vekich and Executive Director Rick Evans said they’re working on enhanced accountability over third-party operators, notably the building’s security providers who were hired by SMG, the building’s operator.  Read more

Tevlin: Strip clubs love football, especially the Super Bowl
Local
November 1

Tevlin: Strip clubs love football, especially the Super Bowl

Last week the Super Bowl Host Committee inadvertently recommended an area “gentleman’s club” — a strip club — on a list of suggested minority- and women-owned enterprises through their NFL Business Connect program. And the nation snickered.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal first caught the free endorsement of the topless joint by the committee, which was apparently unaware that Kladek Inc., owned by Debra Kalsbeck, was a strip club. In fact, a public relations specialist for the Super Bowl seemed quite taken aback by the news.  Read more

With Super Bowl rooms in short supply, private home rentals rise
October 30

With Super Bowl rooms in short supply, private home rentals rise

The 2018 Super Bowl is still four months away, but Fred Yekaldo’s loft-style condo is just two short blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium, so he’s already hired a broker to help find someone to rent it.

On Monday, his brick-and-timber condo will hit the market for $10,000 a night for the week before the Feb. 4 game. “If someone wants to paint the walls purple, we’ll negotiate the price,” Yekaldo said. “But if I only rent it for one day and make $5,000, I’ll consider that a windfall.”  Read more

Prince tribute, and maybe Janet Jackson, in works for Super Bowl Live series
Variety
October 27

Prince tribute, and maybe Janet Jackson, in works for Super Bowl Live series

The Super Bowl Host Committee began making good on delivering big-time fun Friday as their producers of free concerts on Nicollet Mall, pop hitmakers Jimmy “Jam” Harris and Terry Lewis, promised a heavily Minnesota-themed lineup — which to them could include NFL outcast Janet Jackson, and definitely will include a Prince tribute.  Read more

Jam, Lewis to come home, bringing top talent to free Super Bowl concerts
October 27

Jam, Lewis to come home, bringing top talent to free Super Bowl concerts

Minnesota pop-music mega producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis return home Friday to announce they will be curating the free concerts for the 10-day Super Bowl Live festival on Nicollet Mall in 2018.

Jam and Lewis are scheduled to stand next to a 750-pound “LII” ice sculpture in the IDS Center’s Crystal Court on Friday to kick off the 100-day countdown with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee.  Read more

New campaigns launching in Minnesota to curb sex trafficking ahead of the Super Bowl
October 26

New campaigns launching in Minnesota to curb sex trafficking ahead of the Super Bowl

Campaigns to battle sex trafficking are launching this week and next, partly in hopes of leveraging the extra attention that will accompany an estimated 1 million visitors to the state for the Super Bowl this winter.

A PSA campaign, the “Don’t Buy It” project, is the first public awareness campaign of its kind in Minnesota. The campaign, by Duluth-based Men As Peacemakers, includes TV ads, billboards and bus station ads in Duluth and the Twin Cities telling men not to buy sex or believe misconceptions about women in prostitution.  Read more

Super Bowl committee embarrassed for recommending strip club
Local
October 25

Super Bowl committee embarrassed for recommending strip club

An unintended endorsement of a strip club became an embarrassing moment for the ordinarily buttoned-up Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee.

King of Diamonds, a "gentleman's club" in Inver Grove Heights, landed on the list of suggested minority and women-owned contractors in the NFL Business Connect program.  Read more

Timberlake to play Super Bowl halftime show at U.S. Bank Stadium
October 23

Timberlake to play Super Bowl halftime show at U.S. Bank Stadium

Justin Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl LII halftime show for the big game taking place in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, it was announced on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

“I want to put together a performance that unifies,” Timberlake said Sunday in a brief interview. The star pledged to get people dancing.  Read more

MSP spiffing up its carpeting, hopes to avoid Portland turf battle
Local
October 20

MSP spiffing up its carpeting, hopes to avoid Portland turf battle

Of the 41 million travelers and workers who trudge through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport every year, few will likely remember the unassuming carpet that snakes through its concourses and terminals, protecting foot and floor alike.

This turf takes a beating, and it shows.  Read more

Free Super Bowl tickets for Minneapolis youth team kick off nationwide giveaway
October 19

Free Super Bowl tickets for Minneapolis youth team kick off nationwide giveaway

The kids who play football for the Phelps Falcons don’t have anywhere near the cash to buy Super Bowl tickets. But the entire team — coaches included — are going to the big game as guests of the National Football League.

The surprise gift, announced at last weekend’s Vikings-Green Bay Packers game, kicked off a larger giveaway announced by the NFL Thursday.  Read more

Comedian Kevin Hart will perform in Minneapolis during Super Bowl weekend
October 16

Comedian Kevin Hart will perform in Minneapolis during Super Bowl weekend

NFL execs reveal official 'Bold North' branding for Super Bowl
Northern Lights: NFL releases official brand renderings for Super Bowl
October 13

NFL execs reveal official 'Bold North' branding for Super Bowl

NFL executives in town this week for Super Bowl planning showed off the league's official branding for the 10-day festival starting in January.

No surprise the league's creations tie to the "Bold North" theme that has been the signature of the event since the state won its bid to host at owner meetings in May 2014.  Read more

Tiny Nicollet Mall crepe shop to reopen after hearing Super Bowl pitch
October 13

Tiny Nicollet Mall crepe shop to reopen after hearing Super Bowl pitch

When La Belle Crepe owner Alan Lenne abruptly closed his tiny Nicollet Mall restaurant earlier this month, he placed the blame squarely on the seemingly endless Nicollet Mall reconstruction, and what he saw as the city’s unhelpful attitude toward his struggling business.  Read more

Thanks but no thanks: 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers selected from 30,000 applicants
October 12

Thanks but no thanks: 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers selected from 30,000 applicants

The chosen ones for the 2018 Super Bowl Crew 52 received notice Thursday.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee chose more than 10,000 volunteers from the 30,000 who applied online beginning in August. Of those, roughly 15,000 prospective volunteers showed up for in-person interviews at the headquarters in City Center on Nicollet Mall.  Read more