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Super Bowl group quietly plans sex trafficking prevention efforts
April 26

Super Bowl group quietly plans sex trafficking prevention efforts

With less than a year to go before the Super Bowl is played in Minneapolis, a group of local leaders is quietly meeting to map out strategies to combat sex trafficking before and after the big game.

The committee, led by Hennepin and Ramsey counties and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, includes some 40 public and private sector leaders and has been meeting since September.  Read more

Minneapolis will be reimbursed almost $5 million for Super Bowl services, public safety, facilities
April 21

Minneapolis will be reimbursed almost $5 million for Super Bowl services, public safety, facilities

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee expects to reimburse Minneapolis at least $4.9 million for the extra cost of providing public safety, facilities, parking and traffic management for the 10-day event beginning next January, according to a proposed contract released Thursday.

The biggest anticipated cost is $3.1 million for police. Next is public works at $725,000, an early estimated cost that is expected to grow.  Read more

Volunteers still needed for 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis
Volunteers still needed for 2018 Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium
April 14

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.  Read more

Super Bowl hosts share the wealth statewide
March 27

Super Bowl hosts share the wealth statewide

The Super Bowl LII party kicked off early in Worthington, Minn.

Former Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson arrived in town Tuesday to run students through a few practice drills and to distribute $60,000 in grants to youth recreation and nutrition programs. It's part of "52 Weeks of Giving" by Minnesota's Super Bowl Host Committee, which is crisscrossing the state all year, distributing grants leading up to America's 52nd Super Bowl next February in Minneapolis.  Read more

Minnesotans get applications in fast to volunteer for 2018 Super Bowl
March 15

Minnesotans get applications in fast to volunteer for 2018 Super Bowl

Minnesotans showed early interest in being part of Super Bowl LII next February by submitting 4,470 applications to volunteer in just a few hours Wednesday.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee needs 10,000 volunteers for the event.  Read more

It's game on today in search for 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers
March 15

It's game on today in search for 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers

Minnesotans who aren’t Hall of Fame quarterbacks can still make a play to get in the action for the 2018 Super Bowl.

The Minnesota Host Committee needs 10,000 volunteers to run the event, and the process starts Wednesday with online applications.  Read more

Metro Transit sent reps to Houston for Bowl intelligence
February 13

Metro Transit sent reps to Houston for Bowl intelligence

Metro Transit sent 12 people to Houston this month to research how transit operated amid the Super Bowl at NRG Stadium and festivities leading up to the big game.

The price tag was $22,881 — $10,852 of which was paid by the Department of Homeland Security. The remainder of $12,029 was covered by Metro Transit's operating budget, according to spokesman Howie Padilla, who attended.  Read more

Focus turns north as Houston hands off to Minnesota's host committee
February 6

Focus turns north as Houston hands off to Minnesota's host committee

HOUSTON – Your turn, Minnesota.

As the ceremonial handoff of the Super Bowl ball took place in Texas Monday, “Super Bowl 52” countdown clocks were unveiled on billboards in Minnesota. Bridges and buildings will glow blue and purple to evoke the Northern Lights. For state organizers, it’s show time.  Read more

Who will perform at 2018 Super Bowl? Our critic places his bets
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February 3

Who will perform at 2018 Super Bowl? Our critic places his bets

In one year, Super Bowl LII will kick off at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. It may be too early to predict which two teams will be playing in the big game, but it’s not too early to speculate on who will be the featured halftime entertainer. Here are some big names who haven’t done the Super Bowl gig — and the odds that they’ll land the coveted assignment.

Adele — Probably No. 1 on the NFL’s wish list, she’s an international superstar who would no doubt help TV ratings around the world. However, last summer she said that she’s not the singer to do the Super Bowl. “That show is not about music,” Adele said. “I can’t dance or anything like that.” Odds: 100-1.  Read more

For Minnesotans in Houston, there's plenty of homework
February 3

For Minnesotans in Houston, there's plenty of homework

HOUSTON – Dozens of Minnesotans have come to Houston this Super Bowl week, getting a last look at one of the world’s biggest events before it lands in the Twin Cities next year.

One is David Haselman, who as chief operating officer of Minnesota’s Super Bowl 2018 Host Committee is the logistical conductor of Minnesota’s hosting venues, traffic and backstage engineering. A year ago, at the big game in San Francisco, he was “wide-eyed … kind of like, ‘What on Earth?’ ” he said Thursday in the media lounge at the George R. Brown Convention Center. “There wasn’t so much of that this year.”  Read more