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Minneapolis wins Super Bowl 2018 bid Two teams, all the hype the NFL can muster, and tens of thousands of fans will descend on Minneapolis four years from now to compete and/or bask in the spectacle of Super Bowl LII.
In February in Minneapolis? Are they serious? "It's a chance for us to demonstrate how we celebrate winter," said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, the city's convention and visitors bureau. "It's a community that never slows down, that enjoys the outdoors four seasons. And we're in a position to share what we already know with the rest of the world."
Map: Top 5 coldest Super Bowls Speaking of the polar vortex ... The high temp in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2013 -- a date roughly analogous to the game coming to town in 2018 -- was a balmy 14 degrees.
Leave the swimsuit, pack the parka A letter to football fans from the state of Minnesota: February in Minnesota provides its own charms. Those do not normally include Hawaiian print shirts, however.
Looking back: Super Bowl in '92 was a massive effort The person in charge of coordinating all the logistics surrounding the 1992 Super Bowl in Minneapolis game was Paul Ridgeway, a prominent Twin Cities event organizer at the time. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him.
Photos: Baby eagles get a spring checkup Scientists from the National Park Service are conducting an eagle survey along the Mississippi River and elsewhere, collecting blood and feather samples from eaglets to measure contaminants the eaglets ingest from their prey.
Knowing its fans, WNBA plans LGBT marketing campaign The effort, which begins with the launch of a website Wednesday, includes having teams participate in local pride festivals and parades, working with advocacy groups to raise awareness of inclusion through grassroots events, and advertising with lesbian media.
Report: Security Hospital staff failed to protect patients A state investigation released Tuesday found that staff members at Minnesota Security Hospital failed to adequately supervise patients on the January evening that authorities say one patient assaulted and killed another in his cell.
Minneapolis population tops 400K, highest since the '70s The population of Minneapolis peaked in the 1950s, when it was well over 500,000. The number declined significantly after that and bottomed out at around 370,000 in the 1980s. The population has crept back slowly since then.
Minnetonka-based Carlson sells off TGI Fridays chain The chain got its start in 1965 when the first location opened in New York City. Carlson bought it in 1975 when there were only 12 restaurants. Now there are 900 restaurants in 60 countries with sales of $2.7 billion.
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Simply, it is Minnesota news on your schedule. The MPR News Update brings you up to speed with the state's top news, the best of our blogs and smart talk radio in the format that fits you best. Subscribe to Phil's podcast or read Hart's take on the best from mprnews.org.
Phil Picardi newscasts weekday mornings and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away. His duties include compiling, writing and delivering newscasts, sending out a morning news headlines text, and writing news banner headlines and news stories for air later in the day.
Hart is the morning online editor at MPR News. Previously, he wrote the newsroom blog at City Pages in Minneapolis; edited national news for Internet Broadcasting in St. Paul; was a photojournalist in Connecticut and on the Texas-Mexico border; and a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire.