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The Super Bowl in Minnesota in February? Indeed. Also, photos of baby eagles, and the money that makes McFadden

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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  • Artist's rendering of Vikings stadium.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.
  • Snow shovelingIn 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."
  • Snowy downtown BismarckMap: 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.
  • Blowing snowLeave 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.
  • Super Bowl XXVILooking 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.
  • EagletPhotos: 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.
  • Hottest April globally, while Minn. shivered
    Minnesota and the Upper Midwest were among the coolest spots on the planet last month. Temperatures in the Twin Cities ran -4.8 degrees vs. average last month.
  • TicksTough winter? Not for ticks
    The polar vortexes seem to have left Minnesota's ticks alive and kicking.
  • Rows of Target cartsTarget reports 16 percent drop in Q1 earnings
    The news comes a day after the retailer fired the president of its troubled Canadian operation and two weeks after the abrupt departure of its CEO.
  • Seimone Augustus, Jasmine ThomasKnowing 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.
  • Mike McFaddenTop Republicans: Money makes McFadden a strong Senate contender
    Some of the best-known Republicans in Minnesota are lined up behind Mike McFadden's U.S. Senate campaign, but not because he has a strong track record in elective office.
  • Charges: Parents raised red flags about St. Paul Schools custodian
    A former St. Paul school custodian already charged with looking under a bathroom stall at an 11-year-old boy is facing seven more sets of charges for sexually abusing and inappropriate behavior with children after new victims came forward.
  • Minnesota Security HospitalReport: 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 populationMinneapolis 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.
  • Court: Woman can be punished for fleeing abusive husband
    In a case that seemed to pit laws to protect domestic abuse victims against those designed to protect other drivers from drunks on the road, the Minnesota Supreme Court has sided with the latter.
  • 'Fargo' recap, episode 6: Carnage in the snowstorm
    Biblical-style restitution descends on Northern Minnesota, along with plenty of snow and something you won't believe.

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