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'a million' super bowl visitors estimate includes many minnesotans


super bowl planners have touted that “more than a million visitors” will be in town for the big game in less than two weeks. but most of them aren’t who you think.the actual horde expected to descend on the twin cities from outside the state is closer to 125,000, according to estimates from pennsylvania-based rockport analytics, which is working with the super bowl host committee. the “million” figure is meant to gauge attendees of super bowl-related events, many of whom will be minnesotans.“that million figure really references a million people that are going to be in the twin cities spending resources, enjoying super bowl activities, and reflects the energy that we’re going to see in the twin cities during the 10 days,” said michael howard, a spokesman for the host committee.the game its






minnesotans get applications in fast to volunteer for 2018 super bowl


minnesotans showed early interest in being part of super bowl 52 next february by submitting 3,727 applications to volunteer in just a few hours wednesday.the minnesota super bowl host committee needs 10,000 volunteers for the event. jobs range from interviewing and training other volunteers to greeting visitors at the airport and standing on street corners to give directions and advice.the online portal to apply to be on "crew 52" opened at 10 a.m. on wednesday. the 3,727 tally reflects the number of applications submitted at 4 p.m.host committee spokeswoman andrea mokros anticipated more would apply after work in the evening. "minnesota's enthusiasm is already on display," she said.the magic number of enlisted volunteers is actually 13,000 to account for a standard dropout rate of 30 per






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 3,727 applications to volunteer in just a few hours wednesday.the minnesota super bowl host committee needs 10,000 volunteers for the event. jobs range from interviewing and training other volunteers to greeting visitors at the airport and standing on street corners to give directions and advice.the online portal to apply to be on "crew 52" opened at 10 a.m. on wednesday. the 3,727 tally reflects the number of applications submitted at 4 p.m.host committee spokeswoman andrea mokros anticipated more would apply after work in the evening. "minnesota's enthusiasm is already on display," she said.the magic number of enlisted volunteers is actually 13,000 to account for a standard dropout rate of 30 pe






super bowl li's social media numbers disappoint


why it matters to you super bowl li was one of the most watched super bowl games of all time and attracted millions of social media posts but less than recent games.last night, lady gaga danced around with drones overhead, and tom brady cemented himself as the greatest quarterback ever, making history. yet less people showed interest in super bowl li on facebook and twitter than they had the two previous years.for last night’s contest between the atlanta falcons and the new england patriots, 44.833 million people on facebook sent 175 million posts, according to data released by nielsen social. those totals are down from the 60 million people who sent 200 million posts on facebook for last year’s super bowl matchup between peyton manning’s denver broncos and newton’s carolina panthers. and






snooze you lose: super bowl zipline sells out all 10,000 slots


some may believe riding a zipline across the mississippi river in mid-winter in minneapolis is a bad idea.minnesotans, apparently, are not among them.the super bowl host committee reopened the"bold north zipline" presale portal at 10 a.m. wednesday. it was first-come, first-served for the 6,000 reserved slots to ride during the festivities.ya snoozed, ya lost. the $30-a-pop rides sold out in less than an hour, according to organizers.the committee had already sold 4,000 rides during the first round of reservations last month. initially, the plan was to allow for walk-up riders to fill out the remaining slots.super bowl host spokeswoman andrea mokros said the organizers shifted to a reservation-only plan so visitors could plan.the zipline will be connected to super bowl live on nicollet mal






nielsen's top programs for jan. 30-feb. 5


new york — prime-time viewership numbers compiled by nielsen for jan. 30-feb. 5. listings include the week's ranking and viewership.1. super bowl: new england vs. atlanta, fox, 111.32 million viewers.2. "super bowl post game," fox, 61.08 million.3. "the big bang theory," cbs, 14.66 million.4. "superior donuts," cbs, 10.54 million.5. "blue bloods," cbs, 10.13 million.6. "hawaii five-o," cbs, 9.81 million.7. "mom," cbs, 8.71 million.8. "grey's anatomy," abc, 8.5 million.9. "the big bang theory" (monday, 8 p.m.), cbs, 8.44 million.10. "criminal minds," cbs, 7.46 million.11. "macgyver," cbs, 7.43 million.12. "the bachelor," abc, 7.25 million.13. "code black," cbs, 6.8 million.14. "the o'reilly factor" (tuesday), fox news, 6.76 million.15. "life in pieces," cbs, 6.63 million.16. "last man stand






super bowl li's social media numbers disappoint


why it matters to you super bowl li was one of the most watched super bowl games of all time and attracted millions of social media posts but less than recent games.*update 2-8-17 3:25 pm et by keith nelson jr: added additional information on how nielsen and facebook count social media activity for super bowl li and facebook’s differing numbers regarding super bowl li*last night, lady gaga danced around with drones overhead, and tom brady cemented himself as the greatest quarterback ever, making history. yet less people showed interest in super bowl li on facebook and twitter than they had the two previous years.for last night’s contest between the atlanta falcons and the new england patriots, 44.833 million people on facebook sent 175 million posts, according to data released by nielsen






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.like many local minnesota organizations, u.s. bank will take advantage of the super bowl being played in its hometown to connect with the 1 million people who are expected to visit the twin cities and the millions more who tune in to watch the game feb. 4."we anticipate we are going to get more awareness and attention than we ever have before," said beth mcdonnell, u.s. bank's senior vice president and chief marketing officer.u.s. bank, the nation's fifth largest b






as super bowl approaches, worries grow about downtown minneapolis parking


it seems pretty obvious once you do the math. minneapolis officials estimate the downtown area has 375,000 vehicle trips on an average weekday when the super bowl isn’t in town. add to that number the 1-million plus visits expected at nfl-themed events around town in the 10 days leading up to the game, and parking may become something of an issue.but local officials say there’s no need for worry. many people, they figure, will rely on public transportation or use a ride-sharing app like uber and lyft.and with thousands of car spaces downtown, there should be enough parking to go around, officials say.still, any time you crowd that many people into a cramped urban area, some motorists are likely to get squeezed out, said steve cramer, president and ceo of the minneapolis downtown council.“i






as super bowl approaches, worries grow about downtown minneapolis parking


it seems pretty obvious once you do the math. minneapolis officials estimate the downtown area has 375,000 vehicle trips on an average weekday when the super bowl isn’t in town. add to that number the 1-million plus visits expected at nfl-themed events around town in the 10 days leading up to the game, and parking may become something of an issue.but local officials say there’s no need for worry. many people, they figure, will rely on public transportation or use a ride-sharing app like uber and lyft.and with thousands of car spaces downtown, there should be enough parking to go around, officials say.still, any time you crowd that many people into a cramped urban area, some motorists are likely to get squeezed out, said steve cramer, president and ceo of the minneapolis downtown council.“i






as super bowl nears, worries grow about downtown mpls. parking


it seems pretty obvious once you do the math. minneapolis officials estimate the downtown area has 375,000 vehicle trips on an average weekday when the super bowl isn’t in town. add to that number the 1-million plus visits expected at nfl-themed events around town in the 10 days leading up to the game, and parking may become something of an issue.but local officials say there’s no need for worry. many people, they figure, will rely on public transportation or use a ride-sharing app like uber and lyft.and with thousands of car spaces downtown, there should be enough parking to go around, officials say.still, any time you crowd that many people into a cramped urban area, some motorists are likely to get squeezed out, said steve cramer, president and ceo of the minneapolis downtown council.“i






super bowl: vikings would be right at home on the road


if minnesota advances to the super bowl, the vikings would be the first to play on their field in the big game. they'd also officially be the visitors.        






nbc says super bowl commercials are nearly sold out, topping $5 million per 30-s


the troubles facing the nfl over the past season — such as national anthem protests, injuries and declining tv ratings — have not deterred advertising demand for nbc’s feb. 4 telecast of super bowl lii.dan lovinger, executive vice president of advertising sales for nbc sports, said on a conference call thursday that the network expects to take in $500 million in ad revenue on super bowl sunday, about the same as last year’s event.the figure, which includes pregame festivities, the contest itself, postgame, and a special airing of the hit nbc drama series “this is us,” is roughly equivalent to what the network takes in from its daily morning program “today” over an entire year.lovinger said there were fewer than 10 spots available in the super bowl lii. he said the average price was “north






super bowl lii: the 'super' extends well beyond the game in minnesota


in just over two months the eyes of the world will focus on minnesota as we host one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, the super bowl. we are confident in our state’s ability to welcome the world to the bold north and create a memorable, world-class event.minnesota’s opportunity to host super bowl lii is about so much more than a football game. this is an unprecedented opportunity for the bold north to shine, and all of minnesota is benefiting from the exposure, the investment in a statewide legacy and the positive economic impact — along with memories for a lifetime.super bowl events are not just for gamegoers. they are for residents and visitors alike. we are hosting a 10-day festival, including our free and open-to-the-public super bowl live presented by verizon. for 10






super bowl volunteers turn out to ready minn. hospitality


minnesotans can lay justified claim to being above average in yet another category: showing up to stand outdoors in january and february without being paid for it.super bowl host committee organizers are midway through the final week of orientation sessions for 10,000 volunteers. for each 90-minute session, 245 volunteers signed up to learn the rules, get public safety training and pick up their bright blue super bowl uniforms.what’s unusual is the rate at which they’re showing up. standard attrition for volunteer efforts is about 30 percent, volunteer director elle kehoe said. attrition for “crew 52” is no higher than 5 percent, meaning 95 percent of those who signed up are showing up. at the super bowl in san francisco, kehoe said the drop-off was 40 percent.“everyone’s just really excit






super bowl volunteers turn out to ready minnesota hospitality


minnesotans can lay justified claim to being above average in yet another category: showing up to stand outdoors in january and february without being paid for it.super bowl host committee organizers are midway through the final week of orientation sessions for 10,000 volunteers. for each 90-minute session, 245 volunteers signed up to learn the rules, get public safety training and pick up their bright blue super bowl uniforms.what’s unusual is the rate at which they’re showing up. standard attrition for volunteer efforts is about 30 percent, volunteer director elle kehoe said. attrition for “crew 52” is no higher than 5 percent, meaning 95 percent of those who signed up are showing up. at the super bowl in san francisco, kehoe said the drop-off was 40 percent.“everyone’s just really excit






moa stabbings move super bowl press conference to u.s. bank stadium


the stabbings at the mall of america on sunday compelled super bowl lii planners to move a milestone news conference to u.s. bank stadium on monday.the “know before you go” plan, more than a year in the making, is a coordinated effort to help minnesotans and visitors make transit plans for getting around town during the 10-day event from jan. 26 through the game feb. 4. the plan includes suggestions and routes for transit, parking and driving.among those scheduled to answer questions are kyle chank, vice president of operations for the minnesota super bowl host committee, jon wertjes, minneapolis director of traffic and parking services and brian lamb, general manager at metro transit.plans for street closings around the stadium, nicollet mall and the minneapolis convention center were rel






super 'sota: focus turns north as houston hands off to minnesota's host committe


houston — your turn, minnesota.the ceremonial handoff of the super bowl ball from 2017 host city houston to minnesota occurred at 8 a.m. monday at a news conference featuring a pastiche of videos submitted by minnesotans from the northern to southern borders.super bowl host committee ceo maureen bausch is leading the minnesota effort along with minnesota vikings owner mark wilf and u.s. bank chief richard davis.in super bowl parlance, minnesotans are on the clock for the game feb. 4, 2018, at u.s. bank stadium. the minnesota super bowl host committee already has been in gear behind the scenes, raising at least $30 million to put on the event, building a staff and critical relationships with corporate sponsors, public safety officials, and convention bureaus from minneapolis, st. paul and b






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.“we’ve talked to them about being involved,” ice castles ceo ryan davis said of conversations with the minneapolis super bowl host committee. “i guess i can say that’s still in process.”whether the castle along the banks of the st. croix river becomes a super bowl-related attraction matters less to enthused city officials and downtown businesspeople than that it






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.“we’ve talked to them about being involved,” ice castles ceo ryan davis said of conversations with the minneapolis super bowl host committee. “i guess i can say that’s still in process.”whether the castle along the banks of the st. croix river becomes a super bowl-related attraction matters less to enthused city officials and downtown businesspeople than that it






minneapolis asks for national guard help during 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.”a police spokeswoman referred questions to the city, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment tuesday afternoon.the super bowl host committee, which has raised $50 million to cover






minneapolis officials ask for national guard help during 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.”a police spokeswoman referred questions to the city, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment tuesday afternoon.the super bowl host committee, which has raised $50 million to cover






super bowl 52 planners want you


super bowl 52 planners need more of you to volunteer.planners are looking for enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing types who can direct visitors to light-rail stops, the nearest lake, mall of america or walleye sandwich.the magic number is 10,000 volunteers to put on the event. planners say they quickly surpassed that mark, but they're still recruiting and will make another public push when the minnesota vikings head to training camp.leading the public effort is retired viking chad greenway. he's recorded a series of "bold school tips" for volunteers. "this is not the job for armchair quarterbacks. we need go-getters," greenway tells would-be members of "crew 52." see below:https://vimeo.com/dontblinkmpls/review/221799954/c681b84782super bowl host committee spokeswoman andrea mokros said the p






breaking down the super bowl host cities


super bowl host citiesminneapolis last played host to a super bowl after the 1991 season. the vikings finished 8-8 that year and left the winter weather behind for the washington redskins and buffalo bills to deal with in super bowl xxvi. the game returns for super bowl lii after 26 years, making minneapolis the second northern city to host the event multiple times.south florida 10new orleans 10los angeles 7tampa bay 4san diego 3arizona 3houston 3 *atlanta 2detroit 2indianapolis 1jacksonville 1minneapolis 1new york/n.j. 1arlington, texas 1stanford 1san francisco 1* 2016-2017 season super bowlupcoming host cities:2018: super bowl lii, minneapolis2019: super bowl liii, atlanta2020: super bowl liv, miami2021: super bowl lv, inglewood, calif.






minneapolis will be reimbursed almost $5 million for super bowl services, public


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.before u.s. bank stadium in minneapolis was chosen by the national football league to play host to the 2018 super bowl, there was an agreement that the super bowl host committee would raise private money to cover the public costs of hosting the game and the festivities leading up to it. the $4.9 million covers the costs that are beyond typical daily services.“the events requir






minneapolis will be reimbursed almost $5 million for super bowl services, public


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.before u.s. bank stadium in minneapolis was chosen by the national football league to play host to the 2018 super bowl, there was an agreement that the super bowl host committee would raise private money to cover the public costs of hosting the game and the festivities leading up to it. the $4.9 million covers the costs that are beyond typical daily services.“the events requir






breaking down the super bowl host cities


super bowl host citiesminneapolis last played host to a super bowl after the 1991 season. the vikings finished 8-8 that year and left the winter weather behind for the washington redskins and buffalo bills to deal with in super bowl xxvi. the game returns for super bowl lii after 26 years, making minneapolis the second northern city to host the event multiple times.south florida 10new orleans 10los angeles 7tampa 4san diego 3arizona 3houston 3 *atlanta 2detroit 2indianapolis 1jacksonville 1minneapolis 1new york/n.j. 1arlington, texas 1stanford, calif. 1san francisco 1* 2016-17 season super bowlupcoming host cities:2018: super bowl lii, minneapolis2019: super bowl liii, atlanta2020: super bowl liv, miami2021: super bowl lv, inglewood, calif.






minneapolis will be reimbursed almost $5 million for super bowl services, public


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.before u.s. bank stadium in minneapolis was chosen by the national football league to play host to the 2018 super bowl, there was an agreement that the super bowl host committee would raise private money to cover the public costs of hosting the game and the festivities leading up to it. the $4.9 million covers the costs that are beyond typical daily services."the events requir






minneapolis will be reimbursed almost $5 million for super bowl services, public


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.before u.s. bank stadium in minneapolis was chosen by the national football league to play host to the 2018 super bowl, there was an agreement that the super bowl host committee would raise private money to cover the public costs of hosting the game and the festivities leading up to it. the $4.9 million covers the costs that are beyond typical daily services."the events requir






zipline reopens for reservations on wednesday; no more walk-ups


if you hesitated on purchasing a zipline ride during super bowl week, all is not lost.at 10 a.m. on wednesday, super bowl organizers will reopen the reservation pre-sale portal. walk-up riding will no longer be an option. to fly on one of the four lines across the mississippi river during super bowl live, a pre-paid $30 reservation is needed.super bowl planners decided the reservation system would help visitors plan and avoid long lines in unpredictable weather conditions.an estimated 10,000 thrill-seekers will have a once-in-a-liftime chance to fly above the mighty mississippi and apparently people aren't concerned about the weather. more than 4,000 riders purchased tickets in 72 hours during the first round of sales last month.the zipline will run from the evening of jan. 26, which is th






push is on wednesday 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.super bowl volunteers don’t have the marquee power of a world famous halftime show or glitzy party, but they are the backbone of the event projected to draw 125,000 out-of-towners and bring in more than $400 million to the metro economy.host committee volunteer director elle (pronounced like ellie) kehoe is in charge of the effort that puts volunteers at airports, street corners, concerts and parties. during super bowl week, volunteers are everywhere. at the recent super bowl in houston, they all wore the same red-and-white uniforms. some carried sig






it's game on wednesday 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.super bowl volunteers don’t have the marquee power of a world famous halftime show or glitzy party, but they are the backbone of the event projected to draw 125,000 out-of-towners and bring in more than $400 million to the metro economy.host committee volunteer director elle (pronounced like ellie) kehoe is in charge of the effort that puts volunteers at airports, street corners, concerts and parties. during super bowl week, volunteers are everywhere. at the recent super bowl in houston, they all wore the same red-and-white uniforms. some carried si






push is on wednesday 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.super bowl volunteers don’t have the marquee power of a world famous halftime show or glitzy party, but they are the backbone of the event projected to draw 125,000 out-of-towners and bring in more than $400 million to the metro economy.host committee volunteer director elle (pronounced like ellie) kehoe is in charge of the effort that puts volunteers at airports, street corners, concerts and parties. during super bowl week, volunteers are everywhere. at the recent super bowl in houston, they all wore the same red-and-white uniforms. some carried si






minneapolis panel approves $5 million reimbursement agreement for super bowl


minneapolis will receive more than $5 million for the city's costs of putting on the 2018 super bowl if the full council agrees with a committee's endorsement of the proposal."we certainly want a world-class event," city council ways and means chairman john quincy said before a unanimous endorsement of the proposed agreement. the city also wants to make sure "our guests are safe."the entire council will be asked on friday to approve the deal worked out by the city coordinator spencer cronk's office, major events consultant patrick born, a former well-regarded chief financial officer for the city, and the super bowl host committee. born, along with city events coordinator brittany allen, asked city departments to estimate their extra costs — beyond the usual daily business — of the 10 days






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.super bowl volunteers don’t have the marquee power of a world famous halftime show or glitzy party, but they are the backbone of the event projected to draw 125,000 out-of-towners and bring in more than $400 million to the metro economy.host committee volunteer director elle (pronounced like ellie) kehoe is in charge of the effort that puts volunteers at airports, street corners, concerts and parties. during super bowl week, volunteers are everywhere. at the recent super bowl in houston, they all wore the same red-and-white uniforms. some carried si






super bowl serves at peacemaker between uber and houston


houston — anybody using uber in houston during super bowl week can thank the big game for their ride.uber had threatened to leave houston ahead of the super bowl, insisting various city regulations, including fingerprint background checks of drivers, were too burdensome and prevented drivers from working.houston officials and uber reached a compromise in november that kept the popular app-based ride-hailing service in the city.but the dispute highlights the ongoing debate many cities across the country have had with uber over how to balance sufficient regulation and public safety.city and super bowl officials say they're relieved uber will be one of transportation choices that will help shuttle many of the more than 1 million people expected to take part in super bowl related activities in






minnesotans could face big state tax hikes after federal changes


the federal tax overhaul passed late last year could mean a hefty state tax increase for minnesotans, according to a new estimate from state government.if minnesota simply adopts the same changes to the state tax code that congress passed, state government would collect an additional $813 million next fiscal year, and $1.49 billion during the two years after that, according to an estimate circulated monday by the state dept. of revenue.minnesota is one of a few states that base state taxes on an income figure plucked from the federal filing called “federal taxable income,” which then becomes the starting point for determining minnesotans’ taxable income.the loss of personal and dependent exemptions in the new federal law would increase federal taxable income for many minnesotans, and, thus






steven cook malia disappearance: remains found near last sighting spot


image copyrightwww.findstevencook.co.ukimage caption steven cook went missing during a holiday to malia 12 years ago human remains have been found on a greek island where a british tourist went missing 12 years ago.steven cook, 20, from sandbach, cheshire, was last seen in 2005 outside a pub in malia asking for directions.according to reports, a human skeleton was found near the area of the last reported sighting, along with a disposable camera and belt.cheshire constabulary said it was aware of the discovery and was liaising with greek authorities.the family of mr cook has also been informed, police added.see more stories from across stoke and staffordshire heredet insp gary mcintyre said: "at this early stage, the remains have been removed and will be examined in greece to determine whet