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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






where to park downtown during super bowl week? commuters should plan now


downtown minneapolis has more than 65,000 parking spots, normally enough to accommodate most of the workers who drive to their job.that might not be the case during super bowl week, even for those who have contract parking, says jon wertjes, director of traffic and parking services for the city of minneapolis.private lots and ramps may lease out space for super bowl events, meaning fewer number of stalls will be available during the 10-day super bowl period starting jan. 26 to feb. 4.  super bowl lii will be played at u.s. bank stadium, home of the minnesota vikings."now's the time to plan your alternatives," wertjes said at a news conference to unveil "know before you go," the super bowl committee's metro area transportation plan. "ask questions now so you can plan your alternatives to ch






some minneapolis streets begin closing ahead of super bowl


minneapolis (ap) — with just over a month to go before the super bowl, some streets near u.s. bank stadium already are closing in downtown minneapolis.parts of chicago avenue, fifth street south and norm mcgrew place closed to traffic tuesday. those streets will remain closed until feb. 11, a week after the super bowl. minnesota public radio reports more closures will follow in two weeks, when nicollet mall closes for super bowl-related activities. eighth street on either side of the mall also will close later that week.streets around minneapolis convention center also will close the week before the super bowl to accommodate the super bowl experience, the nfl theme park that accompanies the championship every year.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.more street closur






downtown minneapolis employers brace for super bowl disruptions


with super bowl lii just around the corner, the traffic and parking nightmares that come along with hosting the country’s premier sporting event have some downtown minneapolis employers anxiously eyeing the calendar.insurance companies, banks, hospitals, law firms and other businesses are warning their employees to expect gridlock on the roads and mass-transit delays.leave your car at home and take the bus or light rail to work, workers are being advised — otherwise, give yourselves extra time for the daily commute. some are being given the option of working from home.above all, says jonathan weinhagen, many downtown workers are being told to avoid areas surrounding u.s. bank stadium before game day, if they can.“the 10 days leading up to the game will yield quite a bit of activity and dis






downtown minneapolis employers brace for super bowl disruptions


with super bowl lii just around the corner, the traffic and parking nightmares that come along with hosting the country's premier sporting event have some downtown minneapolis employers anxiously eyeing the calendar.insurance companies, banks, hospitals, law firms and other businesses are warning their employees to expect gridlock on the roads and mass-transit delays.leave your car at home and take the bus or light rail to work, workers are being advised — otherwise, give yourselves extra time for the daily commute. some are being given the option of working from home.above all, says jonathan weinhagen, many downtown workers are being told to avoid areas surrounding u.s. bank stadium before game day, if they can."the 10 days leading up to the game will yield quite a bit of activity and dis






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.






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






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






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






hcmc plans for downtown gridlock during super bowl


doctors and administrators at hennepin county medical center have planned and role-played any number of scenarios that could occur when the super bowl comes to neighboring u.s. bank stadium next month.but two real-life medical situations are unfolding that could have an impact on their ability to respond to the many thousands of football fans, visitors and partygoers who will descend on downtown minneapolis for the 10 days of festivities.the current cold snap and a growing influenza outbreak have created a surge of patients at hcmc and many other hospitals in the metro, filling general hospital beds and even many in intensive care.while the demand could abate, especially if subzero temperatures disappear, the number of flu cases is expected to continue to grow and might even peak as game d






minneapolis weighs expanded billboard zone near u.s. bank stadium, washington av


more billboards, some with moving images, could light up downtown minneapolis during the super bowl, creating revenue opportunities for media firms and property owners but raising the potential for visual pollution.the city is considering a zoning-code change that would expand the area where off-premise advertising signs could be erected. they are currently allowed on portions of hennepin avenue, target center and u.s. bank stadium. under the proposal, they would be allowed on parts of washington avenue and a wider area around u.s. bank stadium."we have a great opportunity with the super bowl and the final four and the city is growing and i think it is high time to update the billboards that we have downtown," said minneapolis city council member abdi warsame, who introduced the proposal.e






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.jennifer lopez is already booked for feb. 3, and imagine dragons will take the stage on feb. 1.general admission tickets for pink go on sale for $225 (plus fees) starting tuesday through ticketmaster.com.tickets are also on sale with different vip game ticket packages.about five weeks after the super bowl concert, pink comes back for a concert at the xcel energy center on march 12.after decades of deterioration, the historic armory is being remade into a hi-fi entertainment venue in time for the showcase game. capaci






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.jennifer lopez is already booked for feb. 3, and imagine dragons will take the stage on feb. 1.general admission tickets for pink go on sale for $225 (plus fees) starting tuesday through ticketmaster.com.tickets are also on sale with different vip game ticket packages.about five weeks after the super bowl concert, pink comes back for a concert at the xcel energy center on march 12.after decades of deterioration, the historic armory is being remade into a hi-fi entertainment venue in time for the showcase game. capacit






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.jennifer lopez is already booked for feb. 3, and imagine dragons will take the stage on feb. 1.general admission tickets for pink go on sale for $225 (plus fees) starting tuesday through ticketmaster.com.tickets are also on sale with different vip game ticket packages.about five weeks after the super bowl concert, pink comes back for a concert at the xcel energy center on march 12.after decades of deterioration, the historic armory is being remade into a hi-fi entertainment venue in time for the showcase game. capacit






signs of super bowl buildup are now showing in minneapolis


after a whirlwind of construction this summer in downtown minneapolis, more work has begun. only this time there’s a firm feb. 4 deadline.signs of the coming super bowl are starting to pop up around downtown, from u.s. bank stadium to nicollet mall.on monday, workers installed the first of what will be five miles of chain-link fencing on concrete slabs around u.s. bank stadium, part of a roughly 2½-block security perimeter that will be in place a few days before game day. the barricades measure about 12 feet tall and 3 feet thick at their base.more of the concrete barriers appeared along 7th street, and will eventually wrap around a block that includes first covenant church minneapolis and the erik the red bar.at the western edge of the commons park, which was temporarily fenced off, worke






signs of super bowl buildup are now showing in minneapolis


after a whirlwind of construction this summer in downtown minneapolis, more work has begun. only this time there’s a firm feb. 4 deadline.signs of the coming super bowl are starting to pop up around downtown, from u.s. bank stadium to nicollet mall.on monday, workers installed the first of what will be five miles of chain-link fencing on concrete slabs around u.s. bank stadium, part of a roughly 2½-block security perimeter that will be in place a few days before game day. the barricades measure about 12 feet tall and 3 feet thick at their base.more of the concrete barriers appeared along 7th street, and will eventually wrap around a block that includes first covenant church minneapolis and the erik the red bar.at the western edge of the commons park, which was temporarily fenced off, worke






signs of super bowl buildup are now showing in minneapolis


after a whirlwind of construction this summer in downtown minneapolis, more work has begun. only this time there’s a firm feb. 4 deadline.signs of the coming super bowl are starting to pop up around downtown, from u.s. bank stadium to nicollet mall.on monday, workers installed the first of what will be five miles of chain-link fencing on concrete slabs around u.s. bank stadium, part of a roughly 2½-block security perimeter that will be in place a few days before game day. the barricades measure about 12 feet tall and 3 feet thick at their base.more of the concrete barriers appeared along 7th street, and will eventually wrap around a block that includes first covenant church minneapolis and the erik the red bar.at the western edge of the commons park, which was temporarily fenced off, worke






super bowl execs swarm twin cities for most 'complex' event


the weather, the tight urban setting and the compact footprint of u.s. bank stadium make the 2018 super bowl the most complicated event in nfl history, the league's senior vice president for events peter o'reilly said tuesday.o'reilly was among a contingent from the nfl and its partners in downtown minneapolis for a week of meetings about the 10 days of events that begin in late january and culminate in the game on the night of sunday, feb. 4.it will be the nfl's 52nd super bowl, but only the sixth to be played in a cold weather city."this is as complex a super bowl as we've ever had to plan and lay out," he said. "we've got lots of opportunities to do things differently."while the minnesota super bowl host committee oversees logistics for more than 100 venues during the week, the super bo






super bowl host committee will pay back minneapolis $5 million for services


the minnesota super bowl lii host committee will reimburse the city of minneapolis nearly $5 million for additional city services, the city council voted on friday.according to a news release, the council voted to authorize city staff to enter into a funding agreement with the committee for the feb. 4, 2018, super bowl game at u.s. bank stadium.the host committee will reimburse the city for $4.89 million worth of services that goes "above and beyond what's normally included in department budgets," according to a news release.the agreement says the committee must pay back the city in three installments by jan. 15, 2018, the city said in a news release.the council also authorized the minneapolis police department to enter into a joint powers agreement with other law enforcement agencies to p






signs of super bowl buildup are now showing in minneapolis


after a whirlwind of construction this summer in downtown minneapolis, more work has begun. only this time there’s a firm feb. 4 deadline.signs of the coming super bowl are starting to pop up around downtown, from u.s. bank stadium to nicollet mall.on monday, workers installed the first of what will be five miles of chain-link fencing on concrete slabs around u.s. bank stadium, part of a roughly two-and-a-half block security perimeter that will be in place a few days before game day. the barricades measure about 12 feet tall and three feet thick at their base.more of the concrete barriers appeared along 7th street, and will eventually wrap around a block that includes first covenant church minneapolis and the erik the red bar.at the western edge of the commons park, which was temporarily f






light-rail transit will be limited to all but ticket-holders on super bowl sunda


if you're headed out 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 who have tickets to the big game at u.s. bank stadium and a $30 light-rail "gameday pass."green line trains will run normally between union depot in downtown st. paul and stadium village in minneapolis. west of stadium village, green line trains will carry only ticket holders to the stadium, and beyond to target field.ticket holders and the trains themselves will undergo security screenings at mall of america and a stadium village checkpoint, ride the trains without stopping to the football stadium and enter there without further screening.metro transit will operate station-to-






vikings given middling odds for super bowl, nfc titles to open nfl season


the vikings finished 8-8 last season and after all was said and moved around this offseason, they’re smack dab in the middle of one prominent oddsmaker’s favorites for the super bowl 52 winner in minneapolis.the preseason didn’t lift las vegas’ confidence in the vikings, who are still given 33-1 odds to win the super bowl, but fell to 16-1 to go to the super bowl as nfc champions (down from 14-1 in may), according to bovada.the packers (4-1), seahawks (5-1), falcons (6-1) and cowboys (13-2) are the favorites to win the nfc, which checks out at the star tribune if you read the blue-and-green tinted predictions of our staff.here are the super bowl odds you’ll get now at bovada:patriots: 13-4packers: 9-1raiders: 10-1steelers: 10-1falcons: 12-1seahawks: 12-1cowboys: 14-1giants: 16-1chiefs: 25-






mndot to modify downtown mpls. street to help super bowl traffic flow


changes are coming to a little-used street on the eastern edge of downtown minneapolis, and they could be a big help with traffic during the super bowl.curbs along a two-block segment of 13th avenue s. between 6th and 8th streets will be realigned to give motorists another way to access eastbound interstate 94.the work on 13th avenue started thursday and is expected to take until jan. 13.the minnesota department of transportation and the city of minneapolis are teaming up to make the changes to help motorists get out of downtown while street closures around u.s. bank stadium have the potential to choke traffic.from jan. 29 to feb. 5, eastbound 6th street will be closed between chicago avenue and 11th avenue s. during the closure, drivers will be shifted to 8th street. at 11th avenue, motor






nfl super bowl experience tickets go on sale tuesday for minneapolis event


tickets go on sale tuesday for the nfl’s super bowl experience that allows fans and future superstars to virtually “get under the helmet” and sample the sensation of gridiron greatness at the minneapolis convention center.the event is the nfl’s interactive theme park that dates back 25 years to the modest punt-pass-kick activity on nicollet mall during the super bowl in 1992 at the metrodome.activities range from posing with the lombardi trophy to running routes and catching passes. there’s also youth clinics, autograph signings and celebrity appearance. the nfl’s massive super bowl shop selling game and team merchandise also will be attached to the event.nfl senior vice president of events peter o’reilly calls the event “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to experience the unparall






super bowl host committee will pay back minneapolis $5 million for services


the minnesota super bowl lii host committee will reimburse the city of minneapolis nearly $5 million for additional city services, the city council voted on friday.according to a news release, the council voted to authorize city staff to enter into a funding agreement with the committee for the feb. 4, 2018 super bowl game at u.s. bank stadium.the host committee will reimburse the city for $4.89 million worth of services that goes "above and beyond what's normally included in department budgets," according to a news release.the agreement says the committee must pay back the city in three installments by jan. 15, 2018, the city said in a news release.the council also authorized the minneapolis police department to enter into a joint powers agreement with other law enforcement agencies to pr






readers write (feb. 27): downtown minneapolis, wages, tax rates, school discipli


downtown officials need to recognize the volume of interest among minneapolis residents — some voiced in a recent james lileks column on skyway map apps and some in letters to the editor regarding unresolved problems with the nicollet mall remodel, as well as in planning meetings to make the super bowl successful. everyone will be best served if downtown residents are invited to at least one general open forum with the committees overseeing nicollet mall, skyway improvement and the stadium so that we can provide our ideas and advice to make minneapolis and the great state of minnesota proud again.most members on the various committees do not live downtown and are out of touch with reality. please give us taxpayers and members of the general public an opportunity to help you achieve your go






meet the ringmaster behind vip super bowl parties 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.he has even more ambitious plans for shindigs in the twin cities that could have a lasting impact on the nightlife scene, helpi






super bowl rings on display at capella tower in minneapolis


the grandiose and gaudy super bowl championship rings made by twin cities-based jostens are out in public view for the rest of the week in downtown minneapolis.jostens has designed and created 33 of the 51 rings for the championship-winning teams. the rings are in the ground-floor rotunda of the capella tower, 6510 3rd av, south until monday when they will be moved to the plaza outside u.s. bank stadium for the festivities before the minnesota vikings' home opener.there are, of course, no vikings rings on display because the hometown team has never won a lombardi trophy.  the green bay packers, however, have multiple rings on display.jostens works closely with the winning teams to design the rings. for most recent winner, new england patriots owner robert kraft wanted the biggest ring ever






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.he has even more ambitious plans for shindigs in the twin cities that could have a lasting impact on the nightlife scene, helpi






x games to mangle minneapolis court schedule, as super bowl will


while the x games are expected to attract thousands to downtown minneapolis this week, they will also create a logistical quagmire for people who work and do business at the neighboring hennepin county government center.as a result, most court calendars will either be drastically curtailed or eliminated on friday because of transportation and parking issues caused by u.s. bank stadium's proximity. calendars involving domestic abuse, child support, mental health and housing will have a judge available on a limited basis.the x games will be an important test run for when the super bowl comes in february, bringing an estimated 1 million visitors over a 10-day period."it's a nightmare for all of us," said hennepin county chief public defender mary moriarty. "our criminal justice partners have






x games to mangle minneapolis court schedule, as super bowl will


while the x games are expected to attract thousands to downtown minneapolis this week, they will also create a logistical quagmire for people who work and do business at the neighboring hennepin county government center.as a result, most court calendars will either be drastically curtailed or eliminated on friday because of transportation and parking issues caused by u.s. bank stadium's proximity. calendars involving domestic abuse, child support, mental health and housing will have a judge available on a limited basis.the x games will be an important test run for when the super bowl comes in february, bringing an estimated 1 million visitors over a 10-day period."it's a nightmare for all of us," said hennepin county chief public defender mary moriarty. "our criminal justice partners have






st. paul joins minneapolis, bloomington in offering later super bowl bar hours


some local bars are preparing to keep the super bowl party going through the night when football fans descend on the twin cities in february.st. paul leaders voted last week to allow bars to sell alcohol until 4 a.m., beyond the usual 2 a.m. closing time, if they get a permit. minneapolis and bloomington passed similar measures this fall.the special permits are possible because of a change in state law approved by the legislature earlier this year, extending the state’s allowed liquor sales hours during the super bowl weekend — from feb. 2 to 5.about 16 businesses have already signed up in bloomington, said doug junker, the city’s license examiner and deputy city clerk. most are in or near the mall of america.“we’ll see what this brings, being that we have so many hotels here,” junker said






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






eden prairie museum showcases aviation history year-round


the smell of oil filled the air in the brightly lit airplane hangar crammed with history.from a 1940s jeep to a p-51 d mustang — one of only six in the world to return home from world war ii combat in europe — the restored relics are unquestionably the main attractions at a new aviation museum in eden prairie.although air museums are closing elsewhere, the nonprofit wings of the north bucked the trend and opened a museum just over a year ago after nearly two decades of organizing the annual airexpo aviation show in eden prairie. it now showcases history year-round.“that’s what we’re all about, telling the history,” director bob jasperson said. “we don’t want this history to be lost.”the wings of the north museum, which will mark its second year this summer, is housed in an office building