Minnesota officials welcome Super Bowl to the 'Bold North'

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) -- Officials from Minnesota, the NFL, the Vikings and the Super Bowl host committee are opening their arms to fans as they kick off a week of events before Sunday's championship game.

Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed it Super Bowl Week in the state, and Minnesota Host Committee co-chairman Doug Baker is promising fans a week they won't forget.

Many events have a local flair and outdoor activities that seek to turn the state's snow and ice into a strength -- what promoters are calling the "Bold North."

Officials say the Super Bowl wouldn't have come to Minnesota without the new U.S. Bank Stadium. Taxpayers paid nearly half the cost of the $1.1 billion stadium.

Dayton says the state will set aside its disappointment that the Vikings aren't in the Super Bowl after losing the NFC championship game to the Philadelphia Eagles and will welcome all visitors.