Authority wanted snow removal priority for NFL

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Newly released documents show the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority wanted assurances the National Football League would get priority plowing in the event of snowfall during Super Bowl week in the Twin Cities.

A draft letter obtained by the St. Paul Pioneer Press from authority officials asked mayors of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington to pledge the NFL would have snow removal priority during the 2018 Super Bowl week. At least one mayor, St. Paul's Chris Coleman, declined. In an email to a staff member, Coleman said he didn't want to be on record as prioritizing "billionaires over everyday residents."

The authority later redrafted the request to emphasize the cities' competence in snow removal, without giving any special treatment to the NFL. Authority chairwoman, Michele Kelm-Helfen, says it was not a demand by the NFL.

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