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The most Minnesota of all Super Bowl parties is being held on a frozen lake

There will be lots of outdoor activities at this Super Bowl party.
There will be lots of outdoor activities at this Super Bowl party.

The forecast high temperature on Sunday for Minneapolis is 7 degrees.

The high today is expected to reach 5 degrees, and temperatures aren’t expected to reach the 20s until Saturday ... Feb. 10. So, yeah, it’s cold. But what else would you expect for early February?

While that may seem like a good reason to stay indoors for one of the many Super Bowl parties that will be held in Minneapolis before and during Super Bowl LII, there is an outdoor option in Minnesota.

On a lake.

Otter Tail Lake is a scant three hours away from Minneapolis, and it will be home to a two-day bash this weekend. The Minneapolis Star Tribune said it’s “being billed as the world’s largest Super Bowl party on ice.”

“There are lots of people who want to be in the Twin Cities for the game, but there’s another way to celebrate the Super Bowl that doesn’t include traffic — and does include catching walleye,” Nick Leonard, Otter Tail County’s director of communications, told the Star Tribune.

“Only so many people can fit in that stadium. So why not be at the second-most exciting Super Bowl party in Minnesota?”

Among the events on Saturday and Sunday will be an 18-hole ice golf tournament, a bean-bag tournament, bands (including the aptly named “32 Below”), sleigh rides and tailgating. Of course, ice fishing is always welcome.

Here is a look at the set up:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Things are starting to take shape. Should have the other 4 tents up tomorrow. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/otconice?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#otconice</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OnlyInMN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OnlyInMN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BoldNorth?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BoldNorth</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SBLII?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SBLII</a> <a href="https://t.co/5mrNg4WkfL">pic.twitter.com/5mrNg4WkfL</a></p>&mdash; Otter Tail Country (@OtterTailCounty) <a href="https://twitter.com/OtterTailCounty/status/959194222795657216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 1, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

If someone at the party asks for a cold one, they’re going to have to be more specific.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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