MSP newsletter, December 2016

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MSP Employee Art Show reception draws a crowd

Dozens of airport employees and their guests gathered near the Thomson Reuters Concourse C Gallery on Dec. 8 to view employee-made art and herald the winners in this year’s MSP Employee Art Show.

The reception was sponsored by the National Arts Program.

More than 84 works of art by MSP employees and their families are on display at the gallery, featuring textiles, photography, sculpture and paintings.  The artwork is seen by thousands of travelers daily. 

The 7th Annual MSP Employee Art Show was judged by four leaders in the Twin Cities arts community:

-John Schuerman, Instinct Gallery Minneapolis
-Anita Sue Kolman, Kolman Pryor Gallery Minneapolis
-Jennifer Phelps, Phelps Art Consultants
-Jake Armour, Jake Armour Photography


The professionals judged the exhibit in the following classifications:
Adult:  Amateur, Intermediate and Professional
Cash awards sponsored by the National Arts Program were handed out at the reception.


The winners were judged by classification, skill and individuality.

They are:

Fen Kutscheid – 1st Place
Parker Risch – 2nd Place
Morgan Sorsveen – 3rd Place
Honorable Mention: Drake Nash
Honorable Mention: Leviathan Spears

Avery Ward – 1st Place
Sheridan Cornett – 2nd Place
Oliver Hoeschen – 3rd Place

Adult – Professional
Julie Fischer – 1st Place
Kathryn Smith – 2nd Place
Alan Howell – 3rd Place

Adult – Intermediate
Margie Rotondo – 1st Place
Iris Logan – 2nd Place
Sandra Ward – 3rd Place
Honorable Mention – Eric Bagelman

Adult – Amateur
Carol Hanson – 1st Place
Karen Conlin – 2nd Place
Jeff Nawrocki – 3rd Place

Best in Show
Julie Fischer

Art Education Award
Julie Fischer

New for you at MSP

In recent weeks, several new concessions have opened at MSP:

Flirt Boutique opened this week in Terminal 1. The St. Paul-based company specializes in classic, old Hollywood glamour undergarments. The store also carries jewelry, hosiery, travel lingerie bags, luxurious bubble bath, fragrances, gifts and a limited men’s line.

Dunkin’ Donuts opened its new restaurant on the main mall in Terminal 1 and immediately drew a crowd. The well-known coffee-and-donuts shop is making a push into Minnesota, and the MSP location marks its second in the state. The menu also includes breakfast sandwiches.



Lolli & Pops, a candy store with a vintage vibe, is now open on Concourse F in Terminal 1. Lolli & Pops carries an array of pre-packaged popcorn, bulk candy, chocolate, specialty beverages and gifts. It's open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Kiehl's also opened this week in the Airport Mall in Terminal 1, and will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store carries a variety of skin care, hair and beauty products for both men and women.

Also, the Tumi luggage shop is temporarily relocating while its location on the main mall at Terminal 1 is renovated. You can now find Tumi across from Stone Arch restaurant and bar at the south end of the main mall.

These openings are part of 50 new concepts coming to MSP through a massive renovation project, including updating the Ticketing and Bag Claim areas at Terminal 1, full remodels of nearly 100 sets of restrooms, four new gates at Terminal 2-Humphrey, a luxury airport hotel, and a new 5000-space parking ramp. To learn more about changes coming to MSP, visit the MSP Reimagined website.

The Quick Ride Ramp made easy with this video lesson

A new video on MSP's YouTube page provides a primer on how to use the money-saving Quick Ride Ramp at Terminal 1-Lindbergh.

View the video by clicking the button below.


Sun Country, Delta launch service to West Palm Beach


Sun Country Airlines and Delta Air Lines launched seasonal service from MSP to Palm Beach International Airport in South Florida recently.

Sun Country started with an inaugural flight on Friday, Dec. 16, and Delta Air Lines launched service to the same destination the next day.

Sun Country executives, leaders of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and other guests (pictured) gathered at Terminal 2-Humphrey to mark the first flight’s departure.

The Florida airport, located 60 miles north of Miami in the city of West Palm Beach, offers sun-seekers another gateway to South Florida’s hotels and resorts.

Sun Country’s service runs through April 16.

Delta Air Lines’ service will run through April 17.

Flights for each airline are offered four-to-five times per week, with the flights clustered on or near weekends.

Sun Country's once-a-year service to North Pole a big hit


Sun Country Airlines hosted a special flight earlier this month as it took a plane full of young children on a “trip” to the North Pole.

The flight actually stays in the region before returning to MSP, but captures the imagination of passengers of all ages.

The airline partnered with Make-A-Wish Minnesota to provide the plane ride to mark the holiday season.

MAC Board approves 2017 capital improvement projects

MSP is set for an active year of construction and renovation work in 2017, highlighted by work on a new parking ramp at Terminal 1-Lindbergh.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission this month approved $455 million worth of capital improvement projects in 2017.

The largest single project is the new, 11-level parking ramp at Terminal 1 that will be built east of the existing Blue and Red parking ramps. The ramp will include a relocated rental car area and the construction of a new transit center for buses serving the airport. The project also includes the extension of an underground walkway to serve future ramp expansion.

Construction work continues along the access road to Terminal 1-Lindbergh, including the new hotel (construction crane) and the relocation of the exit plaza. A new parking ramp will go up on the site of the existing exit plaza, which is in the foreground.


Other notable improvements include work at Terminal 1-Lindbergh to smooth movement of travelers between floors of the terminal, renovations to support the variety of new concessions, and noise mitigation work on homes near the flight approach routes to the airport that have become eligible for sound insulation.

While not included in the MAC’s capital budget, a private developer, Graves Hospitality, will also continue work on a 300-room Intercontinental Hotel at Terminal 1. The MAC will develop a skyway connecting the new hotel to the terminal.

The South Security Checkpoint at Terminal 1-Lindbergh will see new automated security lanes in 2017.


Here are details of some of the other most visible projects coming up in 2017:

*At the front of Terminal 1, extensive renovation work will remove 12 escalators and add new high-speed, smart elevators. Escalators will be positioned in new locations to enhance passenger flows.

*Automated security lanes will be installed at the South Security Checkpoint in Terminal 1, enhancing throughput by an estimated 20 to 40 percent per lane. The replacement conveyor equipment will provide bin returns to the area managed by Transportation Security Administration staff, an improved X-ray image display and monitoring.

*The restroom upgrade program will continue in 2017, and another pet relief room and a nursing mothers’ room will be added at the north end of the skyway connector linking concourses C and G.

*The new exit plaza for Terminal 1-Lindbergh and the new outbound road, which are projects already underway in 2016, are set to open in August, 2017.

MSP's JoySpree adds to the holiday cheer

It's the most wonderful time of the year – and one of the busiest at MSP.

To ensure our thousands of travelers had a great experience heading home for the holidays, the MAC joined forces with Arts@MSP to create #MSPJoySpree – a variety of holiday performances, elf missions and special effects.

Arts@MSP coordinated a series of performances in Terminal 1-Lindbergh's north mall rotunda that ranged from excerpts from the Nutcracker to a flash mob. Many travelers gathered to enjoy some holiday carols and dance performances while passing through the mall.

MAC's Public Affairs and Marketing Department helped make the terminal merry and bright by bringing in elves to hand out free water bottles and totes. Additionally, they coordinated with Facilities to make it snow in the Airport Mall.

A montage of the season's festivities can be viewed below. Happy holidays!


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