Updated:
Original:

Why is there a helicopter flying over downtown Minneapolis?

A chopper was flying over the downtown area Friday morning.

If you saw or heard that helicopter circling above downtown Minneapolis Friday morning, don't freak out: It's just for a commercial.

The Minneapolis Police Department said the chopper would be hovering around U.S. Bank Stadium and the IDS Tower mid-morning as a film crew shoots a TV ad.

The PD knows, city leaders know, everything's cool, police said.

"A permit is not needed for this activity and there is no reason to be alarmed," the department added.

A spokesperson for the city told GoMN it's a Super Bowl-related ad.

The chopper was weaving in and out of gray clouds around 8:50 a.m. Friday, sometimes hovering in place for short periods before swooping over to another region of downtown.

If weather doesn't cooperate, they might do some additional filming Saturday morning as well, MPD tweeted.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 1.11.05 PM

MPD chief 'confident' officers will still show up after Question 2 vote

Arradondo held a press conference Wednesday in which he urged for a 'No' vote.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Charges: Driver in fatal hit-and-run said he thought he hit dog or sign

The crash killed a 56-year-old Blaine woman who had been out walking her dog.

vaccine, covid

Here is Minnesota's plan to vaccinate kids 5-11 against COVID-19

The plan includes hosting vaccination clinics at schools across the state.

Mounds View PD missing 12yo Riddley

12-year-old Twin Cities boy has been missing for 4 days

Police are asking for the public's help locating the child,

moorhead police

Police searching for man charged with kidnapping woman at gunpoint

The man approached the victim's car and pointed a gun at her, the charges state.

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

Teachers union calls for 'bold' plan to get kids vaccinated against COVID

"All options should be on the table," Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, said.

madden's

Madden's has banner summer with surge of visitors to Gull Lake

The resort was named the No. 1 resort in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

denny dempsey

Burnsville priest identified as bicyclist killed in Rosemount

The church says he was doing what he loved: riding his bike.

Related

Man caught after escaping detention center in downtown Minneapolis

There was a flurry of police activity in downtown Wednesday morning.

Helicopter

Why has a helicopter been buzzing Minneapolis lately? MPD explains

Let's just say it was a "coordinated, targeted, and multi-jurisdictional operation."

Man in custody after downtown Minneapolis bank threat

A downtown Minneapolis building was evacuated Friday afternoon after a threat was made against the M & I Bank, according to witnesses at the scene, WCCO reports. Witnesses say a man entered the M & I Bank in the Gaviidae Commons in downtown Minneapolis and made threats. A man also allegedly made a threat to WCCO-TV.

minneapolis police

Helicopter patrol led 46 arrests, 12 stolen vehicles in Minneapolis

The three-day operation featured a chopper circling south Minneapolis.

Power restored in downtown Minneapolis

Xcel Energy says a power outage affected an area of downtown Minneapolis near Block E Tuesday morning, but electricity was back for most areas after noon.