Kelm-Helgen, Mondale Resign From MSFA Amid Stadium Controversy

Kelm-Helgen, Mondale Resign From MSFA Amid Stadium Controversy


THANKS FOR WATCHING WCCO AT 2:00 TONIGHT. I’M LIZ COLLIN. I’M FRANK VASCELLARO. FIRST THERE ARE SHOCKWAVES COMING OUT OF U.S. BANK STADIUM TONIGHT. THE TWO TOP OFFICIALS RESIGNED WITHIN HOURS OF ONE ANOTHER TODAY. STADIUM CHAIR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR QUIT THEIR POSTS AFTER A PUBLIC OUTCRY OVER FREE TICKET THE AND LUXURY SUITES. THE GOVERNOR SAID HE DID NOT SEEK THE RESIGNATIONS BUT CALLED IT THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THIS HAS TAKEN OVER EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE AUTHORITY WHICH IS UNFORTUNATE BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS. THE STADIUM OPERATIONS ARRR UNDER INCREASED SCRUTINY AFTER THE LUXURY SUITE CONTROVERSY. PAT KESSLER IS LIVE AT THE STATE CAPITOL TONIGHT. WAS THIS EXPECTED AT ALL HERE PRESIDENT? BIG SURPRISE HERE. THIS ONE-TWO PUNCH HAS BEEN SIMMERING FOR A NUMBER OF WEEKS. BUT IT BOILED OVER AT THE CAPITAL AFTER THE AUDITOR FOUND THAT THE STADIUM OFFICIALS ACTED UNETH CLY BY GIVING FREE TICKETS TO THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. MOST OF THE HUNDREDS OF THE TICKETS WENT TO DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF STADIUM OFFICIALS. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT SHE SAID SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A DISTRACTION. IF I COULD GO BACK AND START OVER AGAIN, WE WOULD HAVE FORBID THE USE OF SUITES. HER RESIGNATION WAS UNEXPECTED BUT NOT A SURPRISE. IT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BUT IT IS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. GOP REPRESENTATIVE SARAH ANDERSON SAID HER INVESTIGATION OF THE SCANDAL IS EXPANDING TO INCLUDE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONNECTIONS. IT IS ABUSE AND EVERYBODY THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO BE THE PEOPLE’S STADIUM AND THAT IS WHAT IT WAS TOUTED TO BE. STADIUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TED MONDALE RESIGNED TOO. HIS WRITTEN STATEMENT SAID I FEEL GOOD ABOUT MY WORK, BUT IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON. TOTALLY SURPRISED. MARK DAYTON SAID SHE WAS SURPRISED BY THE RESIGNATIONS BUT CALLED THEM INEVITABLE. HOPEFULLY, ALLOW EVERYBODY TO REGAIN A PERSPECTIVE ON EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN DONE SO VERY WELL IN BUILDING THE STADIUM AND OPERATING IT. DEMOCRATS ARE NOW JOINING REPUBLICANS TO ABOLISH THE REST OF THE CURRENT STADIUM’S LEADERSHIP AND START OVER. YOU KNOW, IT IS A BLEMISH ON ALL OF US. DON’T THINK IT IS PARTISAN BECAUSE IT IS A BLEMISH ON ALL OF US AND IT IS SAD. GOVERNOR DAYTON DID NOT ASK FOR THE RESIGNATIONS OF EITHER OF THEM. HE SAID HE WILL LIKELY APPROVE AND A POINT A NEW STADIUM CHAIR IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE TO KEEP THE STADIUM OPERATIONS RUNNING SMOOTHLY. ESPECIALLY LIZ, BECAUSE THE

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