Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed his deputy chief of staff, Michelle Kelm-Helgen, to chair the new Minnesota Stadium Authority. Kelm-Helgen will resign from her current job to fill the position overseeing construction of the Minnesota Vikings stadium.
Dayton also appointed John Griffith, vice president of property development for Target Corporation, and former Republican state Sen. Duane Benson to the five-member panel. Benson spent 11 years playing professional football prior to serving in the Legislature.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak also announced his two picks for the stadium panel on Thursday: Bill McCarthy, chair of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, and Barbara Butts Williams, dean of the School of Education at Capella University.
The new authority will replace the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which has owned and operated the Metrodome since its construction.