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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Also, what was the liquor bill and who paid it?

Game day.
Strib, publishing more about perk-snatching by the well-placed semi-famous:

U.S. Bank Stadium suite guests feasted on $32,000 worth of food on state dime
By Rochelle Olson Star Tribune --- January 11, 2017 — 6:59am

[...] Anderson commented on a 27-page document sent by the MSFA in response to questions last month from her, Senate Finance Chairwoman Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, and Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake.

Anderson and Rosen, who was a sponsor of the 2012 legislation that got the stadium built with nearly $500 million in public money, say they will lead Republican efforts to examine the MSFA’s operations this session.

In response to lawmakers’ questions, the MSFA revealed a few new details, including the cost of the food, who got free parking passes and an acknowledgment that there was a quorum of commissioners at one Vikings game, but that it wasn’t illegal. The document also outlined the written suite policy and the division of duties between Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen and Executive Director Ted ­Mondale.

Kelm-Helgen is expected to make her first appearance this session Wednesday at a hearing of the Government Operations & Elections Committee.

Since the stadium opened Aug. 3 with a soccer match, the MSFA has controlled access to two Norseman Suites on the main concourse of the $1.1 billion stadium. The suites accommodate 36 guests total. For the Vikings season alone, a suite sells for between $200,000 and $300,000. The MSFA controls the suites for all stadium events.

Anderson said she thinks the suites, on the 20-yard line, are more likely on the higher end of that range. She expects to calculate the true cost of using them, including the $32,120 for food, and seek additional reimbursement from guests who used them


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