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Two officials in charge of running Vikings stadium resign amid ethics concerns

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The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority had its top two officials resign on Thursday following claims of ethical misconduct for use of luxury suites at Vikings games.

According to Kyle Potter of the Associated Press, Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen and executive director Ted Mondale each submitted their resignations on Thursday from the authority, which oversees the operation of U.S. Bank Stadium.

The issue stemmed from use by friends and family of officials in two luxury suites at the stadium. The state auditor determined that such use violated ethical principles though it was not an illegal exercise.

With their stadium set to host the Super Bowl next February, the authority now has to overhaul its management structure.

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  1. originate421 says: Feb 17, 2017 1:12 AM

    The entire board needs to go. They used 500k + worth of suites to wine and dine friends, family and connections To act like big shots.

    These cronies were hand picked by the governor who continues his tone deaf approach by lauding praise on “their accomplishment”… like the Vikings didn’t have the lead role in financing, design, general contractor, etc…

  2. gbbvan says: Feb 17, 2017 1:13 AM

    The schisms never end!

  3. weaselpuppy says: Feb 17, 2017 1:30 AM

    Odds there were hookers and sex toys in the suite? This being Minny, I’d say high.

    Odd that the suite and hookers were decked out in a nautical theme?

    That’s just nostalgia talking there…

  4. weege001 says: Feb 17, 2017 1:44 AM

    And nothing of value was lost…

  5. joenash72 says: Feb 17, 2017 2:05 AM

    Filthy Thieves

  6. redlikethepig says: Feb 17, 2017 3:35 AM

    They made a secret deal with Putin to remove sanctions for a cash payout.

  7. hbudgess says: Feb 17, 2017 6:21 AM

    This was clearly the good ol boys club, not paying for t ickets and racking up thousands of dollars for food that was billed to taxpayers. …. I had to pay thousands just to buy a seat, then more for a ticket .what a bunch of Jerks.
    .

  8. jimmysee says: Feb 17, 2017 6:45 AM

    Why would anyone want to go see a Vikings game. Makes no sense.

  9. whatjusthapped says: Feb 17, 2017 7:08 AM

    I don’t know if is an ethics issue but anyone who takes in a Viking game is a glutton for punishment. But both officials were publicly appointed by Minnesota’s governor so what did they really expect? Honesty? Integrity? Come on, the team’s owner’s themselves were successfully sued for $90M in a fraud case so they probably felt right at home.

  10. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 17, 2017 8:19 AM

    Imagine that. Shady Minnesotans.

    >

  11. stellarperformance says: Feb 17, 2017 9:39 AM

    After one season they are already tearing out and completely re-designing the suites for the fans of the likely NFC representative in the SuperBowl.

    I hope they like Green and Gold.

  12. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 17, 2017 9:44 AM

    Typical MN incompetence.

  13. RegisHawk says: Feb 17, 2017 9:48 AM

    Soon to be Cabinet members…

  14. cheeseisfattening says: Feb 17, 2017 9:53 AM

    Odds there were hookers and sex toys in the suite? This being Minny, I’d say high.

    Odd that the suite and hookers were decked out in a nautical theme?
    —————
    Have you ever seen what a hooker looks like in Green Bay? If not here is a hint, they smell like fast food.

  15. cheeseisfattening says: Feb 17, 2017 9:54 AM

    Odds there were hookers and sex toys in the suite? This being Minny, I’d say high.

    Odd that the suite and hookers were decked out in a nautical theme?
    ————-
    Have you ever seen what a hooker looks like in Green Bay? If not here is a hint, they smell like fast food.

  16. dinkydonkey says: Feb 17, 2017 10:51 AM

    eeseisfattening says:
    Feb 17, 2017 9:53 AM
    Odds there were hookers and sex toys in the suite? This being Minny, I’d say high.

    Odd that the suite and hookers were decked out in a nautical theme?
    —————
    Have you ever seen what a hooker looks like in Green Bay? If not here is a hint, they smell like fast food.
    —————-
    Rather fast food than lutfisk and stale moose.

  17. h0metownzero says: Feb 17, 2017 11:04 AM

    They had previously been caught siphoning money from the state bridge maintenance program.

  18. fmc651 says: Feb 17, 2017 11:24 AM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Feb 17, 2017 9:44 AM

    Typical MN incompetence.
    )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    While gb packer fans sit on aluminum bleachers at their stadium.

  19. aypeeswhippingstick says: Feb 17, 2017 3:29 PM

    They’d rather not be around holding the bag when the clap trap stadium collapses under the weight of false playoff and Super Bowl aspirations by the main tenant.

  20. fmc651 says: Feb 21, 2017 8:43 PM

    aypeedmyself
    talk about failed expectations of delusional packer fans and this –
    #HeadedtoHouston.
    44-21 and it was never that close.

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