After successful lobbying effort, Mondale gets Stadium Authority’s director job

Ted Mondale — who chaired the now-defunct Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and lobbied hard at the Legislature for passage of the $975 million Vikings stadium — has been named executive director of the new Stadium Authority, which will oversee its construction.

Mondale, the son of former Vice President Walter Mondale, has also been a state legislator and chair of the Metropolitan Council.

The new job pays $157,181 a year.

He was appointed Friday morning by the Stadium Authority at its first meeting. The Authority chair is Michele Helm-Helgen, who resigned as Gov. Mark Dayton’s deputy chief of staff to take the job.

She was appointed by Dayton, as were Authority members John D. Griffith, Target’s executive vice president of property development, and Duane Benson, a former NFL player and former state senator who now is executive director of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak appointed the other two Authority members: Barbara Butts Williams, a dean at Capella University, and Bill McCarthy, president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation.

Sid Hartman predicted Mondale’s appointment Wednesday in his newspaper column.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 06/23/2012 - 12:13 pm.

    Sid Hartman

    Was Sid the last person in Minnesota who thought Mondale would get this plum post?

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 06/25/2012 - 03:30 pm.

    He always said the stadium

    would create jobs.

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