New stadium head has deep political roots

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 16, 2012 - 12:57 AM

Michele Kelm-Helgen grew up in a family that lived, breathed politics.

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drudgemonkeyJun. 15, 1211:38 PM

Cue the complainers....let's hear how democracy died in MN because representative government made a decision. You naysayers should really take a civics class. Looking forward to the responses equating building a stadium with the end of civilization. Here we go.......

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daveseavyJun. 16, 1212:56 AM

Of course she's politically connected. That's how you end up on a position such as this. That's how stadiums get built, and that's how the rich get richer and the middle-class goes broke. What's so newsworthy about it?

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rshacklefordJun. 16, 12 2:52 AM

"drudgemonkey: Cue the complainers....let's hear how democracy died in MN because representative government made a decision." ---- I think this person fails to realize that the majority rule successfully crushed the Arden Hills and other large scale projects. The only thing going on now is a small, replacement concrete toilet bowl at the same horrible location yet which will cost more for those who attend to watch a lackluster team. Enjoy the future teams of wanna-be's and talented who want to leave ASAP which will produce nothing successful. Do not look too deeply into the glass reflection that you see when looking into the empty trophy case. What you see may be very disheartening.

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jbpaperJun. 16, 12 4:40 AM

Nice political background but I seemed to have missed the part where she has experience with large building projects and/or working with stadiums.

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commoncent4Jun. 16, 12 6:20 AM

I guess we can expect this to come in OVER budget. Honestly, there wasn't anyone with a construction background? I think this is why people get turned off to politics

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uranid10tJun. 16, 12 6:41 AM

Just make sure it has a RETRACTABLE ROOF !!

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shushyn78Jun. 16, 12 7:10 AM

So did she personally support building the stadium? If not, does that make her like Mark Ritchie who is supposed to represent the State at a high level but is personally against the policy? With all her connections, who are the favorites?

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garykhansonJun. 16, 12 7:50 AM

Can we all dispense with snide cynicism and realize we are a community? America is in trouble today because we are dividing up into camps and tribes in which the other side is aways demonized. I am sick of it. A house divided cannot stand. Even Jesus enjoyed a good time and if the stadium brings us some good times let's go with it.

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mn2niceJun. 16, 12 8:29 AM

garykhanson, I agree with you, but as you can see here, many are more interested in fighting than agreeing on anything. No matter who was picked someone somewhere will find fault with it.

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crankymanJun. 16, 12 8:40 AM

What a bad deal for the taxpayer....An unholy alliance between Billionaires and DFL central planners. Wow!

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