Authority fires back in dispute over land near Vikings stadium site

  • Article by: Richard Meryhew , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 30, 2013 - 9:29 PM

Authority accuses plaza’s owner of overstating value.

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markythomAug. 30, 13 9:46 PM

I don't believe that the sports facility authority has ever acted in the best interest of the public. As far as negotiating tactics, what does madam chairperson call the threats by the Wilfs and the Vikings to leave Minnesota if not negotiating tactics?

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ottlukkAug. 30, 13 9:49 PM

You really can't make this stuff up in real life. Who, exactly is Michele Kelm-Hagen, and how did she come to head the" MN Sports Facility Authority", and what exactly is that? As far as "MPLS Venture LLC" demanding more than 12.9 million, how is that more of a rip-off than the NFL/Vikings sticking it to Mpls/ MN taxpayers to the tune of $500 million, and probably more? Or is the StarTribune too involved in their own financial interests to clarify this?

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bluedevil101Aug. 30, 1310:07 PM

See folks, this is more evidence that this is going through, no matter what the public thinks or what the Wilf's finances are. The central planners want this and are going to take whatever land is needed to get what they want. The guy who owns this land that is desired doesn't matter a bit. Look for AG Swanson to go ahead with claiming this land on eminent domain in the next 30 days. Murders across the City-no solutions, supporting the 1%, all kinds of ideas and money available.

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bluedevil101Aug. 30, 1310:17 PM

According to the website, Kelm-Helgen is a DFL party activist and has been a staffer for the Minnesota Legislature. She has served on the District 112 School Board (Chaska area) and has also been a worker for the Al Hofstede administration when he was Minneapolis Mayor. Doesn't seem to me that she has many qualifications to know about this job--but there may be none because it's a rubber stamp. She is considered to be a part of the Governor's Executive Operations staff and has a salary of $103,464. Just Google her name and salary and you'll find it easily. The average Governor's office employee makes $22,000 so she is easily ahead of most other public employees. I don't know for sure, but I believe this is a part time job.

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kenw1952wAug. 30, 1311:14 PM

So the Sports Authority steals the land from the owners and then gives it with exclusive rights to Ryan Co. to develop so they can make a ton of money?? With how they are handling the land adjacent to the new stadium by not putting it out for bids to the highest bidder, they don't have much credibility in my book.

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subotai1Aug. 30, 1311:19 PM

This should be easy to resolve. Just look at their property tax records. Moving on....

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capsule2Aug. 30, 1311:41 PM

So does anyone think they won't stiff this guy when they are already stiffing every tax payer in Minnesota???!!!!

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DufferHAug. 30, 1311:42 PM

The job is just another political payoff. Qualifications don't matter; politics do. I posted this earlier and a moderator deleted it, so this will undoubtedly disappear too.

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smackdaddy2Aug. 31, 13 1:07 AM

What a joke. This whole process is a mess and should have never been passed

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klondikekidAug. 31, 13 2:25 AM

Watching this large gaggle of DFL party stalwarts and others attempting to get in while the getting is good really cements in my mind just how out of touch our political process is today. Between the Minneapolis council failing to honor its codified responsibility to have had this put on a referendum to Dayton's rush to have this pushed through at the end of the 2012 legislative session, coupled with the emergence of issues with the Wilf's and capped off with the brushed under the rug reality that these folks never had a grasp of how to pull of the public financing (see electronic gambling turn into a using tobacco tax dollars), I really question just how far removed the public is today from recognizing quality leadership anymore. The lineage is remarkable....Dayton, Dayton's former aid, Mondale...Rybek, etc. Is there no longer room for folks who have a wealth of private sector experiences and sensibilities when it comes to massive publicly provided projects of this ilk? Developers who stand to hit jackpots push this through the channels and the minions who make up most of the elected offices in the seven county area are frankly helpless to do much to assert what should be their rightful place at the table. To make matters worse, there is apparently an argument between either building a horribly conceived stadium OR yet another "mixed use development". It is though we have surrendered all creativity or hopes of actually seeing the regular folks have any stake in urban areas today. Sad doesn't adequately describe how I see this and until...and only until...the broad public begins to demand more of those who seek these offices, the transfer of money from the masses to the urbanites planners and those with vested financial interests will only get worse. The irony is that the "party of the people" (DFL) is clearly the most culpable in this.

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