“Clearly there was gross negligence in the management of this board and we’re tightening things down to make sure it never happens again,” she said during a two-hour floor debate.
Even though Kelm-Helgen has left the MSFA payroll, her tenure came under further criticism after the Star Tribune reported that she had moved ahead of longtime Vikings season ticket-holders in acquiring choice seats for herself, friends and family members. The seats also gave them priority rights for other stadium events.
Anderson suggested that the seat purchases might carry criminal implications, and open the state to liability from Vikings fans with ticket seniority. She said her office got a call from one fan who previously had a front-row seat and complained that he got bumped to the third row, behind Kelm-Helgen’s group.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, heaped blame on Dayton, saying the administration did not hold Kelm-Helgen responsible. Before taking the stadium position, Kelm-Helgen was a deputy chief of staff for Dayton.
“The public deserves to know who received preferential treatment in season-tickets purchases,” Daudt said. But he said any inquiry into that would be separate from the reorganization of the MSFA.
The proposed reforms include selling off the two MSFA luxury suites under MSFA control and firing the remaining three commissioners on the board. In addition, MSFA commissioners would pay their own way to events at US Bank Stadium.