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Reports: Former Head of Vikings Stadium Authority Waived Some Rent

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March 10, 2017 08:52 AM

The former chairwoman of the agency that oversees the Minnesota Vikings stadium waived more than $55,000 in rent for event spaces without consulting agency staff or fellow board members.

The Star Tribune reports Michele Kelm-Helgen says she used her discretion to waive rent to further the goal of marketing the building.

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Among the 14 groups that got free use of luxury spaces at the state-owned stadium were a local sports booster club and the PGA of America.

At the same time, some 350 other groups paid thousands in rent to use space in U.S. Bank Stadium.

Kelm-Helgen resigned under fire last month from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority amid criticism of her use of publicly owned luxury suites and her purchase of front-row season tickets.

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