5 named to Vikings stadium authority

The new high-profile Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has a big job ahead -- overseeing the design, construction and financing of a gleaming new NFL stadium in downtown Minneapolis and keeping the $1 billion project on time and on budget.

Here are the people who have signed on to shepherd the massive stadium project:

Michele Kelm-Helgen, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mark Dayton; John Griffith, vice president of property development for Target Corporation; former NFL player and lobbyist Duane Benson; Barbara Butts-Williams from Capella University and Bill McCarthy from Minneapolis Central Labor.

KSTP has been closely monitoring the authority's membership.

Here's the governor's press release, with a bit more info about his appointees (Kelm-Helgen, Griffith and Benson).

Here's Mayor R.T. Rybak's release about his appointees.

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