Short list of stadium authority names surfaces

KSTP has obtained a list of candidates who may be in the running for positions on the new Vikings Stadium Authority, which will oversee the billion-dollar project. Among them: Ted Mondale and Duane Benson, the former head of the Minnesota Business Partnership and retired NFL player.
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KSTP has obtained a list of candidates who may be in the running for positions on the new Vikings Stadium Authority, which will oversee the billion-dollar project. Among them: Ted Mondale and Duane Benson, the former head of the Minnesota Business Partnership and retired NFL player.

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