Gov. Mark Dayton Monday appointed former House DFL Majority Leader Tony Sertich to serve on the board of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), which is overseeing construction of U.S. Bank stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Sertich will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Duane Benson, who recently had a public feud with MSFA Board Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen over her job duties.
Sertich is president of the Northland Foundation. He previously served as Dayton’s commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.
“Tony Sertich has successfully led major economic development projects,” Dayton said in a news release. “He is also experienced in bringing fractious leaders together to achieve their shared goals. Both of these skills will be valuable additions to the MSFA Board.”
Sertich said he was honored to be selected.
“As a voice for rural Minnesota, I look forward to working with my fellow MSFA members to guide the stadium construction project to a timely and successful close,” Sertich said.
The state Legislature established the MSFA in 2012. The panel has five part-time members. The governor appoints three members, including the chair. The city of Minneapolis appoints the other two.