Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed former rural legislator Tony Sertich to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
Sertich, a DFLer and former House majority leader, fills an open spot on the five-member board, which oversees design, construction and operations of U.S. Bank Stadium. Sertich served as a state representative out of the Iron Range from 2001 to 2011.
He replaces Duane Benson, the MSFA’s former secretary and treasurer, who resigned in June following controversy on MSFA chair Michele Kelm-Helgen’s salary and role on the board. Since January of this year, Sertich has served as president of the Northland Foundation, a foundation focused on northeast Minnesota communities.
“Tony Sertich has successfully led major economic development projects,” Dayton said in a statement Aug. 3. “ 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.”
U.S. Bank stadium is just a year out from completion and is about 65 percent finished. It’s slated to open for the Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 season.
“I have great regard and appreciation for Tony Sertich’s past record of public service and believe he will be a strong contributor to work we have yet to do to ensure a timely and successful completion of our project. In particular, we know that as a state representative, Sertich was directly involved in shaping legislative consideration of other big projects, including TCF Bank stadium and Target Field,” said MSFA Executive Director Ted Mondale.