Rep. Norton quits Vikes stadium panel

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — The panel overseeing the new Vikings stadium construction will be with one less member for now.

State Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, has formally asked that she be removed from the panel, but there is still no word if that request will be granted.

She said she put in a request during the panel’s last meeting in April.

“Nothing happened and we haven’t met since then so we got our notices for the meeting and I called the speaker to remind him that I had asked to be removed and he is right now looking for a replacement,” Norton said.

The owners of the Vikings have been in the limelight because of some legal issues in New Jersey, but Norton said those troubles have nothing to do with her request.

“This whole stadium has been fraught with difficulty, so it’s very, very important that the committee that is going to be meeting this next week focuses in on the issues, oversees the due diligence process,” Norton said.

She said she is already serving on three other task forces and travels to the Twin Cities enough the way it is.

If the leadership structure does not change, State Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, said he will leave as well.

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