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Mortenson’s fee amounts to 1.7 percent of total construction costs. Senior Vice President John Wood said the company’s initial bid to the authority was 1.95 percent.

Kelm-Helgen and Bagley said they were glad to be able to hire a Minnesota firm, but that Mortenson was competitive with firms from other states that bid. Mortenson said the project would generate 7,500 jobs for Minnesota construction workers; Kelm-Helgen said it would be “the largest construction project the state has ever seen.”

Dallas-based HKS Architects is designing the stadum. Kelm-Helgen said an initial design would likely be released in March.

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Associated Press reporter Dave Campbell contributed to this report from Eden Prairie, Minn.