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State Shows off Capitol’s $310M Face Lift With Weekend Bash

State Capitol Restoration, photo courtesy of the State of Minnesota
State Capitol Restoration, photo courtesy of the State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ It’s time to party: The Minnesota Capitol is back open.

The Capitol has technically been open since January after a massive renovation
to the century-old building kept it closed to the public for several years. But
construction crews were putting the finishing touches on the building and its
grounds until late last month.

The formal grand opening event beginning Friday calls for concerts, fireworks
set to Minnesota music and political panels. It runs through Sunday.

Department of Administration spokesman Curt Yoakum says it’s a celebration of
the building and the state’s way of giving it back to the public.

The $310 million renovation restored the Capitol’s crumbling roof, repaired
heating and ventilation systems and restored priceless artwork throughout the
building. It also more than doubled the building’s public gathering spaces.

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