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Capitol Renovation Sparks Debate On Building’s Art

Besides being the seat of state government, the Minnesota Capitol is practically an art gallery, filled with murals of historic scenes and allegorical images of virtues the building’s designers hoped to see in their leaders: wisdom, courage, integrity. But almost 110 years after the Statehouse opened, a massive renovation project has provoked a mild but deeply felt debate about the artwork, with some lawmakers hoping to update a calcified collection and others committed to leaving it unchanged. An impromptu remark by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton helped spark the discussion when he wondered during a renovation-related meeting whether his reception room really needed six paintings of Civil War scenes.

03/16/2014

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House Committee Questions Vikings Stadium Proposal

The Minnesota Vikings faced a high hurdle Monday in the bid for a taxpayer subsidy to build a new football stadium, as members of a state House committee raised questions and criticism about the plan.

04/16/2012

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Audit Calls Legacy Fund Spending A ‘Work In Progress’

A new report shows the State Legislature needs to get a better handle on how millions of dollars in the Legacy Funds are getting spent.

11/30/2011

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‘Cheeseburger Bill’ Approved

A Minnesota House panel has approved legislation that would block consumers from suing fast-food chains and other food companies for weight problems.

02/21/2011

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‘Cheeseburger Bill’ Clears 1st Minn. House Panel

A Minnesota House panel has approved legislation that would block consumers from suing fast-food chains and other food companies for weight problems.

02/21/2011