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.
The mother of the motorcyclist who was killed in a crash this week is calling on legislators to feel her pain and try again to enact a mandatory helmet law in the state of Minnesota.