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Newly Approved Features Bump Up Capitol Remodeling Cost

Landscaping, perimeter security needs and other late additions to Minnesota’s major remodel of the Capitol will push the overall cost to $307 million, project planners said Wednesday.

05/06/2015

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Minnesota House Defeats Sunday Liquor Sales In Close Vote

It was last call Tuesday at the Minnesota State Capitol for Sunday liquor store sales. The Minnesota House defeated Sunday sales, shutting down the effort for another year. The Senate defeated a similar measure two weeks ago.

04/28/2015

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Minnesota Jewish Community Gathers At State Capitol In Remembrance Of Holocaust

olocaust Remembrance Day, which was Thursday, honored the more than 6 million Jews and others killed throughout Europe during World War II. Survivors and their families lit candles outside the State Capitol Sunday, and shared stories of that gruesome period.

04/19/2015

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House GOP Wrestles With Cost, Politics In Picking 2016 Home

The Capitol is in disarray thanks to a massive renovation and it will only get worse in 2016. The House could stay in its chamber for the 2016 session but state officials estimate that would cost $500,000 or more and could hinder ongoing repairs.

04/17/2015

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Costs Of Major Minnesota Capitol Renovation Creeping Up

A major renovation of the state Capitol is threatening to run $30 million over budget, state officials advised lawmakers Friday. Documents released to a commission overseeing the overhaul show the extra costs stem from water damage repairs, security improvements and other costs. Those overruns would increase the total cost by about 10 percent, to more than $300 million.

03/27/2015

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Wolf Hunting Opponents To Gather At Minnesota Capitol

Opponents of wolf hunting gather at the Minnesota Capitol Thursday to celebrate a court decision that put the region’s wolves back on the endangered list. It’s being organized by Howling for Wolves, which opposes sport hunting and trapping of wolves.

02/05/2015

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Podcast Page: 1-28-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Hump Day version of the WCCO Morning News…Click the link above to listen to things you may have missed.

01/28/2015

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Lawmakers Work To Finish Tax Bill, Disaster Aid Package

The short week at the Minnesota Legislature means less time to complete work on some time-sensitive matters. Legislators were returning to St. Paul on Tuesday. By week’s end, they hope to send Gov. Mark Dayton a bill containing about $20 million in tax deductions and credits.

01/20/2015

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Podcast Page- The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 1-16-15

A busy Friday morning on WCCO….click the link above to hear Bill Pending, and other highlights from Friday’s show.

01/16/2015

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Final Phase Of Capitol Renovation Work Up For Approval

A panel of top Minnesota officials is getting the latest details on the state Capitol’s grand makeover, including whether it’s on schedule and on budget. The Capitol Preservation Commission was meeting Wednesday to approve the final phase of construction. It’s still at least two years before the $273 million remodeling is complete.

01/14/2015

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Lawmakers Study Up On Issues Facing Minnesota

Minnesota lawmakers just got back to the Capitol, and now they’re leaving to study up on state issues. Demographers, economists and business executives are scheduled to address legislators at One Minnesota, an annual conference at the University of Minnesota that focuses on the top issues of the time.

01/07/2015

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Minnesota’s Best Guided Tours (Even For Locals)

See what Minnesota has to offer with these great guided tours.

01/03/2015

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Secret Doors & Hidden Skylights: Inside The Capitol’s Restoration

The Minnesota State Capitol restoration makes the building look the way it did more than 100 years ago, when Minnesota’s best craftsmen built its most visible public landmark. But this project is repairing a century of cover-ups and patch-overs. Project Manager Jason McMillan showed us skylights hidden for decades above false ceilings.

12/12/2014

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Best Budget Attractions In Minnesota

It is not much fun to be new in town and on a budget. Do not despair, but read on because these five attractions can fill up a week-long schedule.

11/15/2014

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Groundbreaking Held For First Ever Military Family Tribute In Minn.

Construction is set to get underway on a new memorial at the State Capitol which honors the family members of military veterans. A groundbreaking for The Military Family Tribute was held Wednesday on the grounds of the State Capitol.

06/04/2014

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Artwork On The Move During Capitol Restoration

One by one, Minnesota’s governors are leaving the Minnesota State Capitol, carefully carried away, and crated. As the Capitol begins a massive restoration, the building’s artwork is temporally heading to a new home.

05/28/2014

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Best Places To Celebrate Women’s History Month 2014 In Minnesota

Women’s contributions to the progress of the human experience are recognized annually in the month of March. Here are the five best places in Minnesota to celebrate Women’s History Month this year.

03/03/2014

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St. Paul Gets Ready For Return Of Crashed Ice

Some of the people shoveling snow earlier today had skates on. They’re the ones keeping the Red Bull Crashed Ice Course clear for the competitors.

02/20/2014

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Capitol Renovation Uncovering Oddball Items

The State Capitol renovation is well underway. It’s a $273 million project that’s expected to take several years. And along the way, the renovation is revealing some oddball items that have been hidden for decades. They may not be all that historic, but they’re pretty cool. Much of the Capitol restoration is below ground, where workers are exposing original limestone foundation behind unnecessary walls that were added over the years.

02/14/2014

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Best Places To Go Caroling In Minnesota

Bring your caroling group to any of these venues in Minnesota for a warm welcoming.

12/13/2013

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Best Murals In Minnesota

This list captures some of Minnesota’s best murals. Get out and see them all.

09/30/2013

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Back To Work For Minnesota Lawmakers

A special session is expected to get underway today at the Minnesota State Capitol. Lawmakers are expected to deal with disaster relief after last June’s storms.

09/08/2013

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Authorities Fear Spider-Man Act On Capitol Will Spur Copy-Cats

The State Patrol is searching for a daredevil climber who scaled the Minnesota State Capitol late at night.

08/05/2013

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Wander Minnesota: Sightseeing with Veterans

After the Fourth of July, a reader asked me to come up with a list of places she could take her elderly father-in-law, a WWII veteran, over the summer that would give him the opportunity to pay respects to veterans of any war.

07/09/2013

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Leaders Say Minn. Capitol Redo To Be Disruptive

Gov. Mark Dayton says a forthcoming renovation to the Minnesota Capitol will no doubt inconvenience the public and the building’s tenants. In his words, Dayton the construction will be “miserable for you, for me, for everybody who needs to function here.”

07/08/2013

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