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.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler warned that world-famous research at the U could slow down if the legislature does not approve funding to update its century-old laboratories.
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.
Minnesota lawmakers have been told that a final decision on a new Senate Office Building must be made within weeks or a related renovation of the state Capitol will cost more and take longer.
Minnesota’s governor is losing his office — literally. Gov. Mark Dayton and his staff have about six months left in their two-floor suite before a massive renovation to the century-old Capitol displaces them.
After months of Block E standing for “Block Empty” there’s a new plan in place to bring some life to the desolate area in downtown Minneapolis.
Minnesota’s front lawn is about to be ripped up. As soon as this week, crews working on the state Capitol renovation project will begin taking up big sections of the green space in front of the building.
Minneapolis is making plans for a major transformation of Nicollet Mall.
Cossetta’s new building has been open for less than a week. Even though construction is not complete, people are lining up at the restaurant and store.
Murray’s Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge in downtown Minneapolis has reopened with a fresh new look.
The Minnesota Zoo will close one of its most popular exhibits in order to begin significant repairs to Discovery Bay. Unfortunately, the closure means the zoo’s dolphins will be relocated to another facility.
If you’re looking for furniture, downtown Minneapolis is the place to go on Friday.
The Minnesota Orchestra is making some changes to deal with the biggest deficit in its history.
The brick mortar is crumbling, wood trim peeling. The glass sashes of the original windows haven’t opened for years. But structurally, five of the 28 buildings on the Upper Post of Fort Snelling are prime for renovation.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, Minnesota became home for the largest Swedish population in the country.