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Carts full of television equipment clog a hallway in the Minnesota Capitol pressroom. The basement offices could be demolished this summer as a Capitol restoration begins. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

Capitol renovation could begin this year


ST. PAUL — Minnesota officials started planning a state Capitol renovation project in 1984, and chances are improving that serious work could begin in 2013.

But work would begin only if politicians can agree on a plan and spending level.

“This has been a decades-long effort with very little to show for it,” state Administration Commissioner Spencer Cronk told representatives Thursday.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.