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The Minnesota Capitol front looks pretty normal this 2014 Independence Day weekend, other than a bit of scaffolding on the east side and a construction fence. However, in coming days work will become much more apparent as a $273 million renovation project kicks into high gear. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

Gradual emptying: State Capitol renovation closes more of building


ST. PAUL — A $273 million Minnesota Capitol building renovation will close most of the facility when construction workers return to the job Monday.

The central rotunda will be among areas closed, along with all of the east wing and the ground and first floors of the west wing. The closures are a continuation of the gradual emptying of the Capitol during a three-year renovation project.

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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.