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Part of a painting is gone from artwork under the dome high above the Minnesota Capitol floor. It is among items state officials want to fix as the Capitol undergoes a renovation. Don Davis, Minnesota Capitol Bureau

Minnesota Capitol repairs have only just begun

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ST. PAUL -- The golden ball atop Minnesota's Capitol dome is as shiny as anyone alive today has seen it.

It was unveiled last month, 434 feet above the ground, freshly repaired and with new gold leaf covering it. The dome system beneath it, with three domes inside each other, also is newly fixed.

But below the second-largest self-supporting marble dome in the world, the 107-year-old Capitol building is hurting.

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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.
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