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A seldom-lit 92-bulb chandelier rises toward its perch in the Minnesota Capitol dome Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, watched by hundreds. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

A ton of light returns to the Minnesota Capitol dome


ST. PAUL — A 1-ton, 6-foot-wide ball of light is back home inside the Minnesota Capitol dome.

Hundreds of spectators attended a Thursday ceremony to watch the chandelier rise. The event included early 1900s music that visitors would have heard when the chandelier was first lit.

The chandelier has 48,000 crystal beads and hangs from a massive chain. A motor hauled it 142 feet up to his home, and when it arrived and its 92 electric bulbs turned on.

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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.