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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

After 28 years, Minnesota Capitol renovation could begin this year

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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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