Capitol Grand Re-Opening Celebration Kicks Off

August 11, 2017 04:21 PM

A grand re-opening celebration kicked off Friday at the state capitol, marking the end of the $310 million building restoration project.

Festivities began with a free yoga session on the capital lawn. More than 50 people attended the session, with other opportunities continuing throughout the weekend.


Meanwhile, Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith attended a ribbon cutting ceremony near the south side steps of the capital.

Minnesotans will get a chance to explore every nook and cranny of the capitol. Restoration construction began in 2013 and it took crews nearly four years to complete the work.

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According to Curt Yoakum, an assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Administration, many parts of the capitol were closed to visitors and even lawmakers for months at a time.

"This is a time for Minnesotans to celebrate," Yoakum said. "We have so many events, activities and entertainment planned throughout this weekend."

For the first time in decades, Minnesotans will get a chance to see the massive Quadriga.

"People will also get to see the governor's personal office and the Supreme Court Chamber," Yoakum said. "There's just so many spots to check out and it's truly special."

You can find a full list of events and activities here.


Cleo Greene

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