At Issue: August 13 - Grand Reopening of Minnesota State Capitol; One on One with Congressman Jason Lewis

August 13, 2017 05:47 PM

Weekend Events Celebrate Grand Reopening of Minnesota State Capitol

Thousands of Minnesotans have flocked to St. Paul this weekend to celebrate the grand reopening of the Minnesota State Capitol. The festivities got underway Friday morning with the official ribbon-cutting on the four-year, $310 million restoration of the 112-year-old building. All weekend, people have been taking public tours of the building along with a variety of other events, including yoga on the Capitol lawn, a beer tasting event, free concerts and a fireworks display Saturday night. 


During Friday's ceremonies, Gov. Mark Dayton paid a special thank you to the lawmakers who voted a few years ago to approve the funding and intense schedule to restore the Capitol to its original splendor. 

You can watch the At Issue: State Capitol Restoration Special to revisit some of the incredible work that went into restoring the State Capitol.

Click here for a schedule of remaining events to celebrate the State Capitol Grand Reopening.

Conversation with Congressman Jason Lewis: North Korea, Health Care, Protesters "Crossing the Line"

Minnesota Congressman Jason Lewis, R-2nd Congressional District, sat down with Tom Hauser for a one-on-one interview one day after a group of protesters with Take Action Minnesota showed up at his home in Woodbury. The protesters left a large note, written on poster board, demanding he protect Minnesotans from Medicaid cuts. Lewis says the protesters crossed a line by showing up at his private residence. DFL Party chair Ken Martin also condemned the actions of protesters, but acknowledged their frustration that Lewis has yet to hold a public town hall meeting with his constituents. 

Lewis also discussed a number of policy issues at the forefront in Washington, D.C., including the harsh rhetoric President Trump is using in response to threats from North Korea, where the debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Acts stands, and whether lawmakers will be able to agree on tax reform.


Amanda Theisen

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