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While scaffolding has been removed from the very top of the Minnesota Capitol dome after the final golden ball was repaired and covered with new gold leaf, it remains in place elsewhere as repairs and rennovattions continue. Don Davis | Bemidji Pioneer

Capitol repairs have only just begun


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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