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Minnesota House employees surround Rep. Larry Howes of Walker Thursday after a bill he carried to renovate the Capitol failed by one vote. DON DAVIS | BEMIDJI PIONEER

House rejects Capitol repair; bonding bill in doubt

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ST. PAUL - Minnesotans should be proud of their Capitol and repair its crumbling outside walls, its outdated electrical system and interior that is falling apart, Republicans said Thursday in an unsuccessful effort to fund the long-discussed work.

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Eleven Democrats joined Republicans in an 80-50 vote to sell $221 million of bonds to finance the work. It needed 81 votes to pass.

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