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State leaders green light Minnesota Capitol repairs

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The design and work plan for a state Capitol restoration that will touch every corner of the historic building has won approval from Minnesota's top officials.

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The Capitol Preservation Commission signed off Monday on a schematic design and the first phase of a $272 million project. The commission is led by Gov. Mark Dayton and includes stakeholders from the Legislature, the courts and other entities.

The work begins in September and is expected to last for a few years with upgrades to internal and external features of the century-old Capitol.

During construction, many tenants will be displaced and temporary parking lots will replace some Capitol green space. Of the hassles and construction-zone blight, Dayton says people will just have to "grit and bear it."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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