Vandals damage governors' portraits in the Capitol

Former Gov. Harold LeVander
The portrait of former Gov. Harold LeVander was removed from the Capitol after vandals damaged it with a marker. Historical Society officials say the portrait can be repaired, and they expect the portrait to return to its former spot in the Capitol building.
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The official portraits of Harold LeVander, Elmer L. Anderson and Jesse Ventura appear to have been defaced with a marker.

Bill Keyes, with the Minnesota Historical Society, said officials don't know who damaged the paintings, but they think it was done by school children who were touring the Capitol.

He said the paintings will be removed, repaired and reinstalled as soon as possible. Keyes said he does not expect to put additional safeguards on the portraits, since they should be accessible to the public.

Portrait of Elmer L. Anderson
Former Gov. Elmer L. Anderson's portrait is removed from the Captiol building after vandals damaged it. The Historical Society says the portrait can be repaired.
MPR Photo/Tom Scheck

"The nature of the damage is relatively minor. We think it's repairable, so I don't want to go overboard with steps which would prevent the vast majority of the public from enjoying these paintings," Keyes said.

The official portraits of all of the state's governors can be seen throughout the Capitol complex.

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