Dayton kicks off weekend bash for State Capitol's grand reopening

Gov. Mark Dayton cuts the ribbon.
Gov. Mark Dayton cuts the ribbon declaring the renovated Minnesota State Capitol open in St. Paul, Minn. the morning of Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.
Evan Frost | MPR News

Gov. Mark Dayton and other state officials gathered outside the Minnesota Capitol Friday to celebrate the building's ceremonial reopening after a four-year, top-to-bottom renovation.

The Capitol returned to full use in January, but some detail work was only completed in the past few weeks.

The formal grand opening event beginning Friday calls for concerts, fireworks set to Minnesota music and political panels. It runs through Sunday.

"I just treasure every moment I walk in there," Dayton said in a speech to start the three-day celebration. "I get tingles in my spine when I look at see how much brighter it is now, how much clearer, how much cleaner."

The $310 million renovation required the temporary displacement of offices, including Dayton's and the Legislature's. The governor also thanked lawmakers for the unselfish action to make the project work.

"I hope you can all appreciate that this weekend, especially those of you who are visiting here for the first time, and appreciate the effort that went into this undertaking," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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