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Continued: The Great State Capitol Office Space Debate, Part One

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 28, 2014 - 6:44 PM

A State Office Building remodeling in the mid-1980s offers another note: It’s possible to build a public building too cheaply. Wilson’s file included this 1989 item by another Capitol reporting alumnus, Dane Smith: “After five years and some $24 million worth of renovation, some parts of the State Office Building still resemble the interior of a cheap mobile home.”

To build or not to build? The House Rules Committee must soon decide. I hope its members feel the weight of history. They are being asked to solve a 40-year-old problem by building a facility that will serve representative self-governance for the next 100 years or more. I hope they’re wearing warm socks.


Lori Sturdevant, an editorial writer, is at

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