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State officials, workers and the public crowded into the Minnesota Capitol Thursday to watch the historic chandelier rise to the top of the dome. Don Davis | Forum News Service

A ton of light returns to Capitol dome

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ST. PAUL -- A 1-ton, 6-foot-wide ball of light is back home inside the Minnesota Capitol dome.

Hundreds of spectators attended a Thursday ceremony to watch the chandelier rise. The event included early 1900s music that visitors would have heard when the chandelier was first lit.


The chandelier has 48,000 crystal beads and hangs from a massive chain. A motor hauled it 142 feet up to his home, and when it arrived and its 92 electric bulbs turned on.

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