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Workers began removing panels of stained glass from the Capitol rotunda Monday as part of a 14-month, $2.7 million project that will also remove, clean and renovate the stained glass in the roofs of the House and Senate chambers and the third-floor barrel over the grand staircase. (Bob Mercer/Capitol Correspondent)

Sprucing up the SD Capitol

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By Bob Mercer

Capitol Correspondent

PIERRE -- The $2.7 million renovation of the state Capitol's 199 panels of antique stained glass began Monday, as the first pieces were carefully lifted from the beautiful center dome and lowered one at a time in a special protective crate to the rotunda floor 96 feet below.

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