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Minnesota Senate panel votes to put Columbus statue back up at Capitol

DFLers unlikely to get on board with GOP proposal.


March 18, 2021

Activists put ropes around the neck of the Christopher Columbus statue on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, preparing to pull the statue down.

Senate Republicans want the state of Minnesota to restore a statue of Christopher Columbus torn down by a group of Native American demonstrators last year to its former spot on the Capitol campus.

The Senate's State Government Committee voted on Wednesday to repair and return the statue as soon as possible, though lack of support from DFLers at the Capitol makes it unlikely to happen this year.

Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, noted that the statue, first erected in 1931, was an initiative of the state's Italian American community, which at the time often faced discrimination. He said it would cost about $154,000 to put it back up.


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