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With state Capitol under renovation, Dayton’s state of the state address will be at U’s McNamara Center

The 7 p.m. speech will be Dayton’s sixth State of the State.

Gov. Mark Dayton will deliver his sixth State of the State speech Mar. 9.

But with the state Capitol building in St. Paul is in the midst of a major renovation, the speech will be moved to the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.

The 7 p.m. speech will be before a joint session of the Legislature one day after the Mar. 8 opening of the regular session in St. Paul. 

The speech is traditionally given in the Capitol’s House chamber; but with no working bathrooms in the building and lots of other work underway, the governor’s staff spent time looking for an alternative venue.

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The McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE., can hold hundreds of people for a speech.