Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Minnesota-Grown Spruce Introduced as Capitol Christmas Tree

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Minnesota-Grown Spruce Introduced as Capitol Christmas Tree

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WASHINGTON -- Sure, snow would have been more festive. But a very proud group of Minnesota lawmakers didn't let a light drizzle spoil the holiday spirit when they helped light the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on Tuesday night.

The tree is an 88-foot white spruce harvested in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest, making it the state's first Capitol Christmas tree since 1992. It was cut down in October and made a few ceremonial stops in Minnesota along its 2,000-mile journey before arriving in Washington last month.

House Speaker John Boehner introduced the tree alongside Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Rep. Rick Nolan and a few other members of the delegation. The tree is decorated with 10,000 ornaments made by Minnesota students (a nod to the "Land of 10,000 Lakes") and Klobuchar made a Garrison Keillor joke (Minnesota: "where all the trees are above average"), so the tree got a proper Minnesota welcome to the West Front of the Capitol (drizzle -- and tomorrow's 60 degree high temperature -- notwithstanding). …

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