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Capitol Christmas Tree selected

BEMIDJI -- Starting Wednesday, an 88-foot tall tree from nearby Chippewa National Forest will start its nearly 2,000 mile trip to Washington, D.C. According to the tree's website -- www.capitolchristmastree.com -- the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree ...

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BEMIDJI - Starting Wednesday, an 88-foot tall tree from nearby Chippewa National Forest will start its nearly 2,000 mile trip to Washington, D.C.

According to the tree's website - www.capitolchristmastree.com - the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree will be a white spruce, selected for its size and shape. Thousands of lights and locally decorated ornaments will adorn the tree, which will placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol grounds.
Wednesday's tree-cutting ceremony will feature a traditional blessing ceremony by members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The event starts at noon and will feature remarks by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Rick Nolan.
The tree will be felled by Jim Scheff, Minnesota Logger of the Year. The exact location of the tree has not been made public, and 250 people had to register by Friday to attend the ceremony.

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