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Moose Lake Star Gazette 

A tree for the governor


Dan Lingle

Inclement weather conditions didn't stop the harvesting of a Christmas tree for Gov. Mark Dayton's home. The tree, a large balsam fir, was cut from the Nemadji State Forest Friday, November 18. This tree will be displayed on the front grounds of the governor's residence at 1006 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. The 30-foot tree, estimated to be 40-45 years old, was cut, wrapped and loaded onto a trailer by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forestry and Conservation Corps of Minnesota.

The search for just the right tree begins months before it is cut. DNR foresters keep an eye out for a tall tree that's nicely shaped and well filled out. The tree also needs to be in a location where it will not be damaged when dropped and then easily pulled out and loaded onto a trailer.


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