November 18, 2016 03:46 PM
The Christmas tree for Gov. Mark Dayton's residence was harvested Friday from the Nemadji State Forest in Pine County.
Crews from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Corps cut down the 30-foot tall balsam fir.
The 40- to 45-year-old tree will be set up about 9 a.m. Monday at the Governor's Residence on Summit Avenue in St. Paul. It is scheduled to be lit Dec. 1.
The tree is cut down and loaded the Friday before Thanksgiving every year. DNR foresters search several months for the right tree; they keep an eye out for a tree that is nicely shaped and well filled out.
The DNR says a half-million Christmas trees are harvested from private tree farms in Minnesota each holiday season. For each tree harvested, one to three trees are replanted.
The industry contributes about $30 million to the state economy.
Updated: November 18, 2016 03:46 PM
Created: November 18, 2016 03:22 PM
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