2014 Capitol Christmas Tree to be selected from Northern Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Chippewa National Forest

December 12, 2013 Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM CDT

Cass Lake, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Next year's holiday celebrations in the nation's capitol will have a little Minnesotan flavor to it.

The U.S. National Forest Service announced that the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree will be selected from the Chippewa National Forest.

According to park officials, it has been a generation since a tree from Minnesota has visited our nation’s capital as part of the nation’s holiday celebrations.

Smokey Bear and students from Cass Lake Bena Elementary joined park officials to make the announcement at the Chippewa National Forest’s Supervisor’s Office in Cass Lake on Wednesday.

As part of the celebration, students helped create decorations for the Christmas tree that greets visitors when they come to the office as a way to showcase what the ornaments might look like in 2014.

“We feel honored to share our local forest and community on a national stage; representing everything that makes Minnesota a great place to live, visit, and experience,” says Forest Supervisor Darla Lenz.

Beginning in 1964, the Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition in Washington D.C. Since 1970, a national forest has been selected with providing the tree that will represent the U.S. Forest Service and the state which it comes from. In 1992, the Chippewa National Forest and Leech Lake Reservation sent a 60-foot white spruce along with thousands of ornaments made by local school children.

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