DNR picks out Christmas tree for Governor's residence

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Photo Courtesy: Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources

Thanksgiving is coming up next week, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has already picked out the state's official Christmas tree.

This year, a 30-foot white spruce will be on display at the Governor's Residence in St. Paul. Workers with the DNR cut down the tree on Friday in the General C.C. Andrews State Forest near Willow River.

Officials began the process of finding a tree months ago. Foresters look for a tall, filled out tree in a location where it can be cut down without damaging it and be easily hauled out. It's an annual tradition to cut down the state's official tree the Friday before Thanksgiving.

The tree will be set up around 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20 and will be lit on Monday, Nov. 27.