Giant white spruce near Cass Lake to be cut for Washington’s Capitol Christmas Tree

An 88-foot tall white spruce, destined to be the nation’s Christmas Tree on the U.S. Capitol grounds, will be cut in Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest on Wednesday.

The tree will be cut from a spot in the forest about 10 miles from Cass Lake in a ceremony attended by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Rick Nolan. There will also be a traditional blessing ceremony by Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe members.

Jim Scheff, who is the state’s Logger of the Year, will cut the tree.

The tree will then be wrapped and taken by truck to Washington, D.C., on a long trip with many stops. The tree’s route can be followed online.

The Capitol’s Christmas tree comes each year from a national forest around the country. The last Minnesota tree, also a white spruce, was cut from the Chippewa National Forest in 1992.

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