It's there! Christmas tree donated by Minnesota arrives at U.S. Capitol

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It's been on the road for almost three weeks, but on Friday the Christmas tree from Minnesota that will take pride of place outside the U.S. Capitol Building arrived in Washington.

The 88-foot tall white spruce,donated by the Chippewa National Forest, near Cass Lake, will be the centerpiece of the Capitol's Christmas celebrations from its place on the west front lawn.

It arrived just after 11 a.m., NBC Washington reports, and was hoisted into position by a crane.

he last part of the journey had to be completed in the dead of night, according to the Washington Post, as the 105-foot trailer carrying the tree couldn't make the trip unless the roads were empty.

And Minnesota's impact on the national capital will be even greater once the tree is decorated, as it will be festooned with thousands of ornaments made by Minnesota's schoolchildren, KTTC reports.

It will be lit by Speaker of the House John Boehner on December 2.

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On its journey to the capital, the tree made 30 stops in communities and military bases on the way, with more than half of them in Minnesota, before continuing through Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.

Each year, a national forest is chosen to donate the Capitol Building's Christmas tree, with Chippewa National Forest officially selected in August.

It is the first time since 1992 that the Capitol Christmas tree has come from Minnesota.

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