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Oh Christmas tree; Thousands flock to find the perfect tree

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It's that time of year again when many Minnesotans head to look for the perfect Christmas tree. With the late Thanksgiving this year, Christmas is not far off so there are fewer days to pick up the tree.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says Christmas tree farmers in Minnesota sell an average of 500,000 trees every year. The most popular tree varieties grown in Minnesota are the Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir and Scotch Pine. They expect a bumper crop of Christmas trees this year.

KARE 11 reports that the cool and wet spring, along with the warm summer and wet fall has created nearly ideal conditions for Christmas tree growers in the region.

Tom Hanson from the Rum River Tree Farm and Nursery told KARE, "The trees grew real well with the nice cool, wet spring and the summer with the warm weather helped them even more."

The State Capitol will have three Christmas trees. The Star Tribune reports the largest of will stand in the capitol rotunda and will arrive this week from Bork Tree Farms in Hinckley.

The Tribune report says the other trees will go to the governor's reception room and in the lobby of the attorney general's office. Those trees will be coming from Happy Land Tree Farms in Sandstone and are expected to arrive on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Grown Directory has a listing many of the tree farms around Minnesota.

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