Sending a Minnesota tree to the U.S. Capitol

For fifty (50) years, a beautiful tree has appeared on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. This year the U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with the Leach Lake Band of Ojibwe and Choose Outdoors will bring a special tree from the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota to  Washington, D.C. As the tree passes through communities on its way to the Capitol it will make 30+ stops including the Twin Cities.

Join the celebration at the Boy Scouts of America Northern Star Council Base Camp (201 Bloomington Road, St. Paul, MN 55111) on Saturday November 8, 2014 (3:30 pm – 5:30 pm). The event features:

  • Bon Fires
  • Ornament Decorating
  • Wreath-making demonstrations
  • Smokey Bear
  • Cookie Decorating
  • U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Merchandise
  • Archery and Rock Climbing ($5 fee)
  • Tree Cutting Permits
  • Bough Permits

US Capitol Christmas Tree

Food donation will be collected by the City of Lakes Rotary Club of Minneapolis to benefit the Neighborhood Food Shelf.

A short Program will take place at 4:40 p.m. with elected officials, Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources representatives. For more information go to

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