Photos: Pomp and chainsaws for the cutting of the US Capitol Christmas tree

The tree cutting began by securing lines.
The Capitol Christmas Tree cutting ceremony began with securing lines to the crane.
Matthew McLaughlin / For MPR News

An 88-feet tall white spruce is on its way to the nation's capital today after a ceremony and cutting on Thursday in northern Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest. Photographer Matthew McLaughlin was there to capture the scene.

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