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

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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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