PINE COUNTY, Minn. -- Foresters from the Department of Natural Resources cut down the official state of Minnesota Christmas tree Monday, Dec. 2, in General C.C. Andrews State Forest in Pine County.

The balsam fir, which will decorate the Governor’s Residence, is about 40 years old and 25 feet tall. Each year, DNR staff chooses the Governor’s Christmas tree from one of Minnesota’s 59 state forests, a release from the DNR said.

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree for the Governor’s Residence takes a keen eye, said DNR Forester Jean Mouelle. “I look for a tall tree that’s nicely shaped and well filled out,” Mouelle said. “It also has to be in a location where it will not be damaged when dropped, and where foresters can easily remove it from the forest and load it onto a trailer.”

Foresters from the Department of Natural Resources cut down the official state of Minnesota Christmas tree Monday, Dec. 2, in General C.C. Andrews State Forest in Pine County. (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)
Foresters from the Department of Natural Resources cut down the official state of Minnesota Christmas tree Monday, Dec. 2, in General C.C. Andrews State Forest in Pine County. (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

The tree will be set up at the Governor’s Residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and lit on Thursday, Dec. 5, weather permitting, the release said.

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General C.C. Andrews State Forest is about 55 miles southwest of Duluth.