Local tree chosen for display at Governor's Mansion

By: 
CHRIS RODEN FOR THE LACLEDE COUNTY RECORD

Mike and Linda Knudson lost an old friend Monday at just 25 years of age. Surprisingly, they were mostly happy about it.
The Missouri Department of Conservation selected one of their mature lawn trees as the Governor’s Mansion Christmas tree. It was time to say goodbye.
“It’s going to be the official Christmas tree on his lawn at the Governor’s Mansion,” Knudson said.
Monday around noon, a workman from the Conservation Department wormed his way through the limbs with a chainsaw to cut the trunk before the crane operator hoisted the tree to a flatbed truck. Workers wrapped it for traveling at highway speeds and took it away for the upcoming lighting ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion.
Kelli Jones, the Governor’s deputy press secretary, stated the lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, November 30, at 6 p.m.  The Sparta High School band will perform outside the mansion located at 100 Madison Street. Other choirs will perform inside where six trees from Hermann, Mo. will be on display. Candlelight tours begin at 9 p.m. For the Knudsons, the best tree will be outside.
Their 40 plus foot Norway spruce served them well, shielding their home on Dove Road from passersby. This particular Norway spruce looked both happy and depressed with its upswept and downturned limbs but decorative with clusters of cone spread throughout.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's print or e-Edition of the LCR. 

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