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Tree from Huron Selected as State Capitol Tree





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE

 


For Immediate Release: November 22, 2016
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra 605.773.4073

 

 

***This release contains links to audio and a photo.***


Tree from Huron Selected as State Capitol Tree



PIERRE, S.D. – A 28-foot tall Colorado blue spruce from Huron has been chosen to serve as the featured tree in the South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display.



“This tree was donated by Bob and Cheryl Krutzfeldt and has a unique tie to the state department of agriculture,” says Rachel Ormseth, urban forestry coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Resource Conservation and Forestry Division. “In 1986, the tree was given to the Krutzfeldt’s daughter Linda by department forester John Hinners, who was giving an Arbor Day Presentation at Linda’s school. She planted the tree outside her window so she could see the tree every day. Now, that tree is inside our state capitol building as the featured tree in this year’s display.” (***Download Ormseth audio here***)

 

The South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Nov. 23 through Dec. 26.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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***Downloaded a photo of the featured tree here***