MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the first time in 20 years, Minnesota is providing the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.

And Jim Scheff, who is the state’s top logger, will do the honors. Sen. Amy Klobuchar told WCCO Radio’s Dave Lee that it is a bright spot during a difficult time of year.

“One little fun thing in the middle of a difficult election season, but also a lot of tough things going on around the country,” Klobuchar said.

The 88-foot tall white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest is coming down on Wednesday.

“So not for your living room,” she told WCCO Radio’s Dave Lee.

It will be stationed on the west lawn of the Capitol and decorated with thousands of lights and locally-made ornaments.

“It’s going to be a pretty exciting thing for our state,” she said.

Klobuchar said it’s good publicity for the state, and it showcases the state’s logging industry.

“My grandfather after the mines shut down became a logger, so it’s a part of our family as well,” Klobuchar said.

The tree is scheduled to make 30 stops along its 2,000-mile journey to Washington D.C, including at a Cleveland Browns football game.

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