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Nov. 21, 2017, Billings Gazette, Montana-made star for National Christmas tree stops in Billings
Nov. 21, 2017, The Paducah Sun, Christmas in the Park lighting coming Wednesday
Nov. 20, 2017, Springfield News-Reader, Capitol Christmas Tree Making stop at Bass Pro in Springfield on Tuesday
Nov. 20, 2017, Press Release, Attractive Kenworth T690 Advantage Drawing Crowds as Owner-Operator Transports U.S, Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 20, 2017, KTVH, A Star is Born: Belgrade Company crafts US Capitol Tree Stopper
Nov. 20, 2017, Transport Topics, Capitol Christmas Tree Hauled by Award-Winning Montana Operator
Nov. 19, 2017, Grand Forks Herald, US Capitol Christmas Tree stops in Grand Forks on National Tour
Nov. 19, 2017, Knox News Radio, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 19, 2017, KBZK, A Star is Born: Belgrade Company crafts US Capitol Tree Topper
Nov. 19, 2017, KRTV, A Star is Born: Belgrade Company crafts US Capitol Tree Topper
Nov. 19, 2017, KPAX, Montana company crafts Capitol Christmas Tree topper
Nov. 18, 2017, Montana Standard, Made in Montana: It takes a state to build a star
Nov. 18, 2017, FOX West Dakota, National (U.S. Capitol) Christmas Tree rolls into Dickinson
Nov. 17, 2017, My North Dakota Now, Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 17, 2017, Grand Forks Herald, Downtown streets closed for Christmas tree
Nov. 17, 2017, U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree stops in Great Falls
Nov. 17, 2017, KTTS 94.7 FM, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Stopping at Bass Pro in Springfield Next Week
Nov. 17, 2017, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Its lit: Belgrade companies help build start for US Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 17, 2017, Adams County Record, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Visit Dickinson, ND during 2017 tour
Nov. 17, 2017, Missoulian, Dear Ike: Merry Christmas 1958 from Montana
Nov. 16, 2017, KPAX, Capitol Christmas Tree stops in Missoula
Nov. 16, 2017, KTVH, Capitol Christmas Tree stops in Helena
Nov. 16, 2017, Independent Record, Featured Photo: "The People's Tree" makes stop at State Capitol en route to nation's capitol
Nov. 16, 2017, KRTV, Capitol Christmas tree stops in Great Falls
Nov. 16, 2017, KRTV, Capitol tree journeys across Montana
Nov. 16, 2017, KBZK, Capitol Christmas Tree journeys across Montana
Nov. 16, 2017, AG Week, Trucker originally from Cassleton hauling Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington
Nov. 15, 2017, Grand Forks Herald, Trucker originally from Cassleton hauling Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington
Nov. 15, 2017, KECI, Capitol Christmas Tree makes a stop in Missoula
Nov. 15, 2017, KGVO, Southgate Mall Welcomes Santa and U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 15, 2017, Ozarks First, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to stop in Springfield on Trip to D.C.
Nov. 15, 2017, KRBX Ozarks, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Stop in Springfield
Nov. 15, 2017, KPAX, Libby hosts celebration for U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 15, 2017, Missoulian, From Plains with cheer, Capitol Christmas Tree makes stop in driver's home town
Nov. 15, 2017, Bizmarck Tribune, Trucker originally from Cassleton hauling Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington
Nov. 14, 2017, KXLY, Capitol Christmas Tree leaves Troy, Montana headed for D.C.
Nov. 14, 2017, ABC News 5 Cleveland, U.S. Capitol Christmas tree makes its way across the country to D.C.
Nov. 14, 2017, The Paducah Sun, Paducah Power Plans Nov. 22 lighting ceremony at park
Nov. 13, 2017, Daily Inter Lake, Capitol Christmas Tree stops in Whitefish
Nov. 13, 2017, Grand Forks Herald, Capitol Christmas Tree to stop in Grand Forks
Nov. 13, 2017, Great Falls Tribune, Capitol Christmas Tree to visit Interpretive Center
Nov. 13, 2017, The Dickinson Press, Capitol Christmas tree to travel through Dickinson    
Nov. 13, 2017, Fleet Owner, Transporting the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 13, 2017, West Kentucky Star, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Coming Back to Paducah
Nov. 11, 2017, KRTV, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree begins journey from Northwest Montana
Nov. 10, 2017, KTVQ, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree begins its journey from Northwest Montana
Nov. 10, 2017, KXLY, Tree cut from Kootenai National Forest for U.S. Capitol
Nov. 10, 2017, KFVS, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will stop in heartland on journey to D.C.
Nov. 10, 2017, Commercial Carrier Journal, Montana-based fleet set to begin U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour
Nov. 10, 2017, Overdrive, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree begins cross-nation journey
Nov. 10, 2017, Heavy Duty Trucking/Truckinginfo, Kenworth T680 Advantage Transports Capitol Christmas Tree to U.S. Capitol
Nov. 9, 2017, WPSP, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree cut down, ready for journey from Montana to Washington D.C.
Nov. 9, 2017, KREM 2, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree cut down in Kootenai National Forest
Nov. 9, 2017, KECI Montana, U.S. Capitol tree on journey from Lincoln Co.
Nov. 9, 2017, Missoulian, Longtime Troy logging family puts its mark on Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 9, 2017, Press Release, SkyBitz Celebrates 10 Years of Tracking the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to the Nation's Capitol
Nov. 9, 2017, Land Line Magazine, Capitol Christmas Tree begins journey to D.C.
Nov. 9, 2017, Successful Dealer, Kenworth tractor hits the road with Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 8, 2017, ABC FOX Montana, Capitol Christmas Tree beings journey from Yaak, Montana to Washington DC

Nov. 8, 2017, KULR, Capitol Christmas Tree begins journey from Yaak, Montana to Washington DC
Nov. 8, Whitefish Pilot, US Capitol Christmas Tree to Stop Here
Nov. 8, 2017, Clark Fork Valley Press, Plains' Spiekermeier to Haul Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 7, 2017, The Western News, "The People's Tree": Part of Education Way to Close Twice for Nov. 14. Morning Event
Nov. 7, 2017, The Western News, Troy Sawyer to Cut Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 6, 2017, ABC Fox Montana, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to visit Missoula during Santa's arrival at Southgate Mall
Nov. 4, 2017, Flathead Beacon, From the Kootenai to the Capitol, a Christmas Tree's Journey Begins
Nov. 2, 2017, KPAX, Capitol Christmas Tree celebration to be held near Troy
Nov. 2, 2017, Land Line Magazine, Longtime trucker honored to haul U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 1, 2017, ABC FOX Montana, Bozeman sixth-grader will light U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 1, 2017, Daily Inter Lake, Capitol Christmas Tree Location Revealed
Nov. 1, 2017, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Bozeman boy to light U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 1, 2017, Great Falls Tribune, Bozeman Boy to light U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which will stop by Great Falls Nov. 16
Nov. 1, 2017, KBZK, Bozeman 6th grader to light U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Nov. 1, 2017. Independent Record, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to make stop by Helena
Nov. 1, 2017, Daily Inter Lake, Daybook for Nov. 1, 2017 (tree will stop in White Fish Nov. 13)
Nov. 1, 2017, PR Newswire, Getting This Tree "Home" Means Going on a Cross Country Journey
Oct. 31, 2017, ABC FOX Montana, Montana boy to Light Capitol Christmas Tree from Kootenai
Oct. 31, 2017, Flathead Beacon, Montana Boy to Light Capitol Christmas Tree
Oct. 31, 2017,  Missoulian, Location of Capitol Christmas tree announced: Bozeman boy selected to flip the switch
Oct. 31, 2017, NewsBF.com, Capitol Christmas Tree Hails from Kootenai National Forest
Oct. 31, 2017, Transport Topics, Longtime Montana Trucker Delivering Capitol Christmas Tree
Oct. 31, 2017, US News & World Report, Montana Boy to Light Capitol Christmas Tree From Kootenai
Oct. 31, 2017, Kansas City Star, Montana Boy to Light Capitol Christmas Tree From Kootenai
Oct. 31, 2017, The Western News, The "People's Tree" Chosen From Three Rivers Ranger District In Troy
Oct. 31, 2017, KTVH, Bozeman 5th Grader to light U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Oct. 30, 2017, Daily Inter Lake, Longtime Montana Trucker To Deliver Capitol Christmas Tree
Oct. 25, 2017, Daily Inter Lake, Chef's Popular Burgers Back in the Limelight    
Oct. 24, 2017, The Western News, Gov. Bullock to See off the People's Tree at its Stop in Libby
Oct. 22, 2017, Missoulian, Kootenai Forest to offer chance to see Capitol Christmas Tree before it is cut
Oct. 22, 2017, Missoulian, Missoula ballet dancers to accompany Capitol Christmas Tree to D.C.
Oct. 20, 2017, KGVO, Montana Company to Transport Capitol Christmas Tree to D.C.
Oct. 15, 2017, Daily Inter Lake, A guide to Flathead's Best Fall Foliage
Oct. 13, 2017, Billings Gazette, Billings truck company tapped to haul U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Montana to D.C.
Oct. 12, 2017, Land Line Magazine, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Begin Journey Nov. 8
Oct. 11, 2017, Montana based carrier tapped to haul U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, truck gets unique paint scheme
Oct. 11, 2017, Kenworth T680 Advantage Features Special Design for 53rd Annual U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour
Oct. 11, 2017, The Trucker.com, Kenworth T680 to transport nation's 53rd annual U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Montana to D.C.
Oct. 10, 2017, The Western News, Wildfires Spare Tree Chosen to be Nation's Christmas Tree
Oct. 6, 2017, Trip Savvy, Capitol Christmas Tree 2017 in Washington D.C.
Oct. 4, 2017, West Kentucky Star, U.S. Capitol Tree Returns to Paducah
Sept. 27, 2017, Green Valley News, Get Outside: Ross Creek cedars are an island of giants in northwest Montana
Sept. 25, 2017, Missoulian, Kootenai National Forest announces Capitol Christmas Timetable
Sept. 16, 2017, Daily Inter Lake, Capitol Christmas Tree to Tour Northwest Montana
July 28, 2017, KTVQ, Christmas in July: Montana tree chosen as 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
July 27, 2017 KPAX 8, Tree from Montana chosen as 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree
July 27, 2017 KTVH, U.S. Capitol's Christmas tree will come from Montana forest
July 21, 2017 The New York Times, The Last Empty Place on Earth
July 20, 2017 ABC FOX Montana, Montana Tree Heads to the West Lawn in Washington D.C.
June 30, 2017 The Western News, July Events at Lincoln County Libraries
May 1, 2017, ABC FOX Montana, Thompson Falls Elk club leading decoration of U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
April 29, 2017 ABC FOX Montana, Get your craft on: help make 9000 ornaments to send to Washington D.C.
Feb. 20, 2017 QTVQ 2, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree coming from Montana this year
Feb. 20, 2017 KRTV 3, 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Montana
Feb. 18, 2017 ABC Fox Montana, Montana trees chosen for U.S. Capitol Christmas tree
Feb. 16, 2017 The Spokesman Review, Kootenai National Forest will provide the 2017 Capitol Christmas tree
Feb. 14, 2017 The Western News, KNF unveils Capitol Christmas tree logo
Feb. 14, 2017 Capital Press, Next Capitol Christmas tree to come from Kootenai forest in Montana
Feb. 13, 2017 Missoulian, Next U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to come from Kootenai forest in Montana
Feb. 13, 2017 NBC, Next Capitol Christmas tree to come from Kootenai forest
Feb. 13, 2017 Great Falls Tribune, 2017 Capitol Christmas tree will come from Montana

Dec. 31. Aggregates Manager Kenworth T680 truck delivers Christmas tree to U.S. Capitol

Dec. 22 Idaho State Journal Sharing an Idaho Christmas

Dec. 16 The Western News 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree Will Come From the Kottenai

Dec. 15 Idaho State Journal Owner of S. Idaho trucking company delivers U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Dec. 14 Total Landscape Care JCB Loadall provides a lift for capital Christmas decorations

Dec. 12 Fleet Equipment Magazine Photo gallery: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree makes its way from Idaho to Washington D.C.

Dec. 9 Newsbf.com Idahoans come together to light up nation's capitol

Dec. 8 Newsgram Tradition since 1964, a 24 meter high Capitol Christmas Tree lit on Tuesday afternoon on West Lawn of U.S. Capitol

Dec. 7 United States Department of Agriculture The Brightest Gem in Washington isn’t the Hope Diamond, it’s the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Dec. 7 The Spokesman-Review Main Street: Idaho Christmas tree graces US Capitol

Dec. 7 Coeur d’Alene Press Idaho’s Christmas Tree Graces the Capitol

Dec. 7 KCRG Ch. 9 Injured ISP trooper participates in D.C. tree lighting

Dec. 7 KTVB Ch. 7 Boise girl lights U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Dec. 6 Miami Herald 10-year-old girl from Idaho lights up the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Dec. 6 The Hill Ryan lights Capitol Christmas tree

Dec. 6 KBOI Ch. 2 Idaho in D.C.: Watch the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree light up

Dec. 6 PBS Newshour Finding a Christmas Tree Fit for the U.S. Capitol

Dec. 6 Centre Daily A 10-year old girl from Idaho lights up the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Dec. 6 Roll Call Word on the Hill: Capitol Christmas Tree Gets Lit

Dec. 6 Twin Falls Times Christmas Tree from Idaho lights up Capitol lawn

Dec. 6 Meridian Press Idaho leaders, student to help light Capitol Christmas tree

Dec. 6 Idaho EdNews Boise fifth grader to light Capitol Christmas Tree

Dec. 6 Idaho StatesmanBoise girl tours Washington, gets ready to light up the Capitol Christmas tree Tuesday

Dec. 6 The Trucker TCA receives 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree Award for continuous support of event

Dec. 6 Speaker.gov The 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Is Lit

Dec. 5 Speaker.gov 7 Reasons We're Excited About The Capitol Christmas Tree

Dec. 5: McClatchy DC The story behind the 80-foot Christmas tree outside the U.S. Capitol

Dec. 5: KTVB U.S. Capitol Christmas tree lighting set for Tuesday

Dec 5: KLYQ 1240 Idaho Tree Becomes U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree TuesdayDec 4: CBS News Calendar: Week of December 5

Dec 2: The Roanoke Times Annie Lin shares photos from the Capitol Christmas Tree's tour stop in Blacksburg

Dec 2: Roll Call: Photos of the Week: The Holidays Kick Off on the Hill

Dec 2: Andrews Gazette U.S. Capital Christmas Tree stops by JBA, brings Santa Claus

Dec 1: The Washington Post The White House Christmas tree vs. Congress’s tree: Which is better?

Dec 1: USDA Blog A Dazzling Gem from Idaho Arrives on Capitol Hill

Nov 30: The Washington Post Christmas tree delivered to the Capitol

Nov 30: Commercial Carrier Journal Trucker, small fleet owner delivers U.S. Capitol Christmas tree after 4,000-mile trek

Nov 30: Boise Weekly From Idaho, Merry Christmas

Nov 30: Transport Topics Trucker Delivers Capitol Christmas Tree From Idaho
Nov 29: Land Line Magazine Delivering 'The People's Tree'

Nov 28: WWMT Ch. 3 Capitol Christmas tree arrives in Washington

Nov. 28 The Sacremento Bee Even if your 80-foot Christmas tree is headed to Congress, you still have to park

Nov. 29 KTVB Ch 7 Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in D.C. area

Nov. 28 Fox 9 US Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in nation's capitol

Nov. 28 USDA Blog A dazzling gem from Idaho arrives on Capitol Hill

Nov. 28 WTOK Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in Washington

Nov. 28 FOX 5 DC US Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in nation’s capitol

Nov. 28 Journal Times Video: Christmas Tree arrives on Capitol hill from Idaho

Nov. 28 Olean Times Herald Idaho Christmas Tree Arrives on Capitol Hill

Nov. 25 Capital Press Thanksgiving shipments of Idaho potatoes up

Nov. 25 The Roanoke Times Christmas tree headed to U.S. Capitol stops in Blacksburg

Nov. 23. WBIR.com Capitol Christmas tree makes a stop in Knoxville

Nov. 22 WSIL TV Christmas Tree bound for US Capitol stops in Paducah

Nov. 22 West Kentucky Star Capitol Christmas Tree visits Paducah

Nov. 18 The Tennessean People's tree visits Nashville before Capitol lighting ceremony

Nov. 18 9 News US Capitol Christmas Tree swinging through Denver

Nov. 17 Commercial Carrier Journal Truck driver Gary Amoth proud to be hauling ‘The People’s Tree’ in new KW T680

Nov. 17 NRV News Capitol Christmas tree coming to Blacksburg

Nov. 16 Independent Enterprise Fiddler Shippy to perform in D.C.

Nov. 16 KKCO/KJCT US Capitol Christmas tree coming to Grand Junction

Nov. 15 Post Independent The People’s Tree is coming through Glenwood

Nov. 15 Surfky.com U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Arrive in Paducah Nov. 21

Nov. 15 NBC Montana Capitol Christmas Tree makes overnight pit stop in Missoula

Nov. 15 News Radio 1310 Capitol Christmas Tree Comes to Twin Falls

Nov. 13 The Argus Observer Teenager fiddles and teaches, and now she’s heading to D.C.

Nov. 13 Bonner County Daily Bee Capitol tree spruces up holiday spirit

Nov. 10 KREM Ch 2 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to make stop Friday in CDA

Nov. 11 Idaho Mountain Express and Guide Capitol Christmas tree is an Idaho gem

Nov. 11 Moscow-Pullman Daily NewsChristmas tree stops in Moscow on way to DC

Nov. 9 Deseret News U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to make stop in Ogden

Nov. 8 WVLT Ch. 8 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to visit Knoxville

Nov. 8 Columbia Daily Tribune Capitol Christmas Tree to be displayed Nov. 20 in Columbia

Nov. 8 KBOI 2 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree makes pit-stop in Boise on its way to D.C.

Nov. 7 KTVB Ch. 7 Capitol Christmas Tree in Boise

Nov. 7 Go by Truck Capitol Christmas Tree En Route

Nov. 7 American Trucker Kenworth T680, Capitol Christmas Tree head east

Nov. 7 Idaho Statesman To ship: One 80-foot Idaho spruce, and it can’t lose its needles before reaching D.C.

Nov. 7 KTVB Ch. 7 Capitol Christmas Tree visits Boise for big send-off

Nov. 7 Idaho Statesman U.S. Capitol Christmas tree left Boise today, but 10 more Idaho stops

Nov. 7 Idaho Statesman Boise, now's your chance to see the Capitol Christmas tree before it leaves town

Nov. 6 KTVB Ch. 7 McCall celebrates Capitol Christmas Tree

Nov. 5 The Missoulian U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree cut in Idaho forest

Nov. 5 WatertownDailyTimesUS Capitol Christmas tree is cut down at Idaho forest, will make its way to DC

Nov. 4 The Washington Post Local Digest: Nov. 4, 2016

Nov. 4 Times-News Festivities to welcome Capitol Christmas Tree

Nov. 3 WFLA Ch. 8 US Capitol Christmas tree cut down, on way to Washington, DC

Nov. 3 Times-News Capitol Christmas Tree cut near McCall

Nov. 3 Idaho Press-Tribune US Capitol Christmas tree cut in Payette National Forest

Nov. 2 Clearwater Tribune U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to visit Grangeville, Lapwai, and Moscow during 2016 tour

Nov. 2 Argus Observer Nation’s capitol Christmas Tree’s tour starts Saturday

Nov. 2 KTVB Ch 7 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree artwork complete

Nov. 2 KTVB Ch. 7 U.S. Capitol Tree: A big tree from the Little Ski Hill

Nov. 2 NBC 4 Washington All the Way From Idaho, US Capitol Christmas Tree on Its Way to DC

Nov. 2 KIVI-TV Christmas tree cut down in McCall. Will tour Idaho before going to D.C.

Nov. 2 KTVB Ch. 7 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree harvested near McCall

Nov. 1: KIVI-TV 6 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to be cut Wednesday near McCall

July 28: KTVB-11: The search for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

July 10: WHAS- 11: Paducah set to host US Capitol Christmas tree stopover

June 20: Post Independent- Citizen Telegram: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to stop by Glenwood

June 16: Livinginthenews.com: Capitol Christmas Tree From Idaho- Celebrating in Weiser

May 16: Boise Sun Times: Payette Smokejumpers tasked with finding Capitol Christmas Tree

March 22: Media Advisory: Unveiling of Ward Hooper Artwork

Feb. 24: The Spokesman-Review: Idaho to provide U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, resolution urges participation

January: KTVB-7: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree preview|

Jan. 30: KTVB-7: Winter Festival goers decorate ornaments for capitol Christmas tree

Jan. 26: KIVI-6, U.S. Capitol tree, ornaments to come from Idaho

Jan. 26: KTVB-7, Idaho artist unveils logo for Capitol Christmas Tree

Jan. 21: Idaho Statesman, Party in the snow at the McCall Winter Carnival

Jan. 21, 2016: KTVB- 7, Public Service Announcement of the 2016 program

Dec. 21, 2015: Idaho Statesman, Idaho tree will grace U.S. Capitol grounds in 2016

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