- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Capitol has more Christmas cheer.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and first lady Betsy Dalrymple turned on lights that illuminate the 22-foot balsam fir during a ceremony Monday night in the Capitol’s Memorial Hall.

Officials say the Christmas tree has about 2,000 ornaments, including 236 that were added this year. While the ornaments are from North Dakota, the tree came from Wisconsin.

Outside, windows on the north and south side of the Capitol also are lit up with an outline of Christmas trees.

Officials say the Christmas tree window lighting began in the mid-1940s. Each side of the building has 20 red and 24 green shades to create the tree.

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