Vickie and Roger Lansman's 24-foot blue spruce arrived Monday morning to stand in state in the Nebraska Capitol Rotunda and serve as the official state Christmas tree.

It was hauled from the front yard of a house the Lansmans own at 34th and Dudley streets in Lincoln. The couple lives in Ord, but bought the house eight years ago for their children who attend college here.  

The Lansmans' yard is modest, and another spruce tree resides there, so when Vickie Lansman read last year in the Grand Island Independent that the Capitol Commission was seeking a Christmas tree, she called. 

State horticulturist Craig Kreiner accepted her offer, and the tree now awaits lights and decorations, which will be added Tuesday. 

Many people passing through the Rotunda on Monday said the 20-year-old tree is one of the most fragrant in years. 

"This is just a pleasure to have it here," Vickie Lansman said. 

The governor's office and governor's mansion also have Christmas trees, already up and decorated. Those Canaan firs are from Windmill Pines Tree Farm in the Seward area, which is supplying trees for the fifth year in a row.

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State government reporter

JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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