Thursday, December 3, 2015

Rearview: Our own ‘Happy Hamster’ hauls the Capitol Christmas Tree

Editor’s note: We’re looking “in our rearview” to bring you some of our favorite stories, column and items from Land Line’s 40-year-history. In honor of last night’s lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree, we bring you a 2014 dispatch from Field Editor Suzanne Stempinski (aka “Red the Happy Hamster”) about her experience hauling last year’s tree for one leg of the journey.

The Capitol Christmas Tree moves across the country under the watchful eyes of the U.S. Forest Service, state and local law enforcement and the public. The journey, which began in north central Minnesota in late October, spans about three weeks and more than 17 stops as communities across the country share in the joy and fellowship of the season. For this truck driving reporter, it was a dream sandwiched between two celebrations.