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Santa Claus greets a crowd viewing the Christmas trees on display at the South Dakota Capitol building earlier in December. Nearly 100 trees were on display this year, according to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office. The trees are decorated by volunteers from communities, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and state government offices.

Salem native started tradition of decorating trees at SD Capitol

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By Lance Nixon

Capital Journal

PIERRE (AP) — If you want to know how Dottie Howe, back in 1981, came up with the thought of sprucing up the South Dakota State Capitol with Christmas trees, you'd have to spin the clock back even further — to December 1932 on a farm a mile south of Salem, S.D.

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