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UPDATE: Walker lights Christmas tree among protesters


Even the annual lighting of Wisconsin's Christmas tree couldn't escape politics.

Protesters turned their backs as Gov. Scott Walker lighted the tree on Friday and one Democratic state senator complained that about the timing of the ceremony.

Sen. Bob Jauch of Poplar says Walker purposefully held the lighting in the morning because he was afraid protesters would disrupt the noontime event. A couple dozen protesters at the morning ceremony did not interrupt Walker or cause any disruptions.

About 200 people were at the lighting ceremony, but Jauch says there should be more than 1,000. He says Walker ruined a normally joyous occasion.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says the lighting was done in the morning because the governor had other commitments and could not attend over the noon hour.


A ceremony to light Wisconsin's Capitol Christmas tree has been set.

Gov. Scott Walker planned to light the tree and dedicate it to Wisconsin's veterans on Friday morning.

Members from all branches of military services along with veterans are scheduled to be at the ceremony.

A second Friday ceremony will focus on the gift of the 36-foot-tall balsam fir from the Brule River State Forest in northwest Wisconsin.

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp is scheduled to give a history of the tree, the area from which it came and brief overview of forestry in Wisconsin.

The Maple school district high school chamber choir is scheduled to perform.

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