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Published January 28, 2012, 11:09 AM

North Dakota has a New Champion Silver Maple Tree

BOTTINEAU, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has a new champion tree.

State Forester Larry Kotchman says a silver maple owned by Robert Penner in Fargo has replaced the former champion tree located at a Fargo cemetery. Kotchman says the cemetery maple lost several large branches last year and is in failing health.

Penner's tree is the newest addition to the North Dakota Register of Champion Trees, the official list of the largest and second-largest trees of each native and nonnative species in the state.

Two new second-place trees also have been added to the register. The cottonwood and hackberry trees both are owned by Mark Erickson of Kindred.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.