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Proos presents sapling to sheriff’s department

State Sen. John Proos recently presented a catalpa tree sapling to St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite.

The sheriff’s department will be working with the county to determine the best location to plant the tree.

Proos said catalpas are flowering trees that grow up to 60 feet high or more and provide plenty of shade. He said it was an honor to present the sheriff’s department with this sapling from the massive catalpa tree at the Capitol.

The sapling presented to Lillywhite came from a cutting from a catalpa that sits on the east lawn of the state Capitol. It is more than 107 feet tall, with a trunk measuring more than 20 feet around.

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