A 30-foot Christmas tree will grace the banks of the St. Croix River this holiday season.
The tree is set to arrive at Lowell Park on Wednesday, Stillwater Mayor Mike Polehna said. The plan is to light the tree up during the annual Twinkle Parade on Saturday, Dec. 6.
“I’ve always thought we needed a community Christmas tree downtown,” Polehna said. “I hope when the new bridge is done, we can have a community tree in the circle next to the Lift Bridge.”
Jeff Hause, of JG Hause Construction, provided logistical support throughout the process, paid for the tree and is paying Raleigh Trucking to deliver it.
The tree is being cut down, delivered and installed Wednesday morning, courtesy of Mike Raleigh, of Raleigh Trucking, Inc., Ward 2 Council Member Ted Kozlowski said. This has been something Mike and his wife Anissa have been talking about for the past 10 years, so they were very excited to be involved.
The tree is coming from Silver Creek Tree Farm.
“Tim Moore and Mike Raleigh have put in a lot of work to make this happen,” Kozlowski said. “This has been such a cool effort by the community and the city to get this done. It’s going to be awesome.”
City staff is drilling a hole for the tree that will be located in North Lowell Park.
Mayor Polehna purchased the tree stand. Ward 2 Council Member Ted Kozlowski and the Stillwater IBA are contributing funds to pay for the lights.
The Twinkle Parade starts at 4 p.m. at Nelson Street in downtown Stillwater. There will be free carriage rides, coffee, cocoa, cookies, a twinkle light for kids and the Teddy Bear Band.
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