A 30-foot tall Christmas tree is standing in north Lowell Park thanks to a collaboration of valley residents who have wanted to see the idea of a community Christmas tree in downtown Stillwater come true.
Jeff Hause, of J.G. Hause Construction Inc., bought the balsam fir from Tom and Dianne Polasik, who own Silver Creek Tree Farm. Mike Raleigh, of Raleigh Trucking volunteered time and resources to deliver and install it.
Stillwater city staff drilled the hole. The tree stand was welded together by Richard Thron of Mantyla Well Drilling Inc. in Lakeland. The stand is a 5-foot long well-casing that is 12-inches in diameter.
To date, community members have donated $5,000 to the IBA to light the tree, Ted Kozlowski told the Pioneer Press.
The lights will be put on the tree Saturday morning.The Twinkle Parade begins at 4 p.m. near the Dock Cafe. The tree will be lit Saturday evening between 5-5:30 following the parade.
Here’s a few photos from Wednesday morning’s tree installation in Lowell Park (courtesy of Robin Hetchler)
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