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Elves At Work

December 24, 2019
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

The magic of Christmas doesn't "just happen." The work of elves comes into play quite often.

Look at that giant tree on Courthouse Square. It has stood on the square for years, in all its glorious splendor. Apparently there was always "talk" about dressing the tree in lights for the holidays, but it just didn't happen.

This year the Emmetsburg Retail group again discussed putting lights on the 35-foot tall tree. With the help of a lot of elves, it happened.

According to Chamber Director Deb Hite, Erica and Matt Jansen from Willow Tree took the idea and ran with it. They were joined by Ty Harson (Harson's Tree Service) and a bunch of volunteers.

First, they needed lights. Lots of lights! K&W?Electric made a substantial donation toward the purchase of LED lights. Many other people also donated to the cause. Donations ranging from $15 to $500 went toward the purchase of lights. Deb Hite said she would be walking down the street and people would give her money toward the light project. These funds will be kept in a separate account and be used another year.

How many strings of lights does it take to cover a 35-foot tall tree?

100 lights per strand x 30 = a beautifully lit tree.

Apparently it didn't take all 30 strands, so there are some back-up lights in storage. If they aren't used this year, they will be used next year.

There would need to be an extraordinary tree topper 35-feet in the air. A regular light feature was two sizes too small. Get Frank Kliegl on the phone and see if there is an extra snowflake that didn't get put up on a light pole. Success!

The lighted tree brings?Courthouse Square to life! So many people comment on the bright and beautiful tree. Why hadn't this been done before?

It took a team of elves to complete the job. Deb Hite, Erica and Matt Jansen, and Ty Harson were leading the team. Ty's parents, Jill and Denny, joined the group, along with Mark Keniston, Braxton Long, Jim Stevens, Cal Christensen and Eldon Stoffel. There may be more elves who helped with the project and we apologize if we missed your name. It was truly a group effort. Thank you to all the elves who made this project a reality.

The Courthouse Square tree was officially lighted during Home for the Holidays on Friday, Dec. 6.

Happy Holidays to you!



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