SOUND BITE (Timber)
It was a proud day for the City of Stephenson and the U-P logging industry as the official Michigan Christmas tree was harvested and sent on its way to Lansing with hundreds of citizens, students, and officials looking on. The 60 foot spruce was donated by Alex Stevens and his Grandfather Bill Winters. Each year the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, Michigan Association of Timbermen and Great Lakes Timber Professionals team up to select the tree and get it to Lansing to stand near the State Capitol. It’s the 31st year that an official Christmas tree has been sent to Lansing, and 23 of those have come from the Upper Peninsula.
Denny Olson, a log trucker who emceed the ceremony noted the importance of the timber industry to our area….
SOUND BITE (Denny Olson)
The tree has been named as a memorial to long time Menominee County logger Earl St. John who died in the past year. Members of his family and company cut the tree. The harvested tree was suspended from a 110 foot boom crane provided by Plutchak Crane and Fabricating. Due to adjacent houses and power lines, the crane was necessary to move the tree from its location to the awaiting truck that hauled the tree to Lansing. The tree will be lit during Lansing’s Silver Bells celebration on November 17th.
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