Photo and story by Dan Rudy/MDN
Crewmen from TC Nursery and Real Builders suspend and trim down the trunk of a 20-foot blue spruce Thursday afternoon, before placing it on a three-ton concrete stand in the middle of North Main Street, in downtown Minot. Donated by Rosella and Frances Pfeifer, it will become Minot Downtown Business and Professional Association's Christmas tree once it gets decorated. "We've got a big community effort here," said the association's president, Bonny Kempler. SRT will string up the lights and Minot Fire Department will begin putting up garlands and wreaths downtown this weekend, in preparation for the tree's 6 p.m. lighting ceremony on Nov. 29, with a celebration by downtown businesses to follow.