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Kettle River tree lighting fosters community spirit


December 13, 2019

Lois Johnson

People gathered around the Kettle River Christmas tree last week after a lighting ceremony that was the first of what city boosters hope is an annual tradition.

The first tree lighting ceremony in Kettle River on Friday, Dec. 6 was a big success.

"Kettle River needed this," said Morgan Yeats, one of the organizers from the Ma and Pa Kettle Days committee in an email several days after the event. "I have been getting great feedback about the tree."

The tree lighting was a community event that drew about a hundred people from the city and the surrounding rural area. People pitched in to help bring the 19-foot tree to the city, set it up on a heavy stand, and decorate it with 1,400 LED lights.

Santa Claus appeared at the tree lighting, greeted everyon...

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