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St. Michael Gets a New Holiday Tree!

posted Sep 19, 2012, 7:06 PM by St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Club   [ updated Sep 19, 2012, 7:09 PM ]
STMA Rotary and Shop Saint Michael are pleased to announce the planting of St. Michael’s new Holiday Tree at the St. Michael City Center.  The organizations are planning a Holiday Tree Lighting celebration for Tuesday, Nov. 27. 

St. Michael tree planting
The Holiday Tree Lighting celebration will include caroling by STMA High School’s Choir, caroling and a sing-a-long led by the Crow River Senior Center Choir, holiday stories read by Friends of the Library and local Rotarians, and a special visit from Santa.  The event will include a toy and children’s book drive for the Hanover Area Food Shelf.  Free hot dogs, chili, cookies and cocoa will be served while supplies last.

The tree will be lit by St. Michael’s very own “Holiday Cheermeister” who will be nominated by the community and selected by Shop Saint Michael and STMA Rotary. Nomination forms are available at Shop Saint Michael businesses, City Hall, and at  Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 31. CLICK Here for Nomination form.

 St. Michael’s Holiday Tree Project is being funded through a $6,200 grant from Rotary District 5950.  The tree, a Serbian Spruce, was donated by Shop Saint Michael and was planted Sept. 19 by Schulte’s Greenhouse & Nursery of St. Michael.  In addition to the tree, the project includes LED lights (blue, white and gold in honor of Rotary and STMA Schools), two public benches, a decorative trash receptacle, and electric service.  STMA High School’s industrial technology class is making a commemorative sign for the tree with materials funded by STMA Rotary.

Schulte's planting the St. Michael holiday tree
“We are really excited to introduce this new holiday tradition to our community,” said Nancy Lauseng, STMA Rotary past president and project coordinator.  “It’s going to be one of those ‘Hallmark moments’ that brings cheer and goodwill to all of our holidays and, most importantly, creates a wonderful memory for the children. We thank Shop Saint Michael and Rotary District 5950 for making it possible.”

Wayne Berthiaume, secretary of Shop Saint Michael, shared Lauseng’s excitement for the project.

“This is going to be a great holiday tradition for our community,” Berthiaume said.  “A tree lighting, caroling, Santa, hot cocoa.  What more could you ask for?  Mark your calendars, because you are not going to want to miss this.”

Find out more about the Holiday Tree Lighting at

About St. Michael-Albertville Rotary
Rotary is a unique organization that stresses “service above self.” It focuses on helping citizens in our community as well as addressing the world-wide challenges of disease, literacy, starvation and clean water. The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Crow River Senior Center at the new St. Michael City Center. For more information, visit

About Shop Saint Michael
Shop Saint Michael is a local non-profit organization of St. Michael businesses with the vision of having every resident consider buying in Saint Michael before going to businesses in the surrounding area or big box stores. For more information, visit