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GLAD YOU ASKED: Why no Christmas tree on Mitchell's Main Street?

Ken Tracy, mayor of Mitchell, lights the city Christmas tree Nov. 25 across the street from the Corn Palace to conclude the Christmas at the Palace event. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Q. We really enjoyed driving up and down Main Street and looking at the Christmas lights and many of the stores that had beautiful displays. One thing we thought was missing was the big Christmas tree, which used to be in the street, but is now in the square across from the Corn Palace. Why was it moved, and will it ever be moved back into the street?

A. According to Mitchell Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Dusty Rodiek, the tree was moved near the Corn Palace to complement the Christmas at the Palace event, which was held last month.

The tree’s former location, typically in the center of Main Street, also raised concerns about motorist safety due to poor visibility and restricted traffic lanes, Rodiek said. It also made snow removal in the area more difficult.

“Unless otherwise directed, we plan to place the tree in its current location in the future,” Rodiek said.

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