Good Questions: Flu Germs, Old Xmas Trees, Tearful LaughterEvery Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores flu germs, used Christmas trees and laughter that makes you cry.
Smaller Christmas Trees Are Getting PopularWhat kind of Christmas tree do you like? Real? Fake? Or are you just someone who likes to wait until the last minute to decorate for the holidays? The Famers Market Annex in Minneapolis sells thousands of trees every December. Owner Scott Barriball says he sees customers' interests change every year as they search for that perfect living room centerpiece.
Holiday Season Off To Warm, Gloomy StartThe most wonderful time of the year is getting off to a gloomy start. Cloudy skies and fog hung over the downtown Minneapolis skyline most the day. At this Christmas tree lot at the Farmer's Market, owner Scott Barriball compared the forecast to those of years past.
Pine Trees Experiencing More Winter Burn This YearThe rush at Krueger's Christmas Trees had a Black Friday type feel but the crowds didn't show up for door buster deals or big savings. "We consider this our "green Friday,"" Deb Krueger, of Krueger's Christmas Trees, said.
Don’t Kick Your Christmas Tree To The Curb, Recycle ItSome of you have already gotten rid of your Christmas trees, and some of you are probably putting it off. Sure, you can leave yours by the curb for pickup. But we found out there's a way you can make good use of that tree for the next four months or so.
'U' Resorts To Unusual Methods To Thwart Evergreen Thieves The University of Minnesota says "Grinches" steal evergreens from its campuses each winter to use as Christmas trees at home. Now, they're using an unusual method to thwart would-be thieves.
Good Question: How Does MOA Decorate For The Holidays?Imagine having to dress up an almost five-million-square foot space for the holidays! The daunting task is a reality for Brett Baudette, design manager at MOA. He says they “kick in to holiday gear” in mid-September, contracting out to about 100 workers who normally build inside the stores. “It’s a team of construction workers," Baudette said. "It's kind of a fun change for them." They'll spend $250,000 on new decorations and labor, with most of the work executed in the middle of the night.
Charges: 2 Stole 2,000 Trees To Resell For XmasTwo people are charged with stealing nearly 2,000 spruce trees from county-managed forestland in northeastern Minnesota. Authorities say the two planned to sell the small trees and tree tops as miniature Christmas trees in southern Minnesota.
Early Snow Spruces Up Your Christmas TreeTuesday night's snow may be the best thing that could've happened to your future Christmas tree. Growing Christmas trees can take a lot of patience and Deb Krueger of Krueger's Christmas trees knows it well.
Christmas Tree Drought Hits Hard In MidwestAnalysts predict that Americans will buy 30 million Christmas trees this year, but in the Midwest Christmas tree farmers have been hit hard by the drought, which could wreak havoc on next year's crop.
Pick-A-Side: Best Christmas Tree Farm In MinnesotaThe idea of picking your own Christmas tree is just about as festive as it gets. But where do you go to pluck your precious pine?
Minn. Christmas Tree Farm Getting Just Enough RainMore than half of the U.S. has been a designated disaster zone due to widespread drought, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's the most severe and expensive drought in 25 years.