Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Are you wondering what businesses are opening or closing in the east metro or otherwise making the news? Here’s an update for the month of November.
The following is a collection of business related articles that recently appeared on Oakdale Patch, Woodbury Patch and Stillwater Patch. Oakdale Business Owner Competes for National Grant to Achieve Dream Business owner Jonathan Lockhart is hoping to receive a business grant from FedEx to help achieve his dream of creating an Urban Farm. Oakdale Company Honored as One of State's 'Best and Brightest' Fifteen businesses across the state were honored at the Tekne Awards ceremony. Oakdale Small Business Grows After Summer Launch Business is moving forward for Nikki Griffin. Oakdale Begins Indoor Market in Time for Holiday Shopping Oakdale's Indoor Market will begin earlier than usual this year. Small Business Facebook Pages Oakdale Residents …
Monday, December 3, 2012
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The warm weather Monday might have you fooled, but it’s Christmas tree season, and here’s the rundown for where you can get a live tree locally. Wolcyn Tree Farms and Nursery began selling fresh-cut trees, wreaths and spruce tips at the Valley Creek Mall starting the day after Thanksgiving, with new trees arriving regularly from its farm in Cambridge, Minn. “Every week we get a fresh load of trees,” said Clint Wolcyn, part-time worker and son of owners Tom and Adie Wolcyn. “Which means these trees have been cut only a day or two before they’re put on display.” The Wolcyn lot offers a range of tree sizes and types, including Frasier, Balsam and Canaan. Trees are priced per foot and tied for free. This is the third year the Wolcyn family has…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The 2012 Christmas Tree season begins Nov. 17 at Krueger's Christmas Tree Farm.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The 2012 Christmas Tree season begins Nov. 17 at Krueger's Christmas Tree Farm. “Tag-A-Tree weekend” is over at Krueger's Christmas Tree Farm, but you can still pre-select your tree before the tree season begins Nov. 17. Tagging a tree is a great way to get the best selection of trees and enjoy a late-fall afternoon. So head to the farm and you’ll find tags, maps, and instructions in the small white warming house. People may help themselves of staff is not around.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Minnesota Christmas-tree growers say their crop offers numerous economic and environmental advantages over artificial trees.
There’s more to love about a real Christmas tree than the pretty ornaments. Tree-growers in Minnesota cite a number of factors—both environmental and economic—that make their products preferable to their artificial competition. “Bringing a real Christmas tree into the home is a tradition that goes back centuries. The tree's pleasant aroma gives an instant reminder that Christmas is in the air,” says the Rum River and Hampton Hills Tree Farms website at CutYourOwn.com. Living trees, the site notes, are a renewable, recyclable resource: “Artificial trees, on the other hand, average a lifespan of only six years; then [they] are tossed in a landfill, where they lie in a composed state for centuries.” Adds Krueger’s Christmas Trees of Lake Elmo…
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Some basic tips can fireproof your home this season.
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Sunday, December 11, 2011
The beauty of Christmas can easily turn to tragedy without a few basic fire-safety measures. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when stringing lights around an evergreen or relaxing beside a cozy fire. The folks at Fireside Hearth and Home warn customers to be aware of how hot fireplaces can get and take precautions to keep flammable materials safely away from them. Children also should be closely monitored at all times, as should pets. They also remind customers to make sure to use a protective screen—and to handle those screens with extreme care, and they can get extremely hot. The U.S. Fire Safety Administration (USFA) cautions that a fireplace should never be left unattended and must be extinguished before retiring for the …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Expert gives Woodbury Patch the scoop on the iconic evergreen.
If you’re looking to get a top tree this Christmas season, try the Frasier fir. “It is the Cadillac, for a lot of reasons,” said Clint Wolcyn, whose family owns a Christmas tree farm in Cambridge and has sold them in a lot at Woodbury’s Valley Creek Mall for the past two seasons. “The big thing is needle retention—it’s going to hold its needles until July,” he said. The lot offers four types of trees: balsam, Canaan and Frasier firs, and the white pine. (Some lots sell Scotch pine trees, but Wolcyn cautioned people not to buy them because their needles fall off quickly.) The balsam and Frasier firs are the most popular, but the latter is a bit more costly at $10 to $11 per foot, Wolcyn said. The Canaan is a tree that only came on the …
Monday, January 10, 2011
Those woodchips in your yard? They may have once been your Christmas tree.
Ever wonder what happens to Christmas trees once the presents are opened and New Year’s Day has come and gone? Woodbury Patch was at Composting Concepts on Saturday to find out. The company is normally open from April 1 until the day before Thanksgiving, but for two Saturdays each January it opens its doors for Woodbury folks dropping off their Christmas trees. Manager Teresa Skinner was at Composting Concepts on Saturday, cheerfully ushering people through the queue, at one point quietly singing “O Christmas Tree.” Woodbury Patch: What happens when people bring in their old tree? Teresa Skinner: The customer brings it in and it gets pushed into the brush pile and then it’s turned into woodchips. We sell the woodchips. Patch: How many …