With Dec. 25 fast approaching, Roseville has a handful of places that are selling real Christmas trees.
Among them is Harold and Nancy Haugen's Christmas Trees, which is again at 2154 Lexington (the southeast corner of Lexington Avenue and County Road B).
Harold Haugen, a retired Roseville elementary school teacher, has been selling Christmas trees for nearly 30 years. "It's fun," said Haugen, a former vice president of the Minnesota Christmas Tree Growers Association. "I like socializing."
The Haugens sell balsams and Fraser firs along with a few white pines and Scotch pines. Prices run from $11 to $75 per tree, depending on size and variety.
Linda Ting, of St. Paul was at Haugen's tree stand this month. "We have been coming to this guy for years," she said. "He's quite a character."
Meanwhile, here is a rundown of the other places and locations in Roseville that are selling Christmas trees:
Ace Hardware 1930 Lexington Avenue N.
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church property,2300 Hamline Ave. Just west of Roseville High School, the church makes its parking lot available to a tree grower. The church gets a certain amount of money per tree sold; proceeds go towards supporting the church's general fund.
Rum River Tree lot, 3011 Rice St. (Rice St. and South Owasso Blvd). Tree prices range from $34 to $179, depending on size and variety. It is open from noon to 8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
1201 Larpenteur Ave.
Another Christmas tree seller, although not technically in Roseville but just right across the border in St. Paul, is Linder's, 270 Larpenteur Ave. W.
Also very near Roseville is the Christmas tree lot of the Falcon Heights-Lauderdale Lions Club. Located at 2050 Roselawn Ave. W., the lot has a few hundred trees for sale. Proceeds benefit many local schools and nonprofit organizations, the group said.
The Lions Club lot is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, and from 5 to 8 p.m. on weeknights.
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