FARGO — Using chainsaws and ropes, a crew from Walt's Tree Service slowly dismantled two Spruce trees outside Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home. They have been there for 60 years.
Funeral home owner John Runsvold remembers going to the lake as an 8-year-old and digging up the tiny seedlings to plant outside the family's funeral home.
"On the side of a hill by Round Lake, about 75 miles from Fargo and for some reason, I wanted to bring these three seedlings back and plant them at the funeral home which was new and being built near Island Park," John Runsvold recalled.
But these trees will be put to good use. The plan is to repurpose the wood and turn them into tables or furniture for inside the funeral home.
"To have that come full circle and have it keep going, now that the trees will be gone from the property, is important to me," said Alex Rydell.
The trees are famous for lighting up part of downtown at Christmastime. For longtime owner John Runsvold, watching these trees come down is sad, but they created a tradition the family will remember.
"It is kind of sad, but they have been here for 60 years and we made a tradition out of them," John Runsvold said.