Decorated Christmas tree cut down, stolen from Nisswa roundabout

One of three spruce trees was cut down and stolen from Nisswa's roundabout on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

The center spruce tree in Nisswa's roundabout was cut down and stolen on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Dan Determan / Echo Journal
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NISSWA, Minn. — Nisswa residents were seemingly paid a visit from the Grinch when it was discovered in the early hours of Tuesday, Dec. 29, that one of the decorated spruce trees in the County 18 roundabout on the southern end of town had been cut down and stolen.

“We are investigating it,” Police Chief Craig Taylor said. “If anyone in the public has any information, they should give us a call. … They did load at least two snowmobiles and this tree onto a trailer — this is a 14-foot tree.”

Perpetrators would likely be charged with theft or damage to city property — perhaps both.

“A local electrician does the decorations (on those trees) and he has had some of his lights and hardware stolen along with the tree, so there would be theft charges with that for sure,” Taylor said. “Then we probably would say damage to property for the tree.”

A similar incident occurred a few years back, Taylor said, but the tree was simply cut down that time.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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