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Bad growing season means rush is on for perfect Christmas tree

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If Christmas for your family just isn't complete without a perfect, fragrant, fresh balsam fir, Doug Hoffbauer of Duluth has some advice.


Better shop early.

A warm, early spring followed by an early May cold snap damaged the growing tips of balsam firs in Christmas tree farms from Minnesota to Maine, according to Jan Donelson, executive director of the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association.

"There wasn't a grower that didn't experience it," Donelson said.

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