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Keith Stevens dusts snow off a balsam fir tree Tuesday at a tree-selling site next to the Nodak store on Main Avenue in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Early spring, May cold snap hard on balsam firs

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DULUTH, Minn. - If Christmas for your family just isn't complete without a perfect, fragrant, fresh balsam fir, here's some advice:

Better shop now.

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, said 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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