State Christmas tree to be harvested Thursday in IM

The soon-to-be state Christmas tree will be harvested Thursday morning on Iron Mountain's North Side.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Michigan’s official 2019 state Christmas tree will begin its journey to the state Capitol in Lansing on Thursday, with the harvest set for 9 a.m. on Iron Mountain’s North Side.

Students from Iron Mountain and Breitung Township schools will be on hand to witness the 61-foot blue spruce, donated by Jordan and Sarah Wolfenberg and their family, be taken down at 2202 Aragon St.

A brief ceremony will include music performed by Iron Mountain and Kingsford bands and remarks from Iron Mountain Mayor Dale Alessandrini; Jordan and Sarah Wolfenberg; Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association representative Denny Olson; and a representative from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, which is coordinating the harvest and transport.

The tree will be taken down by the Michigan Association of Timberman and Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association at no cost to the owners or state.

It is expected to be delivered at the state Capitol in Lansing on Saturday morning. At the Capitol, Boy Scout troops 109 and 125 will be on hand to untie the tree. The HI-Ball Company of Lansing will volunteer a crane and crew to set the tree at the intersection of Capitol and East Michigan avenues, according to the DTMB.