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The Red Wing Y's Men and Women's Christmas tree lot is located directly outside the YMCA, the first year in this location. (Republican Eagle photo by John Russett)

60 years of trees at the Y

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Every holiday season since 1953 the Red Wing Family YMCA has sold Christmas trees.

Director Mike Melstad has been selling trees through the Y’s Men's Club (which recently became the Y’s Men and Women’s Club) since the 1970s and continued that tradition when he moved to Red Wing five years ago.


While working for the YMCA. Melstad said he became involved in the Y’s Men’s Club, which is how he got involved in selling Christmas trees.

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