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Hallstrom, Red Wing florist and veteran, dies at 89

Evan Hallstrom, the third-generation owner of Hallstrom's Florist and Greenhouses, died Tuesday morning at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center. He was 89.

Hallstrom served in the U.S. Army during World War II. According to a 1995 Republican Eagle article, Hallstrom used a 8mm movie camera to record his experiences while stationed in Italy. He shot things ranging from everyday life for the soldiers to starving families scrounging for food.

Hallstrom said he hoped the films would allow people to see what life was like for soldiers away from the battlefield.

When he returned from the war in 1945, Hallstrom joined his father, Frank, in the family's greenhouses, growing vegetables and flowers.

Hallstrom and his wife, Carol, expanded his family's business in the 1950s, adding more greenhouses and an office building.

In the mid-1950s, Hallstrom invented an air-supported greenhouse, called "the bubble." According to a 2006 R-E article, his invention "revolutionized the greenhouse industry worldwide" and "greenhouse growers and scientists came from around the country and globe to study (it)."

Hallstrom found use for his 8mm camera again in 1960, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower's visited Red Wing to dedicate the Eisenhower Bridge.

"They had all this high security, and here was Evan just walking up and taking moving pictures of him," said his wife, Carol, in a 2010 R-E article.

Hallstrom was a member of Leo C. Peterson American Legion and the Burnson-Lillyblad VFW.

Hallsrom's son, Dave, and daughter-in-law, Diane, continue to operate Hallstrom's Florist and Greenhouses.

A memorial service will held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church.

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.