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The City of Flin Flon got into the holiday spirit yesterday when workers erected a towering Christmas tree outside City Hall. It marked the return of a tree uptown after a one-year hiatus. In 2002, the City did not put one up for several reasons, including the lack of a lift for workers to decorate the tree and difficulties in finding a tree not obstructed by power lines. But those issues have been straightened out, and the voluminous tree will be brightly-lit this holiday season. Rick Bacon, the City's assistant director of Works and Operations, noted that the lack of a tree at City Hall did not go unnoticed last year. "We had a number of residents and uptown businesses who wanted to see the tree back," he said. A couple of local businesses felt that it was better to give than to receive when it came to helping erect the tree. McKeen's Trucking donated a low-bed truck for transporting the tree, and United Rentals provided a lift for workers to place lights on it. Cut down in the Big Island area, the tree was donated by Big Island resident Harold House. A number of interested pedestrians stopped to watch as workers used a crane to lower the tree into a cement base. It may be hard to believe, but Santa's big visit is now just 36 days away. As usual, it seems the holiday season has quickly snuck up on us.