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Soil and Water Conservation Department to host annual Open House Jan. 19

The Wadena SWCD is going to be hosting its annual Tree Open House on Thursday, Jan. 19 from noon-6 p.m. at the SWCD offices at 4 Alfred St NE in Wadena.

Those who lost trees to the 2010 tornadoes can come in to sign up for their free trees that will be available for pick up in the spring of 2012. Tress will be distrubuted on a first come, first served basis until the funding runs out for tree replacement. People who have already received trees will not be eligible unless they received Black Hills Spruce trees that did not survive, in which case the SWCD will be replacing 30 percent of those that were planted. The SWCD will also be filling normal tree orders at that time and offering a 10 percent discount on paid orders. The SWCD will be open extended hours that day so those of you who cannot make it during normal business hours can still participate.

Cost sharing could be available to those within Wadena County who qualify. Refreshments will be provided, and staff will be available for technical assistance to help choose tree species and location. Any questions please call (218) 631-3195 Ext. 4 or log on to or

Donations are still being accepted for the Trees For Wadena Program.