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Floyd County Ikes deliver Christmas trees to Charles City

  • Dick Oleson, of the Floyd County Ikes, unloads Christmas trees that will be able to be purchased soon in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Dick Oleson, of the Floyd County Ikes, unloads Christmas trees that will be able to be purchased soon in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Jerry Newton, with the Floyd County Ikes, hauls Christmas trees on Monday in Charles City to a location where they will be able to be purchased. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The Floyd County Ikes get Christmas trees ready to be purchased on Monday in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Curt Hoeft, with the Floyd County Ikes, hauls Christmas trees on Monday in Charles City to a location where they will be able to be purchased. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Christmas trees stand in a row near the intersection of South Main and 4th Street in Charles City on Monday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

By Kelly Terpstra, kterpstra@charlescitypress.com

The smell of fresh pine wafted through the air near the intersection of South Main and 4th Street just after noon Monday in Charles City.

Delivery of the fir trees by the Floyd County Ikes means that Christmas is near.

In what has become a yearly tradition, the Ikes hauled in another round of trees from up north for Christmas shoppers to purchase. The 80 trees transported to Charles City on a flatbed truck were retrieved from central Minnesota and now lay in rows on property owned American Family Insurance and across the street from Arnold Motor Supply.

“They’re kind enough to let us use this lot,” said Floyd County Ikes President Dave Nehls.

Nehls said the Floyd County Izaak Walton League has used the property for about five years to sell their Christmas trees. All proceeds generated from the sale of the $40 trees go back to the Ikes for local conservation projects like building duck houses and blue bird houses.

“They’re freshly cut. You can tell by looking at them,” said Nehls.

Nehls said the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday is usually when a rush is made to purchase the trees.

“It’s first come, first serve,” said Nehls.

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