By Correne Martin
The Prairie du Chien Fire Department’s Christmas tree sales are one of its biggest fundraisers. This year, nearly 400 fraziers, white pines and balsams made the department about $7,000. Those funds will be used for equipment, training, fire prevention and more.
“We had about 70 trees that were preordered,” Chief Harry Remz said, noting that the Fort Crawford Museum, McGregor Festival of Trees, Crossing Rivers Health and Sawmill Saloon are among the regular customers. “The rest are sold in the lot.”
Nelson True Value in Prairie du Chien has allowed the fire department free use of its garden center grounds for Christmas tree sales since the very beginning of this fire department endeavor. Remz believes the department has been selling trees for around 25 years.
“When it started out, the fire department was actually working for somebody else. Then, they took it over on their own,” he stated.