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A pile of illegally cut black spruce trees discovered last week near Toivola. A state conservation officer thwarted what would have been a nearly $15,000 sale of the trees as decorative, miniature Christmas trees bound for southern Minnesota. Submitted photo

2 charged in theft of nearly 2,000 Christmas trees from forestland

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HIBBING, Minn. – Call it a black spruce market.

Two Meadowlands residents have been arrested and charged with stealing nearly 2,000 spruce trees off county-managed forestland – small trees and tree tops that they intended to sell in southern Minnesota as miniature Christmas trees.


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