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Third-grade students from Aurora Elementary School were on hand to help with the Arbor Day ceremony Friday, inside the Southside Fire Station. This is one of 30 trees that will be planted a little to the north of the station. Dave Wallis

Gust honored on Arbor Day

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The city held its 30th annual Arbor Day celebration Friday afternoon in the Southside Fire Station. Though the wind and wet conditions kept them from planting a tree, the ceremony went off without a hitch, with speeches from Urban Forestry Committee Chairman Dave Janssen and Mayor Rich Mattern, as well as a poem from Amber Thorstad’s class of 25 third-graders from Aurora Elementary School.

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