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La Crescent to take down 200 ash trees

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WXOW) - In the city of La Crescent, yellow tape marks to fate of 200 ash trees that will be cut down.

Today's Tree Service started the process Wednesday.

The city hopes to finish the project by the end of the month, before any more trees are infested, Mayor Mike Poellinger said.

A $75,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is funding the removal of the trees.

Poellinger said $25,000 of that money will be used to replant trees throughout the city.

"We have some older neighborhoods with some mature trees that really are very beautiful," he said. "We're worried about that impact and we want to get that growth back as quick as we can."

During the spring and fall, seven different tree varieties will be planted to make sure there is no mass infestation in the future, according to Poellinger.

Residents who do not want their ash tree removed have the option of treating it with an insecticide.
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