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Cottage Grove helps kick off the season

Cottage Grove revived a winter tradition Wednesday, lighting up 2,000 LED Christmas lights during a tree lighting ceremony at Cottage Grove City Hall.

Residents, city council members and city staff gathered in the cold outside Cottage Grove City Hall for the event, which included hot chocolate, candy canes and a visit from Santa.

Mayor Myron Bailey suggested the resumption of the tree lighting ceremony after a six-year absence. Bailey helped judge a citywide holiday lights contest earlier in the week and Wednesday flipped the switch that turned on the energy efficient Christmas lights on a tree facing 80th Street at City Hall.

"It was kind of neat having all the kids come up and do the countdown," Bailey said.