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4-year-old girl leads effort to top town's tree

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Here are a pair of Minnesota stories about two little girls, two tree toppers – and how adults came to see Christmas anew through the eyes of a child...

For years, the town of Lonsdale, roughly 40 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, has lit up a towering fir tree for the holidays. But no one had ever noticed that it lacked something – a topper, FOX 9 reports.

Until 4-year-old Lacie Franek did, and (with a little spelling coaching from mom), she promptly wrote Mayor Tim Rud about it. In the letter, she helpfully suggests that, "You could have the firefighters help you or even ask my dad."

Rud took it to the city council, and it wasn't long before firefighters were hoisting a blue star to its new perch atop the 60-foot Christmas tree in Lions Park, FOX reports. Lacie was given the honor of flipping the switch that lit it.

"It's not a Christmas tree without a star or angel," she said.

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On the Christmas-adorable scale, it's tough to top that. But Duluth News-Tribune editorial writer Chuck Frederick might. In a new column, he tells the tale of his 7-year-old daughter, who broke the family's cherished Christmas tree topper.

The story of what the shattered girl does next in an effort to replace the heirloom will grow even the grinchiest of hearts. Give it a read here.

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