Call to duty: Messiah’s produces Christmas cheer one tree at a time

Linda Gallagher

BELLAIRE — For many, it just isn't Christmas without the heavenly smell and glittering appearance of a real, fresh, Christmas tree in the house.

And for almost 40 years, Kirt Helsel and Messiah's Tree Farm has made that possible.

Raised in the Lake City/Cadillac area, Helsel grew up surrounded by growing Christmas trees, a business the Helsel family has been involved in for more than 70 years. 

So, when he moved north in 1982 and purchased a piece of property on Alden Highway not far from Clam River, he knew exactly what he'd do with that land.


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