Five trees destroyed in Ely, so 15 more are planted

You have to really hate somebody or something to wipe out trees planted at a veteran’s memorial project. But, suddenly, destroying trees is a “thing” now.

The latest example is Ely, Minn., where Ely Flower and Seed on Sunday planted five budding crabapple trees at the new memorial being constructed at the trailhead of the Trezona Trail near Miners Lake.

Dick Zahn, an 82-year-old veteran, did the planting on Sunday thanks to the donation from the garden center.

By Monday, however, someone had taken pruners to them all, the Duluth News Tribune said.

In this case, however, you destroy five trees, 15 more get planted.

Newport’s Bailey Nursery read Ely Flower and Seed’s post and loaded a truck with more than a dozen apple trees, larger than the ones that were planted. Destination: Ely.

“Ely is a special place to our family, too,” Ryan McEaney, Bailey’s spokesman, said on Facebook. “We are very happy to help fill the void left by such thoughtless people.”

“What kind of security measures do you have to put at a veterans memorial?” Harold Langowski, Ely’s clerk-treasurer and director of operations, told the News Tribune. “It’s kind of disappointing, especially the day after Easter.”

  • WTH is wrong with our society? 🙁

    • Susan WB

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Seriously, killing sapling flowering trees out of spite? What in the world is wrong with people?

      • Anna

        The same thing that is wrong with people burning historical covered bridges in Iowa.

        Lack of self-worth, an unstable home life and no respect for personal boundaries or authority.

        This is what the digital age has done for society.

        • X.A. Smith

          How does killing trees have anything to do with the digital age, other than that you found out about because of the digital age?

          • And the covered bridge down the road from my former home — the oldest one in Massachusetts — was burned to the ground by the “townies”. That was 1986.

            [Shakes fist at Prodigy and CompuServe]

          • Jerry

            I blame fire. Families used to be closer before it was discovered. Mostly because they had to huddle together to keep warm.

          • Anna

            If you don’t know, you haven’t been watching the news lately, false news and all.

          • Jerry

            I know you are fixated on technology ruining the world, but there is no evidence that this has anything to do with that. Sometimes people just suck, like they always have.

          • X.A. Smith

            You seem to have these criminals figured out,

  • groenima

    Thanks for the article. Just a minor correction: the trees were planted for free with a generous donation of labor from Dave Starkman at Ely Flower and Seed but were purchased through the Friends of the Trees of Ely, a local nonprofit supporting our City’s efforts to plant new public trees. In this case, the Friends worked closely with the City Tree Board to win a DNR grant that made the purchase of those trees possible. All of which is to say that a lot of people in Ely (and the state of MN) are working to get both the trees and the Ely Veterans Memorial on its feet, and all those same volunteers will be out there figuring out where to put this wonderful bounty of new trees.