It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
The downtown Christmas tree was placed at the end of Main Street yesterday.
This is about a week earlier than the Downtown Business and Professional Association has placed the tree in the past.
The tree was cut down and delivered on Wednesday.
"Pretty Lights" - a local holiday decorating company - will be racing the clock to drape Main Street in almost double the number of lights as last year.
The traditional tree lighting ceremony will take place the day after Thanksgiving on November 23 at 6 p.m.
The tree was placed early because like many in northwestern North Dakota, they're racing the winter storm.
(Bonnie Kemper, President Downtown Business & Professional Association) "We always have to remember the weather. The weather rules us here and we have to have it on a day when the machinery men, the forklift gentleman, and the nursery people can do it. And so when that day comes and it's nice, we take it. It's a little early, but it's a nice site to see."
And here's a fun fact --- the tree downtown once stood next to the old KXMC building south of Minot.