With the village of Watson in the background, MnDOT workers cut down the “Mile Tree” along Highway 7/59 on Tuesday morning.

With the village of Watson in the background, MnDOT workers cut down the “Mile Tree” along Highway 7/59 on Tuesday morning. The tree’s limbs were lopped off before the trunk was cut into two sections. The 100-plus year-old cottonwood was considered a safety hazard by MnDOT due to its deteriorating condition and its proximity to the highway. (Staff photos by Bruce Olson)


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