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JCE Tree Service employees work to chop down the large basswood tree that stood for more than 100 years next to “Winsome Hollow Farm” where Kim Way and Lin Gromer live. Before it was cut down, the tree shaded the entire house. (Submitted photo)

Ancient tree falls but memories it evokes linger

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Fancy, elaborate homes are not for Kim Way. What she wanted when she bought her house 24 years ago was a little piece of history -- and that’s exactly what she got.


Her house, dubbed “Winsome Hollow Farm” about two miles west of River Falls on Old County Highway M, was built by the Segerstrom family in the late 1800s.

And as that family grew, so did a basswood tree near the house.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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