Since the installment of a city Christmas tree on the grounds of Onamia City Hall seven years ago, Mayor Marge Agnew has presided over its lighting on the night after Thanksgiving, officially kicking off the holiday season around Mille Lacs.
Each year, the mayor has chosen to dedicate the event to those who helped make Onamia a better place to live. Agnew told a small crowd who gathered for the lighting ceremony on Nov. 29 that this year the Onamia volunteer firefighters who served in the past and in the present were named as the 2019 dedicatees.
“These men and women put their own safety on the line during every call, and all of us in our city owe them a debt of thanks for their dedication and service to our town,” Agnew said.
Following those words, the tree lights were lit, seasonal carols were sung and the crowd then retired to the adjacent city hall for apple cider and Christmas cookies.