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Former John Deere employee donates 30-foot tall spruce tree to company

Posted by Green Fun Store on 11/16/2010 to Current News/Events of John Deere
When Dianne Riessen retired after more than twenty years with John Deere, she could not escape her love for the company. With John Deere such an important part of her life for so long, Riessen immediately thought of her former employer when she had a conundrum on her hands: what to do with a 30-foot spruce tree growing in her front yard.

While she easily could have used a John Deere tractor to take it down, Riessen had grander plans. Riessen told the Quad-City Times that she "loved the tree," but that it "was getting so big it overtook the front yard practically." After careful consideration, Riessen decided that her former employer's headquarters were the perfect spot for the massive Christmas tree.

Recently, crews from both Davey Tree and John Deere came to her home in Davenport, Iowa and cut the tree down and transported it to the company's Moline facility, where it is now proudly displayed by the front entrance. Riessen, who thought it "would be a nice thing to donate it to Deere for their Christmas tree," is thrilled with the tree's prominent place.

The tree will be lit with over 5,000 lights from November 26 to January 1. Hopefully, Santa Claus will put lots of John Deere toys underneath the tree.