The tree memorializing Julie Holmquist, who was killed in 1998, was moved to Centennial Park last week in preparation for American Federal Bank’s expansion project. The tree originally stood on the bank’s north lawn. (Enterprise Photo by A. Jauhola)
By Anna Jauhola
A Grand Forks company carefully removed and replanted a pine tree dedicated to the memory of Julie Holmquist last week.
The tree was originally planted on American Federal Bank’s north lawn in Hallock. Now, as the bank prepares for an expansion, the tree is planted in Centennial Park on the corner of Second Street and Birch Avenue.
“We had offered the spot for the memorial tree because Clarice worked here,” said Paul Craigmile, American Federal’s market president, of Julie’s mother.
Julie Holmquist was born and raised in Hallock. She went missing while rollerblading the summer of 1998 and was later found murdered in a rural part of the county. Among the ways Julie was memorialized, this tree has been a long-standing reminder of her gentle strength, kindness and loving nature.
Originally, a marker stood in front of the tree to memorialize Julie. Craigmile said, in conversation with Julie’s mother, now Clarice Satterlund, she mentioned it was time to remove the marker and the tree is a better memory.
“She felt it just didn’t need to be there,” Craigmile said.
A small crowd gathered on Thursday in the alley between American Federal and the post office to watch as All Seasons Garden Center’s Kevin Mondry and Randy Scheving maneuvered a large tree spade to dig up the tree.
The duo replanted the tree between two larger pine trees behind the gazebo. They said this tree is probably the largest size for a transplant.
In planning for the bank’s expansion, Craigmile first asked Satterlund and got her blessing to move the tree. Craigmile then approached the City of Hallock last spring to designate a place to replant the tree.
“We wanted it to go on public property,” he said. “So, the city said they’d take it over to the park.”
American Federal Bank paid for transplanting the tree, but the city will now care for it.
Top: the Company makes the hole for the tree before planting the tree into its new home in the park.