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Larry J. Quale, third from left, poses for a photograph that ran with a story about the spruce tree in front of his house being re-lit for the 2011 Christmas season. With him, from left, are his daughter Suzie Dettman and granddaughter Madelyn, his wife Karlene, and neighbors Laura and Roger Davis. Laura Davis organized the effort. Photo by Randy Hanson

Larry J. Quale spread Christmas cheer to passersby

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The man who lighted North Hudson's tallest Christmas tree has died.

Larry J. Quale passed away at a specialized care facility in Oak Park Heights, Minn., on May 23 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66 years old.

Quale is remembered by family members as a knowledgeable, hard-working, quiet and caring protector.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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