A 10-foot maple tree planted by the city to replace one that had been uprooted in February in front of a residence on Vattier Street was broken in half over the weekend in what appears to be an ongoing ordeal for the property owner.
The story began in September, when someone first uprooted and stole a 13-foot Norwegian maple tree from the front yard of Diane Swanson’s home at 816 Vattier St. Swanson blamed the incident on neighborhood mischief.
Then, sometime overnight on Sep. 9, 2011, someone planted a new tree where the Norwegian maple had been.
Swanson said the new tree was very small, about 7 feet tall and very thin.
That tree lasted until Feb. 25, 2012, when it, too, was uprooted.
However, this time, the perpetrators left the tree lying in Swanson’s front yard instead of stealing it.
Only recently, the city planted a 10-foot maple tree in Swanson’s front yard to replace the prior trees. Swanson reported that it was destroyed either late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
Swanson said the tree had been planted only days before it was uprooted.
“It’s a sad commentary on this part of the city, in my view,” she said.
Capt. Kurt Moldrup said the tree was valued at $100. The City of Manhattan is listed as the victim in the incidents because the tree is planted in an area of the yard belonging to the city.