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Halversons have a Christmas sight to see in Sioux Rapids

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Junior and Barbara Halverson live on one of the brightest corners in Sioux Rapids during the holiday season.

Junior painstakingly sets up his Christmas display annually that includes Santas, the Nativity scene and brightly colored lights draped around their home.The lights are strung from one side of their lot to the other. However, the most popular display in his yard seems to be the tractor that Santa drives. "I have people ask me when I'm going to bring in the tractor," said Junior. "They want to bring their kids by to see Santa's tractor being pulled by the reindeer."

A lovely display of luminaries are placed in their backyard, made from gallon milk jugs. Junior and Barb store the jugs at the farm and bring them into town when the Christmas season arrives. The jugs are filled halfway with water to weigh them down, and have lights placed in the jug's top. This makes for a very unique lighting scenario.

"There's 150 jugs here," Junior said. "What's really pretty is when they get covered with snow. The lights reflect off the snow for six feet around the jugs. It's just beautiful."

Although we haven't had the snow to show onlookers the view, Junior hopes that we get a little before the New Year.

Junior and Barb retired several years ago but stay active in their church, community events and Junior helps his son, Dennis, farm. They recently recruited community residents to join them in a bus trip to Humboldt and Dakota City for viewing of the annual light show the communities provide and to take in several churches and Festival of Trees celebrations.

Junior and Barbara's home is located at 311 6th Street in Sioux Rapids and is worth the drive by to admire they're handiwork. It's bright, it's pretty, it's Christmas.

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