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Senior High holds topping off ceremony

A small crowd braved the sub-zero temperatures

A small crowd braved the sub-zero temperatures

ISD No. 595 dignitaries

ISD No. 595 dignitaries

Tom McDonald of Construction Engineers explains history of a toping off ceremony

Tom McDonald of Construction Engineers explains history of a toping off ceremony

Tony Palmiscno, ISD 595 School Board Chair, Thanks the citizens of East Grand Forks

Tony Palmiscno, ISD 595 School Board Chair, Thanks the citizens of East Grand Forks

Workers place the final beam.

Workers place the final beam.

A small crowd braved the 17 below zero temperatures to witness the topping off ceremony held at Senior High Thursday morning.

Tom Mcdonald of Construction Engineers started the ceremony with a short speech on the history of the ceremony followed by ISD 595 Chair Tony Palmiscno who thanked East Grand Forks for making the construction possible.

“Topping out” a new building is an ancient Scandinavian rite of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction.  Today it is common for the last beam to be painted white and signed by all the workers involved.

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