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'Wishing tree' lets neighbors express hopes during pandemic


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The big oak tree on 31st Street waves in the wind like a giant feather duster.

Its trunk is solid and bare of branches halfway to the sky.

It seemed like the perfect tree.

And so last week, Kerri and Nate Denell and their four kids wrapped rope around that wide oak's trunk, twining it in circles like a string of Christmas lights.

They set Lysol and hand sanitizer at its base, along with a small box filled with ribbons and marking pens.

Kerri attached a sign to the light pole near the street: MAKE A WISH EVERYONE WELCOME

And the wishes began to appear:

I wish for a mon...

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