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121226 BALL DROP1

DOUG BENZ/NEWS BOOM: Crews began installing the boom and winch that will hoist the ball for the annual Gateway Harbor New Year's Eve Ball Drop on the corner of Webster and Sweeney streets Wednesday. The event, which was initially known for an unpredictable ball drop rarely happening on time, has grown in size, organization and is becoming a staple of New Year's Eve celebrations for many in the Twin Cities.