- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

OSSEO, Minn. (AP) - A Twin Cities-area community is debating whether to tear down a nearly 100-year-old water tower or spend $500,000 to repair it.

The Star Tribune reports (https://strib.mn/1wySooX ) the out-of-service Osseo water tower was built in 1915 and has become a community landmark. Its image is on welcome banners as well as City Hall and police department signs.

The city says repairs are needed to make it structurally safe and to remove lead paint.

City Council member Allan Hartkopf says the repairs would be a waste of money. Tearing it down would cost about $80,000.

Resident Kathleen Gette says the tower is an icon with historic value. She says she will soon learn if it’s eligible to be added to the list of more than 20 Minnesota water towers on the National Register of Historic Places.



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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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