- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The iconic symbol of the International Peace Garden will be coming down.

The state Legislature has approved $200,000 for the state Parks and Recreation Department to demolish the four 120-foot-tall concrete towers that comprise the Peace Tower at the park that straddles the U.S.-Canada border.

Two of the towers are in the U.S. and two are in Canada. They signify the four corners of the earth at the 2,300-acre garden built as a tribute to the longstanding peace between the two countries.’

Weather has taken a toll on the towers built 32 years ago and the concrete is beginning to crumble, Peace Garden Director Garry Enns told the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1ECrCAp ).

“It’s iconic, obviously,” he said. “To continue on in the spirit in which the Peace Garden was established is important. We want to replace it with something that will last more than 40 years.”

Lawmakers initially set aside $1.2 million for repairs, but officials later determined the towers were beyond repair, State Parks Director Mark Zimmerman said. A fence has been erected around the monument to ensure visitors aren’t struck by falling concrete.

“It’s not in danger of collapsing overnight but it will continue to fall apart,” Zimmerman said.

Enns said officials hope to identify a replacement monument before the Peace Tower is demolished.

“We want something similar or better and not make the same engineering errors,” he said.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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