The threat of high winds later this week has delayed the planned demolition of the Smiley water tower near the intersection of South Washington Street and DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks, according to the Grand Forks Public Information Office.
It’s probably the most recognizable of Grand Forks’ water towers — and certainly the most contentious in recent years — but if the weather cooperates, Smiley will meet his demise beginning Thursday morning. Public Works director Todd Feland said the question of what to do with Smiley has been around since the nearby Purpur water tower came online in 2000.
City council definitively votes to demolish landmark water tower, create ‘Smiley Jr.’ in fall Monday, City Council members unanimously approved awarding a contract to LeadCon to take down the 77-year-old water tower that acquired its trademark smiley faces in the 1970s during an economic recession.
- Grafton, N.D.
Should the city of Grafton, N.D., get into the ethanol business?
That’s what the local newspaper says.
An editorial in last week’s edition of the Walsh County Record suggests that the city of Grafton should buy the Alchem ethanol plant, a production facility that has been closed since October but is expected to reopen in April or May.
February 16, 2009
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