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Jim Grijalva, a UND law professor, rappels down the Grand Forks smiling water tower after placing a peregrine falcon nesting box on the catwalk of the tower in this file photo. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Grand Forks City Council votes to demolish landmark smiling water tower

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The well-known "Smiley" water tower here has only months left before the winking landmark will be demolished and removed from his post near DeMers Avenue and Washington Street.

Monday, City Council members here 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. Demolition will cost $62,642.

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