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In this Grand Forks Herald file photo, 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. ( Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Water tower restoration could cost Grand Forks hundreds of thousands of dollars

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Smiley, the cheerful water tower that greets thousands of motorists in Grand Forks, may be too expensive to save.


Cost estimates for restoring the old fellow, whose coat of paint is falling off in large chunks, show that long-term restoration would cost four times as much as demolition, which doesn't come cheap either.

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