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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.

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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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