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The Brainerd water tower was built over a four-year period from 1919 to 1922, it was the first all concrete elevated tank used by a municipality in the United States. Source: 1871-1971 Centennial edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Brainerd Dispatch file photo.

Pieces falling from historic water tower, city to investigate options

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Large chunks of grout falling from the north side historic water tower have city leaders looking into the idea of a $1 user fee per utility billing in effort to raise funds to fix the ailing structure.


At the Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group unanimously approved looking into the idea of charging a $1 usage fee on each monthly Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) bill.

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Jessie Perrine
Jessie covers the Brainerd City Council and the Brainerd School Board. Born and raised in southern Minnesota, Jessie attended Winona State University, where she majored in journalism with a minor in women and gender studies. She worked at the Winona Daily News, Tomah Journal and the La Crosse Tribune before starting at the Dispatch in 2012.
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