Workers to study water tower stucco for repairs

Crews are examining the tower this week to determine the scope of work needed to repair the stucco on the tower.

Workers on a crane near the bowl of the water tower check stucco.
Workers check the deterioration level of the stucco on the historic water tower Wednesday, May 10, 2023, in Brainerd. The study will determine the level of repairs needed to fix the tower's exterior.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD — A large construction crane at Brainerd’s historic water tower this week is a mark of the next phase of work to restore the structure.

After being fitted with a new roof last year, the tower is now in need of new stucco, some of which has fallen off in chunks in the past few years.

Workers are examining the deterioration level of the stucco to determine the scope of work and the cost to fix the outside of the tower. Members of the historic water tower preservation committee will then determine how to move forward.

Helping the cause

Water tower puzzle
3D puzzles of Brainerd's water tower are on sale at Visit Brainerd. Proceeds will benefit the restoration efforts on the tower.

Water tower paraphernalia is on sale at Visit Brainerd, with proceeds supporting future repairs on the tower. The newest item is a 3D puzzle of Babe the Blue Ox standing in front of the tower. For $35, the puzzle comes with paints to put finishing touches on the model.


For more information on restoration efforts, visit .

Brainerd’s water tower committee meets at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the conference room at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.

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