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'Smiley' water tower coming down

GRAND FORKS (AP) -- The Grand Forks City Council has unanimously approved a bid to demolish the city's 77-year-old "Smiley" water tower.

The old tower with a painted smile and a wink will come down this fall, at a cost of around $62,000.

The council also approved a contract for "Smiley Jr.," which involves painting smiley faces on another water tower for about $13,000.

The plan was approved at the council's Monday meeting without discussion.

Supporters of the old tower said it's a landmark that should stay, but city officials said that would cost too much.

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