It's a major victory for efforts to save Osseo's water tower. After more than four years of work to preserve it, the tower has now earned the special distinction of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
"It's an honor first and foremost," said Kathleen Gette, co-chair of the Osseo Historic Preservation Commission.
Gette, an Osseo resident and native, helped lead the effort to get the national designation for the 102-year-old water tower. Osseo's water tower is one of the few municipal water towers of its kind left in the area.
Although the water tower is no longer functional, many in the Osseo area have shown their support to save it.
"That's what the tower symbolizes: it's a symbol of Osseo and Osseo's history, the people of Osseo. And I'm just so grateful there was so much support. People love the tower," said Gette.
With the tower now on the National Register of Historic Places, Gette said it opens up funding opportunities to help pay for potential structural repairs and repainting. Gette is currently working on a grant application to help pay for the cost of inspecting the tower and its condition.
Alexandra Renslo firstname.lastname@example.org
June 16, 2017