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South water tower to sport new Tigers logo

Workers from Champion Coatings Inc. of Savage, Minn., have begun the $368,900 reconditioning project at the city’s south water tower. (Photo by Micheal Foley)1 / 2
A rendering shows what the city’s south water tower would look like with a New Richmond Tigers logo painted on its southeast quadrant. (Submitted image)2 / 2

A generous donation will soon bring a little more school spirit to the City of New Richmond.

Local residents Warren and Beth Wood have donated $2,000 to the City of New Richmond to have the New Richmond Tigers logo painted on the city’s south water tower.

“Beth and I are longtime Tiger fans. This is our adoptive home. We were not born and raised in New Richmond, but we’ve been here for 30-some years,” Warren said. “All four of our children are New Richmond High School graduates and we feel that putting the Tigers logo on the water tower sends a strong message of support for have gone to school here and will go to school here.”

The tower, located in the industrial park at the corner of Paperjack Drive and St. Croix Avenue, is currently undergoing reconditioning, which will include sandblasting and repainting. The contract for the project was awarded to Champion Coatings Inc. of Savage, Minn., with a bid of $368,900. The New Richmond Tigers logo was included as an $2,000 option in that bid.

The city will get $27,000 toward the reconditioning project from its tenants St. Croix County and Sprint, which have equipment on the tower.

At its May 11 meeting, the council voted to move forward with the project with the condition that the group provides the funds for the logo.

According to Public Works Director Jeremiah Wendt, plans call for the Tigers logo to be painted on the water tower’s southeast quadrant, facing New Richmond High School.

“The school is the heartbeat of the community and that water tower is right there when you make the turn to the high school,” Warren said. “We think it’ll be neat having the logo on there to help school spirit and community spirit.”

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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