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The Garfield water tower was drained in August so that two coats of epoxy could be painted on the inside. This is normal maintenance for a water tower every 15 to 20 years. Echo Press photo by Tara Bitzan

What's up with the water?

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Some locals wanted to know why water was shooting out of a fire hydrant in Garfield during the hot, dry days of August.

What the newspaper thought would be a simple question with a simple answer ended up not being quite so simple.


We heard that the spewing water may be tied to the repainting of the inside of the city's water tower.

After numerous calls to Garfield's City Hall and individual council members, we finally spoke to council member John Nienaber Jr.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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