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Preview: Water project draws criticism

WORTHINGTON -- Neighbors of the proposed sites that will house a 1-million-gallon water tower and a metering system for the expanding Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water project in Nobles County voiced objections to the plans during a two-hour-long meeting of the Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night in Worthington.

Pat Shorter, who resides directly east of the proposed site for the 200-foot-tall water tower said it will look aesthetically awkward out his back window and may negatively affect his property's value.

"The affects to my property are very important to me," said Shorter. "We love where we live and I don't want to look out my back window, which is really scenic, and have to see a water tower."

Dennis Healy, CEO of Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water, said the tower will consist of a 36-foot diameter pedestal and a 60-foot diameter tank.

"The site that was ultimately selected was the third landowner that we contacted," said Healy, of the site in the east half of the east half of the northwest quarter of Section 22, Dewald Township. "We need a willing seller. The thing we liked about this particular site is that we could share the existing driveway so we didn't have to put another approach onto the highway."

Once tower construction is completed, Healy said there would be minimal traffic at the tower site.

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Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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