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Work got underway this week to dismantle the original Channel 10 tower in Appleton. The tower and the red schoolhouse that was moved to the site symbolized the community’s aspirations in hosting the public television station for the past 48 years. Submitted photo

Icon of Appleton skies sees its final days


APPLETON — A television tower that once symbolized a rural community’s aspirations is coming down.

A crew with Midwest Steeplejacks Inc., of Fargo, N.D., began work recently to dismantle the original Pioneer Public Television tower. Work is expected to be completed this week, weather permitting, according to Jon Panzer, engineering director with the public television station in Appleton.

The 420-foot tower began broadcasting for channel 10 on Feb. 7, 1966.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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