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Workers paint the Ridgewater College name and logo on the city water tower next to campus in northwestern Willmar. (Submitted photo from Liz VanDerBill, Ridgewater College)

Ridgewater paints logo on water tower in northwest Willmar, Minn.

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Ridgewater paints logo on water tower in northwest Willmar, Minn.
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — The city water tower next to Ridgewater College in Willmar has a new coat of paint.

And along with the new paint has come new lettering on the tower. It’s become a great big sign for college.


Workers finished this week in painting the Ridgewater logo on the east and west sides of the tower.

How did the cooperative venture come about?

“We asked; it’s that simple,” said college spokeswoman Liz VanDerBill.

College officials heard that Willmar Municipal Utilities would be painting the tower and thought it would be a good opportunity to raise the school’s visibility.

“People are always asking where Ridgewater is,” she said. “This is something they can see from a distance.”

The cost of painting the logo on both sides of the tower was about $8,000, VanDerBill said.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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