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March 19, 2008

Due to the overwhelming response of the "Water Towers of the Twin Cities" series which came so close to winning me the Pulitzer Prize for Inspirational Daily Bloggalism a few short months ago, it has come to my attention that I "missed" an historic water tower that should have been included in the series, and that this "run-on" sentence has "run-on" far too long, used far too many sets of parenthesis, too many commas, too many toos, used an "an" where in conversational English a "a" would have done fine, but I can't help it, that's just the way I am.
This is the Kenwood Water Tower, built in 1910. That's about all we know about it, because the rather cryptic placard tells us it has achieved the status of "Individually Designated Historic Structure" (hmmm, sounds a bit fishy, similar to "The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence*", *Simpsons: psalms 6:15) from the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (?) and that it resides at 1724 Kenwood Parkway, just a stone's throw down the road from the place that Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern solved all their crisis' and made it after all.
It's a nice tower, tho lacking the protective helmeted guards with large broadswords of other towers of the time. It think it may have been a slight design flaw to have built it just off the top of the hill rather than at the summit tho, as the water pressure must suck on the second floor of the house next door when the tower starts getting low. That and they've got a two-story set of windows that has a great view of the base of the tower or a shadow from the tower or maybe a glimpse of the street for a couple hours if the sun's just right.
Then on a short walk of the Stone Arch area, my spouse Sharon noticed this common but uncommon to us Snow Goose hanging with the Canadian Honkers in the Mill Ruins.
It had this unusual method of propulsion, taking a double-paddle with both feet while leaning forward and folding the feet up almost out of the water. Very hydrodynamic.

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