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The contents of the water tower in Atwater froze after a string of days The contents of the water tower in Atwater froze after a string of days with sub-zero temperatures. Tribune photo by Bill Zimmer

Crews from South Dakota work to thaw frozen Atwater tower

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ATWATER -- Crews from South Dakota were called in Wednesday night to thaw out Atwater's 100,000-gallon water tower.

Following several days of subzero temperatures this week, water in the tower had turned into an ice cube Wednesday, with a small pocket of air in the middle, said City Clerk Goldie Smith. If the problem had gone on much longer, the tower could have been structurally damaged.

"Kind of like a pop can in the deep freeze," he said.

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