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Originally ordered in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, the bright red mugs feature a white water tower inside a heart. The first 150 ordered are sold out, but after getting a request from someone for 20 mugs, the committee decided to do another order.

“It just seems like a no-brainer,” Mayor Dave Badeaux, council liaison to the committee, said during a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17. “If we end up with extra mugs, there’s potential for us to sell them off to other places as well, but I don’t think we’ll end up in that scenario.”

The mugs will soon be on sale for $15 at Visit Brainerd, 706 Laurel St.

The funds from the sales will join the more than $34,000 the committee has already raised for the historic water tower’s restoration and preservation. That money will first be used on a new roof for the tower. The water tower bowl had chunks of stucco falling from it in recent years, along with water damage to the bowl at the top. Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society and matching funds from the city council, plans for the roof are in the works and should be completed later this year. With designs in hand, the committee can then get an estimated cost for the work and hopefully gather more funds to pay for the repairs, which could cost more than $1 million, though the final price tag is not yet known.

The group hopes its new status as a 501(c)(3) will help encourage more larger donations, which will now be tax deductible.

The group brainstormed fundraising ideas during its meeting Wednesday, with the top idea being some sort of a food truck event this summer. Badeaux said there could be a fee for food trucks to participate — which would bring in money for the water tower — and the event could be made into a competition of sorts between establishments, with a prize for the winner.

The group will likely do an event at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds later this year as well, with members of the fair board approaching the committee about allowing the use of the land and facilities for a fundraiser. What that event will look like is still up in the air, though committee members have discussed the idea of live music.



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