New water tank’s in the running

The Moorhead water tank at 28th Street and 40th Avenue South is in the running for the people’s choice award in a national “Tank of the Year” contest. Early this week, it was in second place. (Photo/Russ Hanson.)

Moorhead’s newest water tank is in the running for top honors in the Tnemec Company’s annual national “Tank of the Year” contest.

The tank at 4255 28th St. S., completed last summer , was in second place earlier this week in the contest sponsored by the 100-year-old Kansas City-based manufacturer that provides protective coatings used inside and outside water storage structures. A total of 295 tanks all over the U.S. are competing in this year’s match-up. Moorhead’s contestant combines stalks of wheat and gold-and-green windrows surround the “buckle,” a script “Moorhead” topped with a singer belting out a song on the Bluestem stage. It was designed by Stephen Dorsey and Jack Lunde.

Members of the public are invited to vote on their favorite tank design. The deadline for voting is Oct. 15. To cast your vote, go to

The People’s Choice winner will be announced Oct. 18. Tnemec selects its own top 10 tanks and, from them, the Tank of the Year, to be announced Oct. 22.

This is the second time in as many years that a Moorhead water tank has competed for top honors. In 2018 the Woodlawn Park water tank was one of 12 finalists in the competition. It, too, featured work by Dorsey and Lunde. The newly renovated tank at Interstate 94 and 20th Street South has already been accepted for the 2022 contest

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