Skip to main content

Listen up: The Ear of Corn is officially the people's choice for Tank of the Year. 

Rochester's unique water tower was one of the Minnesota water towers vying for the top spot in Tnemec's annual contest. Last week it was in fifth place overall, behind Moorhead's recently repainted southside water tower.

But Olmsted County's efforts to harvest more votes appears to have paid off, with the Ear of Corn taking a big bite out of the deficit — allowing it to pop into first place.

At the end, it was the only member of the field (which included candidates from the U.S. and Canada) to get more than 5,000 votes, Tnemec said.

This means the Ear of Corn water tower is one of the 12 finalists Tnemec experts will consider to be named the official Tank of the Year. (The other 11 finalists are determined by the protective coating business.)

These dozen structures will also be included in the 2022 Tnemec water tank calendar. 

What did the other competitors do wrong? Maybe they simply didn't butter up the voting public as well as the Ear of Corn's supporters.

Tnemec will announce the Tank of the Year on Oct. 22.

Next Up

40636734693_0ec9b711a6_k

Minnesota United star allegedly hit teen with gun in Argentina

The 26-year-old could face charges in Argentina.

Chris Finch

Hawks bury Timberwolves in 3-point barrage

Without D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Hawks.

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Minneapolis woman missing a week is found safe

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.

deer

1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.

Minnesota State Fair - main gate day 2021

Minnesota State Fair reestablishes a police department

The fair had been contracting with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

teacher, covid, masks, school

Minnetonka to consider removing middle school mask requirement

The school board has been impressed by vaccination rates among middle school students.

snow, plow

Friday winter storm could hit Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is already monitoring the forecast.

Sauk Rapids Middle School street view, Minnesota - November 2018_

Teen student arrested for threats toward MN middle school

The Sauk Rapids middle school and high school were closed Monday.

Related

rochester-water-tower

Minnesota water towers compete to be named America's 'Tank of the Year'

Two water towers in the state are currently in the top five vote-getters.

Flickr - Ely water tower - Tony Webster

Ely named one of the 15 best small towns to visit in 2021

The annual list comes from Smithsonian Magazine.

Mayo Clinic to build luxury hotel on top of one of its towers

The world-renowned medical facility is also adding 4 extra treatment floors.

Flickr - boat lake ramp

Low water levels: Is it already time to take the boat off the water?

The DNR is urging Minnesotans to consider it in some situations.

Pexels - jogging running shoes

6 Minnesota counties rank among the 100 healthiest in the US

That's according to the latest ranking from U.S. News.