The National Weather Service recently congratulated the City of Faribault's Public Works Department for 50 years of being a coop observer. 

According to the Facebook post by the National Weather Service, the City of Faribault's Wastewater Treatment Plant staff has been taking daily observations for the official climate record since 1969.

According to the National Weather Service website, the weather observation coop "was formally created in 1890 under the Organic Act."  It was to "provide observational meteorological data, usually consisting of daily maximum and minimum temperatures, snowfall, and 24-hour precipitation totals, required to define the climate of the United States and to help measure long-term climate changes and to provide observational meteorological data in near real-time to support forecast, warning and other public service programs of the NWS."

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