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People who live in the surrounding area, including the northwestern part of Lakefield, have been eyeing the tower since it went up in August 2018. The lights were on, but nothing else happened.

That changed on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, when the tower went live. McMillan residents noticed the difference right away.

“Everybody’s told me it’s on,” said Nick Wheeler, who owns the land the tower was built on.

The tower, and Wheeler’s property, is technically in Lakefield – just across the boundary line of Columbus township.

“My neighbor said they’ve got great service now,” said Wheeler, who currently uses Verizon but is likely to switch to AT&T now. “There ought to be a lot of happy people.”

We contacted AT&T for a statement but did not hear back prior to our press deadline.